Unique Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas

Dads can be hard to shop for. Get your Dad something he definitely doesn’t already have for Father’s Day this year!

Here are a few ideas.

C’est parfois difficile de trouver le bon cadeau pour son père. Cette année, pour la Fête des pères, offrez à votre papa un cadeau si unique que vous serez assuré de l’effet de surprise!

Voici quelques suggestions :

For the wine lover. HAM’s comic wine-tasting rabbit. ($28.95) / Pour l’amateur de vin : l’amusant lapin dégustant du vin de Ham. (28,95 $)

ham-wine-tasting-rabbit-rev_product-imagesFor the Star Wars fan. Darthpopstar t-shirt, hand printed 100% cotton. ($42.95) / Pour le fan de Star Wars : un t-shirt Darthpopstar, imprimé à la main, 100 % coton. (42,95 $)

popglory-darthpopstar-shirt-52408de732525-1140For the admirer of all thing vintage. Box of three hand printed cotton hankies. ($16.50) / Pour l’amateur de rétro : une boîte de trois mouchoirs en coton imprimés à la main. (16,50 $)

hanky box pigeon lifestyleFor the coffee addict. Reusable glass travel cups available in loads of great colours. ($26.95) / Pour l’accro au café : des tasses de voyage en verre réutilisables, offertes en un grand nombre de superbes couleurs. (26,95)

keepcup2 (1)For the discerning eco warrior. The best insulated stainless steel water bottles that keep drinks cold for a full 24 hours. ($39.95) / Pour l’écologiste avisé : les meilleures bouteilles isolées en acier inoxydable qui gardent les boissons froides pendant 24 heures. (39,95 $)

waterfront_teak_thumbnailFor the time challenged. A stylish wooden watch that comes with a lifetime warranty. ($96.95) / Pour le retardataire chronique : une élégante montre en bois garantie à vie. (96,95 $)

SPGBK-WhiteParty - Copy - CopyFor the stylish animal lover. 100% organic cotton animal print duvet cover. (starting at $140.00) / Pour le raffiné ami des animaux : une housse de couette à motif animalier en coton 100 % biologique (à partir de 140,00 $).

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Holiday entertaining: a beautifully simple table setting with flowers

For those of you who have followed the Chez CO blog since the beginning, or who are regular clients at Galerie CO, you have already been introduced to Caroline Boyce, the creator of Floralia. She has been supplying CO with beautiful bouquets of fresh, local flowers grown in the summer on her plot of land in the Eastern townships, and in the winter sourced from a fair trade supplier.

resized.IMG_2955This week, we asked Caroline to share some of her ideas for creating a beautiful holiday themed table setting. Her approach shows that by adding a few carefully selected elements, even a little bit of effort can make a big difference.

• Keep the table simple. You can use the same cutlery, plates and glasses that you use throughout the year.

resized.IMG_3485• A simple runner adds a lovely visual element without overwhelming the table setting, and is especially suited to a long rectangular table. Linen adds texture and works well with wood. A linen runner can be matched to linen napkins.

resized.IMG_3426• A colour theme helps tie the elements in the table setting together and to set a mood. Feel free to select colours outside the traditional red, green and gold. In this case the table is highlighted with orange, inspired by clementines, which are always available over the holidays and often appear in Christmas stockings. Orange works beautifully with silver, white wood and shades of grey and beige. It also complements, and is enhanced by, the warm glow of the candles.

resized.IMG_3352• Choose flowers that you love and can afford, mixing textures to create interest. In these bouquets, kangaroo paws and rosemary give the bouquets height. Volume comes from cabbages, tulips, spray roses and dates, which add an interesting visual element.

resized.IMG_3274• Select candles that are low and that don’t compete with, but that complement, the flower arrangements.

resized.IMG_3370• Add festive name tags as a final touch. Make your own by simply attaching small branches of evergreen (you can cut a few pieces from the Christmas tree) with a string and paper tag (available at any art or office supply store).

resized.IMG_3413There is still time to order your own centrepiece from Floralia, for delivery (within Montreal) in time for the holidays. Order Christmas bouquets here.

