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.
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In Volume IV we recognise the shifting changes of the world, and take this opportunity to look introspectively at the home as a living reflection of our passions. The past months have reinforced the importance of the home: as a sanctuary, a safe place, somewhere to share intimate moments with family and friends. For Nordic modern furniture dealer and designer Rune Bruun Johansen, his Copenhagen apartment is an ascetic space, creating a perfect backdrop for his selected design pieces. In London, Michael Anastassiades lives as he works, in a deeply pared back and considered way, and the designer shares his international perspective on Danish design.
The Nordic residences we visit in this issue each reflect the values of the building itself as well as a yearning to be close to nature. We are taken on an intimate journey through the family home of Magniberg founders Bengt Thornefors and Nina Norgren in an exclusive photo essay by Mikael Olsson. We visit a perfect small house on the coast north of Copenhagen designed and built by Halldor Gunnløgsson in the late 1950s.
Combining influences from US modernists and Japanese aesthetics with Danish building traditions, the house is today considered an iconic 20th-century work. The only museum building outside Finland that Alvar Aalto designed, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg is a light-filled work of art itself. Designed with his wife Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, Kunsten houses furniture and fittings specifically produced for the spaces. A restaurant conceived by artist Olafur Eliasson is a living experiential work of art, architecture and gastronomy.
We talk to Michael Maharam about how he chose to furnish his John Pawson-designed home in South Tyrol, and his love for Danish design throughout. Originality, craftsmanship and democracy are fundamental elements of Danish design, historically and today. As a Copenhagen-based magazine, it felt natural to highlight these principles in this issue. In two case studies we explore new talents on the local design scene and architect made furniture from the golden age of Danish modern.
Volume IV includes two special inserts: a collection of radical and rare Danish chairs from the archives and a poetic film noir evocation of fashion and metallic retro accessories.
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