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The turn of the year always inspires a sort of retrospective prospective. In keeping with this thread, the first issue of HOMEWORKS 2013 is all about the synthesis of old and new. This edition highlights old backdrops with new furnishings and vice versa, illustrating the advantages Malta holds in terms of striking historical architecture and furniture variety. This, coupled with the accessibility of contemporary European design, means that the symbiosis can be explosive. Along the same vein, the interior trends this year are largely about the new being the old; renewed interpretations of established interiors and furnishings. The prediction this year that comfort is king implies a quest for that private relaxed lounge feeling. The simple seems to be moving towards simpler, while an emphasis on art in the home is encouraging individual expression. Timeless materials, such as brass and wood are being used to create fun and lively design. Consumers are being encouraged to buy furniture that makes them smile – we’re likely to see silly yet structured items and interiors. The Pantone colour of the year – Emerald – is the leader of accompanying colours inspired by HDTV and high-res computer screens, with our sense of vision influenced by these bright, saturated views. With the release of a few large films taking place in the 1920s era this year, we’re likely to see some Bahaus and Art Nouveau influences. In terms of design, there is a wonderful optimism to 2013. Here’s to a great start to the creative new year!

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JENNIFER QUATTROCCHI ZARB is the winner of the Acqua di Parma Colonia assoluta giftset (body cream, bath & shower gel, colonia), worth €100, courtesy of camilleriparismode Jennifer wrote: “I just bought volume 1 of the HOMEWORKS hardback book, which I find absolutely breathtaking. With regards to the magazine, I adored last issue’s ‘Crafts Made Easy’, which was very easy to do at a minimum cost. More craft pages in 2013 would be greatly appreciated.”

JOSEPHINE SULTANA is the winner of the set of home fragrances, inclusive of an oil diffuser, a candle, hand lotion and hand wash, worth €114, courtesy of Retroforma Josephine wrote: “Right now we are converting our house (which is very old) into a house of character, which means that we’re removing all the parts from the walls and bringing the natural stone out. It’s lots of hard work with a lot of expenses, as well as a great mess too. I would like to know what kind of treatment we should use to prevent the stone from flaking because it’s really getting on my nerves!”

CARMELO ZERAFA is the winner of the set of six candleholders, worth €120, courtesy of Mdina Glass Carmelo wrote: “I suggest an article on how to keep a garage organised and clean. I don’t recall ever reading about such a subject. I have considered having my two car garage organised for the past two summer seasons and now the mission has been postponed again for summer 2013. My garage is part of my home and I need some pointers on how to begin. Your help would be very welcome.”

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AGORÀ Flow showroom in Lija has recently launched Agorà by designer Nicola de Ponti for Tubes Radiatori. The new radiator holds a leading position in the field of radiators and towel warmers, aiming at the balance between maximum energy efficiency and highquality aesthetics. Flow – more an art gallery than a mere commercial store – is the ideal frame for Agorà radiators. www.ssbathrooms.com

MARVELLOUS MURANO New to Farrugia Lighting & Interiors is a collection of hand-made in Venice Murano glass ceiling pendants and matching wall lights. Designed in Italy by Massimo Tonetto, the lamps are available in up to six modern colours including milk white, amethyst and fume. www.farrugia.com.mt

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NEW ABITAT SHOWROOM OPENS The new Abitat showroom in Ta’ Xbiex (within the ex-Opel showroom) is split over two floors, offering a large Made-In-Italy range of kitchens, bedrooms and living spaces, as well as a collection of classic furniture. Abitat offers brands such as Home Cucine, Armony, Homes, Santrossa, Scappini and Seven Sedie Reproductions. www.abitat.com.mt

In 1890, Paolo Camilleri set up the firm ‘a la Ville de Lyon’ trading in fine garment fabrics in St. John’s Square in Valletta. Some 40 years later, one of his sons, Carmelo opened a new outlet in Merchants Street, under the name C.Camilleri, which can now be called the original camilleriparismode. Today, the original shop has been carefully restored, uncovering its marble floors and reclaiming the mahogany wooden shelves. The shop offers an interesting mix of lifestyle products including cushions, fragrances, scarves and many other curiosities suitable for gifts. www.camilleriparismode.com.mt 015

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Piquattro has just launched a new range of materials, which are water repellent and easy to clean. Practical and comfortable, find them in a wide variety of colours and textures at Carmelo Delia. facebook/carmelodelia

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Dyson has recently selected The Atrium as their official agents for Malta. Just launched is the Dyson Digital Slim – the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner, thanks to the Dyson digital motor. Further to this, it’s now the fastest, highest power density motor ever developed for domestic appliances. www.theatrium.com.mt

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POWER HOURS New powerful LED lamps offering up to 70,000 hours running time with five-year guarantees are now available at Spot On Supplies. There are various models to choose from and are all available in a black, white or grey finish. www.spotonmalta.com

Natural Touch, a new range of Kaindl laminate parquet, is now available at M.Demajo (Timbers). Kaindl Natural Touch is based on synchronisation technology that matches the surface structure with the relevant decor image. www.demajotimbers.com

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B&B ITALIA “There are certain tendencies in terms of shapes, colours or materials that we’re starting to see less of. What we’re continuing to push ahead with is a sustainable approach, not just in the sense of using recycling products and eco-friendly processes, but in a very fundamental way as well, in relation to all the new things we implement. One example: we prefer to use finishings that accentuate the material and design of our products.” Spokesman from B&B Italia Mediterranean

