David Trubridge, a transplant from the north of England to New Zealand, has been making unique, eco-friendly lighting since 2003. Because the company is based in New Zealand, their remote location has necessitated creative solutions to distance and freight issues and they have developed “kitset” products to address these problems. Each light comes ready to assemble.
David Trubridge at work in the studio / workshop in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Caring about transparency and aspiring to a business that is ethical and environmentally aware, David Trubridge lights are green and eco-conscious. They use sustainably sourced bamboo and avoid chemical finishes. The coloured lights use a water-based paint made in New Zealand.
The Coral Light is now recognized around the world and has created a blueprint for how they approach design.
“This form is based on the structure of a geometric polyhedron. Every piece is identical, making home assembly easy. The way it grows outwards with fingers reminds me of coral. I love to snorkel over reefs exploring the amazing detail and structure of all the various corals. Our kitsets significantly reduce freight and packaging, which is one of our ways of doing what we can to help preserve our beautiful sea and land environments.” - David Trubridge
See how a "kitset" is assembled:
Assembly is easy, click on the image and watch the video!
Here are some ideas to think about when considering David Trubridge lighting for your space: Their lights are unique. They create an ambient, rich atmosphere, evoking intimacy and warmth within a space.
1. Their lights generate shadows and patterns that reflect on the surrounding surfaces. What surfaces do you have in your home that might make the most of the projected reflections? Generally, the closer the light is to the surface itself, the crisper the patterns; think of walls, tables or ceilings.
The Coral Light creates beautiful patterns and shadows on walls and surfaces.
2. It's also important to consider just how much light is required for your purposes. If you feel patterns would be distracting upon a work surface (such as a desk or kitchen bench), the Flax Light would be a good option as its enlarged aperture softens the intensity of the shadows.
Flax, or harakeke, is a New Zealand indigenous plant and it has been grown for its valuable fiber.
3. Take into account the nature of the intended room: a kitchen or dining room might suit a Kina or Flax, both circular lights that don't use a lot of hanging space. Smaller spherical lights such as Coral or Floral could also work in this situation where work and conversation flow is important, or ceilings are lower. Smaller lights look spectacular when arranged in a promenade or a clustered together.
The Foral Light design is based on a photograph David Trubridge took of a beautiful flower on the Bibulman track in Western Australia.
4. Rooms with higher ceilings, corridors or stairwells can work well with more elongated pieces such as Ula, Wing or Reed. Generally, the bigger the space, the larger the light and its impact.
The Reed Pendant Light is made of natural Bamboo and Hoop Pine Plywood.
If you would like a more opaque glow, rather than patterned shadows, look at the Bounce or Traces collections.
The Bounce Collection explores the silhouettes created with light and shadow. These playful black & white designs are intended for interiors that do not work well with natural wooden shades.
David Trubridge believes in the spirit of randomness, the essence of craft and good design for all. How can designers become socially responsible and relevant again? Interesting ideas to ponder in 2015.
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