These lights are significant as design objects, and also as an example of a product that has been sustainably designed to minimise its negative impact on the environment. The two 'opposite' light forms have been designed to nest and are cut from a single sheet of bamboo plywood, with the only waste being sawdust from the cutter. Bamboo is a sustainable resource that has the ability to grow up to two feet a day. Once harvested, new shoots grow in place of the old plant in a continuously renewing cycle. David Trubridge only uses timber from sustainably managed plantations and all his pieces are designed to use the minimum amount of material for the maximum amount of effect.
Adoption of sustainable design is not a passing trend. It is fast becoming a mainstream way of thinking as we face more and more challenges in sustaining our food supply, water, and our environment. The throwaway mentality of modern day culture combined with the current environmental crisis puts a spotlight on sustainable design. It plays an important role in delivering products that have a greater lifespan, and a better efficiency in their use of materials and energy. Sustainable design is vitally important to help eliminate the negative environmental impacts of industrial production.
The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
Fan Shu-Yang, Bill Freedman, and Raymond Cote (2004). "Principles and practice of ecological design". Environmental Reviews. 12: 97-112
Assistant Curator, July 2009