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CARDBOARD IN CHRISTCHURCH Japan based architectural firm Shigeru Ban Architects has unveiled their proposal ‘cardboard cathedral’ – a replacement structure for the earthquake-struck Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand. Heavy damage to the existing church left the community in need of an interim structure to continue their daily activities. The design by Shigeru Ban consists of an A-frame quickly erected with cardboard tubes and polycarbonate, which will rest upon foundations fabricated from six metre long shipping containers. The durable materials to be used are weatherproof and fireproof with a functional lifespan of at least fifteen years. www.shigerubanarchitects.com

WOODEN POETRY French artist Marc Sparfel is quickly making a name for himself by creating quirky animals from abandoned wooden furniture. Sparfel hand picks the best pieces, such as outdated chairs, wardrobes and hat stands, and begins the process of transforming them back in his workshop, sometimes slow and painful but always intuitive, in search of finding a new poetry for the wooden pieces in the form of his own. www.marcsparfel.com

RE-TURNED BIRDS A 100% recycled item, Discipline presents Re-Turned Birds, designed by Lars Beller Fjetland. The “re-turned” concept elevates leftover wood from being merely an ignored piece of rubbish to “becoming a desired piece of feel-good woodcraft”. www.thelollipopshoppe.co.uk

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TONDA Designed and produced by Capolinea Design, the Tonda chair is made from recycled cellulose tubes that are reused and cut following clients’ necessities. The transparent finish preserves the original craft paper colour and has a soft and comfortable touch. www.capolineadesign.it

The Leftover Stool by German designer Klemens Schillinger is conceived as a simple furniture piece using a bucket as the mold for the seating surface. Wooden off-cuts are then clamped into the void, where concrete is poured in and then left to dry, taking only a few hours to complete. www.klemensschillinger.com

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The first issue of HOMEWORKS this year is all about the synthesis of old and new. Three homes highlight old backdrops with new furnishings and vice versa, illustrating the advantages Malta holds in terms of striking historic architecture and furniture pieces. The design and rehabilitation of the first home featured – a 17th century Valletta palazzo home – was based on the two fundamental conservation principles; minimal intervention and clearly distinguishable additions. The renovation by ARCStudio is exemplary of how well old and new can be combined. (Page 026). Interior Designer Sandy Bonnici creates a functional space, mixing old and new to create a classical contemporary – yet highly convenient – open plan apartment on page 034. A warm, contemporary apartment against the backdrop of old and beautiful Birgu is brought to us by Interior Designer Aldo Cutajar on page 042. 025

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IDEOLOGY The design and rehabilitation of this 17th century Valletta palazzo was based on the two fundamental conservation principles; minimal intervention and clearly distinguishable additions Architects: ARC Studio Photography: Alan Carville Words: Guy Laguens

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The transition space between the historic and modern is emphasised through the design elements found on the piano nobile, now the library, where reinterpreted and simplified classical elements harmoniously merge the existing historic and contemporary nature of the building. The height of the space is maximised through the introduction of full height fitted cabinets, with the upper level accessible from a new shallow mezzanine that overlooks the space

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The staircase is one of the key elements that contributes to the interplay between historic and modern. Here, the new arched moulded doorway connects the original stone stairwell to the double-height library

Now the grand residence of Mr. and Mrs. Tops, the palazzo originally served as a casa bottega, evident from a mezzanine with an independent entrance at street level. The concept of casa bottega has been re-implemented in its re-use. The mezzanine has been restored as office space, while the overlying spaces, which were originally a single residence, have been converted into two independent dwelling units. A duplex apartment and triplex penthouse were designed to accommodate the needs of the contemporary city dweller, hence contributing to the rehabilitation of Valletta. Mr. and Mrs. Tops have had a foothold in Malta since 1986 when they purchased a holiday home that would allow them to visit the island for spontaneous holidays. The couple chose Malta mainly due to its close proximity to their primary residence in London and the flexibility this allowed the family. When Mr. Tops retired from his career as a commodity trader, he sold the holiday apartment and purchased a Tigne seafront flat. Mr. Tops says, “This was wonderful for a while, but eventually I got a little bored sitting on the balcony or going to the beach, so I got the idea of converting something here the way I had done in the UK. I was up to that sort of challenge.” Mr. Tops had previously purchased the listed ‘White House’ in Hampton Court, London, opposite the royal palace and park. “Since it was a listed property, there were five different authoritative bodies that held an interest in the building. 029

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The kitchen on the second floor, newly constructed in globigerina limestone, finished in a more contemporary manner to highlight a difference between old and new

