Interview with Nacho Polo

published in: Interiors, Interviews By Ricardo Hernandez, 22 March 2010

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photo by Andrea Savini

"We love for our readers to not only get to know the projects that inspire them but also the minds and hearts behind the work. We fell in love with your work in general and especially your recent work in Madrid.  Please share this intimate project with our readers and tell us a bit about it. Let's get to know you better first.."

Where are you originally from?
I’m from Madrid, Spain.

photo by Andrea Savini

How did you get into the world of design and interiors?
I was born with the passion for art and it was destiny that brought me to the world of design and interior design which now I dedicate my life to.  After working several years as Creative Director in a European design firm, and later in an Architecture and Design Studio, I decided to set up my own Studio of Architecture and Interior Design in 2003 in Miami Beach, USA and working between Europe and the U.S.

photo by Andrea Savini

Who were some of the designers and/or projects that inspired you to pursue this career?
To not name too many, I will deploy a classic in architecture as Richard Neutra and the House Kauffman at Palms Springs, California designed in 1946.  I love architecture and interior design which gives equal weight to exterior as well as interior spaces. By balancing and merging these two concepts, these projects create an impressive final result.

photo by Andrea Savini

photo by Andrea Savini

From where do you uncork your inspiration?
I am inspired by my day to day, anything that catches my attention at any given time can be a source of my inspiration. My mind is in constant and permanent moment of creation; not only at a professional level, but also on a personal level!  I'm always looking to create a fresh piece of design, at times something as simple as capturing the attention of a friend, creating a surprise or creating new dishes in the culinary arts.  I am inspired from the gentle smile of a flight attendant offering more champagne or in a transoceanic trip or from the color of some playful swimwear trunks children wear in a wonderful day in Miami Beach, or watching the old weathered wooden tables by the passing of the years in a small cafe in Paris or seeing the models parade the latest creations at the Custo Barcelona Fashion Week NY!  My mind never stops creating in any situation and place, in one extreme or the other!

photo by Andrea Savini

Your work seems to have an eclectic amalgamation of history, memory and textures, can you explain the importance and influence on that?
In this particular project you can see the fusion in which you commented on, but this fusion is not always marked on my work.  Each particular job is a different story from the other, I would say that each project conveys a narrative.

photo by Andrea Savini

The featured project has a variety of artifacts and furniture pieces, how do you begin the process of creating such vocabulary and design language?
I begin to create pieces based on already acquired works and then simply add what the house is asking for; without any preconceived ideas, seeking harmony without only one decade or design trend.  In this project, as in many others, I set forth to break the rules of scale. I start the search for new pieces and design unique pieces for others, like TWENTY-SEVEN mirror that I designed for the dressing room and subsequently produced a limited edition for sale.

photo by Andrea Savini

How was the thematic direction started?
The priority in this project and main theme was to recover the historical memory of the house dating from the early nineteenth century which had been deleted by its former owners, giving it a fresh and contemporary look while respecting that history.

How did you came about selecting this color palette?
I choose, abused and tirelessly worked with WHITE utilizing different brightnesses and matte finishes. As the only color on the floors and walls of the house you can highlight the views of the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation of the seventeenth century and at the same time, see the scattered classic design pieces and experimental pieces which later gave final shape to the project.

photo by Andrea Savini

What was the biggest challenge in this project?
The biggest challenge of this project was to recover the historical memory of the original apartment dating from the early nineteenth century.  Its last owner had killed the essence of becoming an apartment house of the nineteenth century by making it an apartment of the 70's, an authentic outrage!  Recovering the original floors, carpentry, period moldings with ceiling heights of the apartment was the priority, then moving towards giving more natural light into the house recovering windows that had been covered and creating new and ample space to provide new and bright environments.  Since there were numerous small rooms, it was decided to lower that amount in order to make room for much broader and useful spaces.

photo by Andrea Savini

How much influence came from the client vs. you?
This project was a house of my property in Madrid, so it became one of my greatest challenges; in it, I could reflect my purest state without being influenced by the whims, often without meaning, clients.

