Show us your apartment!
Why are we actually so interested in seeing how other people live? Well, it’s obviously because an apartment reveals the lifestyle, or even the whole life of a person. The lifestyle blog theselby.com satisfies this natural curiosity. Photos by Todd Selby allow us to poke around virtually in the apartments of all different kinds of people all over the world. In the Youtube movie you see Lucy Chadwick who shows us her homes.
Todd Selby, the founder of this blog, is a photographer and illustrator. It all started when he uploaded some photos of his friends’ apartments to a website. Demand grew and he was contacted online by more and more people who wanted to appear on the website with their living and working spaces. Within only a few months traffic to the site had increased to 95,000 hits a day and international companies wanted to work with him. That is how his cooperation with Louis Vuitton, Nike and the New York Times T Magazine (style section of the New York Times) came about. With Louis Vuitton, for example, Todd took photos in New York, Tokyo and London. One especially notable project was a train journey taken by Todd from Paris to Shanghai, on which he took many pictures. In part the photos show some of the products of the French luxury brand, but also the land and the people of the places he passed through.
Inspiration for your own home
Photos by «normal» designers, artists, students or chefs also manage to astound and entertain. You could spend hours surfing on the website, finding inspiration for your own home. Todd manages to capture the lifestyle of all kinds of people not only by means of the artistic photos of the special living and working spaces; handwritten questions and answers create an even closer connection to the people presented. Todd asks very unusual and creative questions, some of which are also answered with drawings. Suddenly, from nothing, the respondents are asked to draw their first customer, design, or even a deer. Since the people portrayed often come from another country, the question of home, or of what they miss from home, recurs frequently. But is it even possible to miss anything if one lives in such a special manner?