“Little did I know what we were getting into! I have to say, the local authorities have made the renovation of this palazzo as difficult as possible in every way. I invested quite heavily to ensure that the palazzo was renovated as true to its original self as possible, without cutting corners. However, due to the disagreement of different authoritative bodies, an obstructive neighbour and the overall apathy towards the importance of renovation, it took me twice as long to renovate with twice the budget. Sadly, I have to say that out of all the countries I have been to and all the properties I have owned, this experience has been the most difficult. I would have thought – and was actually made to believe when I began thinking of investing in Malta – that the government would be keen to find someone to invest in the renovation of dilapidated buildings. After all, it can only mean good for the value of the area, as well as the overall economy. I don’t understand why they make it so difficult. “I have to say that amidst the negativity, ARCStudio did a stellar job. I don’t know how we would have managed completion without them.” Conveniently situated next door to the palazzo, Architect Claude Busuttil, director of ARCStudio (who specialises in conservation) was the project manager of the renovation. Mr. Tops’ brief was that the building should be renovated so that every aspect was totally authentic, and in keeping with the period style. Claude Busuttil says, “The design and rehabilitation of this palazzo was based on the two fundamental conservation principles; minimal intervention and any additions to be clearly distinguishable from the historic parts.” Interconnectedness between spaces was emphasised, particularly those of the main staircase, courtyard and piano nobile, now a private library inspired by the local style found in the typical Maltese palazzo. The height of the space was maximised through the introduction of full height fitted cabinets, with the upper level accessible from a new shallow mezzanine that overlooks the space. Efforts were made not to negatively impinge on, but rather highlight, the cultural significance and historical fabric of the 17th century palazzo. This was achieved through the use of typical local materials and colours, more specifically within the original parts of the building at ground and first floor levels, and on the piano nobile. The third and fourth floors, newly constructed in globigerina limestone, were finished in a more contemporary manner to highlight a difference between old and new. The transition space between the historic and contemporary is emphasised through the design elements found on the piano nobile, now the library, where reinterpreted and simplified classical elements harmoniously merge the existing historic and contemporary nature of the building.

The top floor of the palazzo, which serves as the comfortable living space for the homeowners

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Quirky and eclectic – a casual sitting/dining room, complete with furniture brought over from the Hampton Court property, which works well against the old Maltese backdrop

A reproduction of a typical stone fireplace sits on one of the side walls of the library, further echoing traditional features. The solid parquet flooring, fitted timber cabinets and open steel railing are complemented by subtle tones of grey and yellow ochre stone surfaces, suiting the classic modern style. Three of the walls were rendered in macro-porous plaster, contrasting with the fourth restored, exposed limestone wall. The spiral stone staircase that links all the original floors of the palazzo was restored and embellished to act as a light well, allowing further natural light and ventilation to reach rooms at the back of the building. In addition to improving natural light levels, attention was given to artificial lighting of the spaces to enhance the innate characteristics of the building, with particular emphasis on the volumes of spaces and specific architectural elements. The approach adopted for the cleaning and restoration of the internal masonry walls follows the conservation principle that stonework should only be replaced where absolutely necessary and works should be completely reversible where possible. In the case of stone replacement, good quality globigerina limestone was used. The substituted stone masonry was chosen to have the exact dimensions and shape of the original stonework and to have the same intrinsic qualities as the original.

Street level entrance, which leads in from the courtyard

Claude Busuttil concludes, “From a conservation perspective it was important that the materials used were compatible and do not deteriorate the stone any further.� Very recently, this project was awarded the Architecture Prize of the 2013 Malta International Arts Biennnale.

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Interior Designer Sandy Bonnici creates a functional space, mixing old and new to create a classical contemporary – yet highly convenient – open plan apartment Interior Design & Styling: Sandy Bonnici Project Management & Interior Finishings: GRF Decorative Finishes Photography: Tonio Lombardi Words: Elisabeth Cardona

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“Any special pieces – whether they’re antique furniture, paintings or ornaments – have to be taken into consideration. There’s no point creating a design and then trying to fit these pieces in at a later stage. The design has to work around them.” The front area of the apartment was sectioned off from the back bedroom area via a change of flooring and internally sliding glass doors. “The aim was to keep the bedroom areas a bit more private, yet still allowing lots of light to filter through. For heating and cooling purposes, this is also a lot more practical.” Once the layout was established, Sandy began the detail in the design. She started with fabrics, creating a colour palette to work by. This then enabled her to start playing around with pattern and texture. “At the beginning of the design stage, it’s generally the form and the texture that mostly appeal to me. “The floors and walls were considered next, as this is the canvas on which everything else plays. Diverse flooring really helped divide the different zones within the large open plan. We went with a very neutral tile throughout the kitchen, dining and living area, and then went with a warm parquet on the split level television area. The bedroom flooring is also parquet with a large area rug for comfort. “After this, we began with the furniture detailing; doors, panelling, cushions, and other finishings. Any special pieces – whether they’re antique furniture, paintings or ornaments – have to be taken into consideration. There’s no point creating a design and then trying to fit these pieces in at a later stage. The design has to work around them.” 037

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The master bedroom is all about comfort; warm colours and materials, alongside moody lighting and a luxuriously large walk-in wardrobe. A large muted area rug warms up the parquet flooring further. Art deco inspired furniture and the glamorous chandelier make the room slightly reminiscent of the 1920s era

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Since the space is so large, a lot of soffit lighting was included, backed up by lighting from within recesses. The various artworks are illuminated by accent lighting, which creates a mood in what could otherwise be flatly lit. In the bedroom, an enormous chandelier makes a statement, while the ambient lighting is warm and strategic. “An essential element to any design, lighting was of utmost importance to create the right mood and ambiance of this living space. It really emphasised the design to its highest potential.” The homeowners are now extremely comfortable in their open-plan apartment, easily able to enjoy the entire space, while enjoying the spectacular outside views. Sandy says, “A home is a lifestyle so I wanted to create a bespoke design, providing the homeowner with a tailored, experienced and thorough service.”

