Apartamento Magazine, a bi-annual interiors journal, began in 2008, but seemed like folklore to most stateside bibliophiles, as it was incredibly hard to find. They had no known US stockist. Issue #1 was totally and completely sold out forever within months of its release. Post Poetics had Issues #2 & #3 for a while and I would frequently look at the page, tempting myself to buy the magazine, but the $30 international shipping permanently deterred me.
The first time I held Apartamento in my hands was just two months ago. A friend let me borrow a few of the past issues. It was as gorgeous in person as it looked in the photos Iâ€™d seen online. Thanks to art direction from designer Omar Sosa of Folch Studio and photographer Nacho Alegre, Apartamento is an object of immense beauty.
Issue #4 features watercolors of artist studios (Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, Kiki Smith) by Grillo Demo, an interview with CFDA award winning jewelry designer Philip Crangiâ€™s about his New York factory, an essay by Chloe Sevigny about her â€œ70s preppy Connecticutâ€ apartment, a photo tour of Kim Gordon and Thurston Mooreâ€™s Northhampton home, and a kids supplement curated by Reference Libraryâ€™s Andy Beach with contributions from Geoff McFetridge, Enzo Mari, and more.
With the taglineÂ â€œan everyday life interiors magazine,â€ I was expecting Apartamento to be a sneak peek into regular, real normal, everyday interiors. My tiny apartment, a bus driverâ€™s home, the tenants who have lived in the same building for over 30 years. Apartamento is kind of like that, except if those things looked ten times better.
Issue #4 is OUT NOW and available worldwide through Bruil.