Openhouse Magazine is a twice-yearly publication that celebrates the creative people around the world who open up their homes to the public. Co-founder Andrew Trotter is no stranger to doing so; in fact, his super stylish Barcelona home-come-exhibition-and-events-space is where the Openhouse concept was born.
Following a delivery of the first two issues of Openhouse to the café this week, we speak to Andrew about the magazine.
C&C: SO WHERE DID IT ALL START?
AT: I’m originally from the Yorkshire Dales, and after studying interior design in Australia and working in fashion for nearly 15 years in London, I decided I needed a change. I came to Barcelona and moved into a great space with photographer Mari Luz and top Japanese chef Nobu. Mari Luz wanted to exhibit her work at home for friends and the space worked so perfectly that we opened our doors to the public for exhibitions, dinners and sushi parties. We had so many people write to us with stories about similar places to ours that we decided to write it all down.
C&C: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ‘OPENHOUSE’ YOU’VE VISITED SO FAR?
AT: My favourite two are the Bless Home Shop Berlin, which is a home and a clothes shop in one, and The Pale Blue Door in London, which is the magical home of set designer Tony Hornecker. 3 times a year, his home becomes a restaurant for 50, 4 nights a week for 3 weeks at a time. He’s now travelling the world with the same idea.
C&C: YOU MUST TRAVEL LOTS TO GATHER STORIES FOR THE MAGAZINE. WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
AT: This week we’re doing a presentation and sushi party at the Freunde von Freunden house in Berlin. It will be great to get to know the guys there. Then in April, we’re going to Mallorca to stay at the house of Jorn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House. I can’t wait.
C&C: IN THE MEANTIME, TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS IN BARCELONA?
AT: Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve had 6 exhibitions and about 4000 people through our doors. It’s much more intimate than a gallery experience and we use photographic projects with a personal nature to reflect this. When someone comes to our home, they are welcomed and shown around the exhibition, sometimes by the photographer themselves, and when we get the wine out, people stay for hours talking.
C&C: WE HEAR YOU HOST KINFOLK EVENTS, TOO? KINFOLK MAG IS A FIRM FAVOURITE IN THE CAFE!
AT: We have done Kinfolk events for 2 years now. It’s been amazing to be a part of their community; we’ve met some wonderful people and challenged ourselves to create very special events. Our last Kinfolk event was a picnic at a beautiful house called La Ricarda. It was a magical day for everyone involved.
The first and second issues of Openhouse are now available at cowandco.co.uk and on the shelves of our Liverpool café.