David Trubridge | Wakanine

wakaNINE works directly with David Trubridge Design as the exclusive North American master representative providing sales, marketing customer service and distribution to all channels. We stock and ship product from our Austin warehouse as well as have direct access to inventory in New Zealand.


We supply lighting designs to commercial and residential projects across North America. Some of our more visible clients include Barre 3, Lululemon, Macys, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Pinkberry, Westfield and Veggie Grill.  David Trubridge lighting can be found at many quality stores and showrooms across North America as well as from select online partners.

We are proud of our partnership with, arguably, one of the world’s leading lights (please excuse the pun) in the design world.   We hope that you find the work as inspiring and appealing as we do – along with many other admirers across the globe.


David Trubridge is an internationally recognised designer. He has an unusual story; his initial studies in Naval Architecture lead him back into the workshop, deepening his skill as a craftsman. Setting sail across the world from the UK with his young family, he continued to develop his design vernacular throughout the Pacific before finally establishing roots in New Zealand.

David’s work came to prominence in 2001 when his Body Raft was purchased by Cappellini for manufacture. The fluid and elegant lines of this piece responded to the designer’s accumulated experience and love of the ocean. The Coral light followed in 2003, establishing a blueprint for kit-set products that minimised environmental footprint whilst also involving the consumer in the creation process.

The Coral light is now a design classic. David’s work has been purchased by many of the leading galleries and museums around the world, including the Victoria & Albert (London, UK) and the Pompidou Centre (Paris, France). The company based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand employees a team of over 20 which continues to challenge material conventions to create innovative design solutions in a fusion of craftsmanship, technology and integrity.  David and his team are committed to innovation and continuous improvement to further reduce the impact of their efforts on the environment while satisfying the demand for their products throughout the world.