So Far is not an autobiography you’re used to reading. In fact, the book puts David Trubridge’s life and work in parallel. Trubridge is one of those designers that insert a lot of emotion in his art. His creative process and his development as a designer are based on his path and how the environment inspired him. In order to understand his progression the book is divided into seven different parts, each one standing for a natural or unnatural element.
Earth is the start of everything. David Trubridge was born and raised in Britain, which is a part of the world where the countryside is amazingly beautiful, full of houses made of rocks.
David always loved sailing but he really developed this passion when he moved to New Zealand. We can find this water inspiration in many interior items he created, thanks to the details: the shape, the material or even the utility.
Fire was certainly one of his biggest inspirations, since it is the main subject in two chapters. It certainly comes from the many volcanos we can find in New Zealand, but fire is also a metaphor to talk about the steam he used to work on wood pieces.
How is it possible to represent “air”? In a very subjective way! David used a lot of light materials and shaped them the way he visualizes air; sometimes like feathers and sometimes like spirals, floating in… The air.
Ice and Antarctica New Zealand inspired him for many pieces, like the “On thin Ice” laser-cut art piece. Also, blue and white are the predominant colors of the different series, which will definitely make you feel cool when you watch them (in a good way of course!).
Ether is probably the most enigmatic part of the book but also one of the most important. Ether is what makes everything stick together, and this last chapter helps us understand the purpose of explaining all the different elements, and helps us rethink about how art, design and craft follow a logical sequence. Everything is connected and logical, but the one thing everyone should remember is where you come from and where you want to go.