When we discovered interior architect Tekla Evelina Severin’s work it was as if we had found a kindred spirit. For the last year, we’ve been thumbing her instagram (@Teklan), adoring her incredible creativity and unique eye for shape and colour. Her social channels cascade with photography that captures the colour and beauty in dramatic and, sometimes, brutalist architecture, plus there are self assembled montages and brand projects for the likes of Urban Outfitters, Clashist, Bright Volumes and Stockholm Design Week.
IMAGES: @teklan Instagram feed
OK, we understand that Tekla’s work is like crack for the eyes, but what is an interior architect? After chatting to Tekla, interior architects are kind of spatial artists that focus on the human elements of a home, workspace or a set. ‘One day you can be designing bathrooms and kitchens and the next day designing smart plans for apartments.’ Since gaining her degree in interior architecture and furniture design from Konstfack University College of Arts, she now identifies as a ‘multidisciplinary’ and can be found curating commercial set design; helping construct exhibitions; art directing on photo shoots and working with publications and architects documenting interiors and exteriors. Of late she has collaborated with stylist and ‘soul sister’ Sarah Baker as the art director and photographer for Portland based fashion brand Bright Volumes. The brand play right into Tekla’s love for bold colour as she explains: ‘It was so much fun; since their clothes are all about different shapes and they all have a beautiful colour palette. I thought it was an obvious combination; pairing them with other bright volumes. It’s sunny architecture with matching colours.’
IMAGE FROM BRIGHT VOLUMES - art direction & photography: part of look book story for bright volumes -in collaboration with stylist sarah baker
From sunny shoots in Palm Springs to the bright and sandy walls of Morocco, Tekla says that her projects are powered by ‘lust and spontaneous ideas’ and, of course, some of her favourite painters and big structure installation specialists. Tekla enjoys the work of Swedish contemporary artist Karin Mamma Andersson’s, ‘I love the way she layers colour layers in her paintings and one of my favourite posters is by her.’ When it comes to big architectural structures elemental artist Olafur Eliasson features top of her list. You might recognise his name from the giant 2003 ‘Weather’ installation at the Tate, but Tekla’s favourite Eliasson work has to be his magical prismatic work at the Icelandic Harpa Concert Hall. It’s also worth noting that for Tekla the small colourful victories are just as important as the large ephemeral exhibitions, she muses that LA artists Jenny Sheraf’s colour work at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs is a must see.
Sharaf’s mural at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
So what’s next for our Swedish sister? As she preps for her cover feature for leading Swedish architecture magazine Tidskriften Rum, there are more incredible collaborations with furniture brands on the cards. Next stop for Tekla is Paris and Tokyo via Milan to shoot more inspirational compositions and put her special touch these magical cities.
Tekla provides us with a comprehensive list of who we should be following on Instagram - so if you want to get up to speed on what you should be following. Check out:
Inspiring interiors: @jakestudio_paris
Inspiring food and art:@thegourmand/
Inspiring fashion and art: @jucophoto/
And this totally broadened my art horizon : @cprintjournal/