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Designer David Trubridge gives a chic Swish to the notion of warm overall illumination. The ovoid-shaped pendant light melds contrasting swirls in bamboo plywood and polycarbonate to shield the inner light source. Alternating panels create an overall illumination with almost no patterned reflections. Swish is uniquely its own or also can be paired with other versions in the series such as Roll, Bounce or Rise for varied effects. 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."