Apartamento Magazine is an everyday life interiors magazine and a truly timeless publication. We catch up with Nacho from the Apartamento office…
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
We started in Barcelona in 2007 with the idea of making a zine on a different type of interiors. The idea grew quickly into a magazine, which came out in 2008, and the focus on interiors slowly swept into interesting personalities and ways of life.
WHO’S ON THE TEAM?
The magazine is put together by myself (Nacho Alegre) Omar Sosa and Marco Velardi with the ‘business’ help of Victor Abellan. We also work with Robbie Whitehead, who came first as an intern directly from Australia and now is our managing editor, Varda Sokolowicz who takes care of our distribution from our office in Barcelona and Maddie Willies from New Zealand who’s our text editor. Victor is now living in NYC, Marco lives in Milan and works as a creative consultant. Omar lives in Barcelona and works as a graphic designer and I live in Barcelona too and work as a photographer.
HOW DOES THAT WORK – DO YOU WORK FROM A CENTRAL OFFICE SPACE?
We have an office in Barcelona which Omar and I use for our own projects too, but I don’t think office space is important. I believe the greatest thing for a company as a group of people is that it can be completely decentralised.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU ALL TO CREATE A PRINTED PUBLICATION?
We love print. Before Apartamento, Marco was working with Benjamin Sommerhalder at publishing house Nieves, Nacho had published a series of fanzines and Omar had designed a number of publications, so we were all eager to move into a bigger editorial project.
WHICH INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES AND PUBLICATIONS DO YOU ADMIRE OR LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
The best interviews I’m reading at the moment are in Monokultur, I really like the concept of the magazine. We also have great respect for what Luis Venegas is doing. Having said this, I don’t think there should be a line drawn between independent or not independent magazines. Zeit Magazin is a great source of inspiration and one of Germany’s most institutional titles.
WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE FEATURE TO DATE?
We probably all have one of our own, but I think one of the nicest things we did were our tasca series, a series of pop up restaurants in Tokyo, Milan and NYC. They really made us bond together and were one of the most rewarding experiences at a personal level.
WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO FEATURE NEXT?
For many years we’ve been obsessed with featuring David Hockney. He’s our favourite artist (or at least one of them) but it’s just impossible.
Issue 15 will be published on 19th May, so swing by the café before the end of May for your copy as they always sell quickly! Have a nosy at our full range of magazines here.