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 started his own practise with base in Gothenburg and Oslo.
Rybakken has received numerous awards, including the 'Best of the Best' Red Dot Award in Singapore in 2007; the Anders Jahre's Cultural Prize for Young Artists in Oslo in 2008; the Design Report Award for best designer at Salone Satellite in Milan in 2009, the Bruno Mathsson Award in 2011 and the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Counterbalance in 2013. In November 2015 Daniel received the prestigious Hublot Award, the Wallpaper Magazine Top 20 Under 40 and in 2016, the XX1V Compasso d'ora ADI 2016.
The work of Daniel Rybakken occupies the area between art and design, forming limited editions, art installations and prototypes for serial production. His main focus has been to work with daylight and how to artificially recreate its subconscious effect.