The center was established to stimulate the creation of high-quality Tasmanian craft and design. Today, only Tasmanian-created items are exhibited and sold, and the work of emerging craftspeople and designers is highlighted. Around 16 exhibitions are hosted annually.
The Design Centre is also home to the Wood Design Collection, Australia’s first collection of contemporary wood designs.
The retail gallery is another highlight, selling top-quality designs in glass, wood, ceramics and textiles. Take-home gifts include locally designed and crafted jewelry, furniture, homewares and furnishings.