New Zealand-based designer/maker David Trubridge, who is known the world over for his beautiful and environmentally responsible lighting and furniture, has wandered to the corners of the earth, soaked up all its glory, and pays homage to it in everything he does. Amy and Jaime are rapt as he details his life of adventures and poetically distills how they inform his work and his experience of humanity. A real salt of the earth, this guy.
What do you say about a man who has traveled the earth, both on land and by sea, a man whose designs are so well-loved across the globe, whose products tread lightly on the earth?
David Trubridge has always been one of our favorite designers, not only because of his gorgeous geometric, sustainable lighting and furniture, but because his memoir, So Far, gives deeper understanding of David as a person and why he does what he does.
David talks to us about spending a lot of time alone as a child, creating his own world, and discovering his creativity. He studied boat building in school, and eventually ended up renovating an old ruin out of necessity, learning how to make windows, doors and furniture. Eventually, he ends up designing his first piece of furniture, the Body Raft, that kicks off his now famous career as a designer of home decor.
He told us about his adventures at sea with his family, where they lived on a boat and sailed around the world for 10 years!
One of the most fascinating things about David is his hunger for adventure and travel. He's been practically everywhere, even to the glaciers of Antarctica. He recounts stories of emotional helicopter rides, open-air camping, and a year in Tahiti. Plus, he talks about his relationship to the elements (earth, water, fire etc.), and how he believes that he's now in a life phase of the throat chakra, or "communication" chakra. He's an incredible person to say the least!
We don't want to give it all away so listen to the episode above!
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