Name: Marcos Quirarte
Location: Xalapa, Veracruz
Size: About 5x12 metres
Years lived in: 6 months
What to do when you've got a large space but lack windows? How about using a projector against a large wall to create a virtual view "out"? Marcos used his trusty laptop and connected it to a Sony projector to take advantage of his loft space's wall real estate, maintaining the minimalist aesthetic while also providing him with a natural centerpiece to the colourful interior, while also creating a popular destination for home theater entertainment amongst his friends. The man obviously knows how to live lightly, though also in luxurious style from the looks of his bright and spartan interior...
Apartment Therapy Tech Survey:
My/Our style: Colorful, energetic, and functional.
My Home Tech: About my projector, it's Sony, and I use it mostly to see movies with my friends, and also when I have people over to have dinner and drinks I like to put some mute movies that work as part of the apartment. When we watch movies, I turn around the couches so everybody can see, and is in those ocasions when we really enjoy the whole home theater, as it creates a more envolving enviroment for movie watching. I tried several ways to place the speakers, and I considered that the best way was like this, as sound kind of echoes on the front wall.
The way I connected all the elements is the following: the laptop (HP) is connected to the projector, and also to the home theater, which is Sony as well.
Inspiration: Everyday life, functionality, the desert (I spent three months in the Sonoran desert and it totally changed my perspective), and some NY lofts I saw in the past.
Favorite Element: The upstairs bathroom and the white mirrors next to the dinning room.
Biggest Challenge: It's a big place, so I had to decide carefully where to place each piece of furniture and accessories to make it cozy.
What Friends Say: Is it for rent?
Biggest Embarrassment: The downstairs bathroom, my place is adapted from an abandoned squash court, and one of the few things that where left untouched was this bathroom.
Proudest DIY: I pretty much did all of the kitchen. so I guess that would be it.
Biggest Indulgence: Probably the place itself, I'm 23, I live alone and just started working, so living in such a big place could be the biggest indulgence.
Best advice: Go nuts, do what you want, cause finally it's you who will be seeing it everyday.
Dream source: Idea interior, Liverpool (the store, not the city), and local stores.
Resources: This will be kind of difficult because almost everything was bought in Mexico, but I will do my best.
Tech Items: HP Laptop, Sony Home Theater System, Sony Projector
Furniture: Liverpool (something like Macy's in Mexico), Idea Interior (which is like the mexican equivalent to Ikea).
Accessories: Idea Interior, Sam's club, and some second hand local store.
Lighting: Actually I kept the original lighting from the squash court, I just bought the living room lamp at Sam's Club.
Tiles and Stone: Local stores.
Window Treatments: All the windows where custom made.
Artwork: I bought the six little pieces in the living room in a recent trip to Argentina from a local artist, some others are gifts from my girlfriend who is a graphic designer, and the image displayed on top of the fishbowl is by a young mexican artist -who happens to be my friend- named Aldo Rojas.
Paint: Again a mexican brand named Comex.
(Images: Marcos Quirarte)