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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AMBER ABSOLUTE EAU DE PARFUM BY TOM FORD

AMBER ABSOLUTE EAU DE PARFUM BY TOM FORD ($195, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store, 717 N. Michigan Ave.)
“I am drawn to the smells of rich wood and incense. This fragrance has both.”

 

 

VINTAGE LE CORBUSIER CHAIR IN MAHARAM FABRIC

VINTAGE LE CORBUSIER CHAIR IN MAHARAM FABRIC ($275 a yard, Maharam, Merchandise Mart)
“I considered thousands of fabrics over ten years to reupholster this chair. When Maharam introduced Hella Jongerius’s Layers in 2008, it was clear this was it.”

 

 

ZEROLLER LUGGAGE BY ZERO HALLIBURTON

ZEROLLER LUGGAGE BY ZERO HALLIBURTON ($750 for the 21-inch model, zerohalliburton.com)
“These heat-treated aluminum travel cases were designed in 1938 and have a lifetime warranty.”

 

 

WIRE SCULPTURE

WIRE SCULPTURE
“I love this playful midcentury desk accessory for its simplicity and wit.”

 

 

A PORTRAIT OF CARLOS MARTINEZ'S FATHER

A PORTRAIT OF HIS FATHER
“My family left Cuba with nothing, but someone close to us was able to smuggle out this oil painting of my father. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up. I always say good morning to him.”

 

Photography: Anna Knott

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