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Navicula

Designed by wakaNINE

The Navicula debuted in 2017 as a new line of architectural feature lighting. The unique undulating form is very different than the pendant lights, for which David Trubridge is well known. A continuation of Trubridge’s commitment to sustainable materials and production techniques, the Navicula further highlights environmental issues that are central to David’s work.

In 1981, David Trubridge and his young family sold all of their possessions, bought a yacht and set off on an open-ended adventure. As Trubridge describes it: “Water flows. Water is movement. Its restless surface is forever changing.” It is this spirit which is seen in Navicula.

The inspiration for the Navicula form is microscopic diatoms. Diatoms are at the base of the entire oceanic food chain. They take more carbon out of the atmosphere than all the world’s tropical rainforests. Through photosynthesis they liberate enough oxygen for our every fifth breath. And almost as a bonus they are stunningly beautiful.

The thin curved pieces of CNC-cut bamboo plywood create a flowing structure that also casts magical patterns. It is lit from within with a row of LED pin-point lights.

Categories

Decorative / Pendant

Designed by wakaNINE

wakaNINE works directly with design partners as the exclusive North American master representative providing sales, marketing, customer service and distribution to all channels. We stock and ship product from our Austin warehouse as well as have direct access to inventory in the manufacturers’ warehouses.

We have supplied lighting designs to many commercial and residential projects across North America. Some of our more visible clients include Barre 3, Lululemon, Macys, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Pinkberry, Starwood Hotels, Starbucks, Westfield, Whole Foods, and Veggie Grill. Our fixtures can be found in the offices of Amazon, Google, PayPal, and Microsoft as well as in many homes throughout North America. We are insanely proud of our partnerships with, arguably, some of the world’s leading lights (please excuse the pun) in the design world to bring high quality products to the North American market. We hope that you find the work as inspiring and appealing as we do.

Description

The Navicula debuted in 2017 as a new line of architectural feature lighting. The unique undulating form is very different than the pendant lights, for which David Trubridge is well known. A continuation of Trubridge’s commitment to sustainable materials and production techniques, the Navicula further highlights environmental issues that are central to David’s work.

In 1981, David Trubridge and his young family sold all of their possessions, bought a yacht and set off on an open-ended adventure. As Trubridge describes it: “Water flows. Water is movement. Its restless surface is forever changing.” It is this spirit which is seen in Navicula.

The inspiration for the Navicula form is microscopic diatoms. Diatoms are at the base of the entire oceanic food chain. They take more carbon out of the atmosphere than all the world’s tropical rainforests. Through photosynthesis they liberate enough oxygen for our every fifth breath. And almost as a bonus they are stunningly beautiful.

The thin curved pieces of CNC-cut bamboo plywood create a flowing structure that also casts magical patterns. It is lit from within with a row of LED pin-point lights.

Attributes

Sizes & Colours: Available in 3 sizes and 12 standard finish options. Custom colours available.

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