Or, learn how to create a holiday centrepiece at the next Floralia workshop: December 20, 7-9 pm. The theme flowers will include amarylis and seasonal evergreens,  combined with local freesia, lilies, paperwhites, citrus fruits, holly, mosses and berries. Under Caroline’s guidance you will create a beautiful centrepiece, which is yours to keep.  The workshop will be held at Galerie CO (5235 Blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal,  514 277-3131). You can sign up for the workshop here.

All the photographs in this post were taken by Melodie Hoareau, from Instant d’une vie, and made available to us courtesy of Caroline Boyce of Floralia.

 How do you decorate your table for festive occasions? Which flowers would you choose for a holiday centrepiece?

Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page, on Instagram or Twitter @galerieco.

Vancouver’s Interior Design Show – IDS (West): some highlights

We’re still on the West coast with the blog!

Last weekend was the annual Canadian Interior Design Show (IDS) West in Vancouver. I’m lucky to have a great sister-in-law in Vancouver, Lynda Prince, who loves poking around design shows as much as I do and she volunteered to check it out and report back on items that she loved and that she thought reflected a “CO sensibility” and would be of interest to our readers.

I’m grateful to be able to visit the show through her eyes. Here’s her report:

IDS WestEach year, IDS West gets a little more grown up. Seven years ago, when we were in the middle of a frenzied renovation, my husband and I went to the IDS for inspiration. At the time, the show was fairly institutional. We saw the latest in dishwasher design and sleek Italian mosaic tiles; but there were only a few local designers and nothing that I hadn’t seen at the many tile and appliance stores that had become something of a second home during our year-long reno.

This year, IDS West had a much more exciting and unique vibe. Granted, there were still the gloriously manicured tiles and elegant appliances (like the Gaggenau micro 24 inch steamer wall ovens); but there was also a huge boom in custom and one-of-a-kind works.

alynda blog spotA sleek Gagganau wall oven (source: Gaggenau.com)

Mirroring the expansion of a more customized product, were a series of talks given by international designers and architects on the new meaning of luxury. To paraphrase, today’s client is sophisticated about design and is taking a more responsible role in decision making. Trends are towards more bespoke work. Luxury in this new view is defined as quality that integrates responsible design and often sustainable practices.


Installation of wooden swings (source: Lynda Prince)

Designers producing custom pieces were presented in pockets throughout the show. To this end, the fabulous lighting collection Spheres, designed by Matthew McCormick Design Inc., in collaboration with Marie Khouri, was extraordinary. Their limited edition run of bronze and pewter sculpted lights led me into a moment’s fantasy of my completely reworked living room showcasing these stunning lights.

ids west lyndaLimited edition lighting collection Spheres (source: Lynda Prince)

An area where one-of-a-kind and limited edition were part of the standard language was in one of my favourite sections of the show: Studio North. I couldn’t help but notice the predominance of black walnut pieces—apparently sustainably harvested—that littered this section; all interesting and uber mid-century inspired. Highlights came first at Vancouver’s Gamla, a design group showcasing sleek pieces including their S2 Dining Chair a, here it is, sustainably sourced black walnut modernist chair. This summer, it was selected as a feature chair in the London Chancery Project, which means that an order of these chairs will soon be housed in the newly expanded Canadian High Commission in London, England.
GAMLA_S2 Dining Chair_Walnut-16                                                   The S2 Dining Chair (source: Gamla)

Another Studio North highlight was The Brooklyn Exchange, curated by Port and Quarter (a design group out of Vancouver) and composed of a consortium of independent Brooklyn-based designers. My eye fell on the M Lamp, by David Irwin of Juniper Designs. The LED light is operated by a rechargeable battery (it can be recharged up to 2000 times with no degradation). With a dimmer and a simple and elegant look (available in bold orange, sleek white and black), it’s a modern take on a 19th century industrial miner’s lamp.

