Colour by Daniel Rybakken
and Andreas Engesvik


Norwegian designers Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik presented a lamp filtered through layers of coloured screens in Milan last month.

Called Colour, the lamp incorporates an opaque disk illuminated from behind by a circular fluorescent tube.

Translucent coloured screens are then leaned in front of the disk against a wall, and overlapped to create different effects.

"The project is about letting a user mix different colours and compose different compositions depending on their needs," says Rybakken. "It also raise the question: Why does a lamp need to be one object? Why can't a lamp be the sum of several different objects?"

More about Daniel Rybakken on Dezeen: Daylight Entrance (May 2010)

Images are by Kalle Sanner and Daniel Rybakken.

See all our stories about Milan 2010 in our special category.

Here's a little text from the designer:

Colour. In collaboration with Andreas Engesvik

Colour is about the mixing of colour and composition in shape.

Though I work often with aspects of daylight, this collarorative project allowed me to investigate quite different effects and sensations of light. With a largely monochromatic pallette to-date, I also welcomed the opportunity to explore colour.

Using sheets of coloured glass placed freely in front of a light source, Colour invites the user to mix various hues.

I was also intrigued here by the exploded concept of a lamp, formed not only of multiple components, but by multiple objects too.

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Daylight Entrance by
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Posted on Monday May 31st 2010 at 12:24 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    this could be very beautiful, but i think for it to be a functional piece, perhaps more control needs to be implemented

  • Simple & poetic.

  • Yoko

    this is the most beautiful thing i have seen in milan.

  • Flying Dutchman

    Cool, so plain and pure estetic!

    I like it a lot. Rybakken is a huge talent – and already a great designer with a mysterious undertone.

  • WOW!
    see a lot of Graphic Designer offsprings of Rietveld work that simple.
    first time i see an industrial designer work so beautiful…

  • @edward
    No, not more control – else you lose it! it already is what it is…

  • Luke

    What? he put coloured glass in front of a light? Have I missed something?

  • Trevor

    Yes Luke.

  • rj cottard

    the way he choreographs the light in the first “piece” is so whimsical. I don’t understand the comment about the mysterious undertone. And I would love to hear what flying dutchman is seeing.

    on a different note, maybe works better as a battery operated design rather than plug in or just put it in front of the outlet so you can’t see the wires? the wire seems to interrupt the composition almost too boorishly. Of course, it could be argued that was his point?

    nonetheless, gestalt -> captured.

  • berthold

    Why??? What’s the intention? To make other people reproduce that?? Or to sell it? To mass produce it?
    I’m cordialy sorry for not understanding what this is, or is supposed to be. I can see there’s something appealing to it. But well, my skaeteboard is beautiful too just leaning there against the wall…and it’s even hiding an outlet.

  • Roza


    Industrial design’s Op art.