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Old Birgu Interior Designer Aldo Cutajar creates a warm, contemporary apartment against the backdrop of old and beautiful Birgu Photography: Tonio Lombardi Interior Designer: Aldo Cutajar, Gemini Design Studios Words: Lisa Borain

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Peter is meticulous.” “Peter is very tidy.” “Peter likes to be precise.” This is coming from Peter’s friend and interior designer over a glass of red wine around the flawless kitchen table. Peter the Perfectionist in question is Peter Gluckman, a Swede who has just sold his business in Sweden and moved to Birgu. His fastidiousness derives from the previous nature of his business – printing and engineering – which was all about detail. “It’s just the way I am,” he says, “if I don’t know about something, I’ll do my homework until I do know it. I like things to be right.” Peter’s location preference was always Birgu, and in particular St. Angelo Mansions block, as a number of his friends live there. This, and of course the spacious layouts and spectacular apartment views. Peter, “I like this area very much. I’ve been coming and going for almost three years, since most of my friends live here. It was natural for me to get an apartment here. This apartment was originally owned by a friend of mine who rented it out, so the interiors were all very standard. I wanted to gut it entirely and start with a blank canvas.” Peter went about engaging an interior designer from Sweden, and when he came across the Gemini Design Studios website, he saw that Aldo Cutajar’s designs were similar to his style. Peter’s previous house in Sweden was large (over 400 square metres), full of bold and modern furniture. Since relocating was an opportunity to create the space he wanted, he began with a clean slate, bringing very little with him; the iconic Artichoke Light by the Danish designer Poul Henningsen, a few paintings that he couldn’t forego, and the renowned Swedish-made Hastens bed. As pointed out, Peter was very specific about what he wanted; a neutral colour palette, warmth, as much of the sea view as possible, an integration of technology, and a large, open plan kitchen where visiting guests could mingle. “I also wanted a personal style; not something you could buy in any furniture shop. I wanted something original.” Aldo, “To ensure that everything was accurate, we made bespoke furniture pieces for the most part – in particular, the required madeto-measure pieces for the technology in order to conceal wires and unsightly pieces.” Peter, “When it came to colours, I knew I wanted different shades of grey and stainless steel throughout. I wanted browns to break this up. I also wanted to combine all this with sand colours. I don’t like yellow at all, which is rather un-Swedish of me. In fact, the roof room was painted magnolia and I had to repaint it because I just couldn’t stand it. I like the warm neutrals because they’re not boring, yet they can be used for so much as a backdrop. The colours can come in through the art and accessories.” 043

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The large kitchen was central due to Peter’s love of cooking and entertaining. Space management was paramount, as well as abundant light.

Complexion-flattering halogen lights were used throughout, and a concentration on accent lighting with dimmers offers a sensual effect.

“I was really most concerned with the kitchen from the beginning. I wanted it to look and be clean, so I wanted white, high gloss with stainless steel features. The wine fridges were also very important to me. I was worried that everything wouldn’t come together like I wanted them to. When things don’t make sense to me, I can’t just let them go. For instance, we had designed an extraction fan, which looked really cool on the drawing. However, when the contractor started talking about building it, I could see that it wasn’t going to work. There were if course a lot of bumps – but Aldo was there to ensure that we got to them on time so that we could fix them.”

The master bedroom is the epitome of comfort with its tremendously luxurious walk-in wardrobe (which was converted from a bedroom) and soothing fireplace – a duplicate of the one in the living room – underneath the wall clad television. What was previously the entrance to the bedroom is now used as a box room, behind the television. The frosted glass wall of the en suite bathroom also serves as a light box, creating a comforting bedroom ambience. A separate toilet, which ensures privacy, is positioned behind the television/fireplace wall and leads on to the box room.

The solutions to opening up space and light were such as the strategic reflective mirrors, as well as the sliding glass door to the balcony, which opens up completely. Apart from the striking fireplaces, warmth is accentuated through the lighting.

Aldo, “The glass serves to diffuse the light evenly into the bedroom. The room was very wide (there were previously wardrobes to one side), so the frosted glass still offers the room volume, but it conceals the mess and keeps the room appearing clutter-free.”

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The large kitchen was central due to Peter’s love of cooking and entertaining. Space management was paramount, as well as abundant light

The homeowner was very particular about the brief for the kitchen: it needed to be large in size for entertaining with substantial wine fridges. A clean kitchen was high on his priority list so white and gloss were the best options. Gadgets make cooking easier, such as the extractor hood that extends closer to the hob when needed

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The master bedroom, where the glass to the en suite serves to diffuse the light evenly. Originally, the bedroom was very wide so the frosted glass offers the room volume, but it also conceals the mess and keeps the room appearing clutter-free

When asked what he would have done differently in twenty-twenty vision hindsight, Peter has to think for quite a while before responding that he would have installed underfloor heating throughout the apartment. The bathrooms are equipped with the heating and Peter found that it was a great comfort. “Apart from that,” he says, “I wouldn’t change anything. This apartment has turned out exactly as I wanted it and is ideal for me at this point in time.” Aldo concludes, “Although Peter is meticulous, he likes comfort. A description of him would be this apartment – a sanctuary with its music, flowers, candles, wine and warmth against a perfectly finished backdrop.”