How does the cultural context influence your projects?
The cultural concept always marks each one of my projects, but at the same time it is always getting mixed up with other contexts in order to create eclectic and multicultural environments.

photo by Andrea Savini

Do your life experiences, travels, and/or social connections have an impact on your interiors?
Of course. I would say that of all the experiences throughout my life at some point inspired and are well reflected in the creation of an interior space.

If you were not a designer, what other things would you have done?
Undoubtedly, photography.  In fact, in many of my photographs, I often encounter a new source of inspiration for my creations.

photo by Andrea Savini

What are some of the challenges facing young designers today?
For me one of the greatest challenges, perhaps difficult for some, is not trying to be inspired by the creations of other designers, but to keep the mind clean of any vision and past behavior to create something unique, present and without a past history.

What everyday item you cannot live without?
I could not live without a notebook with blank pages and a pencil to draw and, in this case, unfold on paper things without which I could not live ...

Last but not least, what advice would you give to other young designers today?
I would say to be themselves and to wager on their own ideas and designs and what I mentioned previously to keep the mind as a blank slate on which to begin without any preconceived drawing, in a unique way, primary and personal.

photo by Andrea Savini

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About Nacho Polo

"I was born with the passion for art and it was destiny that brought me to the world of design and interior design which now I dedicate my life to.  After working several years as Creative Director in a European design firm, and later in an Architecture and Design Studio, I decided to set up my own Studio of Architecture and Interior Design in 2003 in Miami Beach, USA and working between Europe and the U.S." Discover more Polo through his exclusive inerview for Yatzer here!

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  • friend
    Nacho Polo | 2010-03-23 01:54:47

    I "HEART" YATZER™ Its ALWAYS a p l e a s u r e to share with YOU !

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    Pierre Cressandon (Paris) | 2010-03-23 07:57:41

    Very impressed by Nacho Polo's work. Nice design, elegant interior.. and wonderful black & white combination... I love the frames !!! Excellent interview ! Thank you YATZER.. We would like to know more about him in the future.

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    Apanee Wongsakon | 2010-03-23 13:30:39

    Such a classic and serene combination of color applied to the interior space Nacho! Love the furnitures. Wonderful.Thnk you Yatzer! I LOVE your website!

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    Damien Rice | 2010-03-23 14:04:33

    I've been really impresed by the way Nacho plays with simplicity and conceptual purity. Good job man!!

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    Toni Torrecillas | 2010-03-23 14:20:04

    The natural light, the design, the art and the empty... His work is elegant, stylish, luxurius and austere at the same time. Great!

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    Valero Rioja | 2010-03-23 14:22:00

    Congratulations Nacho, It's a great job!, modern and elegant. Keep it up! Thank you for a wonderful interview. Valero Rioja

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    Rafe Totengco | 2010-03-23 17:09:19

    Usually black and white can look cold and severe but in Nacho's hands, he's managed to make them sensual, eclectic and provocative. I love the mix of different styles and eras all in one room. Super chic!!!

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    Lisa Valle | 2010-03-24 00:11:58

    I looove the mixing of styles yet having them all be the same colors... The wall with the empty picture frames is my favorite. And the egg chair is the best. I look forward to seeing more of his worked featured here.

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    San Bodeau | 2010-03-24 00:51:05

    I applaud Yatzer for sharing with the world what some of us already knew: Nacho Polo is an incredible designer. I am in awe of his talent! Nacho’s designs show a passion and loyalty for art that are second to none. I enjoyed reading the article and having the opportunity to learn more about Nacho’s sources of inspiration. One cannot walk away from this article without thinking that everybody has a special talent, and right above those people are those who are truly GIFTED. Nacho belongs to the later. Bravo.

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    Gary Schwartz | 2010-03-24 01:02:15

    Relentlessly inspirational, Nacho creates, and when he creates he delights. Nacho is an enigmatic and bold design talent. Classic, playful, contemporary and always inviting. Expect more great things from this extraordinary designer. Hoteliers, atencion!!!

