Coral was David Trubridge’s first lighting design, created in 2002, and is now considered a design classic. Coral is the iconic Trubridge design, and is the most popular design in the range.
As with many of Trubridge’s award-winning designs, the Coral pendant was developed through play. Trubridge is a firm believer that open-ended playing with no immediate goal or objective in mind can often lead to breakthrough moments in design. The Coral is based on one of the geometric polyhedra that have interested Trubridge since he was a boy. He developed the design over years experimenting with different materials and construction techniques before coming up with the current lighting design, which has maximum impact using minimal materials.
In the ingenious CORAL design, 60 identical component pieces are CNC cut from flat plywood, which when assembled are bent in 3 dimensions to create a sphere. The negative space is a series of pentagons, diamonds & kites that cast dramatic shadow patterns. Shadows can be enhanced or diminished via lamping and proximity to surfaces.
The CORAL was designed through exploration of bucky balls and dodecahedrons. Further investigation of these geometrical concepts led to other spherical designs in the collection including FLORAL, MANUKA, POLA and SOLA.