Monday, December 8, 2008

Apartamento

I got this over the weekend. It's the second issue. I'd actually seen the first issue, but felt to cheap to pay for it at the time (it's $25, so I look at it as a book purchase). I'm quite intrigued by the idea of an "everyday life interiors magazine."

In many ways, it reminds me of The Selby, in that the subjects all seem to be from the creative class, and their homes have a lot of artful clutter. The quality of the photography is not nearly on level with Todd Selby's, but Apartamento provides what I really miss from that site: context. There are lengthy interviews that provide all the information I'm curious about — who are they? how'd they find the place? why did they make the choices they did? There is actually quite a lot of reading material, and I have quite a bit still to go through (quite a change from the latest issue of Domino, which I "finished" in about a half an hour).

And what of the interiors themselves? Mixed bag. Some of them are just cluttered studios, but there are a few that are truly charming and inspired. Still, it's a magazine with a strong point of view, and some interesting material. I'll keep an eye out for the next issue.

4 comments:

erin@designcrisis said...

I always wonder about the people who live in those artfully cluttered homes, too. Looks like a nice book. And would it kill Domino to beef up its issues?

carol l. said...

I don't think the cover picture looks like "artful" clutter — too much like real clutter to me. And too much like what's under my "art" table which I must clean up before company comes next week.

Cassie said...

I think that if you're an artist, and you have clutter, it instantly becomes "artful clutter." Apparently, butterfly chairs help with this impression.

benhunting said...

Have you tried World of Interiors? It has a nice mix of interior styles, excellent photography and the latest issue is a good one.