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Issue # 6
Archive stories

cover Apartamento Magazine issue #6

Autumn/Winter 2010-2011

Featuring: Carl Johan De Geer, Paz de la Huerta, Leon Ransmeier, 6a Architects, Anders Edström, Ramdane and Victorie Touhami, Felisa Pinto, Herrenstein, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Paul Schiek, Coming to a boil, Outdoor living and cactus misfits, Les Nouïes, Island of calvary, Leopoldo Pomés, Today’s home, Charlie Koolhaas. Plus: Kinder, an everyday life kids supplement curated by Benjamin Sommerhalder with a coloring book by James Jarvis, an interview with Tomi Ungerer, a feature by Yukari Miyagi & kids’ activity pages by Miranda July.


  • conversation Today’s home Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 A conversation chaired by Jonathan Olivares New York City: Benjamin Pardo, Director of Design at Knoll, Mark Wasiuta, architect and theorist teaching at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Masamichi Udagawa, partner of the industrial, interface and interaction design firm Antenna,...

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  • Gosha Rubchinskiy Youth prophet of the suburbs Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Alexander Elzesser Photography by Gosha Rubchinskiy & Pavel Milyakov Moscow: Gosha Rubchinskiy is 26. He’s an average Muscovite who lives in one of the city suburbs in a huge Soviet blockhouse called ‘Khrushchyovka’. Buildings like this were built between the...

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  • Arquitectura-G Coming to a boil Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Conversation with Enric Ruiz Geli and Ekhi Lopetegi Photography by Cloud-9 Sometimes things get complicated and don’t happen quite as we’d planned. This clearly depends upon the variables that you interact with. In this case holding a conversation with Enric Ruiz Geli...

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  • still life Inox Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Concept by Ana Dominguez & Omar Sosa Photography by Nacho AlegrePhotography Assistant Robbie WhiteheadRetouching by Daniel Ciprian      

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  • Steph MacDonald & Tom Emerson 6a Orde Hall Street Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Thea Slotover Photography by Aya Sekine London: 6a is the name of the practice run by the architect couple Steph MacDonald and Tom Emerson. It is also the address of their office and home on Orde Hall Street...

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  • Leon Ransmeier Wall Street shack Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Michael Bullock Photography by Nacho Alegre New York City: Leon Ransmeier is a young American industrial designer that has made quite a name for himself designing utilitarian objects, such as doormats, dish racks, lampshades, heaters, and humidifiers. He has been unafraid...

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  • Frank Bruggeman Outdoor living and cactus misfits Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Bert Krus Photography by Frank Bruggeman   New York City: Leon Ransmeier is a young American industrial designer that has made quite a name for himself designing utilitarian objects, such as doormats, dish racks, lampshades, heaters, and humidifiers. He...

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  • Felisa Pinto The cosmopolitan witness Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Juan Ignacio Moralejo Photography by Ana Armendariz Buenos Aires: Felisa Pinto, in the year approaching her 80th birthday, maintains the vitality, happiness, rage, uncertainty and curiosity of her youth. Muse and magnet for artists, of an autodidactic nature and innate elegance, this...

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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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  • front section Minerals Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 05, 2010-11 by Elo Vázquez Angelika Unverhau has a collection of 221,357 ballpoint pens from 146 different countries. Niek Vermeulen owns 5,468 airline sickness bags from 1,065 different airlines. The largest collection of toy penguins belongs to Birgit Berends, a German lady who owns 5,098 different...

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  • kinder Colouring book Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by James Jarvis    

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  • apartamento africamento Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Text by Victoire and Ramdane Touhami Photography from the personal archive of Agnes Chemetov, Victoire and Ramdane Touhami In April 2008, we set off for Tangier. The initial plan was to stay there for one year. I knew nothing about the city, but Ramdane had a...

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  • Leopoldo Pomés The left side of the omelette Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Francesc Pons Photography by Nacho Alegre Before Catalan design, and long before Catalan design became that uncomfortable name which we try to shake off at the sight of Mao necklines, frameless glasses and untreated wood, there was Leopoldo Pomés (Barcelona,...

