DESIGN PROCESS: Furniture designers Nathan Day, Tom Fereday, Marcus Piper and Simon Ancher brainstorm ideas with Dessein founder Michele Chow during their visit to Tasmania. Picture: Chris Crerar
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Four of Australia’s leading furniture designers, in collaboration with company Dessein Furniture, have launched a new range made from boutique Tasmanian timber.

The Pieman Collection was created with products from Tasmanian company Hydrowood, which logs trees submergedwhen the Reece Dam was built in the 1980s.

“The collection’s moniker references Lake Pieman in Tasmania, from where our beautiful timber logs are harvested,”said Dessein founderMichele Chow.

“Each log is tagged and can be traced back to the global positioning of the lake, a man-made reservoir created by the damming of the Pieman River on the west coast of Tasmania.

“The Pieman Collection is actually a physical engagement with the timber, the quality of this material and the story behind its origin.”

The new furniture range was introduced to the market at DENFAIR,Australia’s premier design trade event attracting interior designers andarchitects from Australia and beyond.

Ms Chow said the collection encompaased a full suite ofchairs, tables, shelving and accessories for residential and commercial settings.

“The collection evolved through a series of workshops held in Tasmania, Western Australia and many Skype conferences,” she said.

“The functional and technical development which has driven the collective and iterative design approach is hidden but an integral part of the design process.”

DesignersNathan Day, Tom Fereday, Marcus Piper and Launceston-basedSimon Ancherhave delivered thecollection ofcontemporary pieces.

Mr Ancher designed a set of shelvesinspired by Lake Pieman’s aquatic-forest landscape.

“The landscape, the water and these great trees piercing the surface,that ‘conjuring from the deep’,was quite breathtaking,” said Mr Ancher.

His shelving system “encapsulate the flat, reflective planes of water, pierced by the spear-like profiles of silver-toned tree trunks.”The design includes ajoining system to allow for up to 12 shelving variations, and isflat-packable.

West Australian designer Nathan Day said heused the opportunity to showcase the Tasmanian timber in just the right way.“I had a moment when we were out on the lake in Tasmania, and I realised that it wasn’t just a shallow lake containing a few fallen trees. It was a body of water, over 70 metres deep, a fully submerged forest,” he said.

SFM Hydrowood officially launched operations in November, 2015 and has pioneered an Australian first by loggingtrees submerged in Lake Pieman. Alreadysome of Tasmania’s rarest and most sought after timbers have been found.

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