Ascent by Daniel Rybakkan @ Salone Milan 2013

Ascent by Daniel Rybakkan @ Salone Milan 2013

daniel rybakken at luceplan

Norwegian lighting designer Daniel Rybakken has swiftly gained prominence on the world design stage.

In the handful of years since the stand out appearance at the emerging designer pavilion at Salone Satelitte, he went on to be invited to exhibit at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi – pursuing his aim of recreating daylight from artificial illumination.

This year Daniel Rybakken launches Ascent for Luceplan – a light that that traverses a vertical support, whereby the lighting intensity adjusts from “off” at the base of the stem, and gradually ascending to “full” light at the top.

Ascent Daniel Rybakken

The visual elements of Ascent are all recognizable, from the classic head to the round stem, but it is the way you use Ascent that makes it different from existing lights. The gesture of sliding the head upwards for more light and down for less is a conceptual idea, but at the same time an action that feels natural.

ascent on desk

Ascent comes in two versions, with an anchor bolt for tables, or with a base. The anchor bolt is made impact resistant by having a co-molding of steel and rubber in the base, allowing up to 15 degree of tilt of the stem. As to protecting the inner mechanics and electronics the head is made to rotate freely.

These measures make Ascent suitable for larger public spaces as well as for domestic use.

Head in aluminium, stem in technopolymer,  10W LED – 2700K light source.

Rybakken’s 2012 offering for Luceplan, Counterbalance (below) was recently awarded the Elle Decor International Design Award for lighting, ( the award will be presented during this week’s Salone Del Mobile.)



As a highly decorated designer, he was previously awarded the prestigious Elle Decoration Young Designer of the Year award 2010.

Watch this short video of Daniel’s work that won the 2010 award.

About Daniel Rybakken


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 design studio 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 studio is now operated from Paris, France.


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