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nordic stories

PIA WALLÉN

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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ARKET Nordic Stories - Pia Wallén
ARKET Nordic Stories - Pia Wallén
ARKET Nordic Stories - Pia Wallén
ARKET Nordic Stories - Pia Wallén

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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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Meet Jo Ellison

We invited the celebrated Editor of the Financial Times’ HTSI magazine to guest edit our A/W 2022 collection and take us on a personal journey through modern office clothing. Read more for a wisdom-filled account of the contemporary codes of business attire.

 

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Recycled cashmere

As autumn comes, it’s time to turn to classic knits. Blended with RWS-certified merino wool for durability and strength, our recycled cashmere gives the luxurious feel and natural warmth of conventional cashmere, but with a lighter footprint on the planet.

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BREAD IN HAND

Together with ARKET’s new bread supplier – BAK, we are on a mission to showcase that the use of organic heritage crops and manual techniques not only makes sense from a sustainability perspective, but also because the final product simply tastes and feels better.

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The grid is an essential element of our visual identity. It represents the notion of the archive and is used to organise and display information ranging from the names of plants to fabric weights and different types of materials used in our collections. These nine squares symbolise the separate parts that together form our world, and they are also the areas where we strive to make a difference.