David Trubridge wants his footprint on earth to be like a sailboat that slips through the water without leaving trace after it’s gone – fitting for a designer who holds a naval architecture degree and lived on a boat for four years, sailing all the way from Britain to New Zealand. En route, Trubridge worked with limited facilities and supplies, which taught him the value of economical yet creative design. His Coral Pendant (2004) is the result of repeating patterns he saw in Antarctic ice crystals and the similar ones he saw in underwater coral. Such inspirations are the norm for Trubridge, who spent years studying nature before creating this pendant, which echoes natural patterns and uses minimum materials to achieve maximum effect. Ships flat to save on packing materials; simple assembly required. Bulb (not included): incandescent 60W/G25/E26 or comparable CFL/LED.
Sustainably grown Moso (giant bamboo) plywood with carbonized finish; dual-core PVC cord; white painted metal ceiling plate; PVC rivets.
David Trubridge is a trained naval architect and self-taught woodworker who is passionate about the environment. And this passion isn't expressed from sitting behind a desk, rather it's from being out in the world and living in extreme situations. In 1982, Trubridge and his family moved aboard their 45-foot cutter "Hornpipe" and spent the next four years exploring the Caribbean and Tahiti.
Along the way, Trubridge designed and built entire houses of furniture for clients living on the islands. "Facilities and supplies were very limited and I had to design around what was available and what I could do there," says Trubridge. "It was a very valuable lesson in economy and creative design. Mostly I worked in a tiny shed with about one machine, and if I had to, I bought time on larger machines nearby. In Tahiti I worked out of the clients' garages and they could wander out and watch their furniture being made. Electricity came from generators that did not run all the time so I had to work around that too." Read more >