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David Trubridge Lamps at Mlan Design Week

Before and After: David Trubridge's Massive Koura Lamp

Designer David Trubridge crafts stunning, organic lamps that reflect the flora and fauna of his beloved home country of New Zealand. For Milan Design Week, he featured a stunningly supersize version of his Koura lamp.

All of Trubridge's lamps arrive unassembled and flatpacked into individual pieces, and much like a puzzle, must be pieced together. The flatpack design helps to reduce freight costs and packaging needs, thus adding to the eco cred of the lamps.

According to the designer, “Koura is the Maori name for the small fresh water shrimps that live in our rivers. They curl up in this shape. This shape is mirrored again in the similar woven traps used for catching them.” To see what the lamp looked like in the space in Milan, keep reading. The Koura was showcased in the reception area of "Innovation - Imagination" in Milan. What I find most compelling about this photo is how the Koura lamps dwarf the Coral lamps, which you can see in the background above the desk. We have a Coral Lamp in our house, and it's the size of a large beach ball — not diminutive in the least. So, to see them looking so tiny in comparison to the Koura gives some idea of the scale of the piece. (And for the record, I'm so happy that I didn't have to put together all of the pieces of that giant Koura lamp!) You can check out more photos from David Trubridge's time at Milan Design Week on his Facebook page. Are you a fan of Trubridge's work?

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