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).”

13 September 2015
by Margarida Matias

The materials that we are highlighting today are tiles and ceramic tiles because of their aesthetic and functional characteristics for architecture and interior design. And also due to the importance that this material has manifested as an element used extensively in Portugal, thereby it has generating a particular character in national architectural and decorative aesthetics.
In Portugal the tiles begin to have a purely decorative use, which was quickly adopted for architecture due to its functional and lasting usefulness.
Due to its qualities: waterproofing sealing, cooling, low maintenance and durability; they become key factors that make this material an element that is present in the everyday atmosphere of everyone. The tiles and ceramic tiles take on as a great finish to the walls and floor.
Therefore, we would like to highlight two types of ceramic tiles: glazed tiles and hydraulic mosaics, due to its high aesthetic character. Patterns, rhythms and ambiences that they provide are widely exploited by us, whenever it becomes relevant, introducing this product in an innovative and creative way.
We consider ceramic tiles an excellent material due to its aesthetic, functional, and durability characteristics also because they reveal the cultural values associated to our architectural tradition.
Let’s fall in love and discover them!


Fotografia: Rodrigo Cardoso Photography.

27 August 2015
by Margarida Matias

It is common knowledge that Arkstudio loves Mid-Century and Vintage pieces, which we include with regularly in our projects, because of their aesthetic value, its historical weight and also the use of these objects is eco conscious and sustainable, which are contributing to the preservation of natural resources.

What we had not yet revealed are our sources, the shops and projects that we love!
Come with us and meet some of the places in Portugal where the magic certainly happens…


Atelier Autêntico

“We are a retailer of furniture and decorative items for the home. We have various styles of furniture, such as industrial, vintage and mid-century. We restore unique pieces giving them life again.”
Beco da Rosa, 2C e 2D, 1200-380 LISBOA.



…Yesterday and tomorrow objects today…“Here´s a store for eternal objects, a tribute to the 20th-century portuguese design furniture.”
Rua do Arco à São Mamede, 87A, Lisboa, Portugal, 1250-027 Lisboa


Coração Alecrim – Loja Vintage

Set of vintage and / or second-hand objects for yourself and the house. You can also find punctually some furniture.
Travessa de Cedofeita, 28 4000-183 Porto



“Founded in 1989, in the center of Lisbon, our store started by selling antiques and reproductions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Thanks to our determination, hard work, motivation, energy, and especially because of the satisfaction of our customers, we have come so far and we are each increasingly recognised.”
Rua de Dona Estefânia, nº21 A- 1150 – 130 Lisboa


MØbler – Mobiliário e iluminação mid-century

In the heart of Lisbon, near the Praça das Flores, a new space was born, MØBLER.
It’s a store where we present furniture, lighting and design objects of the mid-twentieth century. We seek to provide beautiful pieces with timeless charm and good taste of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Rua Nova da Piedade, n41 1200-296 Lisboa



In Santa Clara Market next to the flea market opened the Retrovisor, a store that sells vinyl records and vintage objects.
Decorative pieces and vintage curiosities, in the heart of the finest place for discovering the passion for the old, Feira da Ladra.
Feira da Ladra., 1100-472 Lisboa

26 August 2015
by Margarida Matias

We are glad to announce that one of our sweetest projects, “Pet Hospital” is now featuring one of our favourite Portuguese Interior design magazines.
Thank you “ATTITUDEmag” for enjoying and sharing our work.
You can discover a bit more about it at “ATTITUDEmag” latest issue named “Spectacular”.

Fotografia: Rodrigo Cardoso Photography.

25 August 2015
by Margarida Matias

We are so glad to share this lovely story with you.
Since I was a kid I daydream and I have never stopped being a kid… So due to my personality, being always dreaming and ability to think and plan objects, my “actions” are getting new dimensions, I’m now passing from adults (architecture) minds to the kids wonderful world and it is so rewarding to see how I can make the little ones so happy… and of course also me!!!
With no doubt this was the most FUN project that I have been working lately, and I have to thank to Violeta Cor de Rosa for making an open call for partnerships and encouraging me during the process.
You can find it here.


Photography: Rodrigo Cardoso Photography.