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Art Nouveau style at a glance: Interiors were generally decorated in greys, white, off white, beige and pale or muted tones of blue, orange, green and lavender. Old customs, habits, and artistic styles sat alongside new, combining a wide range of contradictory images and ideas. Flat, decorative patterns, intertwined organic forms of stems or flowers are typical of the Art Nouveau style, as well as curving and right-angled lines 048

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Socio-economic factors, as well as media have an integral role in setting the tone of design trends for interiors. HOMEWORKS takes a look at the ‘‘Great Gatsby effect” heading our way this year

s the hype builds towards the May 2013 launch of Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby, it’s likely that fashion, as well as interior accessories will be influenced by the very dominant Roaring Twenties. A decade referred to as ‘roaring’ due to its artistic and cultural dynamism, the period was heavily influenced by modernism and the art deco style. As a result, interior design during this era was aimed to be chic and glamorous, while also being simplistic and functional.

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As cinema became more popular in the 20s, the glamour of early Hollywood became an influence on interior design choices. Interiors reflected financial excess, which often resulted in extravagance, and flamboyancy, with an air of mischief. Great advances in technology took place during the 20s, which made tasteful interior design affordable to the common family. It was also a time of innovative and diverse design trends, which provided various new home ideas. Art Nouveau came into fashion in the late 19th century, but lasted well into the 1920s. The style was a concerted attempt to create an international style based on decoration. It was developed by a prolific generation of artists and designers, who sought to create an art form appropriate to the modern age. Old customs, habits, and artistic styles sat alongside new, combining a wide range of contradictory images and ideas. Many artists, designers, and architects were excited by new technologies and lifestyles, while others retreated into the past. As a response to the end of WWI, Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with machine age imagery and materials. The style is often characterised by rich colours,

bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. The Bauhaus school was founded in 1918 and designed for mass production, using modern materials like tubular steel to create highly functional design. Spaces were left open, furniture was steel and leather and floors were wood, cement or cork. FURNITURE A mixture of furniture styles was found in the 20s, inclusive of rustic, Federal (North America), Regency (Britain), Empire (France), Elizabethan and Gothic. To create larger, less cluttered spaces integrated furniture was popular. Bookcases, breakfast nooks, china cases and window seats were among the various built-in furnishings that were designed to save space and help create simple living spaces. Furniture was often made of wood (as well as doors and window frames) with leather, glass and steel. COLOURS Since there was a mix of the three movements during this period, the colour palattes were diverse. Art Nouveau-inspired interiors were generally decorated in greys, white, off-white, beige and pale or muted tones of blue, orange, green and lavender. Art Deco inspired subtle pastels and classic neutrals as a background for striking accents of bold, exotic colours. Big on colour, Bahaus was about basing colour theories on emotions and auras. Johannes Itten was the Swiss expressionist artist and teacher who placed emphasis on spiritual openness and peace of mind as a means to free expression.

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Art Nouveau rhythmic floral patterns on the wall and stairwell railing. Straight lines with round edges epitomize the style. Right: As being one of the first schools of design, Bauhaus flourished the minds of some of the most influential contemporary architects and artists of the time. Their ideas were full of innovative and groundbreaking technologies that inspired all aspects of the visual arts world. Here: The Wassily Chair and tubular steel chair designed by Marcel Breuer, and the Newspaper Shelf by Walter Gropius (German founder of the Bauhaus School)

ACCESSORIES In line with the idea of simplicity, art and accessories were often kept to one or two signature pieces in the room. An example – an Art Deco vase containing ostrich feathers for an extra decorative touch, alongside one striking painting on the wall. Small accents, such as a fancy letter opener or an enamelled cigarette case, would add a touch of Hollywood glamour. It was the era of the Jazz Age, and as a result, musical instruments were a natural part of 20s interiors. The selfplaying piano was often found in homes, as well as the phonograph. This was usually concealed in a wooden cabinet, allowing it to double as a piece of furniture. Cabinets were often made of mahogany or oak and had elaborate inlaid sections and hand-carved details. Windows were covered with curtains ending at the sill, with a window shade underneath. Draperies that reached the baseboard were hung over the curtains and pulled to the sides. World travel had just become more accessible, which meant that exotic finishing touches from Africa and the Orient made their way into design.

As a response to the end of WWI, Art Deco is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with machine age imagery and materials. The style is often characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress

WALLS Walls were either painted, panelled or mirrored. Panelling in the 20s was done by attaching moulding frames on the walls instead of being completely covered with wooden panels. The space inside the frames was either painted or covered with textured wallpaper. Covering the walls with a scenic pattern wallpaper was especially common in the dining room. A gloss finish on walls was preferred, so much so that a layer of varnish was often added on top of wall paint.

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Above: Interior scenes from The Great Gatsby, to be released in May. The film sets are an accurate interpretation of the high ceilings, Art Nouveau style architecture and the nuances of early Hollywood glamour. Oriental-style area rugs in muted colours such as blues, greens and taupe covers parquet flooring. Left: Interior scenes from Midnight In Paris; muted colours, a mixture of patterns, dimmed lamps with tassles and eccentric taxidermy accessories

FLOORS Polished parquet flooring in Maple, Beech, Birch and Oak was a common choice in this decade, as were chequered black and white tiles or linoleum flooring with abstract art deco patterns printed on it. Floors in the living room and dining room were usually covered with Oriental-style area rugs in muted colours such as blues, greens and taupe. Sometimes floors were covered in linoleum, even in the living room. Lines were clean and straight, but edges were rounded. LIGHTING Rooms often had Art Deco-style fixtures, such as brass wall sconces with a frosted or clear-glass shade. Electric fixtures in hammered iron and copper that hung from a chain with shaded or unshaded bulbs were also used. Colourful stained-glass Tiffany table lamps with square oak frames and bases also define this era.

