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nordic stories


DESIGN Pia Wallén is one of the most celebrated designers in the contemporary Scandinavian scene. With a career that spans over several decades and fields, she continues to deliver iconic designs that become trademarks of her vision, defined by a careful consideration of every aspect from materials, shapes and proportions to production processes and, of course, design.

Marking the second edition of Nordic Stories, the ARKET and Pia Wallén collaboration features a capsule collection of women’s ready-to-wear and interior pieces. The carefully curated catalogue revisits some of her iconic work through materials and graphic elements that belong to her usual palette. Parting from two signature materials in Pia Wallén’s portfolio – felted wool and cotton quilts – the ready-to-wear collection merges modern minimalism with a bold character and traditional crafting techniques, representing the most current expression of her long-lived connection to these qualities.


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Pia Wallén ‘My working process very often starts from different projects I’ve done before. I work a lot with continuation, editing. It’s like a research process. My plan was to be a lawyer but I had a huge interest in fashion, materials, fabrics, colours and shapes, and so I changed that path. I had no choice. Sometimes I think I could sit in a cave and still create.’

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Skedblad chair

Designed in 1933 by Swedish architect and furniture designer Carl Malmsten, and named after the bowl of a spoon, the Skedblad chair is used to furnish all ARKET cafés.

Take care of your products

Longevity is at the core of our brand. If our clothes are used beyond their first wearer, we have done something right. Designing for circularity starts at the drawing table – and extends to guiding customers on how to take care of our products.

Roasted aubergines and heritage tomatoes

This vegan dish is easy to prepare and delicious on its own as well as served as a side with other summery flavours.

Scent families

The International Perfume Museum outside Grasse is an open-air conservatory for fragrant plants and flowers connected to the area’s century-long history of perfumery. Its gardens are planted according to traditional scent families, with florals, herbs, woods and others grouped together.