about us

designedmade inc is a not-for-profit group based in Hobart providing members with a platform to showcase their work and network with other designers and organisations

Its mission is to inspire, connect and represent Tasmanian designers

The aims of designedmade inc. are to encourage and develop initiative in relation to

  • Increasing public awareness

  • Innovative practice

  • Co-operation and Communication between designers

  • Professionalism and best practice

  • Increase work opportunities

  • Design Education

  • Professional Development

The group was established in Tasmania in 1995 by a group of furniture designers and designer-makers, mostly  graduates from the Furniture Design program at the University of Tasmania, and was formerly known as the furniture designers association. Over the last 20 years the group has evolved and now includes members working in a range of practices including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, textiles as well as furniture and wood. In 2015 the name was changed to better reflect the membership.


designedmade inc provides a network and information service to its members and supports marketing of products and design services, through co-operative ventures such as designed; made showcasing, exhibitions and other projects.

We welcome artists and designers who use the craft techniques of woodwork, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metalworking, leatherwork etc to produce one-off or limited run production pieces and/or design objects to be produced using a range of craft and other manufacturing methods

We meet monthly (usually on the 1st Thursday). Meetings venues and time are posted on our events page. All members are welcome to attend and contribute to planning and management of our events and activities.

Meet the executive committee

David Pannell

David Pannell (Chair) is a furniture designer and maker based in Franklin, Tasmania. His work aims for ‘lightness’ and for forms that recede into the background.

Svend Madsen

Svend Madsen (Deputy Chair) was born in Denmark where he studied drawing and design at the Interior Architect School in Copenhagen in the late 1960's

Linda Fredheim

Linda Fredheim (treasurer) was one of the founding members of the furniture designers association. She has been a designer maker for the past 25 years and has taught at the UTAS School of Art in Hobart.

Christine Hannan

Christine Hannan works in the mediums of glass, printmaking and painting from her home studio in Hobart Her work is informed by artistic processes that allow these materials to be combined.

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