image_1_147The M Lamp (source: Dave Irwin)

Irwin was also showing his Cross Side Chair, a sleek and stackable chair made from FSC-certified wood (guess, black walnut). The cushions are upholstered in renewable and compostable fabrics ranging from new wool to hemp blends. The interior of the cushion is made from 100 percent natural latex coming from rubber trees.

crosschair_lThe Cross Side Chair (source: Dave Irwin)

One of my favourite products at IDS was something that costs under $50 (it’s even cheaper if you have a 3d printer). It’s called CLUG and is the world’s smallest bike rack. It’s a simple wall-mount clip that fits in a 2″x2″ space.

CLUGCLUGs (source: Kickstarter)

CLUG was designed by the trio at Vancouver’s Hurdler Studios, an industrial design studio and crowdfunded by Kickstarter.

Clug-Bike-ClipThe CLUG in use (source: gearhungry.com)

Another fun area at IDS West was The District; less interior design and more a sneak peak at one-of-a-kind merchandise. Booth hopping was a kick…admiring wares like heyday design’s milk jugs, hand-spun wool knit blankets from Natural Wool Knits, dock kits made out of Canadian Mint money bags and Joe Carver’s awesome wood sculpture of a bull’s head.

DSC05048Joe Carver’s wooden sculpture (source: Lynda Prince)

Finally on a more macro level, there was a large area showcasing local designers. Ten booths had been transformed by ten different designers each creating a spectacular dining scene. These extraordinary dining environments—from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical—were wonderful.

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Three of the showcased dining room scenes (source: Lynda Prince)

This is what the show should be doing more of (albeit an ‘Ikeaesque’ merchandising approach), showcasing designers doing their thing often using local materials. I spent much of the show in this crowded area picking up on design trends, loving the variety of ideas from a deep talent pool of designers, and getting names for our next reno project!

Thank you, Lynda, for sharing a slice of IDS(West)!

Which item do you think would fit in best at Galerie CO? Tell us in the comments below, or on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter @GalerieCO

London Design Festival 2014: CO connections

As our regulars know, I am partial to British design. I spent many of my formative years living in London and picked up an enthusiastic appreciation of the English sensibility in design, among other things! I get back quite a bit and a couple of years ago I went over for the annual London Design Festival. What a blast that was! The city full of interesting installations, exhibitions and pop-up shops, showcasing the best of British design. It was quirky, colourful, off-the-wall and I loved every minute of it.

ldf_2014_web_banners_top-02This year the Festival runs from the 13 to 21 of September and I’m not in London, I’m in Montreal. But I will be following what’s going on and reporting back.

In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to be travelling across the pond this week, have a look at what some of CO’s British suppliers are doing for the Festival, and go visit them and say hello, if you can!

Donna Wilson: Rainy Day Pop-Up Shop

For the duration of the Festival, Donna Wilson will be operating a week-long installation and Pop-Up shop in London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood (BOXPARK / Unit 26, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road).

Donna Wilson fabric“Holding hands” from Donna Wilson’s first collection of fabric (source: Donna Wilson)

To create her Rainy Day Pop-Up Shop, she transformed a space into a Donna Wilson wonderland, featuring hundreds of soft raindrops, murals and panels showcasing her first collection of fabrics, a “selfie station,” knitted creatures everywhere, and limited edition products made especially for the Festival. Select products from Donna’s new autumn/winter collection will be available, along with classic pieces from her signature range. Look for her new collection this fall at Galerie CO.

DonnaWilson_Home_5212 - CopyMaurice, Marcy and Big Ted (source: Donna Wilson)

Donna has also designed a series of woollen fruit for the lifestyle boutique SMUG, that will launch during the Festival.