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    Pedro Caldeira | 2010-03-24 01:26:45

    Congrats Nacho! Your are an inspiration not only as an interior designer but also as a friend and, who knows one day too, a photographer. Keep on the good work...

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    Emilio G Hernandez | 2010-03-24 02:32:22

    Woah!!! This is a masterpiece! No doubts, we are watching the job of a future big name in the industry!! We'll keep following his job!

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    Marc Sorli | 2010-03-24 16:52:10

    Great work Nacho! As usual... I love the way you combine old + new and make it atemporary. You indeed get to catch the attention of friends, clients and whoever you want :-)

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    Peter Nitz | 2010-03-24 23:23:02

    light, airy and beautiful. I love how clean and empty it is without feeling cold or sterile. Great job Nacho!

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    Jo Yana - Deco-Design | 2010-03-24 23:57:11

    This appartment is just amazing !!! Thanks Yatzer ;)

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    Ana UreΓ±a | 2010-03-25 01:18:26

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. So many details I want to copy right now and add to my own space. Best tip I have learned from seeing the pictures: the empty white frames on the white wall: great way to dress up a hallway without cluttering it! Thank you Nacho!

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    Nuno Gama | 2010-03-26 14:26:42

    My Dear En Horabuena, con erva buena...U teaches us, how to do it with simplicity, good taste, allways with friend white contrasting on beautifull forms, specially reboerned for u, the plesure on Living..... Beijocas Portuguesas Concerteza Nuno Gama

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    Greg Hillsmen | 2010-03-27 00:10:05

    I really LOVE Nacho's work ! This apartment is just amazing ! I love the white frames ! Thanks Yatzer for sharing . Greg H.

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    Ricardo Hernandez | 2010-03-27 06:14:13

    Nacho!!!! Feeling the love as Spring blossoms. I believe people are asking for more! Yatzer will bring more of Nacho's great taste as we share the same love.

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    marta p. crawford | 2010-03-27 16:57:56

    Lived in Madrid for a long time and saw many places but nothing so circular as the decoration of this place. Elegance predominating and combining so many different styles which sometimes is so risky with the white color as the common denominator...just can say itΒ΄s awesome, cosy and glamorous in one word, superb. Looking foward to see more works. Thank you for sharing.

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    Raquel Waitzman | 2010-03-28 16:37:17

    Love this interview!!! Wonderfull, Nacho, you do an awesome job! Congrats.

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    Michael Valdes | 2010-03-28 22:13:48

    I have the privilege and calling Nacho a friend and he is by far one of the most talented designers I have come across in my extensive real estate experience. Congratulations, Nacho! Your style is unique and amazing!

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    KIRIL | 2010-03-28 23:33:04

    neither words or expressions are enough to show my love for your work, ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE; speechless !

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    gustavo enrique esquivel | 2010-03-29 00:27:12

    Lovely interview. I like it. You are a GENIOUS!!!!! My dear I send to you a big kiss and thanks to the magazine to share with us the interview.... Congrats my dear.....

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    Richard Alcon | 2010-03-29 11:43:02

    Nacho has evolved a method of designing interiors based on an experiential as well as an aesthetic approach. His interiors are not trendy or stylistic, designs that have a timeless quality-the experience of moving through a space, seeing how the light will enter. This is modern interior design that will stand the test of time.The result is an interior that so seamlessly integrates with the architecture that the interior and exterior appear to have been created by the same hand. Anyone who loves Modernism knows Nacho’s houses. They’re rational,beautiful, glamorous statements of the free-wheeling California life or south beach style meets Cape Town chic.

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    Richard PΓ©rez-Feria | 2010-03-29 15:58:48

    Nacho Polo has such an easy mastery of aggressive vision and aesthetic restraint that the end result is invariably a feast of controlled delight for the eye. What a gifted and passionate artist and man.

