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Issue # 9
Archive stories

cover Apartamento Magazine issue #9

Spring/Summer 2012 

Featuring: Tierney Gearon, Duncan Fallowell, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Conor Donlon, Nanos Valaoritis, Tomás Nervi, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Jean Abou, Li Edelkoort, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nic & Jackie Harrison, Gonzalo Milà, Jordi Labanda, Jem Goulding, Ramdane Touhami, Chris Johanson & Jo Jackson, BOPBAA, José León Cerrillo, India Salvor Menuez, Nicolas Congé & Camille Berthomier, Henry Roy, Jeff Rian, Max Lamb, Reg Mombassa.

Plus: a fiction supplement by Jocko Weyland and Amanda Maxwell.


  • Yrjö Kukkapuro One family, one room Originally published in Apartamento Magazine issue 09, 2012 Interview by Ida Kukkapuro Photography by Osma Harvilahti Helsinki: Until I turned twenty I lived with my grandparents in a small town in Southern Finland. My grandfather Yrjö is an interior designer and my grandmother Irmeli is a graphic artist.My grandfather taught me the...

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  • Conor Donlon From above the shop Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Adam Saletti Photography by Wolfgang Tillmans London: While the traditional bookshop feels the urge to recreate a new retail landscape for selling books in today’s economic climate, we sense a prominent resurgence of the highly independent bookshop. And no one...

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  • conversation Sense of the future? Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 A conversation chaired by Jessica PiersantiIllustration by Artus de Lavilléon An increasing number of olfactive signatures are created in order to identify brands and businesses in all areas. What to think of a totally perfumed society? We asked trend forecaster Li Edelkoort...

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  • front section Growing up in the wrong place Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 04, 2009-10 Text by Alix Browne Photography by Ari Marcopoulos It has been suggested that there is no such thing as a weed. It’s just a plant that happens to be growing in the wrong place. I thought about this recently as...

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  • Fiction Commerce on the 
Agora in Close Proximity to the Core of Political Power Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Jocko Weyland At the language school you made fifteen dollars an hour tutoring kids, adventurous housewives, mid-level corporate strivers, and everybody in between, almost all touchingly driven to improve their English. Two hundred Yuan...

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  • Reg Mombassa Mental as anything Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by James Ross-Edwards Photography by Robbie Whitehead Sydney: I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but if you’re Australian, you’ve probably heard of Reg Mombassa. Since coming into existence in 1951 Reg, aka Chris O’Doherty, has infected everything he touches...

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  • Christophe & Sarah-Linh Know thyself Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 10, 2012-13 Interview by Emanuele Fontanesi Photography by Ola Rindal Paris: There I was, facing Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran. Because of my background, not being a fashion journalist, I thought of asking them questions about the fashion system itself, such as how it operates,...

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  • The Harrisons Potter & weaver Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Max Lamb Photography by Felix Friedmann Cornwall: Penhale Jakes is the home, pottery and weaving studio of Nic and Jackie Harrison, lifelong friends of my family, who 37 years ago moved to Cornwall to dedicate their lives to their crafts. As...

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  • The Harrisons Potter & weaver Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Max Lamb Photography by Felix Friedmann Cornwall: Penhale Jakes is the home, pottery and weaving studio of Nic and Jackie Harrison, lifelong friends of my family, who 37 years ago moved to Cornwall to dedicate their lives to their crafts. As...

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  • Nanos Valaoritis A modern Hellenist Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Evangelia Koutsouvolou Photography by Vassilis Karidis Athens: On my way to meet Nanos Valaoritis, I realised that I had lost the note with his contact details. I was in the area, but I couldn’t remember the street number; I stopped at...

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  • José León Cerrillo Mexico City in 2-D Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Michael Bullock Photography by Nacho Alegre Mexico City: At the moment Mexico City is one of the most fun places in the world. There is a new energy, and new sense of freedom fuelled by a new generation’s rejection of...

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  • Duncan Fallowell Book Cornered Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Interview by Jonathan Openshaw Photography by Neil Gavin London: Settling down didn’t come naturally to Duncan Fallowell. He bought this apartment (his first and only) in London’s leafy Notting Hill just before his 40th birthday ‘in a panic’. Describing himself as a vagabond soul,...

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  • apartamento Whence she came Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Text by India Salvor Menuez Photography by Roberta Ridolfi One of my earliest memories is in the bath. My mother is sitting on the closed toilet with her one year old wedding cake sitting in her lap and I am two. There are...

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  • apartamento Open doors Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 09, 2012 Text by Nicolas Congé Photography by Jem Goulding I love our life. For the first time I can really say that. We battle so hard to express ourselves in this world, god knows it’s hard but we love to fight. These pictures describe best what has...

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  • fiction The Bunker Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 09, 2012 by Amanda Maxwell Our house was elephantine. It was a big, gabled bungalow supported by pillars that stood in the centre of a fast-growing lawn, flanked by rambutan and banana trees. To its left and right were identical houses and identical lawns, and somewhere behind each...

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  • front section Tree stump Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Leah Singer I’ve had cats as pets my whole life and could never understand why it’s so difficult to find a decent looking cat scratcher. I can’t bring myself to buy one of those all beige carpeted cat hotels or sisal covered...

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  • apartamento Solar Stupor Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Tomás Nervi Paris: ‘Fucking amazing’ kept deceitfully coming from people around, referring whether to some future project description forced to be made up and spat, some Fancy tune I would deliberately drop in default provocation or a 15” long sunbeam. For hell’s sake it...

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  • still life Candles Originally published in ApartamentoMagazine Issue 09, 2012 Concept  by Ana Dominguez, Omar Sosa& Robbie WhiteheadPhotography by Nacho Alegre  

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  • front section Roommates Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Karley Sciortino When I moved to New York in the summer of 2010 I didn’t have any friends. I couldn’t afford my own apartment, so I made the novice mistake of moving in with a random stranger I met on Craigslist. You hear...

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  • apartamento A nook in the sky Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Marlene Marino Annabelle reminds me of a contemporary version of Doris Day, in a romantic comedy. Her apartment; small and cheery in its decor, is a nook in the sky. It’s like a small boat that’s been cast optimistically out...

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  • front section Stairs Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Karin Weiborg & Josefin Hellström Olsson There is something about stairs. Some of them we want to run up rapidly, whilst others we just want to dance down. In our everyday walks through life, they inspire and influence our behaviours and beings. Their...

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  • front section Today’s walls Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Jonathan Olivares Over the past five years, due to a break-up, a change of neighbourhood, a search for a larger space, then an even larger space, and a move to a new city, I ended up moving apartments six times. All but the...

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  • front section Staged Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Helena Nilsson Strängberg If I for some reason talk about my background as a dancer, people tend to react positively surprised. When I say I was into contemporary dance most people start to look confused, which usually has me adding something like ‘that...

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  • front section Useless utility Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Dominic Broadhurst Genpei Akasegawa discovered the first ‘Thomasson’ in 1972. Returning to work from lunch he noticed something peculiar about an otherwise unremarkable staircase. Leading from the footpath and running alongside an old hotel, this humble stone stair was only about one-metre high....

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  • front section House party Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 by Alix Browne I may be stating the obvious here, but in my house, as a general rule, we sleep in the bedroom, wash up in the bathroom, cook food in the kitchen and so on. As with most rules there are exceptions,...

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  • apartamento Lucky liking where you live Originally published in Apartamento Magazine Issue 09, 2012 Text by Jeff Rian Photography by Henry Roy From the time I left home until I was 34 I moved 35 times. Since then my moving gradually slowed down. For 11 years I’ve been living in a loft-like house in Paris...

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