London Design Festival DonnaWoolen fruit design by Donna Wilson for SMUG (source: Donna Wilson)

Ella Doran: Putting the circular economy into action

Ella Doran will participate in a collaborative live installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the London Design Festival 2014: “putting the circular economy into action with ‘huate design’ refurbished upholstered chairs”. The installation is in Gallery 99 and is built from several upholstered chairs that are deconstructed and refurbished in the V&A Design Studio.

For the project, Ella teamed up with two London-based designers (Kyle McCallum and Avantika Agarwal) to create experimental fabrics. She created several designs from material that she collected on a recent trip to Iceland to tie together the look of the diverse chairs that feature in the installation at the V&A.

LDF Ella Doran foldability_collaboration_test_1Folded fabric modules by Kyla McCallum, made of Iceland inspired print fabric Ella Doran designed for the installation (source: London Design Festival)

LDF Ella Doran digital_printing_on_yarnElla Doran’s ‘Rekki in Reykjavik’ digitally printed on horizontally stretched yarn – step 1 ofAvantika Agarwals’s reweave process (source: London Design Festival)

The installation is presented in conjunction with Galapagos Design and The Great Recovery (RSA). Establishd in 2012, and based on the insight that our linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model of manufacturing is throwing up major economic and environmental challenges, The Great Recovery aims to facilitate a shift toward more circular systems, and considers the design industry as pivotal to this process.

Learn more about this interesting initiative that pairs designers with waste management workers to come up with innovative ways to think about new products:

Garudio Studiage: Canine Cartography – Dogs of London

This year, for the London Design Festival, Garudio Studiage will exhibit their interactive magnetic map installation, “Dogs of London,” which explores the connection between Londoners and their dogs (Volte Face, 21 Great Ormond Street). The moveable dog illustrations allow viewers to match their favourite areas and animals.

ldf dog_map_final_wholeDogs of London magnetic map (source: Garudio Studiage)

Where do you think the crazy haired Chinese Crested, or the impeccably groomed Afghan Hound would live?

ldf dog_map_final_detailDogs of London magnets (source: Gaurdio Studiage)

A new range of fridge magnets based on the dog illustrations from the map has also been launched so you can take your favourite dogs home.

ldf dog_magnetsMagnets to take home (source: Garudio Studiage)

HAM: designjunction

HAM will be part of designjunction. Designjunction is among London’s leading design destinations showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world striking a balance between creative and commercial.

ham-superhero-rabbit_product-images Superhero rabbit print (source: HAM)

HAM will launch its latest collection of ceramics, along with new rabbit prints and cards. Designjunction takes over a centrally-located 1960s sorting office (21-31 New Oxford Street) and you can find HAM at stand G3 on the ground floor.

ham-croquet-rabbit-card-1000-x-1022_product-images Croquet rabbit card (source: HAM)

You will be able to see (and purchase) a full selection of HAM’s new pieces at Galerie CO as of the end of September — including the mugs!

SCP: Simplified Beauty

During the Festival, SCP East (135-139 Curtain Road) plays host to “Simplified Beauty”, an exhibition of contemporary design, a celebration of things made as they should be. Co-curated by SCP founder Sheridan Coakley and British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko, the show features a blend of work from Japan, America and Britain, exploring how different cultures approach simplicity and beauty.

SCP-at-London-Design-Festival-2014_dezeen_784_8Adderley Works pendant designed by Reiko Kaneko (source: SCP)

A selection of Japanese products are showcased from the Ishinomaki Laboratory, the internationally acclaimed centre of ceramics, Mashiko, glassware from the Shotoku Glass Company (including the new Ando drinking glass designs by Jasper Morrison), a collection of everyday products by Sori Yanagi and a range of cleverly functioning kitchenware, tableware, utensils and cloths from Matsunoya and Metrocs.

LDF MashikoMashiko ceramics (source: SCP)

From the United States, the show includes a selection of furniture and objects from Brooklyn-based duo, Fort Standard. And SCP presents its own autumn/winter collection for 2014.

