Nature is the ultimate source of inspiration for David Trubridge, and his special interest in nature’s patterns is evident in Kina (Maori for Sea Urchin), designed in 2005. In 2004, Trubridge traveled to Antarctica on an artist fellowship program in conjunction with Creative New Zealand.
The impact was lasting, as Trubridge describes it:
I saw a minute kina shell dropped on the ice by a bird. The shell had absorbed enough heat from the sun to melt a little of the ice around it, causing it to settle into its own miniature blue ice cave.
This taught me the vital importance of detail. It showed me how I can use my camera and telephoto or macro lenses to isolate just these details. In this way I can home in on the essence and structure of the landscape. This is where the truth lies – not the panoramic sweep of everything and nothing, but in its smallest component parts. These are patterns and structures of nature and of life – and they led me to understanding the patterns and structures of designs.
The image of the tiny kina stayed with David, and he played with the design, first as a furniture piece, and then the Kina light designed in 2005.