Milan 2013 was a particularly special event for David Trubridge. It saw the international release of his new book, 'So Far', exploring the holistic relationship between his art and his life as an adventurer, husband and father.
It is Saturday March 2nd at the David Trubridge building in Whakatu village. Inside the workshop it is quiet; a new installation piece lies under wraps, soon bound for Milan and New York where it will be scrutinised by international design aficionados. Outside, however, there is a large crowd and a busy hum: it is the day of Junk to Funk.
Spring in Hawke's Bay means a number of things - including the much-anticipated Wildflower exhibition. Hosted in a beautiful private garden just south of Hastings, it gathered together a variety of local artists to celebrate and showcase their work.
Designer David Trubridge has added another string to his bow. Increasingly recognised on the international design stage, David's well-known plywood signature lights have now extended into jewellery. In many ways it's an obvious development, taking his gem-like pendant lights into something which can adorn the body - instead of the home.
Some of the best creative work results from a gradual progression of ideas. David's Manuka Light is an example of this. Inspired by his time tramping in the New Zealand bush, David developed a screen for his bach in Mahanga based on leaf shapes. Amy Lynch, one of his designers, took the idea further and rearranged the shapes to create the delicate, five-pointed Manuka blossoms. Manuka is a small indigenous tree with a tiny white flower.
Chicago's much-anticipated event, SOFA (short for Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art), is happening again. For three action-packed days, visitors will be treated to what is tagged as one of the most outstanding art fairs in America, with a wide variety of contemporary and traditional work on display. David's Spiral Island Clouds will be amid the mix, along with a series of other pieces.
David's work will be showcased in a solo exhibition at Philadelphia's Wexler Gallery. Exploring his recent work, the show will be an exciting opportunity for American audiences to experience David's approach to sustainable design.
‘ZERO WASTE’ - is the message in a new art project between New Zealand artist David Trubridge and Vipp, the Danish manufacturer of the original Vipp waste bin.
Since 1939, leading design company Vipp has encouraged the disposal of waste with their practical pedal bins. The Vipp bin, created by Danish craftsman Holger Nielsen and originally only intended for his wife’s hairdressing salon, has today become an internationally recognized design icon permanently installed at MoMA in New York.
David has taken five Vipp items, including the classic waste bin, and transformed them into art objects using bamboo plywood - his signature material. Each piece explores his philosophy on Zero Waste and communicates its own tongue-in-cheek, unique message.
Woven is an exhibition of textures and light, uniting the ‘raw sophistication’ of David Trubridge with the abstracted weaving patterns and tactility of Peata Larkin. David Trubridge needs no introduction as an internationally acclaimed furniture designer. He has also received extraordinary acknowledgement for his lights – including being judged best of the year in 2006 by the French editors of “Elle Décor” magazine. His designs are in the permanent collection of the Pompidou Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum and numerous others; he was listed in 2008 as one of the top 15 designers of the world.
Trubridge is exhibiting three brand-new, unique sculptural scale abstract forms. These are also delicate and entrancing lights. They are generically titled “Tipu” (meaning swelling or lump) and then further identified by the naturalistic reference that comprises the design language of each work – bush, grass, spiral. Each work has profoundly different sensations, presence and shadow patterns. They have been made using a (sustainable) pioneering formulation made from plant material and NZ flax fibre. The works express their organic origins and naturalistic impulses with the overlays and lattice character of each work defining, interceding and fracturing the soft role played by light and shadow as the forms flow, spin and come to deepen.
Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern is a thematic exhibition exploring contemporary pattern with works made by New Zealand makers and designers within the last 10 years. David Brett, a British contemporary authority on pattern and ornament, observes that pattern is as pervasive, perennial and, implicitly, primordial as language and arithmetic. Indeed, pattern can be found in every culture, every era and in every environment. Pattern appears in fields as diverse as fashion, nature, mathematics, tattoo art, software design and interior design.