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Issue # 5
Archive stories

cover Apartamento Magazine issue #5

Spring/Summer 2010

Featuring: Dominique Nabokov, Takashi Homma, Narukiyo, Rachel Chandler, Claudia’s kitchen, Alchemy of the everyday, Daniel Riera, Alex Wiederin, Marlene Marino, Luna & Leandro, Family act, To build your own home, Lovefoxxx, The Boat Club, Justin Bond, Imaad Wasif, Midori Araki, Walter Pfeiffer. Plus: everyday life travel supplement with Koryo Hotel, 24 Hours Vancouver, Japanese mountains and Phoenix photo journal.


  • Binocolo Koryo Hotel Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Text by Jacob Åström Photography by Erik Wåhlström Pyongyang: Koryo Hotel. A 143 metre high, twin-towered hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea with 43 stories, opened in the glorious year of 1985, intended, as are all monuments in the country, to showcase the strength/glory/insert forceful adjective...

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  • Carl Johan De Geer A romanticist modernist Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Helena Nilsson Strängberg Stockholm: Carl Johan De Geer is, at the age of 72, one of the most established visual artists in Sweden. Strangely enough he still keeps an outsider’s perspective on life. Born in Canada into an aristocratic Swedish family...

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  • Narukiyo An unconscious collector Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Yoko Amakawa Photography by Marco Velardi Tokyo: Narukiyo is originally from Fukuoka, in the south of Japan. He is the owner of a popular restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo, discreetly hidden from the public on a back street. There is a counter bar...

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  • Midori Araki Use beyond function Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Cameron Allan McKean Photography by Takashi Homma Tokyo: Choosing to meet Nakako Hayashi on the train platform was not a good idea, but we did it anyway.  Nakako makes Here and There Magazine and today is taking me to see artist/designer Midori...

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  • Leandro & Luna Scenographies from a marriage Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Juan Ignacio Moralejo Photography by Ana Armendariz Buenos Aires: Ten years ago in an art gallery I was like a child interacting with the artworks of Leandro Erlich, and the sensorial quality of the art made me happy;...

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  • 5_DUNCAN_0008 East Village ‘Realness’ Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Michael Bullock Photography by Nacho Alegre New York City: Justin Bond is a singer/songwriter who became famous for his now retired character Kiki, the hilarious, elderly, alcoholic lounge singer of the highly celebrated performance team Kiki and Herb.  If you had the...

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  • Dominique Nabokov A vitrine to the world Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg Photography by Dominique Nabokov New York City: At the Apartamento headquarters, Dominique Nabokov’s images have been a source of reference forever. Her photographs of empty living rooms, devoid of the usual trappings of an interior photograph, have...

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  • Dominique Nabokov A vitrine to the world Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Interview by Anja Aronowsky Cronberg Photography by Dominique Nabokov New York City: At the Apartamento headquarters, Dominique Nabokov’s images have been a source of reference forever. Her photographs of empty living rooms, devoid of the usual trappings of an interior photograph, have...

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  • pets Enzo & Romeo Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Scott A. Sant’Angelo Age: Enzo 4, Romeo 3 Breed: Whippet Gender: Both male Special marks: Enzo has brindle markings and Romeo has fawn markings Feeding: Two measured meals of high protein kibble twice a day with special meals prepared for their birthdays....

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  • apartamento Family act Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Aya Sekine Richard is a father and Cosmo is his only son. Richard lives in a big converted warehouse in Hackney, East London. Although Cosmo lives in a squat nearby, he spends a lot of time here, especially on weekends. I visited them one...

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  • apartamento Inside the secret worldof the voidist Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 05, 2010 Text by Imaad WasifPhotography by Shelby Duncan When the age of false Hermeticism first dawned in Los Angeles in the 1930s, ambitious huckster prophets such as Manly P. Hall converged on the high vibration hub of Los Feliz, its current locus being the...

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  • conversation Claudia’s Kitchen Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 A conversation chaired by Thea Slotover Photography by Roberta Ridolfi On a freezing Thursday evening in late January, I met food writer Claudia Roden, cafe and shop owner Leila McAlister and artist Georgie Hopton for a conversation about food. Seated in Claudia’s snug kitchen in Golders...

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  • front section Sunlight Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Text by Lovefoxxx Photography by Luiza Sá When I was packing to go from London to São Paulo, my Peggy Noland sequined ‘Rainbow Unitard’ was falling out of a box, onto the floor… the sun was hitting it hard, as if it was the...

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  • apartamento Family act Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Aya Sekine Richard is a father and Cosmo is his only son. Richard lives in a big converted warehouse in Hackney, East London. Although Cosmo lives in a squat nearby, he spends a lot of time here, especially on weekends. I visited them one...

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  • front section Home for abstract content Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Jenna Sutela Visiting the French architect Jean Renaudie’s social housing blocks in Ivry sur Seine in the suburbs of Paris reminded me of one of my favourite movies, My Dinner with Andre by Louis Malle, where one of the leading...

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  • front section Estufa Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Rui Tenreiro The story begins when I was a kid. My mother and I are queuing at a food outlet in Maputo, my hometown. At this time Mozambique had a Marxist-Leninist regime, and all food was rationed. In some stores there was nothing but...

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  • apartamento Inside the secret world of the voidist Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Text by Imaad Wasif Photography by Shelby Duncan When the age of false Hermeticism first dawned in Los Angeles in the 1930s, ambitious huckster prophets such as Manly P. Hall converged on the high vibration hub of Los Feliz, its current...

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  • front section Rearranged Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Nicola Enrico Stäubli Recently, someone asked me: why does an architect who wants to make a living as a product designer work as a bike messenger? I actually remember my first six months after graduating; working in an architect’s office was a frustrating...

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  • apartamento Classical New York City Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Text and photography by Marlene Marino Rachel Chandler’s building is a classically tiny New York City tenement walk-up, which is located in what is still a neighbourhood-y and charming part of Soho. Her building, she says, is inhabited primarily by old people who...

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  • front section A tale of two cities Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Linlee Allen I’ve always had a soft spot for the words Charles Dickens wrote in 1859: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.’...

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  • binocolo Japanese mountains Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 05, 2010 by Kasane Nogawa    

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  • front section The aeroplane kitchen Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 05, 2010 by Enrique Giner De Los Ríos My mother’s husband was a painter. Every Saturday he met other friends, also artists, to paint and discuss each other’s work. The eldest of the group provided the studio. The studio was lost amongst the gardens of...

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  • front section Less is a bore Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Enrique Giner De Los Ríos In cities all over the world it is possible to observe inherited gestures, or free interpretations, of the architectural imagery of Herzog & de Meuron. It is common to see, in the same neighbourhood, repeated...

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  • still life Wood Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 Concept  by Ana Dominguez & Omar Sosa Photography by Nacho Alegre Edited by Studio Marina88  

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  • front section I am a house Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Amanda Maxwell For a brief moment a couple of weeks ago I found myself standing in front of a mirror thinking, ‘I’m as big as a house’.  I suppose it’s pretty natural to feel that way at some point when...

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  • apartamento The Boat Club Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010 by Retts Wood Ten years ago, Kings Cross was a grotty area of decaying houses and 8am hookers. The arrival of the Eurostar saw the area bulldozed, and no doubt the new Kings Cross, slowly growing around us, will be clean, branded and...

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