Navicula is derived from nature, in this case from one of the many microscopic diatoms that float around in the oceans.
Based on one of the geometric polyhedra that have interested David since he was a boy. The intricate form is made from just one single component repeated 60 times.
Designed to offer a softer more decorative offering alongside Coral which is more structured.
References the inner shell of the local salt water sea-urchin called kina in Māori which is often found washed ashore on New Zealand beaches.
David Trubridge Ltd was formed in 1995 when David started to expand his operation from his small designer/maker business. The company is driven by a strong environmentally conscious philosophy which informs all aspects of design and production.
The company is driven by a strong environmentally conscious philosophy which informs all aspects of design and production. Such motivations come before profit. 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.”
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.