Baskets Of Light
New Zealand-based David Trubridge is not only a lighting design wiz but also an environmental champion and he's reworked his Baskets hanging lights from plastic to eco-friendly birch plywood. Originating in Finland, the sustainably managed material is so thin that it lets the light through and it is converted to ply with minimal waste. Using just a tiny amount of wood for maximum effect, each light is shipped in a “kitset” tube and easily assembled with nylon push-in clips. Inspired by a Māori myth of the 3 baskets that were used to bring knowledge down from the gods to the people of the land, each version has a unique design which throws a different shadow pattern on the ground and walls.
55" h x 23" w x 23" d (140x58x58cm)
Finnish Birch Plywood, Bamboo Plywood
“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."