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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a designer because I want to make this world a better place and Design is the most powerful astounding tool when used it meaningfully for social purposes. Design as a device for positive change it's also the best way to solve very engrained wicked problems that often seemed to be imposible. I also make art in many different forms, not sure why, but I wouldn’t be able not to do it, expressing myself in all kind of artistic disciplines has always been part of my DNA, not something I quite can choose not to do.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
No distance left to run (Blur). There is a light that never goes out (The Smiths). Love will tear us apart (Joy Division). Letter to Hermione (David Bowie). My Sweet Prince (Placebo).
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Breaking Bad. Twin Peaks. Seinfeld. Friends. A Fondo (TVE). Later... with Jools Holland (BBC2)
Name some spots in Buenos Aires that are good for a Tinder date.
La Catedral del Tango. Café Margot. Confitería Las Violetas. El boliche de Roberto. Cine Arteplex. Malba.
Who’s your hero and where in Buenos Aires would you take them out for a serious hang?
If I can pick two (even though they are not alive); then I would invite Alan Watts and Buckminster Fuller, maybe take them to the Planetarium for a picnic in the park with a basket of fruits while hearing them discussing on design and philosophy. I wouldn't dare to talk but would record everything and make a movie out of it.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I don't buy brand new clothes as it kinds of bore me and the brands I do like, are way too expensive. So, the clothes I were are almost all friends gifts, found pieces and stuff I stumble upon in small neighbourhood thrift-shops in Boedo, garage sales in Parque Chacabuco, street fairs in Almagro, and the Salvation Army in Nueva Pompeya.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Maybe in a slaughterhouse.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Street art. Buenos Aires is such a great place to leave your art everywhere in the streets. I did it a lot when I was a kid, from spontaneous drawings in public places to huge designs in abandoned buildings. But as one grows and the busy life takes over it becomes a forgotten habit. Though sometimes I fantasize to do it again, go out and leave some beautiful signs over those huge and welcoming city walls.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Buenos Aires and where did you get it?
Maybe a super artificial instant Chinese noodle soup made in the USA, I had it for breakfast, in a friend’s house after a long night partying. Long time ago, but still remember the taste.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Buenos Aires that you particularly like?
Bar El Modelo (Sociedad de Fomento), in Santander 487, inbetween the neighbourhoods of Parque Chacabuco and Boedo. One of the best bars I've been in the whole world. It's from another era, and you might find yourself eating the owner's house-made "milanesas" and playing card games or domino with the most beautiful old and genuine weirdos in town.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Buenos Aires? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Maybe the Faena Restaurant, in a room designed by Philippe Stark, in Puerto Madero. I didn’t have to pay, as I was invited by a client. I was amazed that just the wine they ordered cost a few hundred dollars.
What restaurant in Buenos Aires looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
La Parrilla in the corner of 33 Orientales and Quito. And Pizzería Yogui, in the corner of José Marmol and Quito. Both in the border between Almagro and Boedo neighbourhoods. They are really cheap even though the food is quite good. Beware, they are hidden places where taxi drivers use to stop and have a generous lunch for just a few bucks.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Buenos Aires? Which one do you like?
Gran Bar Danzón might be a good place (although is better known for its wines selection). Milion, also in Retiro has good cocktails. Oh, also Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo.
Where would you take your partner in Buenos Aires if you wanted to really pamper them?
Dinner at Pan y Teatro, in the corner of Muñiz and Las Casas. Secret amazing restaurant.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Dulce de Leche Chimbote. Alfajores Cachafaz. Bocadito Marroc de Felt-Fort. Helado artesanal Dumbo. Havanets de chocolate blanco. House-made tortas fritas with mate tea on a rainy day it's still a classic in the countryside.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Buenos Aires?
Palermo and all its northern adjoining neighbourhoods (Belgrano, Recoleta, Colegiales, Chacarita and Villa Crespo). Every day more crowded and expensive.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Buenos Aires?
Parque Chacabuco, a really calm neighbourhood plenty of small houses with a quiet life even it is very close to the centre of the city. Everything there is also really genuine and quite cheap. You definitely won't find hipsters or tourists there.
What are the Buenos Aires spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Maybe San Telmo’s Sunday fair, or a walk around Fundación Proa, or some cool event at Centro Cultural Kirchner in the ex Post-Office building.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Buenos Aires. How do you spend it?
Walking in Corrientes Avenue, losing myself in all the bookstores and then ordering "Chocolate con churros" at La Giralda, leafing through what I've just bought. After that, I would go to see an art house or indie movie in one of the Av. Corrientes film theatre and end the journey eating the classic pizza while drinking moscatto (traditional sweet wine) at Güerrín.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
London and New York if I want to be busy going out and doing cultural activities. Salvador Bahia or Shanklin Isle of Wight if I just want to find peace and chill out on the beach. Berlin or Amsterdam if I want to breathe the contagious creativity and focus on making art. Kyoto or Kathmandu for a mystical meditative experience while living an ascetic life in a zen monastery or similar.