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The Nikau Pendant Light takes its name from the only indigenous palm tree in New Zealand. Marked by a large bulb atop its trunk, the hanging light echoes that distinctive form in the hands of celebrated designer and naturalist David Trubridge. Endlessly adaptable, the elongated Full Nikau is ideal to brighten up a corner—or line up several as a room divider. In a selection of stock colors (custom colors upon request) in natural or painted bamboo. Nylon clip fasteners make home assembly a snap, literally. David’s eco-friendly ethos is reflected in the choice of renewable bamboo and in flat-packing of product to reduce freighting and packaging resources. Honored with the prestigious Red Dot Award for design.
“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."