David Trubridge launches new collections at ICFF NYC

On 20 May at the Javits Center in New York City, one of the world’s foremost design shows opened: ICFF.

David Trubridge has exhibited in New York many times, but never with so many new designs and in such a unique way. The installation booth design is a huge part of any design show and the goal this year was to create a low-impact structure made from cardboard which could be re-used and eventually recycled. The waste created from trade fairs is something that has always bothered the company and it aims to inspire others to re-think this.

The show provides a launch pad for the latest designs from the studio including Maru, the newest luminaire from New Zealand-based David Trubridge Studio, designed and made in New Zealand. This keystone piece has been the most complex to design as it had to fit within the company’s Seed System ethos of shipping as flatpack/kitset. Maru is made from 60 identical components that clip together to create an elliptical form. The interior LED spotlights cast intriguing overlapping shadows upon the ceiling surface (Maru’s hidden quality).

The form is inspired by diatoms (continuing on from the studio’s award-winning Navicula released in 2017) which are at the base of the entire oceanic food chain. They take more carbon out of the atmosphere than all the world’s tropical rainforests. Through photosynthesis, they liberate enough oxygen for our every second breath. The name Maru is found in both New Zealand Maori and Japanese languages, with references to the cycle of life. Maru will be available for sale in two sizes from early 2019.

Other features on the stand are brand-new wall sconces which are an edition to a previously pendant-only collection. Table Lamp options have also been added to the company’s collection after many requests by residential and commercial clients. The three designs initially available for table lamps are Coral, Floral and Kōura.

There is another very special piece gracing the stand too. In 2005 David won the Silverleaf award for his Kina light by the IFDA. In 2017 he was invited to design a new piece, to be made by Conde House celebrating IFDA’s 10th international exhibition. They asked David Trubridge Studio to team up with one of their wood manufacturers in Hokkaido, Japan to create a new design: the Kina Ottoman, which has been made available for ICFF.

The stand will feature popular designs from the brand including the acoustic light canopy Hush, which is scientifically proven to significantly reduce noise and improve sound quality in spaces. Hush was designed by David Trubridge for New Zealand company IQ Commercial and is manufactured from six-millimetre thick panels of 100 per cent polyester fibres (including 65 per cent post-consumer recycled material) the material is safe, non-toxic, non-irritant and non-allergic.

Other designs shown include the pendant light, Kōura and the award-winning Navicula light which is a recent release and winner of a gold Best Award and a Good Design Award.


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