SCP-at-London-Design-Festival-2014_dezeen_784_1aElmer sofa by Luch Kurrein, part of SCP’s A/W collection 2014 (source: SCP)

Thornback & Peel: Silent Auction

The talented duo of Juilet Thornback and Delia Peel are launching their new fabric colourways during the Design Festival. To celebrate, they are inviting visitors to drop into the shop in Bloomsbury (7 Rugby Street) to place a bid in a silent auction, for a chance to own a beautiful, vintage mid-century modern chair upholstered in the new fabric. The proceeds of the Silent Auction will be donated to Music as Therapy International, a UK registered charity which devises and delivers innovative, high-impact music therapy projects around the world.

Thornback-and-Peel-LDF-on-Little-Big-BellSilent auction chairs (source: Thornback & Peel)

In the new collection, their classic prints – rabbit & cabbage, pigeon & jelly and jelly & cake – are now available in mustard, charcoal, grey, indigo, duck egg and old pink. Thornback-and-Peel-Silent-Auction-LDFNew fabric colourways (source: Thornback & Peel)

Ode to June: peonies and Pimm’s

June is without a doubt my favourite month. It marks the transition between spring and summer. Fresh growth carpets the city; green, and bursting with life. The sun is bright and the days are long and warm; the nights temperate.

But it gets even better: with peonies and Pimm’s.

Peonies appear like clockwork at the beginning of the month, starting with the tree peonies followed, for a glorious few weeks, by herbaceous varieties.


(Source: Sarah Richardson, Chez CO)

The quintessential, perennial, peonies have it all going on. They’re easy to grow, drought-resistant and hardy to zone 3. They’re outrageously beautiful and sweetly fragrant when in bloom. When not in bloom they sport lush green foliage with handsome glossy leaves. And your peony may well live longer than you do. Some varieties have been known to live for 100 years.


(Source: Sarah Richardson, Chez CO)

Peonies have inspired many a writer, and literary references abound. My favorite is that of poet John Keats. In his Ode on Melancholy, Keats wrote of the “wealth of glob’d peonies”— peonies in their final stage of development before they burst open—as a moment when anticipation of the beauty to be revealed by the opening of the bud represents the joy in life, even if it is fleeting.

And that’s the thing about peonies. They’re around for a month and then they’re gone. I have peonies in my garden, but never quite enough to harvest them en masse to fill the house for those few precious weeks when they are available. So I buy them.

Pale peonies

(Source: Sarah Richardson, Chez CO)

My absolute favourite source for cut peonies in Montreal is a small family-run flower stand at the Atwater market (across from the fish store). Starting in May, and only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they will sell you what is in their garden beginning with blossoms, lilacs and lily of the valley – and in June, buckets of peonies going for a song.

Peonies at the market

(Source: Sarah Richardson, Chez CO)

Even if it’s across town, it’s so well worth the visit if you get excited about the prospect of the early summer’s wealth of fresh local cut flowers!

Welcoming in the summer brings me to the second great pleasure I associate with June: Pimm’s. As soon as the weather warms up, Pimm’s becomes my drink of choice. It’s the perfect summer cocktail, made more perfect by the addition of seasonal strawberries, cucumber and mint.

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Pimm’s originated in 1840 in an Oyster Bar owned by James Pimm in the City of London. He created the Pimm’s ‘House Cup’, later called the No 1 Cup, using gin, quinine and a secret mixture of fruit extracts and herbs to aid digestion. It caused quite a storm at the time, and remains as popular as ever. It’s a staple drink at summer events  in the UK,  such as Wimbledon where over 80,000 pints are sold every year.

