ON LOCATION • The Journal • Aug 18
Diana Artiguez is most definitely a modern European. Born and raised in Valencia to a Spanish father and English mother, she grew up learning both languages and swaps between them with ease.
‘Mum used to speak to us in English, with this Yorkshire accent, so we grew up with Sunday roast yet eating churros with our friends at the fiestas. We never realised how lucky we were until later.’
After studying in England at Leeds College of Art Diana returned to Valencia as a fully-fledged interior designer. She now runs www.cotacerointeriorismo.com with her husband, Madrid-born Alfonso Gómez-Martinho.
They love their work, whether designing for a home, a hotel, shop or business they describe each one as a mini-adventure with its own challenges and rewards.
‘At home in Valencia I like to walk ‘El río’ (the former riverbed, now replanted as park and woodland) strolling with my husband past the Reina Sofía Opera house, the Palau de la Música, the Oceanografic, the Hemisferic planetarium…all very interesting buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava.’