Ark Journal – Volume 01 (SS19)


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At Ark Journal we explore the spaces around us, the objects we put in them and the people who make them.

Bridging architecture, design and art, we show them as interplay rather than in silos, and with a sense of enduring Scandinavian values and aesthetics. We celebrate good ideas, honest and inventive design and materials and encourage critical debate. Each issue we visit extraordinary homes around the world that are more than the sum of their parts and that express the personal narratives of the people who live in them, their philosophies and influences. By placing architecture at the core of Ark Journal, we want to consider it in the broader context of our lives, reflecting its more humanistic side and celebrating tactility and individual dimensions.

Copenhagen-based, Ark Journal is a biannual magazine founded by Editor-in-Chief Mette Barfod and made by an experienced team of designers, stylists, photographers and editors. The 240-page magazine is sold in 25 countries around the world.

In Volume One we explore fundamental themes and the enduring appeal of modernism. Designer Ilse Crawford recounts her quest for the perfect chair and we pay homage to honest materials ranging from good old brick to textiles. We discuss originality with Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi in her perfect Helsinki home, imperfect harmony with Phillip Lim and artistic dissonance with collector Claus Andersen. We visit the new generation architects living in Poul Henningsen’s ugly house, go to the beach to a secret house by Finn Juhl and pull up a Willy Guhl chair poolside in a house by Richard Neutra. Farshad Farzankia creates artworks especially for our first issue and we go inside the studio of Danish sculptor Sonja Ferlov Mancoba.

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