David Trubridge: Designing with Morality

New Zealand-based designer David Trubridge is a good example of why TreeHugger does what it does. His furniture and lighting designs are functional without being boring, sensually pleasing without being ostentatious and designed with respect for its relative eco-impact. He primarily works with wood, and is careful to design his pieces to minimize the volume of material and the impact of the construction and finishing process while maintaining his smooth aesthetic appeal. In addition to showcasing his work, his website is full of some poetic musings about the way he wants the world to work, and the change he wants to leverage through his own designs. Here's a sample: "I work within the limits of what I have and know,
simplicity and low impact,
natural materials and processes,
leaving a delicate footprint."

He likens his approach to a sailboat; the waters that are parted by its passage come together in the wake and leave no trace of its passing. Trubridge admits that he isn't quite perfect in achieving this goal, but, really, who is? We're in to his attitude and approach. He's been featured in sustainable-design guru Alastair Fuad-Luke's Eco-design Handbook, which is pretty much sacred writ around here. Trubridge's collection, "Designs from Antarctica," will be a featured installation at next year's Milan Furniture Fair as well as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair; we'll be keeping an eye on him as he spreads the gospel of design with morality and a message. Can one designer and his world-changing worldview make a difference? We like to think so. ::David Trubridge Design