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HDK alumnus Daniel Rybakken receives the The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2017

Röhsska Museum’s award committee for the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, funded by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation, has decided to award the Norwegian light and furniture designer Daniel Rybakken this year’s prize of SEK 1 million. The prize winner was presented at HDK on Thursday May 18. On Friday May 19 Daniel Rybakken will give an open lecture at HDK at 1 pm. (in English)

The award committee’s motivation:

Daniel Rybakken successfully raises design to a higher philosophical level. He reflects on major questions such as lighting and interior design, and uses his ideas to create projects that not only follow design history, but also develop it. He uses poetic and magical effects to recreate daylight in enclosed spaces, bringing us new light.

“I feel proud and grateful. Of course, it’s amazing to receive such a prize,” says Daniel Rybakken in the press release. “For me, the working process is as important as the result. I let the work take time, wanting to find my way to my own expression. It’s always been like this for me. I want something extra to happen in the encounter with the product. I want to make people think, so it’s wonderful to have my work highlighted,” he says.

Daniel Rybakken (b. 1984) was born in Oslo. He came to HDK as an exchange student from AHO, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and he continued his studies on Master level at HDK where he in 2008 obtained his Master of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Gothenburg, where he has run Studio Daniel Rybakken.

Selected previous awards
In 2014, Daniel Rybakken was the first ever Scandnavian to receive the prestigious Italian design prize Compasso dÓro, followed by a second win in 2016. He has also received awards such as the Best of the Best, Red Dot Award (Singapore 2007), Bruno Mathsson Prize (Sweden 2011), London Design Medal (UK 2013) and Hublot Design Prize (Japan, 2015). To mention some…

www.danielrybakken.com
 

The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize Exhibition 2017: Daniel Rybakken
The prize will be handed over to Daniel Rybakken during a ceremony on November 4, on the birthdate of Torsten Söderberg. From 5 November 2017 to 18 February 2018, Röhsska Museum will display an exhibition about and with this year’s prize-winner at the Gothenburg City Library.

The award committee
consists of representatives from the five Nordic countries:

Museum Director, adj. professor Anne-Louise Sommer, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
Director of Design and Decorative Arts Widar Halén, the National Museum in Oslo
Museum Director Jukka Savolainen, the Design Museum in Helsinki
Museum Director Harpa Þórsdóttir, the Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art, Reykjavik
PhD hc Tomas Söderberg, Chairman of the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations
the award committee’s Chairperson, Tom Hedqvist.

More information on the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize and previous prize winners at http://rohsska.se/en/t-w-soderbergs-pris

Photo: Kalle Sanner