Behind the Design
with David Trubridge
Airy, luminous sustainability inspired by the nature of New Zealand and beyond
A Q&A with David Trubridge, Designer
Interview by Sarah Schaale
What’s your favorite David Trubridge design?
The Coral Light by David Trubridge is still a favorite because it was the first
and it was so satisfying to see it come together, even
now. And still the Body Raft—getting picked up by
Cappellini, that was sort of my big break. I think
it is the most resolved piece of furniture design
that I’ve done.
Where do you find inspiration?
The obvious quick answer is nature,
but it's not that I can go out in the
forest or mountains and see a light in
a tree. It’s not as simple as that. The
trips for me into the mountains are
more for the spirit, the energy, the state
of mind in which things start to form. It’s
more indirect. All of that
stuff is coming through
my vision, my way
of seeing. If you
don’t do that initial
part as an artist, you
don’t have anything
to design with.
My ideal is for design to be like music. There is no physical object.
- Coral Pendant by David Trubridge Design
The original--and still the best--way to incorporate an organic, airy element into modern interiors. The David Trubridge Design Coral Pendant features numerous Natural Bamboo components, shipped flat (to minimize packaging and save on shipping costs) and ready to assemble into a sphere with plastic clips. Available in three sizes.
- Swish Pendant by David Trubridge Design
In modern interiors, the David Trubridge Design Swish Pendant has sweet, swirling swagger. In a fantastic melding of rustic and modern materials, the bulbous spiraling form is made out of curving bands of Natural Bamboo over polycarbonate, held together with petite aluminum rivets. Available in two sizes.
- Snowflake 1000 Pendant by David Trubridge Design
Who says a snowflake has to be cold? The David Trubridge Design Snowflake 1000 Pendant displays all the unique crystalline detail of a snowflake, but is made out of components of warm Natural Bamboo. Due to the intricacy of the design, the Snowflake 1000 Pendant is shipped pre-assembled.