Apartamento, Issue 15
September, 2015 Surprise Unwrapped!
We have previously featured Apartamento “An everyday life interiors magazine” on our online journal. The winner of the Yellow Pencil at the prestigious D&A Awards in 2010, Apartamento features the homes and lives of creative people, both established and emerging, from all over the world. As the The New York Times notes about this Spanish gem “Apartamento is the interiors magazine post-materialists have been waiting for”.
Apartamento, was started in April 2008 in Barcelona by Nacho Alegre and Omar Sosa. “A real living space is made from living, not decorating. A bored materialist can’t understand that a house has to become a home. It happens, not through perfection but by participation,” the founders say in their introductory note about the magazine. There latest issue is yet another tome presenting physical evidence of this belief. In this issue, you visit the houses of Vince Aletti an acclaimed American music journalist and photography critic; Marguerite Stephens a tapestry artistic in South Africa and Todd Oldham from House of Style on MTV amongst others.
Creative Director: Nacho Alegre
Art Director: Omar Sosa
This handsome biannual print with over 250 odd pages is likely to change/evolve your idea of personal space a.k.a. home. It is brimming with stories of people and the houses they live in. The conversations with the hosts are not necessarily centered around homes, but are more open, so as to allow the sharing of personal journey and artistic pursuits. Which is what makes this magazine extremely engaging.
Also in this issue for the very first time Apartamento covers the work of a figure who has passed away. César Manrique was a Spanish artist and an architect, whose work was typically build without the use of architectural plans.
The magazine carries a series of short essays right at the beginning, usually around the idea of living spaces in general. In this issue, amongst others, contributors Alix Browne in ‘All Together Now’ talks about utopian notion of communal living; and Jeff Rian in ‘Connections’ shares his experience as a foreigner living in Paris for 20 years in the aftermath of the murders of the Chalie Hebdo journalists.