Ark Journal #5

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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.

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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.

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