The Secant by Daniel Rybakken, with J. HILL’S STANDARD

On view at Palazzo Litta

DAMN° Magazine April 2016


The Secant mobile designed by Daniel Rybakken moves within a state of counterpoise. Constructed from crystal glass discs, anodised aluminium, and rope, it demonstrates the strength, utility, and refractive qualities of glass used in a way that both builds on and usurps the tradition. It is lit from a single point above and functions both as an installation and light piece. The crystal disc communicates something pure, fragile, and elevated in value, whilst the machined metal parts and the pulley recall something more industrial. Using Secant and crystal discs as a point of departure, Rybakken has also designed three lights: wall, floor, and table. Restrained and minimal, their modular design allows crystal glass to be appreciated without any overbearing interventions. Such pieces reflect the ethos of J. HILL’s Standard, which was set up to help preserve glass-making skills in Waterford, Ireland and to re-establish the region as a centre for glass-making excellence.

Daniel Rybakken (b.1984, Norway) studied at the Oslo School of Architecture and the School of Arts & Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. After graduating in 2008, he started his own practice in Gothenburg and has since received a number of prizes, including the Bruno Mathsson Award in 2011 and the XXIII Compasso d’Oro ADI in 2014.


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