David Trubridge says that he does not design to fulfill a practical function. He says that he designs to communicate, to tell a story, to relate what he finds in the mountains and wilderness and what it is to be human.
He is clearly not enamored with much that claims to be eco-friendly design and, on his web site rails against the utilitarian. He also rejects trends and fashions and design which seeks originality through ‘ the clever, witty or ironic ‘. These are rejected as gimmicks like one-liner jokes that may be laughed at once but are quickly forgotten.
So where does this leave us? Artists tend to trust their work to speak for them. We leave you to judge the extent to which David achieves his aim of bringing cultural nourishment into people’s lives without using up precious resources and energy.
Sling is sleek and minimalist, yet commanding. Described as a ‘Floor Hammock’ it makes a virtue from its simplicity. 185X49X50 cm it is intended for indoor and occasional outside use. A full length cushion is available in the fabric of your choice.
Bow Bench is made from oiled red beech, plywood and stainless steel. Available freestanding or with a concealed base. It flows like the sea, the hills, like much of the natural world.
And more gentle, natural, shapes with Pebble Bowls which are available in New Zealand Plantation grown Pine or Bamboo. Sold individually or as a set. Their shapes and spirit almost perfectly reflected in David’s chairs and lights shown below.
These are Spiral Seats and Cloud Lights. Intended as a single installation they are both constructed from a skin of two interlocking spirals.
David says it is his dream to create something like Bach’s music that is not just remembered but can still be inspiring hundreds of years later. His art is his furniture, lighting and accessories. There is no doubting its elegance and grace. Is it inspiring? Will it continue to inspire? It’s certainly an impressive aim and there is nothing wrong with that.