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  • Tomi Ungerer The beauty  of frogs’ legs Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Interview by Daniel Morgenthaler Photography by Nicole Bachmann Cork: Let’s see: one rowing man, made out of a discarded sardine can; one birthday drawing for author colleague Ingrid Noll, showing her sitting at a typewriter with a skeleton dictating behind her; one drawing...

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  • front section Cleaning house Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Alix Browne My boyfriend and I have always shared a long distance relationship. He had his own set of keys to my apartment, and could come and go as he pleased, but he never actually lived here. His toothbrush resided next to...

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  • apartamento More feral than you Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Text by Monica CanilaoPhotography by Paul Schiek Our past is not something we can choose to leave behind. It guides our hands and sways our gaze, it is our blood and tears and bliss. Paint chip trails and ghost images are left behind in...

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  • front section Faces and places Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 11, 2013 by Anna von Löw Like most people, I don’t know a lot about my brain and how it actually works and I’m not sure that I want to. I think that even neuroscientists don’t know that much about the brain. They can...

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  • apartamento More feral than you Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Text by Monica Canilao Photography by Paul Schiek Our past is not something we can choose to leave behind. It guides our hands and sways our gaze, it is our blood and tears and bliss. Paint chip trails and ghost images are left...

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  • front section Downward travel Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Nancy Waters I live in a converted paper mill on Hackney Road, East London. Tucked away across the street there’s a City Farm, complete with chickens and goats and guinea pigs, and teeming with toddlers over the weekends coming to pet them...

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  • apartamento Herrenstein Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Kristin Loschert Friends of mine, a couple and their daughter, Ulrike, Bernd and Luzy, invited me and some other friends to stay for some days in their country house in Herrenstein, a small village 94km north of Berlin, which they bought about two years ago and...

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  • front section My uncle Pedro Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Enrique Giner de Los Ríos My uncle Pedro left Chile at the end of the ‘60s on a Greek ship. Despite being a minor and living in a small city like Santiago, he had already lived a full life. He wasn’t...

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  • front section Mushroom theory Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Jenna Sutela Spending summer holidays on the Italian coast, devoting my time mostly to cooking after a hectic spring at work with my new design practice, I got absorbed into Cedric Price’s writings whom I found out to be into food, too. Comparing...

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  • apartamento Herrenstein Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Kristin Loschert Friends of mine, a couple and their daughter, Ulrike, Bernd and Luzy, invited me and some other friends to stay for some days in their country house in Herrenstein, a small village 94km north of Berlin, which they bought about two years ago and...

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  • front section Mushroom theory Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Jenna Sutela Spending summer holidays on the Italian coast, devoting my time mostly to cooking after a hectic spring at work with my new design practice, I got absorbed into Cedric Price’s writings whom I found out to be into food, too. Comparing...

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  • front section Shelter Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Amanda Maxwell ‘Early man had to build with readily available local materials—canes and grasses, leaves and twigs. From these pliant and insubstantial materials he had to create a relatively permanent and structurally rigid unit’. (Di Lloyd Kahn, Shelter, by Shelter Publications, California, 1973)...

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  • front section Dumped! Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Alia Farid Abdal What is the life of objects after they have fulfilled their utilitarian duties? After they have met the unexpected needs of the fickle buyer? For a lot of contemporary culture paraphernalia (namely plastic), life goes on, albeit at the dump. Plastic’s...

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  • apartamento africamento Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Text by Victoire and Ramdane Touhami Photography from the personal archive of Agnes Chemetov, Victoire and Ramdane Touhami In April 2008, we set off for Tangier. The initial plan was to stay there for one year. I knew nothing about the city, but Ramdane had a...

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  • apartamento Les Nouïes Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 06, 2010-11 Text by Emily KingPhotography by Louise Melchior Tiphaine de Lussy’s childhood summers would begin with the sight of an exotic bird’s tail. Waking up at her grandparents’ chateau in a room shared with her brother and one of her nine cousins, the first morning’s glimpse of...

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  • apartamento City21Millenium Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 06, 2010-11 by Charlie Koolhaas Five years ago, when I moved to China I rented this apartment in City 21 Millenium; a residential housing project in the heart of old Guangzhou, that overlooks the river of this massive pink and green city that is always covered in...

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