Designer Spotlight: David Trubridge


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In his artist's statement, New Zealand-based furniture designer David Trubridge writes:

My ideas come from the wild places, edges of turbulence and renewal,
where seas break on beaches and headlands, where land and air meet on mountain ridges. I make forms of elemental simplicity, as the erosion of air and water on wood and stone, forms that speak of humanity's survival on earth, of life's fragility and dependence, of comfort in the ways of the past that have succoured us, and optimism for a sustainable and enriching future. I work within the limits of what I have and know, simplicity and low impact, natural materials and processes, leaving a delicate footprint.

With a poet's heart and a conservationist's values, David Trubridge has raked in awards and accolades for his stunning designs. Just last month, David was given the country's highest design recognition, the John Britten Award, at the Designers Institute of New Zealand BeST Design Awards.

To see some of David's brilliant and beautiful designs, just read more

David Trubridge's work has been seen in such disparate places as London's Top Shop fashion outlet on Oxford Street, the Victoria and Albert Museum, St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh, and the Shipley Gallery Newcastle. In 1999 David curated a national exhibition called 'Furniture in Context' for theHawkes Bay Cultural Trust, which later traveled to the Dowse Art Museum. David currently exhibits in Milan, New York and Australia, and lectures worldwide on furniture and sustainable design. His work has been showcased in magazines such as Wallpaper, Elle Decor, and Vogue.

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