Whakatu, New Zealand
Kina is an Ottoman with a simple yet fascinating form that is reminiscent of the sea urchins of the same name, found on New Zealand’s rocky shores. It is the result of the collaboration of David Trubridge, the New Zealand-based designer and pioneer in environmentally responsible design, with Conde House, one of Hokkaido’s wood manufacturers.
Kina Ottoman has been awarded a Prize Design for Modern Furniture + Lighting 2023 by Global Design News and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design.
When David Trubridge first designed Kina in 2005 it was as an ottoman. Yet the thin flexible plywood needed to take up the curves was not strong enough to bear any loading.
Instead, Kina became a light and it entered the IFDA competition in Asahikawa, Japan where it won a Silver Leaf Award. In 2016 IFDA approached us once again, as a past winner, with an invitation to be part of a commemorative exhibition for 2017 to celebrate 10 years of IFDA shows.
They asked David Trubridge Design to team up with Conde House, one of their wood manufacturers in Hokkaido, Japan, with a new design. The Kina ottoman, which looks like an object at first glance, is strong enough to be used as a stool or ottoman, yet stable and light enough to be used as a table.
For the circular top part, you can choose from cork, which he suggested from an ecological point of view, as well as a color finish and upholstery type as you like. The plump ellipsoid is formed by assembling 24 pieces of boat-shaped parts molded from birch wood from Hokkaido with 800mm and 1000mm diameters. The gentle curves and mesh are mostly hand-polished, and the painting is hand-painted with an oil finish.
Based on advanced molding technology and accurate parts manufacturing technology, it was completed with a lot of manual work. Kina ottoman symbolically expresses Conde House’s design stance and technical capabilities, and has the value of not only being used, but also being seen and felt. It has a strong presence not only in houses but also in unique commercial spaces and wide entrances of public facilities.
Project: Kina Ottoman
Designer: David Trubridge Design
Lead Designer: David Trubridge
Manufacturer: Conde House Co. Ltd