Coral was David Trubridge’s first lighting design, designed in 2003 and first shown in Milan in 2004, and is now considered a design classic. Coral is the iconic Trubridge design, and is the most popular design in the range. As with many of Trubridge’s award-winning designs, the Coral pendant was developed through play. Trubridge is a firm believer that open-ended playing with no immediate goal or objective in mind can often lead to breakthrough moments in design. The Coral is based on one of the geometric polyhedra that have interested Trubridge since he was a boy. He developed the design over years experimenting with different materials and construction techniques before coming up with the current lighting design, which has maximum impact using minimal materials.
In the ingenious CORAL design, 60 identical component pieces are CNC cut from flat plywood, which when assembled are bent in 3 dimensions to create a sphere. The negative space is a series of pentagons, diamonds & kites that cast dramatic shadow patterns. Shadows can be enhanced or diminished via lamping and proximity to surfaces.
While most of their images show the natural finish on the outside and the attractive colors on the inside, please know that you can assemble your Trubridge light with either finish on the outside. If you choose to have the color finish on the inside, you’ll find it really “pops” when the lamp is on and is more muted when not illuminated.
Good Design Awards, 2011
Design for Asia Awards, Hong Kong Design Centre, 2011
Silver, Best Awards New Zealand 2015