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I came of age in the UK and cut my drinking chops on shandies (beer and lemonade) and Pimm’s. When I moved to Quebec in the late 1990s, Pimm’s wasn’t available at the SAQ and so I stocked up each summer in Ontario. But things have changed and it’s now widely available throughout North America, including here in Montreal. I urge you to pick up a bottle this summer and mix up a batch of the Original Pimm’s No 1 for your drinking and entertaining pleasure.

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Here’s how:

  • Fill a jug with ice.
  • Pour over the ice: 1 part Pimm’s No 1 with 3 parts ‘lemonade’ (in Britain ‘lemonade’ refers to a clear carbonated lemonade soft drink that has nothing to do with a home-made lemonade made with real lemons and sugar. British ‘lemonade’ is only available in specialty UK food stores. Good substitutes are Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Sprite or Ginger Ale).
  • Add mint leaves, thin cucumber slices, orange slices and strawberry (you can play around with the fruit accompaniments, but mint and cucumber are essential).

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It’s so tasty that you will forget it’s actually alcoholic (25% proof).  You’ve been warned.

Happy June everyone.

– Sarah

Creative colourful container gardening

It finally feels as though summer has arrived and here in Montreal it’ll be over before you know it. That’s not meant to depress you. The longest day of the year is still two weeks away. It’s just that if you haven’t already planted some flowers on your balcony or in your backyard or started your herb garden for summer recipes, you need to get on it!

Don’t let the search for the perfect planters become a sticking point. Look around the house or check out your local garage sales and flea markets. You can use and re-use just about anything to grow flowers and herbs; often just as is, or tarted up a little with a paint job.

We’ve looked around for some inspiring images of plantings from our neighbourhood and beyond that show what can be done with nothing but a little imagination a few choice plants and perhaps a couple of basic tools.

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A wine crate garden in Montreal mixes veggies and flowers adding colour to an urban sidewalk. (Source: Galerie CO)

Don’t forget to make sure that there is drainage in your container and pick a vessel that fits not only the size of your space but the size of the plant or plants you want to grow. Mismatched and multiple containers arranged in groups can look great.

container garden (matadornetwork.com)In Toronto, pizza sauce cans have been painted to create a bold and uniform colour scheme. (Source: Madga Wojtyra)


A quirky and whimsical use of old teapots. (Source: Beautyharmonylife)


Minimalist and modular cinder blocks. (Source: apartmenttherapy)

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Old Clementine boxes make great kindling, but they also look charming filled with spring flowers, such as pansies. (Source: containergardening.about.com)


Don’t worry about recycling an elegant biscuit tin; transform it instead. (Source: annies-gardens.com)

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A new or vintage galvanized steel container makes a fine planter. (Source: gardenista.com)


A herb garden in colourful colanders. (Source: redesignrevolution)


Cheerful hanging gum boots. (Source: rosinahuber)

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A spectacular show in an old wheelbarrow. (Source: hgtv.com)

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A brightly painted shipping pallet with plastic cups. (Source: letsupcycle) You could apply the same principle using terra cotta pots or  interesting old cans, such as olive oil containers.

Although you’d be hard pressed to make these at home, we love the planters made from truck tires by Tadé, Pays du Levant, which we carry at Galerie CO. They’re modelled on ancient leather vessels, made strong and durable by the hard wearing nature of the rubber combined with the expertise of the traditional craftsmen who make them. However, they’re made in Syria so we can no longer get them due to the civil war in that country. Once our stock is gone, it’s gone. The loss of life and security in Syria is tragic. We feel the impact directly through the merchants and artisans whose livelihoods have been ruined by the conflict and we wish for a just resolution to the conflict so that all Syrians can begin to rebuild their lives.


Rubber tires transformed into planters. (Source: inhabitat)

On a lighter note, we’d love to hear from you. What’ the oddest thing you’ve ever used as a planter?

