Name: Federico Ciccone and his boyfriend
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 538 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting
My home is my safe haven, my refuge from the world. Architecturally speaking, it's a loft located in the heart of Recoleta neighborhood. Its greatest strengths are the original wooden floors and the large window that illuminates the living/resting area. I'm an architect by degree, creative director by choice. Personally, it's the place where I celebrate with friends, enjoy a cup of tea and a good book, and share Sunday breakfast with my boyfriend. It's the place where I get the inspiration I need to create.
The fundamental goal when designing this space was to keep it simple, classic, and visually light. The neutral palette sets the mood and highlights the choice of materials (marbles, wood, raffia, or fabrics) and objects (books, design magazines; I'm a huge fan!)
The room is virtually divided with a Carrara marble and white iron desk that sets up the resting space. The bed softly leans against the desk, staying visually out of sight. The living room features small, easy fit furniture that allow people to move around freely during a gathering and have more sitting space.
Describe your home's style in 5 words or less: Cosy, Simple, Funcional
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite spot in the house is my desk. When I'm sitting there I feel that I connect with my creativity; it's the place where I can design and capture all the ideas for me and others. When I move or set up a new place, the desk is always my starting point, the most magical and intimate.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? If I could change anything in my apartment, it would be the kitchen. I love the idea of being able to expand it, adding storage and workspace. For me, the kitchen is the heart of the house; nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing this place while I cook, which is one of the most beautiful ways to honor someone you love.
Any advice for creating a home you love? To create a home, I think the most important thing is to fall in love with the place, allowing yourself to really know it, enjoy it, and appreciate every single corner. Most importantly, you should always plan the design based on your habits and traditions. Keep it simple; discover your true self and let it be reflected and materialized. If you put your heart into it, you can never go wrong. And when you are done building your little paradise, don't forget to share it with the world!
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