Architect and Designer Carlos Martinez Picks His Favorite Things

The designer of the tech-incubator 1871’s office space on “informed, purposeful, and compelling” design

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RENE PORTOCARRERO’S UNTITLED (FLORA)

RENE PORTOCARRERO’S UNTITLED (FLORA)
This signed and dated 1963 gouache and ink drawing on handmade paper by the famous Cuban artist Rene Portocarrero is a prized possession. It was a touching gift from dear friends who knew how much I love Cuban art. Many people ask if this is [by Ed] Paschke, which may be why I like Paschke so much.

 

 

WOODEN GLOBE

WOODEN GLOBE
Globes are even cooler [than maps] because they are tactile. I found this particular one in a shop in St. Bart’s. It is made out of wood and gesso, which defines the ocean and the shape of the continents. It is highly inaccurate—in size, shape, and location of landmasses—and that’s what makes it even more enchanting.

 

 

DAVID WEEKS STUDIO TORROJA CROSS CHANDELIER

DAVID WEEKS STUDIO TORROJA CROSS CHANDELIER (price on request, davidweeksstudio.com)
Inspired by the concrete forms of Eduardo Torroja’s 1935 Zarzuela Hippodrome in Madrid, this chandelier has a nickel-plated frame and shades that rotate to cast light up or down.

 

 

ALEXANDER GIRARD BY TODD OLDHAM AND KIERA COFFEE

ALEXANDER GIRARD BY TODD OLDHAM AND KIERA COFFEE ($126, amazon.com)
This massive monograph on the seminal designer Alexander Girard covers virtually every aspect of his distinctive career—it is the definitive, must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre. It was exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by [the author] Todd Oldham, and many of the designs featured here have never before been published.

 

 

SOL LeWITT’S WALL DRAWINGS

SOL LeWITT’S WALL DRAWINGS
With his wall drawings, LeWit removed his hand from the production of his artwork. Instead, he created instructions so draftsmen could execute his drawings on any wall. I have seen them applied to minimal, modern walls, but I would love to take his work and execute it in a historical context—like on a paneled classical wall.

 

Photography: (Sol DeWitt’s Wall Drawings) SF Moma; (chandelier, Alexander Girard) courtesy of vendors; (all others) Anna Knott

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