Tell us in a comment below, on our Facebook or Tweet us @GalerieCO

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Spectacular new kitsets launched by David Trubridge at Wanted Design

During New York Design Week this year (May 9-20) visitors to the Big Apple were spoiled for choice for interesting design venues, galleries and intriguing design events to attend. Not-to-be-missed is Wanted Design, held each year in the exceptional landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue in the meat-packing district. This is where CO designer David Trubridge has exhibited for the past four years – and his booth is always a highlight (pun intended, of course).

Wanted Design

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This year there was a lot going on over the three-day show that was visited by over 10,000 design lovers. Trubridge and his team built a sumptuous booth anchored by a giant bespoke floor-to-ceiling tree-like canopy. He launched several new “Seed System” lighting kitsets, exhibited a couple of prototypes, showed us his new line of fine jewellery and presented a suite of furniture now available in build-it-yourself kitsets. Just another day in the life of David Trubridge!

Wanted144aDavid Trubridge in his booth at Wanted Design (Source: David Trubridge)

The idea of the Seed System build-it-yourself kitset is central to David Trubridge’s work. He lives and works in New Zealand where his small company is continually doing all it can to reduce its environmental footprint. Yet his clientele is global and Trubridge has determined that the most positive thing that his small company can do for the environment is to reduce the volume of freight that he transports around the world.

UnpackedKouraSeed System Koura pendant kitset (Source: David Trubridge)

Packaging and shipping a light as a kitset results in about 1/40th the volume of freight compared with shipping the same light, assembled. So the kitsets dramatically minimize the overall volume of freight being shipped out of David Trubridge  Ltd. Of course, shipping the kitsets (as opposed to the assembled lights) all the way from New Zealand also makes them more affordable.

SnowflakeIce2Snowflake (Source: David Trubridge)

The Seed System has therefore become an integral part of Trubridge’s design practice, which means a growing range of his iconic designs are becoming available as kitsets to be assembled by the end user. This year, some of Trubridge’s most spectacular designs were added to that list: the Sola and Snowflake pendant lights and the Swish light are now available as flat pack kitsets, launched at Wanted Design.


Swish kitset (Source: Galerie CO)

Trubridge also showcased his Pequod lightshade (in small and large), which mimics the ripples of the ocean using pieces of bamboo and polycarbonate.

IMG_20140517_160924“Pequod” lightshade (right) (Source: Galerie CO)

Alongside the new kitset offerings, Trubridge exhibited two prototype designs. The first, Hush, is a dome-shaped pendant light fashioned with a constellation of LED lights set above a layer of recycled polypropylene felt, chosen for its sound absorbing properties so it is effectively a light fixture that doubles as an acoustic device. The second prototype, Belle, is a new pendant and wall sconce made from overlapping bamboo pieces. Both Hush and Belle are formed with signature Trubridge modules of interlocking elements to allow for flat-pack shipping and assembly without tools.


Hush pendant (Source: David Trubridge)

Trubridge also exhibited a selection of indoor/outdoor furniture. His redesigned Ruth and Dondola rockers are now suitable for the outdoors, and can both also be supplied shipped as a flat pack kitset. The Ruth rocking chair was inspired by Australian designer Ruth McDermott with whom David Trubridge exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair in his early years. She encouraged him to design a rocking chair, which he did, and he called it “Ruth”. Using the new kitset, Trubridge estimates that we can build our own “Ruth” in 20 to 30 minutes.


Ruth rocker, kitset (Source: David Trubridge)

The second kitset is the extraordinarily graceful rocker – Dondola. According to Trubridge, the name comes from the Italian word for rocker that, as a happy coincidence, rhymes with gondola, which also rocks gracefully as it transports its passengers around Venice.


Dondola rocker kitset (Souce: David Trubridge)

Mark your calendar for next year’s Wanted Design in NYC. It’s a design destination chock full of interesting exhibitors and there’s no reason to think that David Trubridge won’t be back for year 5 with a new crop of inspiring designs to lust after.

Colourful-Seed-System-Kitset-Bamboo-LightsCoulourful Coral and Floral kitset pendants (Source: David Trubridge)