Nature and its creative force have always been a source of inspiration and motifs in art, architecture and design. In Scandinavia the stark differences between the seasons amplify this consciousness of nature and its recurring patterns. In Volume V we examine the relationship between art, architecture and design and the natural world. Leading figures from those worlds including fashion designer Simone Rocha share their personal perspectives on the magical intertwining of people, objects and nature. In an exclusive book extract, we share the personal spaces Donald Judd created in Marfa, Texas, that are a living testimony to the artist’s visionary philosophies of art and architecture. Accompany us on a personal journey to China with renowned photographer Hélène Binet and to Terra Ignota (Foreign Lands), chemigrams by Åke E:son Lindman featured in an insert. In the Swedish archipelago Christian and Ruxandra Halleröd take us into the forest where they built a house that seems as if it was just placed in the midst of the old-growth trees. We explore how artist Kirstine Roepstorff found solace in the Danish countryside after leaving urban Berlin where she had lived and worked for 15 years. From a loft in Tribeca, New York, to a classic historical Copenhagen apartment and a rustic Italian palazzo, we visit homes that demonstrate a sensitivity towards nature, art and timeless design that encourages reflection and inspiration. In our Case Studies we feature pieces united by the discerning eye of a collector and the natural order of handcrafted and tactile Nordic design.
Note: Ships mid-April.
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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