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From top to bottom, left to right: 1 Delphine Collection by Harlequin Wallpaper from Stem Interiors 2 Upholstered armchair by and from camilleriparismode 3 Console by Lola Glamour from SatarianoHome 4 Chair by Lola Glamour from SatarianoHome 5 The Gigi Armchair from camilleriparismode 6 ‘Primavera’ fabric by Sanderson from Retroforma 7 ‘Swallows’ wallpaper by Sanderson from Retroforma

8 Labarère Furniture from camilleriparismode 9 Tiffany Lamp from The Light Shop 10 Wild Garden Collection from One Two One Interiors 11 Hand-made and customizable extendable cabinet by Lola Glamour from SatarianoHome 12 Hand-made and customizable ‘puzzle’ cabinet by Lola Glamour from SatarianoHome

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Subtle pastels and classic neutrals became a background for striking accents of bold, exotic colours

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A SimpleAttitude Designers Rory Apap Brown and Tom Van Malderen highlight the satisfaction of re-using and refashioning

ixing things is what our parents used to do. Nowadays we replace things, or buy a more recent model. Marketers and the retail industry have persuaded us that it would be much cheaper to buy a new product. So much so that in the midst of our busy modern lives it is no longer our first instinct to repair. The idea of our fathers fumbling around with a bottle of wood glue and a roll of tape while trying to piece back together a broken stool or lamp has become a distant memory.

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We need to pick up the habit of repairing and reusing objects. Through the process of fixing we gain an understanding of how they are put together in the first place. It is a learning process and a way to gain a little control over technology. This appreciation of the craftsmanship and engineering that goes into the making of objects helps us to value and acknowledge the skills and abilities of their makers as well as the object itself.

From the Past

Words: Rory Apap Brown and Tom Van Malderen, designers at Architecture Project Photography: Tom Van Malderen

Those who dare to repair might take the practice further and apply their own creativity to reinvent and re-fashion objects. This process adds a personal aspect to it. The broken stool has now become your broken stool. This personalised solution has become an expression of ingenuity and skill, giving a sense of ownership. The re-using and refashioning of things is not only a sustainable practice but also an economical one, since used or damaged objects are normally undervalued by the seller. Yet with a little imagination and basic workshop skills their hidden value will come to light. Some take their creativity further than simply reusing old or broken items. They use items that they find around them and combine them with other objects in a new setting _ such as the refashioned pendant lamps made of discarded glass globes found at the Birgu market, some inexpensive fittings and hand cut metal plates. 057

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Take a moment to adjust your perception of an object to see how you can re-craft or combine it with something else to give it a bit of a personal edge

The result is a decorative and eclectic pendant lamp at hardly any cost. Another example is the kitchen table, which was made by combining a discarded table base found at a local bring in site, together with a marble slab and a hob set into the surface. The timber floor and back splash on the same picture were made of recycled timber boards. Once used for the packaging of white goods, the boards were treated and reused to create a functional and striking result. If you are having a creative block, the Internet is awash with ideas, examples and inspiration for unexpected and often humorous solutions. You will find that a number of online communities and networks exist with their own specific focus. One of those is Up-Cycling, a term coined to define this type of creative reuse and refashioning of things rather than their recycling. These movements gained in popularity since the early nineties, reviving an age-old practice, which had been largely forgotten since the start of mass production and the quick availability of goods. We need to bear in mind that it is not about being cheap. It is about being resourceful, creative and different. If you go to the local markets, bazaars or bric-a-brac sales you often find items, which at first glance seem to have no real value. Take a moment to adjust your perception of one such object and see how you can re-craft or combine it with something else to give it a bit of a personal edge. So if you can pull yourself away from your smart phone or tablet, and are ready to get your hands a little dirty, you may find that with a little bit of creativity and initiative you can still surprise yourself.

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Lovers of Cole & Son’s wallpapers can look forward to a fresh take on designs that embody the glamorous 50s and 60s Golden Age of Couture period with the assemblage of flamingos, orchid blooms, palm fronds and bold geometrics. Price: €88 per roll. Retroforma, 81, Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2131 2173 / 9955 3581. www.retroforma.com

Isfahan Handmade Carpets are custom-made rugs to fit exact desired measurements. Customers can bring their own designs and requirements, and they’ll create the rug according to the specifications. There is also a vast range of designs in store to choose from and use as inspiration for new designs. The selection is available in standard sizes, with a variation of colours and patterns to choose from. Malta Rugs, 101, Triq Psaila, B’Kara. Tel: 2702 5702 / 9982 2866. info@maltarugs.com / www.maltarugs.com 061

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Parquet floor tiles in various formats and shades. (Available in stock.) Price: starting from €14 per square metre. Disegno Ceramica, Triq Dun Karm, B’Kara By-pass, Iklin. Tel: 2141 8775. disegnoceramica@mrcd.com.mt

German brand Knief free-standing bath tubs in a Lucite finish, available in white or black, including the click clack bath waste. Knief tubs are complete with a ten-year guarantee. Price: starting from €1,185. MRCD Ltd, Qormi. Tel: 2146 8770. Lija: 2141 3132. www.mrcd.com.mt