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    Diego | 2010-03-29 22:43:57

    AMAZING good interview and good job !!! felicidades Nacho :-)

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    Seth | 2010-03-30 23:42:44

    Does anybody know the chairs in the last photo (with the Arco lamp and Tom Ford book)? I want!

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    Peter Davis | 2010-03-31 00:12:00

    Nacho's work is so clean and modern - all his interiors are where I wish I could both fall asleep and wake up every day.

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    Siong | 2010-03-31 03:17:18

    Seth (2010-03-30 23:42:44): Those are Wegner chairs.

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    Ricardo Hernandez | 2010-03-31 05:22:59

    The pieces at the end are SHELL de Hans J.Vegner produced by Carl Hansen. In this house you can find Design pieces of Marcel Wanders like his wonderful 'Carbon Chair’, pieces of the collection 'Where is the smoke' by Maarten Baas, also pieces like the sofa chaise-longue HOCNEY of the architect Eero Koivisto for David Design , Piero Lissoni, classics of Hans J.Vergner or ART of David Lachapelle between others. Thanks Nacho!

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    Ricardo Hernandez | 2010-03-31 05:25:53

    Carbon chair by Bertjan Pot & Marcel Wanders

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    Anna Evans | 2010-03-31 06:31:44

    stunning space - exactly how black + white should be handled: texture, volume, visual balance....bravi!!!

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    Gregory | 2010-03-31 12:17:42

    How is possible the author loves Neutra and the conclussion were a black'n white showroom and no more? I'm sorry but thos house has'nt soul, has'nt life… Very good taste but no more…

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    Yotam Solomon | 2010-04-02 03:53:01

    Beautiful style, I love the different accents. Amazing Nacho.

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    Daisy Olivera | 2010-04-05 22:54:56

    Nacho's designs are brilliant as usual! It's MUCH more difficult, as a designer, to remain restrained and edit, edit, edit one's work -- takes a lot of discipline and a very educated eye. He managed to bring back all the historic details in the apartment, yet reinterpreted the space and brought it into this century without losing the original integrity! Design at its best, at its purest form! AAhhhh... delicious. Daisy Olivera

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    Manny Machado | 2010-04-08 00:49:02

    Brilliantly executed with the elegance that only Nacho Polo can bring to a design project. Not only does the space capture the essence of it's roots, but it conveys the right amount of contrast...black and white...in every room. Every detail, accent, makes a statement...Grace, Glam and Elegance...!! BRAVO Nacho!!!!

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    Raul Nuevo | 2010-04-12 18:40:07

    How could we keep your advise of "be ourselves and wage on our own ideas" when we face up this pure outstanding reference to get inspired over? I really enjoyed the sharp way in which "theory" behind something as emotional as interiorism' art was exposed in this interview,... Designer's use of textures, volumes and colours are like a pure, elegant and fresh lovely dream

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    Jhon L | 2010-04-13 19:14:03

    Nacho Polo knows the simple way to set your home apart and increase the "wow factor" of those particular rooms and in turn the selling value of your home. Nice work.

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    David Buger | 2010-04-14 03:53:58

    I love the simple desing and how the light is in the house, gives you a very nice and possitive energy. To this house, his own place! he printed a style that identify his own work. Is a house almost racionalist on its looks and forniture. It has a base in the forniture with a clean lineal desing, it could feel a bit cold but with a personal effects looks just how it should be. In this house full of light the limits disapear. Thank you and Bravo for you hard work.

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    Catherine Leccia | 2010-04-14 19:29:23

    Great post! Design Lovers, get inspired!! www.bocadolobo.com www.delightfull.eu

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    RODRIGO CUEVAS | 2010-05-10 07:25:32

    LOVE IT! U HAVE TALENT AND U R ONE OF THE BEST ONES I KNOW CONGRATS!

