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Who are you when no one is watching?

This blog series is dedicated to the people I most admire answering a quick questionnaire and giving us a glimpse of their inner world.

Maher Daniels with scarf over his eyes, who are you when no one is watching?


Daniela is my sister. She has the same need for beauty and sense of aesthetic that I have, as we were raised with that as a priority in our family. With the difference that we have completely different styles, we both admire each other’s ways to express them.

She works with flowers and has created a completely oneiric world of her own, a world she’s been building since she was a little girl. She’s romantic, she’s nostalgic, and she's definitely a dreamer. She’s delicate in her thoughts and sweet with her words.

She has her own sense of time, trying to adapt to this modern world, but I see how she could have lived in other times probably better, as her peaceful nature sometimes finds this modern sense of time so aggressive, or maybe she does adapt well; who knows? It’s just that I see her like that, as she’s one of the purest people I know.


1. Who are you when no one is watching?

My most authentic and connected self.

2. Who is your hero and why?

I feel admiration for many, but I don't believe in heroes nowadays (as a child, of course, it was my dad!).

3. What is your biggest fear?

To become blind.

4. How would your friends describe you?

Possibly... creative, talented, a hard worker, loyal, and family-bonded.

5. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Gordon Matta-Clark (dead artist/architect), Wagner Kreusch (alive florist), and Lidewij Edelkoort (alive trendsetter) as a creative session...And tea with my grandma for adult second thoughts, I always wonder, "What would she have to say on this or that issue?"

6. What's the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

Being with Rodrigo, my partner.

7. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

"No drugs for me, thanks."

8. What life lessons have you had to learn the hard way?

Abandon expectations of all kinds.

My body is my accomplice and will warn me if I am unbalanced, but I have to listen and notice the signs.

My mind is, most of the time, my enemy.

All kinds of stuff is attracting me, again and again, to the present.

9. How do you define beauty?

Oh! On this one, I could spend a lifetime, and it would still remain a mystery. The elegance of ephemeral and simple moments plus the pure essence of people, spaces, and nature. Lately, I see beauty in natural light as well as in shadows. Beauty is more profound than we generally think; today it has a great mission to charge us and motivate our lives. It's been lost or underrated as a value (in the Renaissance or other times, beauty was central).

10. What’s on your bucket list?

Holidays! to see you.


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