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Name: Diego Martinez
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 600 square feet
Years Lived In: 6 years, rented
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Paper artist Diego Martinez has been living in his Buenos Aires rental for six years, and the 600-square-foot space serves as his art studio, chill space, and office — all at once. When he found the listing for this apartment on a real estate site, he knew that despite its small size, he would be able to make a home of it thanks to the view and all the natural light it gets.
“What I like most about my home is that it’s luminous with huge windows. I have an open view to a historic building with a park with aged trees,” he says. Since he “only needs scissors and a table” for his work, the home functions well for all his needs, and he says he “enjoys spending time here, working or chilling, and I love the view of the sky, the clouds, sunsets, and storms.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Favorite Element: My bike (inherited from my mother’s godfather) and my childhood robots.
Biggest Challenge: Finding my own style and choosing the objects I really like. I’m always looking for things on buy-and-sell sites and antique shops. I also try to choose designers and artists that I identify with.
Biggest Indulgence: Not having a sofa! I still have not been able to buy the one I would love to have, so I prefer not buying another!
Best Advice: Not hurrying — I took my time to find each thing that is in my home, it is a continuous process.
What’s your best home secret? Cleaning and keeping the order: I always do it in the same order. I start from up to down, first the bedroom, then the living room, dining, etc.