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With its open form, the Beau Pendant Light spreads the light downwards, making it an ideal choice over work areas. By tightly overlapping segments of ultra-thin bamboo plywood, New Zealand-based designer David Trubridge chooses to hide the inner light source, a departure from his previous open-weave fixtures. A choice of finishes determines the overall lighting effect—in natural, for an even glow, or in caramel for moodier ambient illumination. In the company’s longstanding eco-conscious vein, product is flat-packed to reduce freighting and packaging resources.
“I design to communicate, to tell a story,” says the designer David Trubridge, “to relate what I find in the mountains and wilderness and what it is to be human.” Originally trained in boat design, David taught himself how to make furniture and his early work was widely heralded in his native UK. Turning a page in the early 1980s, he and his young family sold everything they had and set sail on their yacht “Hornpipe” around the Caribbean and the Pacific, while he built houses for clients living on nearby islands.
Arriving in New Zealand a few years later, David began to create furnishings inspired by his time at sea and eventually expanded to include his distinctive lighting, becoming an influential presence in the design world. An environmental sensibility governs his operation there, including recycling factory and studio waste, exclusive use of hydro electricity and eco-supportive shipping and freighting. As David puts it, “If design is not actively trying to preserve our future it is, by default, destroying it."