IN THE PRIVATE HABITAT OF
A COLLAGE OF TREASURES
To Danish/Turkish visual artist Evren Tekinoktay home is a shelter from the storms, a shield against a crazy, busy, sometimes brutal world. The ambience that rules her personal terrain is warm and welcoming.
As an artist her work has its origins in collage and shares a feminine handmade aesthetics across mediums. In many ways, this is reflected in her Copenhagen home. The two-bedroom apartment is a display of an eclectic and kaleidoscopic sense of style with a particular love for the virtuosic details of design.
“Flowers have always been special to me. I have this old polaroid camera that I use to preserve all my bouquets. It’s a ritual I’ve had for years.”
I DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO ANY PARTICULAR DESIGN-ISM
“I decorate with an intuitive balance and mix select pieces of furniture, art and curiosities that somehow symphonize and attract me. That’s my alchemy.”
“What I love about my Grace Chair is its friendliness. The soft, generous curves. It’s like it wants to be part of the room and embrace you. It’s honest and unpretentious.”
MY CURATION IS SLOW AND CAREFUL, BUT THERE’S NO MASTERPLAN TO IT.
“As humans, we are constantly in transit. But once my furniture has found its place, it stays put. I never redecorate.”
THE CHARM OF THE PISS GUTTER
Part of the Latin quarter, “The Piss Gutter”, as the locals like to call it, was home to writers, artists, and bohemians in the 60s and 70s, and before that to the avantgarde, the anti-authoritative and at times the downright illegal. Today a trendy neighbourhood, the foul odours may be gone, but Larsbjørnsstræde remains a special place with heart and soul.
“Drop by for the rowdy charm and a shot of vodka. Go thrifting for rhinestone earrings and embroidered kimonos. Have a wake-up coffee and a homemade pancake. Search for select antiques and chrome curiosities.”
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