Milan 2011

Daniel Rybakken will be presenting an installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi and an installation at Salone Satellite, commissioned by Cosmit to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Salone del Mobile in Milan, 12th-17th of April ’11.


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All images by Kalle Sanner and 
Daniel Rybakken.
Copyright © 2011 Daniel Rybakken
Counterbalance, 2011

The idea of a wall-mounted, counterbalanced lamp is made possible here through the use of cogwheels. Force is effectively reflected, allowing both counterweight and lamp to occupy the same space.
    The lamp's components also become two-dimensional graphic elements in a dynamic installation; counterweight and gears form stark circles intersected by lines of tubing.
    With a two-meter reach, the lamp's operational ease arises, in part, from 
the use of a feather-light 5W LED 
light source.

Steel, stainless steel, black-oxidized steel, aluminium, 3000°K light source, neodymium magnet
Counterbalance, Copyright © 2011 Daniel Rybakken
Layers, 2011

Layers-light is a five-sided, wall-mounted aluminium box. Leant inside are further sheets of aluminium that conceal the light-source. The box mimics a room, peopled with objects and bound by the subtle interplay 
of light.

Powder-coated aluminium, 4000°K light source
Layers, Copyright © 2011 Daniel Rybakken
Structure Table, 2011

Structure Table inverts the notion of the traditional trestle table. While the table's physical properties remain unchanged, a new expression of weightlessness is achieved. This delicacy is offset, in turn, through the use of a thick birch tabletop.

Birch wood, powder-coated steel
Light Tray, 2011

(by Asplund, 2012)

The Light Tray is an attempt to further simplify the traditional lamp. The tray becomes an artificial plane that obscures the source of power and creates the illusion of spontaneous, self-powered illumination.
    Though integral to the lamp, the surface appears distinct, like a tabletop or shelf. In contrast to this minimalist approach, the bulbs are sheathed in hand-blown glass. The tinted glasses can then be reconfigured or combined as desired, shifting the quality and intensity of light.

Hand blown glass, powder-coated aluminium, 2700°K light-source

Designed with Andreas Engesvik.

Screened Daylight, 2011

The most recent in a series of works investigating natural light; Screened Daylight simulates the ambient light that enters a room obliquely through drawn blinds or curtains. Functioning formally as a lamp, this secondary light also acts to expand perceived-space through the suggestion of that which 
is obscured.

Power-coated aluminium, aluminium square-tubes, 4000°K light source, polypropylene plastic
Screened Daylight, Copyright © 2011 Daniel Rybakken
Light Tray, Copyright © 2011 Rybakken, Engesvik
Structure Table, Copyright © 2011 Daniel Rybakken

Born in 1984, Daniel Rybakken grew up in Oslo, Norway. He studied design at the Oslo School of Architecture and the School of Arts & Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. On graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 2008 he opened his own studio, located in both Oslo and Gothenburg.
    Rybakken has received numerous awards, including the 'Best of the Best' Red Dot Award in Singapore, 2007; the Anders Jahre's Cultural Prize for Young Artists in Oslo, 2008; and the Design Report Award for best designer at Salone Satellite in Milan, 2009.

The work of Daniel Rybakken occupies the area between art and design, forming limited editions, art installations and prototypes for serial production. His main focus has been to work with daylight and how to artificially recreate its subconscious effect.