Sleek and simple Pots & Pans cookware collection, designed by Jasper Morrison for Alessi. Each piece in the series is made from 18/10 stainless steel with aluminium and steel heat-radiating base, and the bottom is double in order to spread out the heat. Price: starting from €45. Petrolea Showroom, Triq Il-Wied, Msida. Tel: 2123 4501. www.petroleamalta.com All types of garage doors, insulated sectional doors, gate remote control motors, and balcony railings. Kenneth Darmanin. Tel: 9947 4786. info@kennethdarmanin.com / www.kennethdarmanin.com

The new Fresco Chrome – cutting edge style and advanced functionality, designed for the modern family. The Fresco Chrome offers a three-position recline system, 360 degrees swivel and easy up/down height adjustment, and can be used from birth to school age. Price: starting from €410. Bloom from Rockababy (sole agents), 156/158, Triq Il-Kbira, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529. www.rockababymalta.com

Soft touch moulded bath accessories are available in lime, raspberry, grey, black and blue. Price: starting from €4.90. Gifts&More, Level 1, Topline Centre, Triq Sant’ Andrija, St. Andrew’s. Tel: 2137 2256. www.giftsandmore.com.mt

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New range of chrome suspended light fittings by One Light. Price: €85.97. VCT Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186 / 2143 2951.

Underfloor Heating Systems available in either water or electric systems with up to lifetime warranties. Clever Homes Ltd, Triq Testaferrata, Ta’Xbiex. Tel: 2132 4473 / 7949 6097. info@cleverhomes.com.mt / www.cleverhomes.com.mt

Environmentally aware, socially responsible and built on the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity, the Nkuku company creates products using recycled and natural materials through sustainable methods of production. La Coccinella, 65, Triq Il-Kbira, St. Julian’s. Tel: 2756 3031. Facebook.com/LaCoccinellaMalta

New range of chrome table lamps by One Light. Price: €85.97. VCT Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186 / 2143 2951.

For those that are tired of carrying their heavy washing basket to the dryer, this rotary dryer comes with smoothly turning arms, allowing users to work at leisure. The special Lift-O-Matic system adjusts the dryer to the ideal working height so users can put their wet washing in place and let the wind do the rest. Finishing Touches, Triq In-Naxxar, Lija. Tel: 21/2741 8750 / 7941 8750. www.finishingtouchesmalta.com

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Model MD088 is in chrome plexi glass and has a chrome suspension for that modern look. Price: €98. D Gypsum and Lights, Triq il-Palma, Paola. Tel: 2166 3636. www.dgypsumworks.com

‘Street’ by designer Jan Johansson – a symmetrical design with contrasting black details and hand-cut grid patterns resembling New York City’s notorious street network defines this luxurious crystal collection by ORREFORS. Price: Starting from €35. Wedding lists available. Raphael Azzopardi, 6, Triq L-Uqija, Ibrag. Tel: 2137 3812.

TRIAD is a modern pendant light fitting made from white silk-screened and orange glass, equipped to take an energy saving lamp. Price: €75. Spot On Supplies, 102, Triq Il-Palma, Paola. Tel: 2166 8880 / 7981 7777.

Rosenthal meets Versace with ‘Meandre D’Or’ – pure porcelain extravagance. A wide selection of dinner sets are in store, from plain and simple to more elaborate. Price: Starting from €49. Wedding gift lists available. Raphael Azzopardi, Ibrag. Tel: 2137 3812.

Oriental Treasures specialises in the importation of Chinese and Thai handmade home décor items including table lamps, statues, candle holders, vases and frames, with a range of hand carved teak sculptures for wall decorations. A large selection of over 300 oil paintings are also available on order. Price: Starting from €30. Oriental Treasures. Tel: 7906 5212 / 7972 9661. orientaltreasures@rocketmail.com / www.facebook.com/OrientalTreasures 067

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Having mould problems in the damp weather? HOMEWORKS brings you air-purifying plants that can help remove formaldehyde, mould and more… 1. Peace Lily Could be called the “cleanall.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mould spores. Also known to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene 2. Gerbera Daisy Removes benzene from the air, and they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night

3. Bamboo Palm Removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier 4. Snake Plant Absorbs nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde

6. Spider Plant Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air

5. Areca Palm One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness

THE EDIBLE BALCONY

BUTTERFLY BEAUTIFUL Attract colourful and vibrant butterflies to your garden with a specially designed wooden butterfly house. The wooden slots keep the birds out while giving butterflies protection from the wind and the weather. Find them at Piscopo Gardens, www.piscopogardens.com

The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces is a great book for those who want to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in small outdoor spaces. In The Edible Balcony, long-time urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows readers how to transform whatever space they have, from a balcony or rooftop to a window box, into a profusion of fresh, seasonal produce. A collection of practical advice and container projects, the book is a guide to creating attractive, responsible, and thoroughly rewarding small space gardens. www.amazon.co.uk

MANUTTI New to Malta’s outdoor terraces is the Manutti brand, a Belgian designer and manufacturer of elegant and exclusive outdoor furniture. Find it at LOFT. www.loft.com.mt

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Although living wall systems are still being widely experimented and success rate and maintenance requirements vary greatly, living walls certainly offer an opportunity to rethink where a garden can grow, especially where space is limited Words: Melina Scodanibbio

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he greening of walls has always been one of the basic elements of landscaping, with climbers and hanging plants softening facades as far back as the famous hanging Gardens of Babylon. With the advent of green walls the concept was, literally, taken to much higher levels. “Green walls” is the general term, which is divided into “Green Facades” and “Living walls”. Green facades generally consist of a 3D trellis structure, which supports climbing plants from the soil at the base, while living walls have the root system growing throughout the wall itself. The concept and benefits of living walls are similar to those of green roofs, and as these were being installed on ever steeper angles, experts were quick to realise that plants would have no problem adapting to a vertical situation. Living walls were the natural next step.

