Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Juan Carretero, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
His Design Office

Juan is a polished man with style. As an architect and interior designer he lends his gentleman aesthetic to a wide range of projects like historical house renovations in the Hudson Valley to upscale interiors on the Chelsea Highline. From mid century furniture to antique flourishes, every detail gets accounted for. In 2010, he conceived of the design for Country Bistro in Mexico City. It's beautifully elegant, bringing a little bit of New York City to Polanco. His fine spaces have been featured in global publications around the world like Monocle, Casa Vogue, and La Revista Reforma.

Age: 36
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: My dad Juan is from Barcelona, Spain and my mum Josefina is from Mexico City. We would visit the US often so I grew up very multicultural.
Occupation/Aspiration: Architect/Interior Designer

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved to New York a week before 9/11 to start a master's degree at New York University.

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? Gramercy. It's close to everything and very residential (quiet). It is surrounded by pockets of shops and restaurants. The people in this neighborhood hardly ever move anywhere else. There is a true sense of community.

Name a New York moment. I once dropped my wallet in a mailbox instead of the letter I was holding. From the safety of a nail salon, I waited for hours in the middle of a blizzard for the mailman to come and open it. By the end of the day, I made friends with all of the girls in the parlor. They tried to teach me bad words in Korean and they practiced artwork on my nails. I still wave at them when I pass.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?  By working hard and playing harder. I've been traveling between Mexico, New York, and the Hudson Valley. I try to learn something new every day.

What's your drink of choice? I like La Pinta tequila. It is infused in pomegranate juice for 12 months. It's blood red so it must be vampire approved.

Who is your favorite designer? Ingo Maurer

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. "A cochino mordelon, mecate corto" or a short leash for a biting pig. It sounds better in Spanish.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?  Gabriel Orozco because of the intensity and simplicity of his work, always playful, witty, and powerful. A true global artist.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I move around all of my furniture and stuff once a year. Oh and I tend to walk into the shower with my glasses on.

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