David Trubridge

David Trubridge

David Trubridge and his company have a long standing commitment to creating design that has a delicate footprint.

Since the early days of his career as a one-man furniture maker, David has leveraged his work to speak about environmental issues, urging people to take action. In 2002, he initiated the establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Design Trust and set up the Cicada Studio’s Design Incubator to foster and promote NZ’s emerging designers.

Wherever possible, material for designs are sourced from sustainable plantations. His team is systematically removing plastic from their processes. Wood waste goes to a local timber mill to generate electricity in its steam power turbines.

David works closely with the Maraetōtara Tree Trust to re-establish trees on 43km of riverbank in Hawke’s Bay. He has donated more than 14,000 trees. He also donates to the Ocean Recovery Alliance which helps to remove plastic from oceans and waterways. David uses his design profile to shine the spotlight on our collective need to take responsibility for the future.