Stockholm 2017 – Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken designed two new families of furniture and accessories for Finnish company Artek. The Kiila range of storage and seating and the 124° series of mirrors support and work in concert on the concept of “domestic helper”.
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The new designs cleverly utilize assistance of industrial manufacturing in their making and explore the point at which art and technology converge. The Kiila range includes a cold stand, a coatrack, a podium and a bench designed to help organize and tidy.
“The challenge was to create objects that could exist in harmony with the iconic Artek collection whilst also pushing boundaries and asserting an original language of his own.” Says Daniel Rybakken.
Kiila system features a unique wedge-shaped joint – kiila translates as wedge in Finnish – made from powder-coated metal on wich solid wooden legs are fitted. They designs are secured with metal pins which double as hanging pegs on the coat stand and coat rack. Or the products in the Kiila family can be shipped flat packed.
Rybakken has purposefully kept all aspects of the construction visible. “How the pieces are produced is put on display. These are transparent designs; nothing is hidden from the user” says the designer to Archipanic.
The 124° wall-mounted mirrors are composed by two faces placed 124° apart creating an unexpected dual-aspect reflection of the surrounding space. The mirrors are made from mirror polished sheet steel and are available in three different variations including one with an integrated wooden shelf.
“I wanted to identify what constitutes an Artek product and reflect on those qualities without delivering something that was a pastiche or a copy of Aalto” said Daniel Rybakken who is at his very first furniture commission.
Artek was founded in 1935 by for young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Marie Gullischen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.”
Styling by Connie Hüsser – All photos: ©Artek.