Copyright © 2017, Daniel Rybakken

Kiila (Artek 2017)

Furniture collection by Daniel Rybakken for Artek premiered at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017. 



Kiila, Daniel Rybakken 2017 (photography by Kalle Sanner & Daniel Rybakken)   

“For Rybakken, the challenge was to create objects that could exist in

harmony with the iconic Artek collection whilst also pushing boundaries

and asserting an original language of his own. The Kiila collection is

the first result; a family of useful and versatile small furniture objects

designed with hallways and entrances in mind. The sturdy coat stand and

coat rack can hold heavy coats without losing their centre of gravity and

toppling (Rybakken applied the simple engineering principles of a tripod)

whilst a bench and podium are multi-functional pieces to aid

interior organisation. “I wanted to identify what constitutes an Artek

product and reflect on those qualities without delivering something that

was pastiche or a copy of Aalto”, Rybakken adds.

Rybakken’s Kiila system includes a unique wedge-shaped joint (Kiila

translates as ‘wedge’ in Finnish) made from powder-coated metal onto

which solid wooden legs are fitted. They are secured with metal pins which

double as hanging pegs on the coat stand and coat rack. Rybakken has

purposefully kept all aspects of the construction visible; “How the pieces

are produced is put on display. These are transparent designs; nothing is

hidden from the user.” The Kiila family of objects is robust, designed for

longevity. This quality has been articulated visually in the heft of the

wooden rods used; they are unapologetically heavy. Inventing a system of

construction, rather than designing individual pieces, pays homage to the

origins of some of Aalto’s most famous designs. In Rybakken’s own words:

“There is a very apparent logic to the Kiila series and I recognise this in

Aalto designs too. These are products designed within the parameters of

industrial manufacture, they are intended to be part of a system that can

be repeated.” What is more, thanks to a clever approach to production, all

the products in the Kiila family can be shipped flat-packed; a last nod

towards a recognised Artek standard.” Artek.


(wood, steel)



Kiila © 2017 Daniel Rybakken. Click on the images for full resolution.

Images 1-12 by Kalle Sanner Daniel Rybakken.

Images 13-14 by Studio Daniel Rybakken.