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Biography - David Trubridge

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'Wanted Design', New York.

Milan Furniture Fair, Milan.

ª'Dwell on Design', Los Angeles - Winner of Lighting Category with Manuka. 

Clerkenwell Design Week, London.



'Wanted Design', New York.

'DMY International Design Festival', Berlin.

'Dwell on Design', Los Angeles.

ICARUS is purchased by the Pompidou Centre, Paris, for its permanent collection.

"Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern", Objectspace, Auckland.

"Woven", Milford Gallery, Queenstown.

Milan Furniture Fair, Milan.



ª 'PSP Design Challenge' Furniture & Lighting Category and Overall Winner (Wing Light, Baskets, Culver City Commission).

ª 'Design for Asia Awards", Hong Kong Design Centre, where we received a Merit for our Grow kitset light range.

'Why Milan' Objectspace, Auckland, NZ.

'Dwell on Design', Los Angeles.

ªGood Design Awards, Grow Kitset Lights.

'Wanted Design Show' New York.

Milan Furniture Fair, 'Dream Space' Innovation-Imagination, Zona Tortona.

Presentation by David Trubridge at Experimental Design Research Symposium, Sydney.

Glide acquired by Minneapolis Design Museum for their permanent collection.

Creative Hawke's Bay Invitational, Hastings.



Milan Furniture Fair. 'Freedom in Balance' at Superstudio Piu, Zona Tortona.

Design Triennial 'Why Design Now?” at Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York.

ª 'Good Design Award' for the Spiral Island collection of Island Seats and Cloud Lights.

ª 'Best Awards' Silver for Icarus Wing Light.

Talk on Cultural Design, Abu Dhabi, UAE.



Milan Furniture Fair. 'Three Baskets of Knowledge at Superstudio Piu, Zona Tortona.

Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea; invited exhibitor.

Tasmania Design Island workshop leader at Bay of Fires retreat.

ª Three Baskets of Knowledge wins a Silver Best Award.

ª Cloud light wins Home NZ Design award.

Korean Design Biennale Gwangju.



Milan Furniture Fair. 'Spiral Islands' at Spazio Goradesky, Zona Tortona.  Also exhibited in New York at ICFF and during Brussels Design Week at Diito.

Lighting exhibition at Pompidou Centre and VIA Design centre in Paris.

Les Contours du Vide' an exhibition of patterns and lace in Retournac, France.

Awarded honorary diploma at Iberoamericana University, Mexico City.

Speak at Arquine Architectural Congress in Mexico City.

ª Spiral Island wins a Gold Best Award.

Teach at Vitra Design Museum’s summer design school, Boisbuchet, France.



ª John Britten Award

Milan Furniture Fair. 'Southern Lights' at Spazio Goradesky, Zona Tortona.

New York solo show in Meatpacking District during ICFF.

'Smartworks' exhibition in the Power House Sydney.  New Sling acquired for their collection. Speaker at the accompanying Symposium.

'On Thin Ice'  shown in the Natural World Art Museum’s climate change exhibition at the Nobel Peace Centre Oslo, Brussels, Monaco and Chicago.

ª Winner of the Green Leaf Award for sculpture at this exhibition.

Teach at Vitra Design Museum’s summer design school, Boisbuchet, France.



Milan Furniture Fair. 'Volute' with Art Aqua, Zona Tortona.

Exhibit at ICFF New York with essenze.

'On Thin Ice' Antarctica exhibition at Napier City Art Gallery.

‘Distinguished Visiting Professor of Wood Arts’ at CCA college San Francisco.

ª Garden Bench wins outdoor category of Home and Entertaining Design Awards.

Guest international judge for Queensland Designers Institute Awards.



ª ‘Kina’ wins Silver Leaf Award at IFDA in Japan, and is category winner at DINZ Bestawards.

Coral light runner up in Home & Entertaining Design Awards.

Guest speaker at Designex in Melbourne, and judge of designawards.

Invited to Iceland to work with design students in Reykjavik.

Teach at Vitra Design Museum’s summer design school, Boisbuchet, France.



