Category: 7. Indigenous Timber Showcase Award
Indigenous Timber Showcase Award: The use of indigenous timber in a manner that best highlights its unique characteristics. This category is open to entries from across the spectrum of timber usage from furniture to buildings, facilities to objet's d'art.
David Trubridge Design - www.davidtrubridge.com
Dondola, now several years old, appears as fresh and timeless as at the moment of inception.
An insight into David Trubridge’s design/life philosophy comes from his writings,
“I would like to find a way to bring cultural nourishment into people's lives without using up precious resources and energy. We have far too much 'stuff' in our homes, which is little more than junk food designed to leave us only craving more. How can we create real and lasting nourishment without the clutter of useless objects that waste precious resources and damage the environment?! Design that does not address this issue is, I believe, both irresponsible and irrelevant.”
This ideal is reflected in Dondolas timeless design. It appears to draw from universal references to reflect a degree of organic humanism largely missing in much furniture.
It’s an irrevocable statement of quality, in an age of mass production. The use of sustainably produced indigenous red beech perfectly complements the design with its clean tight grain while its natural durability negates the need for chemical treatment. Importantly, the design utilises short lengths of clear wood.
For New Zealand Sustainable Forest Products it illustrates perfectly an approach to designing value into our indigenous timber resources. To ensure ecological and cultural resilience we need to retain the capacity, skills and intellectual design to produce such products and ensure an appropriate return to the forest.
Dondola embodies the link between world-class forest management, quality design and local manufacture and a discerning, high value, world market.