‘FLOAT’ BY DESIGN MOBEL, DESIGNED BY DAVID TRUBRIDGE - VOTED BY PUBLIC AS ‘BEST PIECE OF BEDROOM FURNITURE’ AT FURNITURE FASHION 2006!
Design Mobel introduces the first of their annual ‘challenging how we sleep’ projects…
Each year Design Mobel choose one New Zealand designer to create a concept that challenges how we sleep. Each designer is chosen on the basis that their personal and design values are aligned with those of Design Mobel. This year Design Mobel chose David Trubridge to work on this open brief. The brief challenges the designer to create a design that is both functional and fit for purpose.
From boat building, to furniture making… designer David Trubridge has sailed through the Caribbean and the Pacific with his family in ‘Hornpipe’, Pacific influence sees his designs gracing Tokyo, Chicago, New York, Hanover at ‘Ligna’, London… the international Design Yearbook. From Artist-in-residence at Hawkes Bay polytechnic, to designing houses, to residency at Kyoto College of Art. Accolades follow the remarkable voyage of David Trubridge.
The Furniture Association of New Zealand’s ‘Furniture Fashion’ show features new products, awards, and designs from over 50 New Zealand manufacturers. Design Mobel; New Zealand designer, manufacturer and marketer of beds and bedroom furniture, presented the new bedroom concept by David Trubridge, ‘rethinking sleep’, at Furniture Fashion this year.
DAVID TRUBRIDGE EXPLORES THE IDEA OF SLEEP:
Sleep is…romantic… nomadic… the journey of life…
“I forgot about beds and tried to think about sleep. I asked lots of people what sleep meant to them. Invariably the answers contained words like floating, cosy, romantic, rocking, trusting. My design thoughts started with these feelings.”
Sleep…to dream enclosed…cocooned in this haven…wherever that may be…
“Sleep is a voyage through dreams when we wholly give ourselves up in trust, lying curled up in our bed vessel feeling safe and cosy. It can be ten minutes in the office, an hour on the lawn or all night in any place we pull our cradle to.”
“A bed is a liferaft that bears us safely through the terrifying storms of nightmares and the blissful calm of gently waking on a summer afternoon.”
- David Trubridge – Designer.
In exploring what sleep means to people, David came to the conclusion that beds needed to be more romantic, and more flexible in their design and application. The design elements drawn on in his concept come from the idea that the bed could be moved and used wherever required. The concept forms a cocooning space that gives a feeling of security and serves the purpose of sheltering sleep from the elements, creating a private sleep space within another space. Laminated Tawa is curved to form the canopy and base and fabric made from hemp is stretched across the Tawa to complete the design.
To find out more about David Trubridge and his designs you can visit www.davidtrubridge.com
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