HOME’s managing editor Federico Monsalve is juggling homeschooling with prepping for our new issue during this lockdown. We caught up with Fede to see how he’s balancing his two roles.
HOME: What’s the best part of your view from home?
Federico Monsalve: Friendly neighbours, the road outside my office window which, in five minutes walk would deposit me at one of our fave beaches.
H: What are you reading?
FM: One of my favourite things to do after the magazine has gone to the printers – when the deadline cycle is at its quietest (AKA false sense of security) – is to select and write the next issue’s book review section. So the titles I am either reading or coveting usually end up there. As per the current issue: I am going through a nature-writing phase. There is something soothing about a good, somewhat escapist narrative about a mountain in Wisconsin, about trail running somewhere inhospitable, or about poetically descriptive writing about the countryside.
H: What are you watching?
FM: Family movie nights at the moment involve exposing the kids to all the good (and poor!) cinematic choices made by my parents on my behalf during the 80s: E.T the Extraterrestrial, Big, Studio Ghibli and old-school Disney.
H: What are you cooking and/or baking?
FM: The lovely Fermina recently made an amazing Brazilian feijoada. The kids have also had a hand at making dessert – dried fruit dipped in chocolate and displayed on an old, ceramic dog was a hit.
H: What’s inspiring you right now?
FM: We are, hopefully, making alterations and additions to our house. I am fascinated with other people’s architectural drawings and sketching my own iterations of what a floorplan can become with some extra m2 and inspired by clever designers. Oh… and re-learning the guitar.
Discover what our friends are up to in lockdown in our HOME in five series.