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Painting Spaces with Shadows: Lighting by David Trubridge

David Trubridge’s lighting designs create maximum impact in any application through shadow patterns that wash across the ceiling and walls, impacting the space well beyond the limits of the fixture itself.

Sola Pendant from David Trubridge
Sola Pendant from David Trubridge

Based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, a region famous for its lush lifestyle, wine-making and culture, David Trubridge Ltd is an internationally renowned design studio known for unique lighting fixtures and contemporary furniture design. A self-taught craftsman and an avid environmentalist, Trubridge has an ethos that focuses heavily on the environment and commitment to sourcing sustainable materials. All timber is harvested from sustainably managed plantations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Products are designed to use the minimum amount of material necessary while maximizing volume and effect.

Trubridge’s designs are heavily influenced by nature and inspired by flora and fauna formations within the natural landscape alongside the sophisticated flavor of the South Pacific. David Trubridge creates a modern and contemporary collection of beautiful designs, renowned for artful organic forms and ethereal lighting creations.

The craftsmanship of Trubridge’s work consists of sustainably harvested bamboo created by deconstructed components that are CNC-cut from plywood sheets. The pieces are assembled into forms made mostly of negative space, with minimal material use relative to their size.

David Trubridge fixtures are created through the repetition of distinct shapes throughout each design–every fixture has a unique shadow pattern when illuminated. Bulb selection will determine the extent of contrast between light and shadow and can be varied to create the desired effect. Use of a high lumens bulb with clear glass will maximize the shadows. A reduced lumens bulb and frosted glass will soften the shadow patterns. Half-mirrored bulbs create an interesting effect by directing the shadows to the ceiling. A dimmer is recommended to provide more control over the lamp brightness and the shadows cast.

Each and every pendant is a beautiful sculptural focal point, transforming any space it comes into contact with. With over 30 designs and sizes to choose from, this acclaimed lighting collection provides a wide range of shadow patterns, from bold and strong to subtle.

Coral

Coral Collection from David Trubridge
Coral Collection from David Trubridge

Made from bamboo plywood with a painted interior and a choice of several vibrant hues, this pendant fixture allows light to flood the room in nuanced layers interlaced with shadows, producing “web-like” shadow patterns.

Kina

Kina Pendant - Natural from David Trubridge
Kina Pendant – Natural from David Trubridge

The design of the Kina light references the inner shell of the native New Zealand sea urchin for which it’s named. These lights work in many applications, as a feature piece or with multiple fixtures hung together near the ceiling where shadow patterns overlap and decorate an entire room.

Bounce

Bounce Kitset Pendant Light from David Trubridge
Bounce Kitset Pendant Light from David Trubridge

A spherical design much like the Coral, with a unique impact on its surroundings, the Bounce light is designed with alternating pieces of bamboo and hand-sanded polycarbonate, which produces a rice paper effect of diffused light.

Belle

Belle Pendant Light from David Trubridge
Belle Pendant Light from David Trubridge

This lantern-like pendant fixture offers a subtle glow to its surroundings, featuring a focused task light downward, making it suitable for installation over a table or counter. The thin bamboo pieces overlap in a curved pattern, with small slits of wavy light dramatically peeking through.

Manuka

Manuka Pendant Light from David Trubridge
Manuka Pendant Light from David Trubridge

A spherical pendant inspired by the indigenous Manuka flower, this room-enhancing fixture features flower patterns shaped from a combination of bamboo and polycarbonate in alternating planes, producing a layered and complex shadow pattern on ceilings and walls. David Trubridge himself has said about this fixture: “Who needs wallpaper?” Shadow patterns will vary, based on the fixture’s size and lamping.

For more on David Trubridge lighting, see the entire collection available at YLighting.com.

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