Danish designer Ane Lykke has extensive experience creating site-specific works and large-scale installations for public spaces. Her pieces are often three-dimensional, and explore ideas of perception through illusions of depth and infinity. Lykke creates experiences and objects that actively engage their audiences. The works are both artistic and functional, with a focus on sustainability. In addition to these site-specific projects, she investigates form, materiality, and the properties of light and shadow in her one-off sculptural works. Ane Lykke has exhibited internationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants. In 2022, she was commissioned by the Designmuseum Denmark to create one of her unique Kumiko Light Objects for the museum’s grand reopening.
Following in the tradition of numerous Danish designers before her, Lykke has found great inspiration in traditional Japanese craftsmanship. As a young designer, she lived and worked in Japan, and has made numerous research trips there in the years since. Her Kumiko Light Objects are constructed from three-dimensional grids in cypress wood, using the traditional Japanese woodworking technique Kumiko, to which color is then applied.These objects are “a fusion between traditional Japanese craftsmanship and a new Nordic perspective.The three- dimensional grid and three parallel layers play with different states — light, shadow, and depth. The interaction between these creates different modes of shadow, depth, and reflection.The object combines the intangible, in this case light, with elements and forms that generate an ever- changing experience depending on the viewer’s position in relation to the object. The purpose is to invite the viewer into a ‘dialogue’, as a co-creator.”
“I seek to give visitors a subtle exploration into light and space.To be present — to move and explore, and to become aware that the experience of my works is kaleidoscopic — it corresponds to the place in which one is viewing,” says Lykke.