David Trubridge

David Trubridge


29 February 2016

by David Trubridge

This year our theme is under the sea. We look at diatoms, microscopic creatures that live in water everywhere. Individually their size makes them seem insignificant, but en masse they are a vital part of the global environment.

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H2 0008 Asteriola on Black in Workshop

Last year we exhibited 'At Eye Level' at the Milan Design Fair. This show explored the critical issue of sea level rise and what effect that will ultimately have on low lying Pacific islands. This year we look below or under that surface, at Diatoms. Photo: nhm.ac.uk

Diatoms are at the base of the entire oceanic food chain. They take more carbon out of the atmosphere than anything else - more than all the world’s tropical rainforests. Through photosynthesis they liberate enough oxygen for our every fifth breath. And almost as a bonus they are stunningly beautiful.

Navicula Marine Light by David Trubridge Diatom
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H2 0005 FormosaNEWBlack2

Formosa (above) is derived from the structure of a microscopic diatom, which is a small organism that lives wherever there is water. Formosa was designed to be a bright task light that could sit over a table or desk. It is made from bamboo plywood and polyethylene felt which comes from recycled water bottles. 

It will be sold as flatpack and relatively easy to assemble using nylon fasteners. There are five LED light sources and one size only, 1000mm diameter. We are exploring colour combinations of the recycled water bottle material and various finishes of the bamboo.

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H2 0007 Pola with Shadows 1

Join us in Frankfurt

If you are travelling to Light+Building 2016 please visit us at hall 1.1, stand B20. Show dates: March 13-18.