11 March 2018
by Margarida Matias

We had the pleasure to be invited to integrate  Attitude’s magazine issue #80 “Secret”, for the category of Architects / Designers with Attitude, we are grateful for the recognition and we invite you to read the issue dedicated exclusively to the Portuguese schene.

“It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt that Portugal is currently on everybody’s lips, enjoying broad recognition overseas for the most varied of reasons and not simply because of tourism.
Its appeal also derives from a very particular identity. A legacy of traditions and knowledge – combined with skilful artisanal production and differentiating qualities – now being reinvented by a talented generation that has been making a name for itself in a vast range of creative areas.”

11 June 2017
by Margarida Matias

Arkstudio as a multi-disciplinary platform embraces different challenges ranging from collaboration with various professionals or exploring various disciplines and areas of intervention.

This time we are sharing the styling we have made for the photoshoot recently done with the photographer Rodrigo Cardoso for The Lisboans, short rental apartments in the center of Lisbon. 

We consider styling as complementary to architecture and decoration and it becomes fundamental for photoshoots. Styling  requires prior planning and careful attention to detail.

Type: styling / Client: The Lisboans / Photography: Rodrigo Cardoso.

For more information, contact us.

07 May 2017
by Margarida Matias

We were recently invited by the magazine máxima to share our inspirations and trends for the new season- Spring / Summer 2017.

The invitation was accepted with great pleasure and the result of this partnership was excellent. We are extremely grateful to be one of the three women chosen to integrate this fantastic supplement that is full of good taste and inspiration!

19 August 2016
by Margarida Matias

A Casa C’ alma is our latest decoration project for a guesthouse A Casa C’ Alma located in Praça das Flores, Lisbon.

The guesthouse facilities are in an old building which was previously renovated and belongs to a tradicional neighbourhood with small curvy streets, town houses, squares and trees, therefore the aim of this project is to enhance the old character of the “old” family houses.

Like in the domestic Portuguese culture, which gives an extreme importance to the kitchen, many persons describe it as the center of the house – it heart- where every one meets and socialize. We were inspire and gave a special attention to this assumption.  The choice of the decoration for the kitchen was carefully chosen and the glass display case was treated carefully like a “cabinet de curiosities” mixing functional every day objects with precious findings…

We really hope you like it!!

Type: Decoration and furniture design/ Client: A Casa C’ Alma/ Photographer: Rodrigo Cardoso 

05 March 2016
by Margarida Matias

Recently, we have been asked to be part of a article for french press that aims unveil new Portuguese designers and creative talents. The result is finally out and we are very grateful with our review from Celine Almeida, Residences Decoration, 129- Avril- Mai, 2016.

“Sur le ring, 16 architectes et designers emblématiques de leur génération. D’un côté, les descendants des maestri, de l’autre les héritiers de l’école de Porto. Et puis… Si à l’heure de la mondialisation, de la dématérialisation des contenus et des réseaux sociaux, la rivalité lusitano-ibérique avait disparu au profit d’un clivage beaucoup plus idéologique ? D’un côté, cooptation, humanisme et réflexion environnementale, de l’autre, recherche industrielle, expérimentation urbaine et utilitarisme.”

“Arkstudio – L’enfant prodig(u)e”

“Diplômée de l’Ecole supérieure des arts et du design de Caldas da Rainha, son master d’architecture en poche, Margarida Matias quitte Lisbonne pour Copenhague où elle restera 6 ans… De retour dans sa ville natale, la jeune lisboète fonde Ark Studio, une plateforme multi- disciplinaire dédiée à l’architecture, à la rénovation et à la décoration intérieure. « Nous plaçons l’humain au cœur de nos recherches et de notre travail, pour créer des espaces qui puissent concilier une expérience poé- tique avec la clarté conceptuelle et la précision du pro- jet, explique t-elle. Ce qui nous motive ? La conception d’espaces agréables et les idées innovantes. » Une ap- proche humaniste de l’architecture qui se conjugue avec une véritable expertise en matière de nouvelles technologies et une solide connaissance de son patri- moine (www.arkstudio.pt).”