David Trubridge – Coral lamp


The Coral Pendant is the result of two influences: the repeating patterns of ice crystals David Trubridge saw in Antarctica and the similar patterns 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 a minimum amount of materials for maximum effect. Trubridge wants his footprint on earth to be like a sailboat that slips through the water but leaves no trace after it has gone. The analogy is fitting for a designer who holds a naval architecture degree and lived on a boat for four years, sailing from Britain to New Zealand. En route, Trubridge worked with limited facilities and supplies, but these experiences taught him about economy and creative design. This light ships unassembled to reduce packing materials. Instructions for simple assembly are included and no tools are required. Take a look at the movie after the jump.

For Milan 2010 David Trubridge has created a new installation based on the story of Icarus, to be shown at the ‘Temporary Museum for New Design’, in Superstudio Piú, Zona Tortona. The installation is a series of uplifting, wing or feather-like light forms that seem to either spiral upwards or downwards. They are designed to help the spirit soar, but also to cause reflection on our place in the world. Like last year, this presentation will create minimal environmental impact. There will be NO freight – our entire display will be carried in our luggage and assembled on site. Using LED lights our stand’s power consumption will be less than 5 kilowatts per day compared to a neighbouring average of 500 kilowatts last year. Take a look to last year installation ‘The Three Baskets of Knowledge’ featured at Superstudio Piu. This video was created by Davide Calafa from Milan.