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Issue # 2
Archive stories

cover Apartamento Magazine issue #2

Autumn/Winter 2008

Featuring: Markus Miessen, Enrique Giner de los Rios, Kiko Buxo, Cristopher Bollen, Mathias Sterner, Juan Moralejo, Karley Sciortino, Klas Ernflo, Paula Yacomuzzi, Erol Alkan, Yorgo Tioupas, Felix Friedmann, Alex Gartenfeld, Wai Lin Tse, Max Lamb, Terence Koh, Jem Goulding, Katherine Clary, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, Arquitectura-G, FAR, Giorgiana Ravizza, Carlotta Manaigo, Joan Morey, Ekhi Lopetegui, RJ Shaughnessy, Ye Rin Mok, Julian Gatto.


  • The DIY Chair has been designed to be constructed using very cheap and basic building materials readily available from your local DIY (do-it-yourself) or hardware store, using simple hand tools and joinery methods, by you. I would like as many people as possible to have a go at building their own DIY Chair. The material...

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  • Conversation with FAR and Ekhi Lopetegi Apartamento Magazine speaks about the appropriation of the space by the inhabitant, about the reflection of his/her personality at home. In short, about dwelling and its consequences. In this issue we deal with the fact of dwelling from the whole architectural process; From the project at its drawing board...

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  • Jewellery designer Marti Heil and her three musician children, Reeve Carney, Zane Carney, and Paris Carney all live here. For twelve years this has been their home. It’s my dream house and a tribute to the American dream. A place to meet and be met with open arms. A place to inspire and be inspired....

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  • I live in the east village. The building is fun, because there is a mix of young and creative people and old peculiar folks who have lived here since the hippie and crack years. They could all be characters out of a book by Salinger. There is a lady who sits in the lobby holding...

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  • The Camelot Solution We heard about Camelot for the first time when Yorgo Tloupas, Editor-in-chief of Intersection magazine, visited Milan last April and told us about how incredibly cheap his rent in London, was £60 per week, while living in a beautiful huge building. Shortly after we realised it was not just Yorgo’s case but a...

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  • lives in a cottage in the middle of New York City As the editor of the ultra-chic downtown fashion magazine V, Chris Bollen made what could have been something strictly to look at into something equally compelling to read. Chris gave V both heart and intellectual punch, interviewing heavy weights such as Gore Vidal, Joan Didion....

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  • Executed by Joan Morey Images from the project ‘Indications for Another Place’ (Adrià Julià, Copyright 2008) and its investigative framework «Si vos sciences dictées par la sagesse n’ont servi qu’à perpétuer l’indigence et les déchirements, donnez-nous plutôt des sciences dictées par la folie, pourvu qu’elles calment les fureurs, qu’elles soulagent les misères des peuples.» Théorie des...

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  • Bringing material to life Knowing how to be patient has been one of the keys for Max Lamb finding the place of his dreams. He now lives in a workshop converted into an apartment, on a former North London industrial estate. It is an area that is obviously deprived and ethnically very diverse. The estate is...

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  • In time at need, there have always been people in my life who has come through for me. So also the people in ‘The Villa’. ‘The Villa’ consists of six struggling artists all in their mid 20s. The small house is located in the north-eastern part of Stockholm. A neighbourhood packed with lawyers, doctors, other...

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  • I wrote you a letter while we were in Amsterdam. I was sitting beside you at the desk we shared below our lofted bed. I was thinking of the excitement we both had about coming here, living with each other and spending time in these new places together. I thought about the beds, couches and...

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  • Terence Koh re-imagines the world wherever he goes, generally in white. The monochrome is perhaps the ultimate trope for Terence, for its various incarnations as interpretable abstract gesture and ‘dumb’ minimalist object. Terence insists that you do not differentiate between his art, his work, and his Margiela Incognitos; hence Asia Song Society (ASS), the four-story...

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  • Three midsummers ago  Lina Zedig, fashion designer for Via Snella and partner Marcus Åhrén invited us to Suntorp, an 17th century farm that has been their family’s summer house since the 30’s. Lina’s grandfather bought the farm and redesigned it to make it suitable for entertaining and socialising. He constructed a bar/disco where the old barn was,...

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  • At home Erol Alkan first got people talking back in the late 90’s when his signature mash-ups put him on the forefront of the bastard-pop wave of music. Since then he’s become one of the most respected and exciting dance music DJs in the world. From 1997 to 2007 he was host to the now...

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  • Text by Juan Moralejo, Julian Gatto

    Julian Gatto

    Growing roots at home My girlfriend Mercedes and I have been tendering plants for about a year now. I would say she specially likes succulents and cacti, while I like ferns and moss. But what we have come to realize is that we like combinations—not only of plants, but of plants and the object or container...

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  • On Telegraph Hill we would spend hours over the eccentricities of their home. Childlike, I would eagerly climb the spiral metal staircase that brought me to the second floor. What spectacle waited for me evoked such curiosity that I often find myself, years later, referencing that familiar feeling of awe. We all have those particular locations...

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  • Mexico State is characteristic for its high, yellowish and humid all through the year pasture. Pines and oaks try to break the stepperian rhythm. Factories do break it much better. There are many and whatever of these you might wish. Bread, glue, car parts, canned goods. As you go by the highway their characteristic bouquet...

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  • Film stills by Anri Sala Books, magazines, newspapers and other forms of printed matter often become part of a space and truly represent the personality of the individual or group that inhabits it. To furnish something could be described as the act of providing something, most likely a space, with a necessity. It emphasizes the...

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  • After passing through innumerable homes, each with their own unforgettable memories, I’ve now got a little piece of each collected together in this space. In the past, when my apartments got too small, I lent out a lot of my possessions to friends for safekeeping. Now at last, in Ensanche, these objects tell my story...

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  • Apparently there is need of a routine here. Some stability. It’s called order you say, and that’s what I’m lacking. This room reflects a state of mind. Bedlam. Like me you say. A beautiful mess. I traced my flights on your globe yesterday. Felt empty when my finger glided around  places I didn’t get to. Now I’m home. Yet I feel...

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