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    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Mauricio Obarrio: Buenos Aires, Argentina 
    Juan Peralta: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    Mauricio: My father made lights for cinema and TV; seeing the behind-the-scenes and the work of light, which for me is an art, always captivated me.

    Juan: As a child, Antonio Berni’s paintings depicting the history of Argentina always captivated me.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Mauricio: Yes, from the beginning my career has always focused on the design of lighting products. Juan: I come from the world of advertising, agencies like Ogilvy, but always being very close to the world of design.

    Mauricio: I have always been related to the world of lighting design since childhood due to the family business.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    Mauricio: The need to improve things, the way we live, the things that surround us, the search for beauty in the objects around us.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    Mauricio: The creative process always starts with some inspiration, which leads to the search for existing or new materials to shape the new product. At CONTAIN, we always seek to work with local, noble materials and give them a new reinterpretation.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    Juan: I take care of the client part, sales, advertising, creative direction at CONTAIN. So, a typical workday usually involves meetings with the sales team, the accounting team, etc., mixed with creative moments where we plan the editorials we are going to do, collaborations with other designers and photo sessions. Days at CONTAIN are usually quite playful and entertaining.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    Mauricio: The search for simplicity with technical solutions.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Mauricio: The search for simplicity with technical solutions.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Mauricio: Travel a lot, see a lot, be curious.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    Art Deco.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Mauricio: I believe no one in particular, but the work of Paavo Tynel seems excellent to me.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Mauricio: I really like the work of Stefan Diez.

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    I really like the work of Jonas Wood and the photographs of Tony Kelly.

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?


    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Juan: Enjoying the moment.

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Juan: Aging without health.

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Juan: Anxiety.

    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    Juan: Impunctuality.

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    Juan: My mother.

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Juan: Being able to have my time with total freedom.

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Juan: Tranquility.

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Juan: Moderation.

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    Juan: Chivalry.

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?

    Juan: Simplicity.

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Juan: Thank you.

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Juan: I would like to sing well.

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Being partners and choosing each other continuously.

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    I love my life as it is; I would choose it again!

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Juan: Mallorca is my place in the world.

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    Juan: Material: I have a watch that I appreciate a lot.

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Juan: Dignity

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Juan: I really like gardening.

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Juan: Joyfulness.

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Juan: Loyalty.

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Juan: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Juan: I don’t have one

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Juan: Julio Cesar

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    Juan: My mom!

    26. What are your favorite names?

    I love my name! Juan

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Juan: Hypocrisy

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    Juan: Fortunately, I have no regrets

    29. How would you like to die?

    Juan: Sleeping!

    30. What is your motto?

    Juan: To have a happy old age

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