1842 is a furniture design gallery and showroom in Launceston, northern Tasmania.
Located in the city’s central business district, 1842 specialises in hand-crafting the finest Tasmanian furniture. It is also northern Tasmania’s largest commercial art gallery and carries an extensive range of 20th Century design objects and antiques. It specializes in art nouveau and art deco metalware.
You can browse the range of furniture in the showroom, which is located in one of Launceston’s oldest buildings – the original Counting House of Johnstone and Wilmot’s wholesale grocery business.
1842’s workshop and exhibition space occupies an adjoining warehouse building, considered architecturally unique in Australia. Here, 1842’s resident furniture makers create fine studio furniture using specialty Tasmanian timbers such as Huon pine, myrtle, blackwood and sassafras. Furniture commissions are a specialty.
The exhibition space showcases art, photography, glassware and other design by some of Tasmania’s finest artists. You can see work by acclaimed Tasmanian artists Gay Hutton, Philippa Bromson, Tony Ryan, Helen How, Zhang Dawo, Julia Rogers, John Butler and Jon Morrison.