Embodying the concept that design should follow construction, Andreas Engesvik and Daniel Rybakken’s Arbour is assembled from separate components that have been independently produced for optimal comfort, quality, and efficiency.
This sofa was developed with an intention to create a durable sofa that would qualify for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel within the European market, and it features FSC-certified wood for the frame and EU-Ecolabelled upholsteries for the Eco version. The seat and cushions are made in carefully balanced proportions, with identical side cushions creating a sense of harmony and offering the opportunity for multiple comfortable sitting or lying positions, while the frame creates a strong yet elegant profile with an architectural quality. With its logical construction and uncluttered design language, Arbour fuses its distinctly Scandinavian aesthetics with high comfort and great durability.
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. Andreas Engesvik is a Norwegian designer who established his own studio in 2009. Previously, he was a founding member of the groundbreaking design studio Norway Says, with whom he worked for six years. Engesvik studied first Art History at the University of Bergen, Norway, then went on to study Design at the National College of Art and Design, graduating with his Masters in 2000. His work has won a number of international awards, including the Red Dot Award, iF Product Design Award and the Wallpaper Design Award. For HAY, Rybakken and Engesvik have designed Arbour.