“Great Art grows out of intellectual and spiritual ideas that when combined with nature and the skill of man defines its form and style’. As 19th century art critic John Ruskin aptly expressed it, ‘it combines the heart, head and the hand’. Peter Collenette of Tasmanian Fine Furniture has an extensive knowledge of historical furniture design styles and some of the world’s most attractive timbers available to make them. He is inspired to produce a range of furniture with a distinctive language of style of its own that has been inspired by English ‘Georgian’ traditions. He also has a reverence for fashioning fine furniture from the beautiful timbers that abound in his island wonderland home, following established design principles and traditions.
The native forests of the tiny island of Tasmania to the south of our vast island continent of Australia are today a vital link in the world chain of precious natural environmental resources and it has more recently become known as the ‘island of inspiration’ due to its relatively unspoiled natural wonders and the aesthetic pleasure gleaned, by tourists and locals alike, from its built environment containing sensational houses of stone. Their design was inspired mostly by English ‘Georgian’ era design and style traditions (1714 – 1830), when furniture was all about harmonious and pleasing proportions and renowned excellence in execution. Many different design styles arose during the Georgian era in England and they were all re-interpreted, distilled and decanted into something quite unique as they were eagerly adapted to suit the harsh Australian climate by its early settlers.
The natural world contributes so much to who we are. What the forests provide is integral to the lives of all Australians and contributes to keeping our country, its democratic freedoms and its culture active and alive. The fight to ensure the survival of Tassie’s ancient growth forests is ongoing and championed by many environmentalists. GetUp in Australia rallies Australians to join the cause. Tasmania has some of the finest cool temperate hardwood forests in the world and each species of timber has its own unique character and defining patterns, grains and colours. Some trees are forested under very strict guidelines while others are ‘salvaged’ from where they have fallen on the ancient forest floor.