Forgotten timber, to a Tasmanian masterpiece

Forgotten timber, to a Tasmanian masterpiece

Supporting Brodie Neill in collaboration with Design Tasmania

It brings us great pleasure to support Brodie Neill in collaboration with Design Tasmania, on his recent Resonance solo exhibition, namely the ‘Recoil’ Dining Table, celebrating two decades of career defining milestones for the designer. Brodie’s material exploration began on the island that is celebrated for its craft and natural beauty, Tasmania. Brodie was born and raised in Hobart, and studied Furniture Design at the Tasmanian School of Art, before going on to complete his Masters in the US. Brodie is known for his mastery of recontextualising and transforming forgotten, wasted and discarded materials into mesmerisingly beautiful designs.

Made possible through Design Tasmania, one of Australia’s leading non-for-profit design organisations, LARK are proud to support Brodie and his exploration into the creativity derived from his Tasmanian history and the value that the natural world brings.

Recoil is currently being exhibited at Design Tasmania, Launceston.

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What is Recoil?

ReCoil is an elliptical centrepiece dining table made entirely of precious reclaimed Tasmanian Hydrowood timber veneer offcuts. Six native Tasmanian tree species are featured. These include Huon Pine, Tasmanian Oak, Celery Top Pine, Sassafras, Myrtle and Blackwood. Meticulously coiled by hand in outward spirals referencing the trees’ annual growth rings.. The finished table is 2.2m x 1.4m x 78cm H. It comprises 3km of veneer strips.

The effect is a spectrum of wood tones from honey to burnt umber. The honey-coloured wood is the rarest and most treasured of all Tasmanian timbers, Huon pine, and the burnt umber is Tasmanian Oak.

Who is Brodie Neill?

Known for his award winning furniture design, Brodie Neill was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania. Neill is known for his mastery of materials, form, and process to craft inventive, resourceful, beautiful contemporary design works.

How has Tasmania influenced Brodie Neills work?

It’s a very Tasmanian approach, to value the natural world that surrounds you. When it comes to making something, interacting with raw materials, there’s a great level of care and stewardship. Tasmania has a reputation to be very respectful of nature, and one expression of this is through craftsmanship. There’s a responsibility to really make the most of it.

Why did LARK get involved?

Celebrating a fusion of art and Tasmanian material, LARK recognises the synergy between craftsmanship, and a respect of resources, to create beautiful, layered forms that are pleasing to the senses.