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David Trubridge Kina

Kina references the inner shell of a saltwater sea-urchin called kina in Māori.

  • Estimated Shipping: 3-14 days

  • Based on the Shell of a Sea Urchin

  • Idea Manifested in Antarctica 

  • Natural Bamboo Plywood

  • Maximum Impact Using Minimal Materials



Kina references the inner shell of the local saltwater sea-urchin called kina in Māori. David saw a kina shell in Antarctica – an exquisite jewel sunk in a tiny hollow in the sea ice. The shell had absorbed enough warmth from the sun to melt the ice around it.


440mm (17")

Width: 440mm (17”) 

Height: 200mm (8”) 

Depth: 440mm (17”) 

Weight: 0.5kg (1.1lb) 

600mm (24")

Width: 600mm (24”) 

Height: 280mm (11”) 

Depth: 600mm (24”) 

Weight: 0.9kg (2lb) 

800mm (31")

Width: 800mm (31”) 

Height: 370mm (15”) 

Depth: 800mm (31”) 

Weight: 1.5kg (3.3lb) 

1000mm (39")

Width: 1000mm (39”) 

Height: 420mm (17”) 

Depth: 1000mm (39”) 

Weight: 2.45kg (5.4lb) 

1400mm (55")

Width: 1400mm (55”) 

Height: 650mm (26”) 

Depth: 1400mm (55”) 

Weight: 9.2kg (20.3lb)

- Shipped in environmentally friendly packaging

- Easy assembly at home via PDF or online video

- Available in a wide range of sizes

- 13 Standard Colour Options (Custom colours on request)

- Comes with cord, bulb holder (and ceiling rose USA orders)

- E26/E27 lamp/bulb required. Easy to create amazing light effects

- Intended for dry interior spaces

How did we curate this product?

While there’s no universal standard for sustainable manufacturing, Living Deep is committed to supporting brands, makers and manufacturers that are on a ‘deep green’ path, making progress towards positive environmental and social benefit. As we consider how this product impacts our health and the health of all species, you can learn more about how we evaluate products, or keep reading below for our curation of this specific product...

Where does the product come from?

David Trubridge is award-winning lighting designer who specializes in sustainable lighting and green materials. The designer lighting company is proud to hold Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their pendant lighting designs. Each hanging light fixture has a story and connection to nature, while making a stunning and unique statement for any space.

Nature is the ultimate source of inspiration for David Trubridge, and his special interest in nature’s patterns is evident in Kina (Maori for Sea Urchin), designed in 2005. In 2004, Trubridge traveled to Antarctica on an artist fellowship program in conjunction with Creative New Zealand.

What is it made of?

Bamboo plywoodand nylon clips 

Where does it go at the end of its life?

Bamboo is a wonderfully sustainable resource. David Trubridge’s collection uses a plywood bamboo produced as a by-product of the food industry that is supported by an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) which provides detailed information on the product materials, production processed, energy consumption and end of life.

To dispose of, you can either reuse the pieces of bamboo for different purposes and enjoy their service for more days or, you can nourish the environment by composting the pieces. 

Artist statement

The impact was lasting, as Trubridge describes it:

" I saw a minute kina shell dropped on the ice by a bird. The shell had absorbed enough heat from the sun to melt a little of the ice around it, causing it to settle into its own miniature blue ice cave. This taught me the vital importance of detail. It showed me how I can use my camera and telephoto or macro lenses to isolate just these details. In this way I can home in on the essence and structure of the landscape. This is where the truth lies – not the panoramic sweep of everything and nothing, but in its smallest component parts. These are patterns and structures of nature and of life – and they led me to understanding the patterns and structures of designs."


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