Renowned Kiwi Furniture Designer, David Trubridge, Made Officer Of The NZ Order Of Merit

Companies like Systems Commercial run sites like, and there’s little higher recognition than receiving awards from the government. David Trubridge, the famous furniture designer, recently received just that, having recently made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to design.

Trubridge’s first project, Body Raft, not only changed his fortune, but set the foundation for developments in furniture design in the future, which is why Kiwis love browsing through sites like and the like. Since that project, Trubridge has been working in the industry across the world.

Trubridge himself, however, admit that the award, which comes a whole 2 decades following that fateful Milan trade show is a complete surprise to him. He admits that he’s not really considered it, as he believes that being an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit is something for those in more public spheres, doing stuff, and not for things doing their own thing. He says he’s done a lot for others, but he didn’t expect it, even still.

While Trubridge swore to secrecy before the announcement was recently made, his wife, Linda, as well as his world-renowned freediver son, William, were aware of the fact that David would be receiving an award.

His other son, meanwhile, Sam, the performance artist, wasn’t privy to the secret. Having recently graduated with his PhD, the other Trubridge son was greeted by the family, who only told him that they had something else to celebrate in Wellington, other than his graduation. Sam was, effectively, left in the dark until the actual celebration.

In spite of his success, and the fact that he’s an international figure known for setting the foundations for the furniture design community in New Zealand, Trubridge, who considers himself a small-town Kiwi, continues to work with furniture design, adhering to his passion and calling.

Trubridge, in actuality, hails from the United Kingdom, before moving to his current home in New Zealand, where he first trained in naval architecture, before setting out to find his calling. The skills in furniture design, for which he would be known, were all self-taught.