Insights / 08.11.19

Sculptural Luminaries Inspired by Nature: David Trubridge

We're continuously inspired by the work of David Trubridge. David’s personal life and his design work are inseparable, both rely on nature for nourishment and inspiration.

The company David runs is respected globally for its early awareness of sustainable practices. David aspires to lead, not follow, green business models.

During an interview with the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Trubridge answered the fundamental question of why he designs.

“To provide cultural nourishment, to tell stories, to reach people emotionally and spiritually; the objects are a vehicle for the nourishment we so badly lack in all the pragmatic and consumer stuff we are surrounded with. And the other reason I design is to recreate that vital connection to nature that we have lost so much, living in insulated cities.”

These days it's hard to find someone who's unfamiliar with David's iconic designs. What you may not know is the extent of the environmental ethos held by David Trubridge Studio.

David Trubridge Studio aspires to lead in green business models. This aspiration has directed decisions, not only in product design and production but premises and people as well.

The timber-framed studio itself has been built with as many eco-features as possible including copious amounts of natural light, energy-efficient heating and insulated ceilings. The property surrounding the studio is also actively utilized by locals for beekeeping and grazing.

Product materials are sourced from renewable forests or sustainable plantations. Harmful toxins are avoided throughout production. Bamboo plywood and MDF boards with an E0 glue rating are used, so there are no risks from formaldehyde. Where a finish is required water-based paints are used.

Products designs use only the minimal amount of materials to ensure there is no wastage and the introduction of the Kitset products allowed minimisation of the carbon footprint associated with freight and shipping.

And by keeping all production on-site, the studio is able to be aware of all waste produced and proactively find ways to reduce it. Impressively, the only waste sent to landfill is currently one 240L 'wheely bin' per fortnight, similar to one household!