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Ark Journal Volume Xl, Ark Journal Magazine
Ark Journal Volume Xl, Ark Journal Magazine
Ark Journal Volume Xl, Ark Journal Magazine

Ark Journal Volume 11


Ark Journal Volume 11 ponders how history shapes our understanding of art, design and architecture, and celebrates the fluidity of interpretations that evolve over time and the importance of context.

The authors explore how architects navigate the interplay between tradition and innovation, drawing upon historical precedents while thinking about the future, how adaptive reuse breathes new life into old structures and how architectural interventions honour a site’s cultural heritage.

Featured are two iconic mid-century modernist houses, in Mexico City and Cincinnati, that have undergone transformations, but with a deep respect for each house’s rich history and significance. The Southern Californian language of architect Ray Kappe is translated into a contemporary home in Berlin, while a house on an island in the Baltic Sea is built to experience untamed nature.

South African-born architect and curator Sumayya Vally is a voice of the latest generation, and in the interview she emphasises the power of identity, belonging and cultural hybridity in shaping architecture outside conventional norms. Furthermore, the makers visit Hvitträsk, the early Finnish home of Eliel and Loja Saarinen, where creativity and community are radically entangled.

In the Case Studies, Pernille Vest explores furniture as objets d’art, crafted from rare noble wood, marked by time and expert hands. In Basel, a lesson is discovered in how to live and work with art delivered by two generations of the von Bartha family of gallerists. In Design Metaphors, Ettore Sottsass used photography to explore the origins of architecture.

Dung Ngo talks to Ana Elena Mallet, curator of an exhibition at MoMA on the design histories of Latin America, where craft and industry shaped hybrid identities. And in the Portfolio the authors delve into how new ideas of utopia in architecture, design and art shaped a distinct Latin American version of modernity.

Ark Journal believes that the magazine is more than just a publication; it’s a celebration of the beauty and simplicity that defines Scandinavian design and architecture. It has always been important to the makers that the material quality of Ark Journal matches the honest and inventive design stories in the magazine.

Volume Xl has four different covers, please pick the one you prefer.


Info: 240 pages, printed in full colour on Munken Polar 240 gsm and 120 gsm

Dimensions: 235 by 315 mm

Publish date: 11 April 2024

Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

About Ark Journal

Ark Journal is a biannual magazine founded by Mette Barfod and made by an experienced team of designers, stylists, photographers and editors.

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