PETIT STANDARD / Story
The result of an eight-year journey, Daniel Rybakken’s Petit Standard is a study in precision and considered details. With the objective of creating a highly stackable chair, where the stackable features would actually enhance the chair’s design, Petit Standard fuses elegance and functionality in an iconic design. Using die-cast aluminium and steel tubes that connect into a three-dimensional triangle, the lightweight frame has a distinctively geometric silhouette, which is counterbalanced by the warmth and natural quality of the oak-veneer seat and backrest. The high back and curved seat ensure great comfort, while the rigid tubing optimises the chair’s strength and stacking ability, making it ideal for corporate environments, educational institutions, and private settings.
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 before beginning his own practice there in 2008. 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 London Design Medal and the Golden Chair from the Swedish Association of Architects in 2013. Focusing on the power of daylight, his work occupies the area between art and design, including limited editions, art installations, and prototypes for serial production. For HAY, he has designed Petit Standard, and Arbour, in collaboration with Andreas Engesvik.