The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize of 2017 was awarded Daniel Rybakken (born 1984 in Oslo), who works in light design. Living and working in Gothenburg, Swede, Rybakken particularly considers the relationship of light and space. The exhibition focuses on Rybakken’s total processes of light fitting design:
The award committee’s statement:
‘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.’
The exhibition will be on show in Gothenburg from 5 November 2017 to 18 February 2018.
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize was established by the Torsten Söderberg and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations. It was awarded for the first time in 1994, on the centenary of Torsten Söderberg’s birth. Worth SEK 1 million, the prize the largest of its kind in the world. Managed by the Röhsska Museum, it is awarded annually to a Nordic designer or craftsperson.