Founder / Creative Director
He usually doesn’t arrive early to the office, but checks his inbox and replies to emails quite early, by 8 am. Not only he is a compulsive magazines’ buyer, but also loves cinema and photography. He really likes to meet people and share experiences, that’s why he decided to create the O Apartamento. Although he loves to eat, at the O Apartamento his tasks are mainly to set the table and do the washing. He studied museology and contemporary art and worked as a buyer for more than 10 years. More than everything, he loves to travel and his travel bags are always ready to go.
Prefers starters over desserts. Laughs easily and always has her bag packed for a grey skied destination. Loves to travel, eat, read and search for stories. Writes, takes photos – sometimes does both at the same time – on art, gastronomy and travel. Agata was a journalist for 10 years first as a photo editor at i newspaper, and then as a writer at Sabado and Time Out publications. Before all of this, she spent several years in the dark, looking at an endless amount of slides while getting her degree in history of art. Test her: she is able to talk about football and the Azores for too long. Lives on the top of a hill in Lisbon with 4 cats.
Inês Matos Andrade
It is 4pm. Inês gets up from the work chair and goes to the kitchen just to make pancakes. She speaks about food all the time has a fork and a knife tattooed on her arm so people do not doubt what she is made of. A gastronomic tour is always ready on her sleeve for those who visit O Apartamento. Judging by her experience you would call her a journalist – she used to be the Food&Drink editor at Time Out magazine. But judging by her heart you will, instead, call her a communicator. Therefore, she has a big mouth and usually speaks loudly. When needed, she can also photograph or even solve some tiny software problems. She was born in Porto, a city known for the authenticity of its people. And francesinhas. Do you want to know where to eat them? Ask Inês.
Paula Cosme Pinto
She spent a decade of her life working for newspapers and magazines, has a book to her name and still dedicates a good part of her time to writing on the challenges of gender equality (though she has never burnt her bra). However, in recent years she has also learnt the art of writing press-releases and discovered the magic of being behind the scenes in communication. Avowedly addicted to travel, books and good conversation, she loves discovering other cultures and meeting new people from all around the world. She hates labels, so more than a consultant, columnist, journalist, feminist or bona fide traveller, she describes herself as a woman. The kind that likes to tell stories.
With a background in architecture, Vasco soon fell in love with photography, design and fashion. Being the creative director of a concept store gave him the know how to explore his passions and allowed him to have contact with artists and creatives from around the world. Multifaceted and curious by nature, designed scenarios for television and did film production but he can also roll up his sleeves if an electrical installation needs to be fixed. He is quiet and secretive but quickly says ‘yes’ when Inês suggests making Nutella crepes. Roxy, his dog, laughs when he comes home.
Her 5 years living in Paris gave her a certain Parisian je ne sais quoi. It was the perfect place to study art history, learn about culture and wine, eat well, develop good taste and sharpen a certain sleuth-like spirit by wandering the city and discovering charming streets, unexpected shops and must-visit bistros. But Lisbon is the city that has dazzled her over the last decade as one of the founders of ConVida Guides. As an editor, she got to know the city from the inside and as head of the shopping section she always had one eye on fashion. Calm and discreet, she’s more a listener than a talker, but she’s always ready for a good laugh.
Photos: ©Pedro Ferreira