David Trubridge

Artistry from nature

- New Zealand -

29 Products



David Trubridge Ltd was formed in 1995 when David started to expand his operation from his small designer/maker business. David's work came to prominence in 2001, establishing a blueprint for kit-set products that minimised environmental footprint.

The company is proud to hold Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The company is driven by a strong environmentally conscious philosophy which informs all aspects of design and production. Such motivations come before profit.

This ethos is demonstrated in the company's dedication to sourcing sustainable materials. Wherever possible, all timber is from sustainably managed plantations in New Zealand, or the United States. Wood is left natural where appropriate, with natural non-toxic oils being used in place of harmful solvents. From a design point of view, the products use only the minimal amount of materials and are generated with a focus on longevity, rather than mimicking quick-moving trends.


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David Trubridge


During an interview with the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Trubridge answered the fundamental question of why he designs.

“To provide cultural nourishment, to tell stories, to reach people emotionally and spiritually; the objects are a vehicle for the nourishment we so badly lack in all the pragmatic and consumer stuff we are surrounded with. And the other reason I design is to recreate that vital connection to nature that we have lost so much, living in insulated cities.”

David Trubridge graduated from Newcastle University in England in 1972 with a degree in Naval Architecture (Boat Design). Working as a forester part-time in rural Northumberland for a short period, he taught himself to make furniture. His carefully crafted designs were shown all over the UK.

In 1981, Trubridge and his wife Linda set off to sail around the world with their two small sons. They sold all they had and bought ‘Hornpipe’, the yacht that was their home for the next ten years as they navigated their way throughout the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The family arrived in New Zealand in 1985. Deeply inspired by his impressions of the Pacific, Trubridge began to develop furniture which held close connotations with the sea.

Fortunes changed dramatically for Trubridge with his re-launch of Body Raft. This signaled the transformation of the business from a small-scale model to one that has a considerable presence on the international lighting and furniture market.

Trubridge has had a long-standing passion for the environment, deepened by his time at sea. In 2004 he was selected for the Antarctica Arts Fellowship program, which allowed him to spend several weeks in this remote and ecologically delicate location. It was an experience that inspired Trubridge to heighten his pursuit of environmental sensitivity, both as an individual, and as the driving force behind a company that continues to expand.

David's designs have featured in countless international publications including the most influential, as an instigator of the trend of 'raw sophistication' and as an exemplar of environmentally responsible design.

In 2008 the French magazine Express listed him as one of the top 15 designers in the world, and in 2012 the Pompidou Centre in Paris purchased his 'Icarus' installation for its permanent collection.


Product Catalogue

  • FLORAL

    FLORAL

    David Trubridge
    $370
    $370
  • SOLA

    SOLA

    David Trubridge
    $2,744
    $2,744
  • NIKAU

    NIKAU

    David Trubridge
    $1,170
    $1,170
  • PEQUOD

    PEQUOD

    David Trubridge
    $526
    $526
  • RISE

    RISE

    David Trubridge
    $1,176
    $1,176
  • DROP

    DROP

    David Trubridge
    $1,008
    $1,008
  • SWISS

    SWISS

    David Trubridge
    $524
    $524
  • ROLL

    ROLL

    David Trubridge
    $1,008
    $1,008
  • HALF NIKAU

    HALF NIKAU

    David Trubridge
    $773
    $773
  • WING

    WING

    David Trubridge
    $14,946
    $14,946
  • ULLU

    ULLU

    David Trubridge
    $543
    $543
  • DUNES

    DUNES

    David Trubridge
    $504
    $504
  • HILLS

    HILLS

    David Trubridge
    $504
    $504
  • PEBBLES

    PEBBLES

    David Trubridge
    $504
    $504
  • POLA

    POLA

    David Trubridge
    $2,744
    $2,744
  • MANUKA

    MANUKA

    David Trubridge
    $3,192
    $3,192
  • FLAX

    FLAX

    David Trubridge
    $1,075
    $1,075
  • SNOWFLAKE

    SNOWFLAKE

    David Trubridge
    Price on Request
  • HINAKI

    HINAKI

    David Trubridge
    $370
    $370
  • KOURA

    KOURA

    David Trubridge
    $470
    $470
  • KINA

    KINA

    David Trubridge
    $482
    $482
  • CORAL

    CORAL

    David Trubridge
    $370
    $370
  • Belle

    Belle

    David Trubridge
    $532
    $532
  • Beau

    Beau

    David Trubridge
    $532
    $532
  • Cloud

    Cloud

    David Trubridge
    $10,739
    $10,739
  • Bounce

    Bounce

    David Trubridge
    $1,008
    $1,008
  • Bamboo Basket

    Bamboo Basket

    David Trubridge
    $9,173
    $9,173
  • POLYCARBONATE BASKET

    POLYCARBONATE BASKET

    David Trubridge
    $9,173
    $9,173
  • ALUMINIUM BASKET

    ALUMINIUM BASKET

    David Trubridge
    $9,173
    $9,173