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At either 1.1 metres in diameter (or even the smaller 800 mm version), Manuka is a colossal light by any measure – designed specifically for public or gallery spaces. Its name comes from the New Zealand tea tree(Leptospermum scoparium), a small tree or shrub, native to the drier eastern coastal regions of New Zealand and Australia. Its five-petaled flower is what Trubridge has modeled in CNC-cut bamboo and translucent polycarbonate as the interlocking framework for Manuka’s dodecahedron (twelve pentagon / six hexagon) form.

Fitted with a series of LED pin-spot lights, the giant ball casts silhouettes so surprising, even Trubridge wouldn’t have predicted them. “With the light shining at all different directions from within the fitting, the projected patterns seem to overlap one another. It looks like wallpaper.”

Also for large-scale installation, Cascade gathers up eight assorted pendants from Trubridge’s portfolio into a vertical chandelier affixed from a ceiling rosette. It looks random but it isn’t. “We’ve balanced all the different shapes and sizes in Cascade, but you can choose different colours for the interior of individual fittings – or keep it classic in timber.”

**Please note that the Manuka Light will not be available till the end of April 2013.

  • Supplier: David Trubridge
  • Colours: Natural
  • Sizes: Manuka 800
    Diameter: 800mm
    Globe: 1 x E-27 100MAX
    Manuka 1100
    Diameter: 1100mm

  • Made In: New Zealand

David Trubridge

David Trubridge

David Trubridge is a New Zealand Born designer. He has built his reputation on acclaimed showings at the Milan Furniture Fair over the last ten years. In 2008, after a show of lighting at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the French magazine Express named him as one of the top 15 designers in the world. David's design reputation developed from a strong practical base of many years of making furniture. His inspiration comes from a passionate love of wild landscape, and he has travelled to many of the planet's most remote places.