David Trubridge is to New Zealand’s design landscape what Dieter Rams is to industrial architecture: a legend of environmentally friendly innovation whose creativity seems unbounded. After making waves by sailing around the world from England (where he was schooled) to New Zealand (where he wound up for good) in the early ’80s, Trubridge won accolades and corporate commissions for his experimental but pragmatically purposeful designs in lighting and furniture. The Japanese and the Italian markets immediately took to his stark, sleek geometric designs, and Trubridge’s future was assured, especially when it came to lighting. His newest exhibition of work, “Southern Lights,” is based on inspiration gleaned from his adopted homeland and uses natural elements (lots of wood with woven designs) crafted into snazzy modern shapes.
Through Nov. 30, Fri, Oct. 5, 5 p.m., free, Wexler Gallery, 201 N. Third St., 215-923-7030, wexler-gallery.com.