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Thin lines and effortless functionality are but two mere elements of Daniel Rybakken’s Ascent table lamp designed for Luceplan. Presented at Euroluce, in Milan 2013, this piece is made from a combination of aluminium and technopolymer and is available in two alternate versions, with or without a standing base. In the base-less option, there exists an anchor bolt. In both options, the lamp is designed to be suitable for larger public spaces as well as domestic use. Disassembled, the elements that comprise the Ascent table lamp are traditionally recognisable. However, its Rybakken’s reinterpretation of its reassembly that is impressive. Mounted on a slender vertical stem, by moving the head along the stem the light intensity goes from being turned off at the bottom position, to gradually ascending to the full light output at the top. This ease of use, and variation in customisation, affords the user the ability to control the light intensity, but also the spread of the light. Daniel Rybakken, based on Norway, has a growing portfolio of work that spreads installation, lighting and illumination experimentations. With a background in Fine Arts and Design, his work spans across both disciplines, pushing boundaries through innovation on both accounts. The...


The Button side table is a creation of Norway born Switzerland based designer Fredrik Wærnes. He developed this elegant and minimal piece with the purpose to provide versatility in the living space. The tabletop can be removed and used as a serving tray. The grooves in the middle of the wooden base keep the tray tightly and securely in place. I like the opening in the center. Aside from being a visual feature, making the tabletop resemble a button (hence the name), it creates handle and makes the piece easier to move.


Norwegian Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter recently finished a National Tourist Route Rv 889 in Havoysund, Norway. The objective was to magnify visitors’ experience of walking from the roadside down to the seaside. The winding concrete ramp does not only allow universal accessibility but becomes an integral part of the journey. It slows down visitors in a measured, restrained approach and brings out the awareness of one’s surroundings within the remoteness of a place. Located in the extreme north of Norway, in a landscape almost lunar in its barren and inhospitable beauty, the facility should ideally be completely self-sustainable in terms of power input and waste output. The general notion was to create a human detail in the vastness of the landscape that is as timeless as the landscape itself and that brings attention to the relationship between the duration of experiences and the hugeness of the spatial circumstances.  I would love to walk that path in slow, measured and restrained steps as the architects intended, wouldn’t you?


This beautifully subtle lighting object, called Colour, is a collaborative effort of two of Norway’s most acclaimed design stars Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik, produced by French furniture firm Ligne Roset. The piece is comprised of a series of diffusers, placed in front of a light source. Free standing and fully adjustable, these screens create different light and colour effects. Daniel Rybakken explains: Using sheets of coloured glass placed freely in front of a light source, Colour invites the user to mix various hues. I was also intrigued here by the exploded concept of a lamp, formed not only of multiple components, but by multiple objects too. This power to co-create, given to the user, opens up many possibilities. Diffusers may vary in shape and transparency, creating even more unique combinations.


Sunlight has an important role in sustaining life on earth and has shown a positive affect on the mood. Born in Oslo – Norway and currently based Gothenburg – Sweden designer Daniel Rybakken made an installation – Daylight entrance – to “replicate the positive sensation of sunlight” in both the entrance and staircase of an office building in central Stockholm. Using the technical princples of one of his previous projects Rybakken used over 6000 LED lights over 3 stories to give the visitor or employee the suggestion of multiple windows somewhere in the staircase. Photography by Kalle Sanner.


This is not a stool. This is N° 019: a chair disguised as a stool. The chair is completely flat, until someone sits in it. N° 019 is designed by Andreas Aas, a designer and architect who lives and works between Paris, France and Fredrikstad, Norway. Here’s what he says about the concept: When not in use, the chair occupies minimal space – both physically and mentally. It is only when used that the chair takes on the more strenuous shape of the human body. With this in mind, the N° 019 must be the ultimate chair for Über-minimalist interiors.


The Alta Bike, a hybrid between a classic courier and a mountain bike, was designed as a collaboration project between the Norwegian designers Bleed, Norway Says and Frost Produkt in 2004. Initially the Alta Bike was supposed to be a project with a limited production of 50 bikes but Alta soon got so popular that it became the first serial production single speed bike on the market. “The initial idea behind the Alta bike was to make a light, timeless, fast and durable bicycle that was designed for city use.” The single speed design means it performs perfect in urban environment as you have rarely enough speed to need to change gears. In case of need to accelerate you can always rely on the handlebar – Alta Bike’s signature feature – giving you the power to fight hills. They wanted something back to basics and they succeeded. The result of the collaboration is a great singlespeed city racer with a weight of only 9.2 kg, available in various colors. The Alta Bike has been bought by the Norwegian National Museum as a part of their permanent collection.