Freycinet Pods | Photography: Dianna Snape
Dowel House | Photography: Peter Bennetts
Supernormal Pop Up Restaurant
Where Strength Meets Beauty
Tasmanian timber is a product of exceptional beauty from a place like nowhere else. Our island grows more than you imagined. Here, a combination of magnificent wood and cutting-edge innovation has produced some of the finest timbers in the world. Crafted with premium processing techniques, it is beloved by architects, interior designers and furniture makers alike.
Known for its enduring quality, versatility and ability to take a range of finishes, Tasmanian timber is perfect for the everyday, from floors to fittings, as well as works of art and custom furniture pieces. From creamy whites and pale pinks to deep golden browns and reds, our timber varies in hues, densities and strengths. Tasmanian Oak, Blackwood, Celery Top Pine and Myrtle — each species tells a story expressed in its own unique style.
Builders: Cordwell Lane | Architects: Liminal Architecture
Species: Tasmanian Oak & Tasmanian Blackwood
The design of the RACT Freycinet Pods is unique because of the way that the walls are curved and tapered. Each wall plate is tapered out on a splay. The wall linings are Tasmanian Oak boards of random thickness. There is also Blackwood veneer, and Blackwood benchtops and vanities. Michael Lane, Director Cordwell Lane, says “We love using Tasmanian timbers. By using Tas Oak, we know that we’re getting good quality timber, the moisture content is always good in it, and we know how it’s going to behave.”
Architect: Cumulus Studio | Species: Tasmanian Oak
Visitors to the award-winning Pumphouse Point, designed by Peter Walker of Hobart architects Cumulus Studio, are subtly transported from the expansive, raw environment of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness into a comfortable, safe and warm retreat.
Guests encounter rough sawn Tasmanian Oak boards on the full-height walls as they enter, giving a sense of being only one step from the living forests outside. The timber continues until ultimately guests reach their suite where the refined finish and the detail reflect the comfort and calm of their own private sanctuary — connected to the wilderness but cosseted from the elements.
“People are looking for authenticity in their travels. Extensive use of timber in different finishes not only adds to the rawness of the location but it delivers the tactile warmth I want every guest to feel when they stay at Pumphouse Point.” Simon Currant, Owner.
Architect: FMD Architects | Species: Tasmanian Oak
Dowel House is an award-winning refurbishment of a single fronted terrace by Melbourne architectural practice FMD Architects. “This humble material is elevated to a higher level as it blurs the boundaries between the functional, the decorative and art,” says FMD Architects, Fiona Dunin. “The dowel establishes a consistent design approach through each space while varying its function in each instance.”
Supernormal Pop Up Restaurant
Exhibition Designer: Peter King – NGV | Furniture Designer: Jason Stancombe – Relm Furniture | Species: Tasmanian Oak
Jason Stancombe, furniture designer and founder of Relm Furniture, was commissioned to design the dining furniture for Supernormal Natsu pop up restaurant, at the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) garden restaurant. Jason used timber to complement the bluestone walls and garden locations. Jason says timber “brings warmth and an organic feel to furniture”. He chose to use Tasmanian Oak as “it’s readily available, sustainably and responsibly sourced, is machined just as we require it, and has minimal checking and misses, providing a superior product.”