Ikin and Trubridge are part of a select group of New Zealand furniture makers who individually design and make contemporary furniture. Trubridge, who designs and makes furniture from his Northland studio, is entirely self-taught.
He says he intends in his work ‘to develop a personal contemporary style that relies more on design quality that simply on technique and wood reverence as in the past. The goal is to produce fresh, unephemeral work... that exhibits lasting qualities of good design without sacrificing standards of craftsmanship - furniture that can also be appreciated as sculpture.’
Ikin says he did not consciously set out to utilize so-called Pacific imagery, but his exposure to this has strongly influenced his design.
→ Expressive furniture, New Zealand Herald, 01-05-1990
→ Unique furniture, Eastern Courier, 23-05-1990
→ Contemporary New Zealand Furniture, 1990, exhibition card