Designer and Founder of David Trubridge design studio
At Light + Building 2016, the New Zealand-based design studio is presenting a theme connected with undersea life. “We are looking at diatoms, microscopic creatures that live in the water everywhere. Individually, their size makes them seem insignificant, but en masse they form a vital part of the global environment, removing more carbon out of the atmosphere than anything else — more than all the world’s tropical rainforests. And almost as a bonus, they are stunningly beautiful. Last year at the Milan Design Fair we exhibited At Eye Level. This show explores the critical issue of the rising sea level and what effect that will ultimately have on low- lying pacific islands.” Navicula is derived from a microscopic creature. The flowing, segmented form is shipped and assembled on site using push-in nylon clips. The thin, curved pieces of CNC-cut bamboo plywood create a flowing structure that also casts magical patterns. It is lit from within by a row of LED pinpoint lights.