Among the greats of Finnish design, Yrjö Kukkapuro defies categorisation. He lives as he designs, with a pragmatism that never compromises on experimentation and imagination, and he is a cornerstone of contemporary Finnish design and visual culture.
Today’s makers transcend time and space to mould their vision, imbuing objects with meaning and materiality.
In the small Belgian village of Itegem, interior architect Peter Ivens discovered a unique and exotic villa with well-preserved 1920’s details reminiscent of a classical British colonial style – a central stairway, symmetrical plan, alcove windows, hipped roof and upper dormer windows.
The enduring aesthetic of Danish furniture has always been entirely in step with other contemporary design practices, ceramics, glass, textiles, and particularly architecture.
In the unique surroundings of the house created by Danish sculptor Rikard Axel Poulsen (1887-1972) furniture, lighting and homewares by contemporary designers exhibit their serene poise, the avant-garde flanked by the archaic to create layers of history.
How to create a newly built house that feels comfortably familiar and as burnished as the well-loved objects that move with the owners? Designer Elisabeth Snejbjerg and former architect now photographer Mikael Bonde after 25 years in Copenhagen moved to the country near Aarhus to a house they designed and built among trees.
Small but perfectly matched, two residences in a courtyard are reduced to the essentials using quality materials and maximum light to create welcoming tranquillity.
A diminutive wooden dwelling on stilts among forest trees focuses attention on interior details to heighten the contrast between its small scale and the vastness of nature.
Whether using traditional or innovative materials, designers lean on the craft and expertise of former practitioners to carve, shape, mould or weave.
In collaboration with Gubi, and to celebrate the brand’s new lighting collections, Ark Journal’s creative team produced a photo essay inspired by the Californian mid-century modern architectural style.
Promoting modernisation of tradition within the realm of craft, the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2022 is now open for submissions. Ark Journal talked to Chairperson of the Jury, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, about contemporary craft and it’s impact through the fifth edition of the award.
Designed with rigour and made with love and care, a modest 1980s home is reimagined by architect Malene Hvidt and designer/maker Nikolaj Lorentz Mentze to express their formative values.
In personal as well as professional projects, Danielle Siggerud respects the past but also sheds and refines before creating tailored layers of significance.