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    ION FIZ | 2010-05-17 23:04:48

    Hello,my name is ION FIZ,i'm fashion Design from Spain.Nacho is great,you are fabulous artist,i love your work,your style and elegance comtemporany....congratulations!!! kissses

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    marta vila | 2010-05-18 00:04:47

    Very impress with the designers work, specially the integration of the historical exterior into the apartment, I think it shows the sensitivity and talent of this amazing designer.

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    Maritza Capiro | 2010-05-20 01:14:11

    Wonderful work! Refined and exciting. A place anyone would want to call home. Congratulations, Nacho!

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    Mario Cader-Frech | 2010-05-24 03:39:15

    Black & White, ying yang, classic modern, neutra paladio ... light and elegance well balanced. Great article. Thanks!

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    Kyle Warren | 2010-05-24 16:17:39

    What a great interview, Mr. Polo definantly is a talented designer and a one of a kind. The interior is amazing, congratulations Nacho!

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    Martina Mueller Callisti | 2010-08-04 20:12:10

    Nacho, your work is simply amazing ! I love the sentense "I dedicate my life to the world of interior design". This is what one can feel while looking at and enjoying your outstanding projects. You have a great sense for what you do! I am impressed and more than happy, that there are some very unique and special creatives out there that do their challenges with so much passion and affection as you do. Your work is terrific ! You are fantastic !!!

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    Andreia | 2010-08-06 16:32:12

    Great work! Love it.

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    Alberto Gomez | 2010-08-07 07:55:28

    Nacho Congratulations on your work, having an apartment like that would be a dream but having a mind like yours priceless! On everything there dedication, passion, talent, creativity is shown, your work speaks for itself, it's impecable and extremely refined and exquisited. I'm fortunate to know you in a personal level and impressed to learn about your design skills Wonderful work, congratulations! I'm sure you will continue to make headlines creating amazing future projects! Best regards Alberto Gomez

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    Malinka | 2010-08-07 09:29:12

    Love your style Nacho! Best wishes, MM

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    Andrew Patterson | 2010-08-08 09:46:05

    Amazing style Nacho! Love it! well done!

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    Joey | 2010-11-14 06:52:25

    This Nacho guy is beyond talented. KUDOS to you!

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    manuel | 2010-12-07 05:10:46

    Great interview! love this picture! I will hire him tomorrow to rebuild my apartment!

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    leo di consoli | 2010-12-07 05:20:41

    sublime ,,,impecable ,,estilo ,clase y perfecto buen gusto Arq. leo di consoli

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    Jonn Coolidge | 2010-12-07 05:47:03

    Beautiful work. Would love to shoot some projects together some day.

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    Justin M | 2011-02-15 15:02:22

    Amazing work Nacho. Anyone that can so effortlessly merge modern and antique furniture is definitely gifted.

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    Albert | 2011-11-24 14:39:28

    Nacho, congratulations for your work and congratulations also to Andrea Savini for the fantastic photos.

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    jose hernandez | 2012-01-15 02:24:09

    beyond his sexy smile, Nacho takes us to a world of elegance and simplicity with their designs and neutral colors, that which keeps us in an infinite inner peace. Thanks Nacho for giving us your art and inspiration.

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    Hayleigh | 2012-10-22 01:25:35

    I am 21 years old and my partner and I have just purchased our first home. We cannot believe how inspiring your ideas are to us. I personally cannot believe how similar your ideas are to mine. We were blessed to have purchased a home with all white interior, and all of our furniture was already black and white and very modern. We are now in the process of adding homely touches. This interview of Nacho could not have come at a better time for us both! - Your work is gorgeous. Stunning. Simple in its own rights. Beautiful. We will be following you from here on. We wish you luck with any future projects. xx Much love from New Zealand.

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    robert onuska | 2013-05-22 05:14:35

    the saying 'less is more' definitely applies to nacho's aesthetic. A simple idea well executed can be extremely challenging. Each room featured in this article is perfectly furnished & decorated to maximize it's environment. Nacho sees the world differently than most....which is his greatest asset. He truly sees the beauty that surrounds us.n

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