New Zealand designer David Trubridge has long held our attention with his stunning lighting and furniture design that blend the elements of nature with modern and contemporary forms. He has just returned from showing in Milan during the Salone Del Mobile during the first half of April, where he coincided The Elements exhibition with the launch of his new book, So Far, which explores the holistic relationship between his art and his life as an adventurer, husband and father.
Trubridge has always been a poetic designer in the way the way he interprets the world around and the inspirations he gathers from the organic and the natural. The Elements born from the cycles of the earth, water, fire and air, and was composed of collaborative installations and a fresh range of products, including a 3D carpet project with Australian artisan company Tsar, a series of production lights sponsored by Swarovski, and the modular table system Luup.
It was a tactile, emotive collection of designs on show in the dimly lit space, where the Geode light burnt out from the darkness contrasting beautifully with the coolness of the Light Rain installation. The Beneath rug collection was displayed hung vertically on the walls, inviting people to reach out and touch it, while the Ruapehu Mountain carpet on the floor attracted weary design hunters to linger longer and rest in between the endless shows happening throughout the city.
The Elements exhibition is now on its way to WantedDesign New York, which opens on May 17th.