Editor's Picks: Nordic Design

Ark Journal Editor in Chief Mette Barfod selects her favorite pieces from our Nordic Design online auction.

Ark Journal Editor in Chief Mette Barfod selects her favorite pieces from our Nordic Design online auction.

Details from works by Poul Kjærholm, Alvar Aalto, and Arne JacobsenNordic Design Online Auction.

Ark Journal Editor in Chief Mette Barfod co-founded the biannual, Copenhagen‐based magazine in 2019 with a mission to celebrate Scandinavian architecture, design and art by visiting extraordinary homes around the world. Volume 4, to be released in October 2020, explores elements at the core of Danish design — originality, innovation, and craftsmanship — from young and upcoming talents to the classics created by renowned Danish architects, such as Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, and Poul Henningsen. Here, Barfod shares her personal selections from our Nordic Design online-only sale, now online through 17 September 2020.

Ark Journal Editor in Chief Mette Barfod.

Poul Kjærholm

PK 61 has always been my favourite coffee table, as it is extremely minimalistic yet super exclusive at the same time.

Poul Kjærholm, Pair of low tables, model no. PK 61, designed 1956, produced 1956-1981. Nordic Design Online Auction.

Alvar Aalto

A light object that is sculptural and beautiful. The lines and curves matched with the material combination of polished brass, delicately lacquered metal strips and the black leather hand sewn in Finland gives it a contemporary edge.

Alvar Aalto, 'Angel's Wing' standard lamp, model no. A805, circa 1953. Nordic Design Online Auction​​​​​​​.

Arne Jacobsen

A minimalist classic that in many ways captures the essence of modern Danish style. It is perfectly balanced and discreet in appearance, allowing its function to dictate over its ageless design in curved, matte stainless steel.

Arne Jacobsen, 'AJ' flatware service for 24, model no. 660, designed 1957, executed 1957-1977. Nordic Design Online Auction​​​​​​​.

Otto Færge

This solid wood table, attributed to Otto Færge, exudes extraordinary good craftmanship, everlasting with a sustainability element. Timeless yet relevant design.

Otto Færge, Coffee table, 1940s. Nordic Design Online Auction​​​​​​​.

Søren Hansen

The unique use of curved lines and simple forms makes the two‐seater sofa stand out in the world of furniture design. It demonstrates Hansen’s ingenuity to create furniture with simple yet elegant construction.

Søren Hansen, Sofa, variant of model no. 2240, 1940. Nordic Design Online Auction​​​​​​​.

Fritz Hansen

A classic chair that still has its own strong, unique expression, upholstered in the softest sheepskin upon beautiful legs made in oak.

Fritz Hansen, Armchair, model 1565, circa 1938. Nordic Design Online Auction.

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