If this apartment looks familiar to you it’s either because 1) you or your friend lives in one of these quintessential loft officetels in Korea or 2) because you’re one of more than 59,000 internet users following the creators of eatyourkimchi.com. Considering that you’re reading this online, and in English, it’s quite possible that you are familiar with Simon and Martina Stawski, the highly infectious husband and wife duo behind the informative and hilarious videos that cover anything from modern Korean oddities to how to dance K-Pop style. Their narrow apartment, located just a few minutes outside of the nation’s capital in Bucheon, is now somewhat of an icon itself as the backdrop to nearly all their videos including the hugely popular K-Pop Music Mondays series. The Stawskis give us a closer look at what makes this modern Korean living space their home sweet home, away from home.
“One of the reasons we barely cook in Korea is because we don’t have enough room to do so. How many times we have we tried to prepare some food and had it slip into the sink, we don’t know… but we’ve stopped trying.”
1) We’ve never seen air conditioners built into the wall before we came to Korea. Totally blew our minds.
2) We didn’t like how our walls looked boring, so we went to Daiso (다이소) and bought a set of three weird animals, and put them on their sides and upside down. Probably because we’re weird.
3) We got this done in Lotte World. We like how Simon has blue eyes (he doesn’t) and how Martina has dark brown hair (nope!).
4) This is where Simon does his work when Martina’s at school teaching. It’s his Man Space. He claimed it for his own. Peed on it like a dog (no, not really). It’s his! Martina keeps on trying to claim it for her own, though, by putting stuff like plants and pictures and hand cream on it.
5) Jesus is our homeboy.
6) The upstairs loft is where we throw our stuff when we’re too lazy to clean anything. Well, more like where Simon throws his stuff and where Martina scolds him for throwing his stuff. It’s also the place we frantically clean whenever we have guests about to come over!
7) Our friend from England brought us a calendar from his last trip. We occasionally write stuff on it. Huzzah! There’s also a squad of robot cutouts below it, because robots rule!
8) We got that couch when the business below us on the 4th floor shut down and threw out all of their furniture. Score! The couch is huge and comfy, and best of all, free! Oh and yes, that is our remote taped to our couch. In his younger years, the remote thought it would be fun for him to hang out in sketchy areas without letting us know, like the cracks of the sofa, underneath the TV stand, or in the refrigerator. This resulted in many hours of our time wasted in trying to find him, calling out his name in vain. We decided to put up with it no more, so now he remains taped to the couch.
9) Our tiny kitchen/sink/stove/dish rack/washing machine/everything. One of the reasons we barely cook in Korea is because we don’t have enough room to do so. How many times we have we tried to prepare some food and had it slip into the sink, we don’t know… but we’ve stopped trying.
10) That’s Spudgy tail. He’s half Pekingese, half dragon (hence the green tail). He’s the landlord. Gotta pay him with tummy rubs every month. Quite demanding little bugger, he is.