Milan Furniture Fair.  Exhibit in NZ Design Space in a private Gallery in Brera.

Coral lights exhibited by Idee in Tokyo Designer’s Block. 

Travel to Antarctica as an Antarctica NZ Arts Fellow.

Teach at Vitra Design Museum’s summer design school, Boisbuchet, France.

Te Papa purchase a Body Raft for the national collection.



Milan Furniture Fair.  Exhibit in Salone Satellite.

Guest speaker and judge at a Furniture Design Conference in Dongguan, China.

Consultant and lecturer for the Designing Futures programme in Perth.

Dondola is a finalist in the BestAwards for Furniture.



Milan Furniture Fair.  Exhibit in Salone Satellite.

Cappellini launch Body Raft at the Cologne Furniture Fair and in Superstudio Piu in Milan.

Glide lounger is a finalist in Designboom/Sotheby's Rocker competition in Milan.

Liferaft bench is a finalist in the Japanese International Furniture Design Asahikawa competition.

Raft is included in the 2002 International Design Yearbook.

ª Sling recliner is joint winner of Best Product category in the BestAwards.

Visiting Fellow at Curtin University School of Architecture in Perth.



Milan Furniture Fair.  Exhibit in Salone Satellite, runner up for best stand.

Cappellini take up worldwide manufacture and distribution of Body Raft.

One of 40 selected finalists (and the only piece of furniture) in the 10th International Design Competition, Osaka, Japan.

Exhibit in 'Celebrating Boxes' a book and exhibition traveling worldwide from UK.



'Ecliptic' is installed in Napier as winner of Millennium Sculpture competition.

Invited speaker and demonstrator at Furniture 2000, the annual conference of the. American Furniture Society in Toronto.

Speaker at ‘Designing Minds’ conference in Adelaide, Australia.



Exhibit at 100% Design at Earl's Court, and at the Chelsea Craft Show, London.

Speak at John Makepeace's furniture making school Parnham House, Dorset, UK.

'Furniture in Context' goes to the Dowse Art Museum, Wellington.



Curator for 'Furniture in Context', a pioneering national show of furniture at Hastings Art Gallery.

ª House design won three awards in the Master Builders' Awards.



‘Framed’, a curated exhibition of studio furniture makers at the Dowse Art. Museum, Wellington.

‘Artisan’, an international exhibition of craft-art at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

Hornpipe bench featured in “Vom Holzstück zum Kunststück” at  ‘Ligna Hannover’ .



‘Offerings’ figurative furniture and woodblock prints at Artis Gallery, Auckland.

Guest speaker to open ‘Movements’ furniture show, Suter Gallery Nelson.

Hornpipe Bench included in International Design Yearbook.



Artist-in-residence at Kyoto College of Art and Design.

Won a Major Creative Project Award from Creative New Zealand.

ª Hornpipe set won a Craft Best Design Award from the Designers Institute of NZ.



ª Overall and Innovative categories prize-winner for the Tasman Forestry/NZ Home and Building Furniture Design Competition.

Invited to exhibit at an exhibition of NZ Design at Becks Department store, Munich.



Instigated, and participated in, the Pinus RadiArta Sculpture Symposium at the Hawkes Bay Polytechnic.



Canoe Chair featured in the Artiture NZ touring exhibition in Japan.

ª Awarded third prize at the Anticipation 92 section of the Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition (now SOFA).



Artist-in-residence at Hawkes Bay Polytechnic (now EIT).



ª Winner of the Forest Research Institute/ NZ Woodworker magazine National Radiata Prize.

Solo exhibitions in Auckland and Wellington.


ª Major Creative Project Award from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.



NZ Contemporary Furniture Exhibition at Auckland Museum. Occasional chair bought for the collection.



ª Award of merit at the first Winstones Craft Biennale.


‘A Wood Exhibition’ Crafts Council national touring show, UK.

 Altar chairs commissioned by St, Mary's cathedral, Edinburgh.



 Victoria and Albert Museum, London commission jewellery box for their collection.



 Arm Chair purchased by Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK.