A homecoming design: Franklin Square

Nestled within the heart of Hobart between the city and historic Sullivan’s Cove, sits one of Hobart’s classic parks, Franklin Square. A quiet refuge for office dwellers on their lunch breaks and a sanctuary for tourists and families alike, this iconic park has maintained its existence since the 1860’s and has just undergone an award-winning revamp featuring Hydrowood Celery Top.  

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Grandeur and a 5 Green Star Rating: Hydrowood Delivers

Salamanca Building is the new primary workplace of Tasmania’s government agencies, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The architects, FJMT were tasked with achieving a 5 Green Star rating and creating a unique sense of identity for staff and visitors. FJMT wanted their interiors to mirror the beautiful Tasmanian landscape, and they wanted to create committee rooms that were apt for the grandeur of future proceedings. They chose Hydrowood, to be crafted into tables by talented local designer/makers, and they couldn’t be happier with the result.

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The Pieman Dining Table

“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.” Designer Nathan Day

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Landscape Restaurant – an atmosphere crafted to perfection.

On entering Landscape Restaurant & Grill in Hobart’s historic waterfront precinct, it is immediately evident that the interior has been crafted to create a specific mood. The setting is dark, and rich, and warm. The fit-out was inspired by the island of Tasmania and the famous artworks of landscape painter John Glover. Each element within embraces the history of the place.

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V Conus Light

Designer Geoff Marshall recently surprised us with this stunning piece. The Conus V light feature veneer of Hydrowood Black-Heart Sassafras and featured at our launch at Mona.

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The Block 2016

Tasmanian specialty timber – which has been submerged for more than 25 years –– will be the star of a unique challenge for contestants on national renovation reality program The Block.

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Franklin Square Redevelopment

TASMANIAN specialty timber salvaged from underwater has been used in the refurbishment of Hobart’s historic Franklin Square. Sourced from the depths of Lake Pieman as part of the innovative Hydrowood project the Celery Top Pine timber elements were machined and brought together by local building supplies business Uptons and Oakdale Industries.

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Andrew "Macca" McCarthy's Stubby Holders

I’ve always enjoyed being creative, working with tools, DIY and working with wood. I had never specialised in any particular field until back in May 2014, my wife stumbled across an advertisement for a beginner’s course in Woodturning. I initially baulked at it; normally when reading woodworking material I would skip past Woodturning articles thinking it was old school and boring! I decided to give it a try…

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