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The credit for the first living wall, created in Paris in 1988, goes to French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, who then went on to design some of the world’s most famous vertical gardens. With pressure to fulfil social and environmental demands rising, the technique quickly gained in popularity, placing itself at the leading edge of contemporary architecture. Green walls in fact make a lot of sense for many reasons, especially in crowded urban areas where concrete is dominant and space restricted. Vertical gardens provide architects, designers and planners with a tool to introduce some much needed greenery and beauty, improve air quality, cool the environment, and generally do wonders for human health and psychological wellbeing. The concept can be applied in almost any situation, indoors and outdoors, in residential and commercial sites, on any scale and in most climatic conditions. Measuring 1,263 square metres, the world’s largest living wall is currently in Milan. With over 44,000 plants, the wall reduces the shopping mall’s energy consumption, cooling it in summer and insulating it in winter. The plants also absorb noise, help to purify the air and neutralise some car emissions from the parking areas.

Living walls are self-sufficient plant compositions on a grid system, which are attached to the exterior or interior of a building, or can even be freestanding; the plant roots are watered and fed nutrients within the vertical support structure itself rather than from the ground

Essentially living walls are self-sufficient plant compositions on a grid system, which are attached to the exterior or interior of a building, or can even be freestanding; the plant roots are watered and fed nutrients within the vertical support structure itself rather than from the ground. Various systems are available, with the main difference being between soil based or hydroponics (soil-less) type methods. 071

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Green walls can allow you to grow your own herbs and vegetables when soil space is lacking Living walls improve air quality, cool the environment and do wonders for human health and psychological well-being Geotextile pockets, which hold a lightweight, moisture-retaining soil mix for the plants

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Design possibilities are endless and vertical gardens can be customised to any space. In a home or courtyard, even the smallest green wall installation will give character resembling a living artwork Modular systems consist of square or rectangular panels, cells or geotextile pockets, which hold a lightweight, moisture-retaining soil mix for the plants. These are then attached to mounting brackets on the vertical surface, leaving a gap, or breathing space, between the wall and the panels. Irrigation is provided at different levels along the wall, distributing water and fertilisers when necessary through gravity. In soil-less systems plants are inserted in felt panels containing a special growing medium, and then attached to a rigid waterproof backing and frame, which is connected to the wall. An irrigation system situated at the top of the panels distributes water with added nutrients to make up for the absence of soil through the felt layers. In modular systems the roots are confined to the cell or pocket, sometimes resulting in the cell frames still being visible, while in felt systems roots can continue growing freely through the medium, allowing for a more even effect. Many of these modular systems are available online for home use, although more complex installations would have to be professionally implemented. Design possibilities are endless and vertical gardens can be customised to any space. Panels can be inserted in a wall or faรงade like punctuation marks, and look especially striking in modern, monochrome settings. In a home or courtyard even the smallest green wall installation will give character, resembling a living artwork. Green walls can also be functional, allowing you to grow your own herbs and vegetables when soil space is lacking.

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The plants reduce commercial areas’ energy consumption by cooling in summer and insulating in winter, while also absorbing noise, helping purify air, and neutralizing some car emissions from the parking areas. Wall by French artist and botanist Peter Blanc, who created the first living wall in The world’s Paris in 1988. largest living wall on the side of the Il Fiordaliso shopping Centre in Milan. Designed by architect Francesco Bollani, the wall flourishes with 44,000 different plants and spans over 1,263 square metres

Amy Goldman made headlines when she planted a wall of lettuce at the Philadelphia International Flower Show; 9 feet high by 40 feet wide, the wall was made up of 6 varieties of lettuce, with a total of 3000 plants! A vertical, edible garden makes the most of limited space, is easy to access thus facilitating maintenance, and provides many wonderful additions to salads. Plant lettuce, cherry tomatoes, celery, herbs and include some edible flowers, such as pansies and nasturtiums for added colour and taste. As in a normal garden, the choice of plants depends largely on the aspect of the wall. Sun or shade loving plants are selected accordingly, with succulents being a very popular option for hot, sunny areas. Colours and textures can be mixed and matched to create tapestry-like effects.

AT A GLANCE: GREEN WALL BENEFITS

Improve air quality

Energy saving / Building insulation

Space saving

Decrease storm water runoff

Increase aesthetics and recreational green space

Increase psychological wellbeing

Increase sound insulation

Reduce the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI)

Increase property value

Valid marketing tool

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FOOD NEWS HW LA COCCINELLA Now open in St Julian’s, La Coccinella offers Ladybird Organic Products, amongst other favourite foods sourced from around the world. Gastronomers’ delights, such as organic chilli, olives, goji berries grown in Malta, as well as Italian-made organic pasta, oil and flour, amongst a variety of other food items are available. Also find Riedel crystal, Leopold household goods and Nkuku Eco fair trade homeware. Prima Luce wine made from organic grapes is on offer, as well as Snow Leopard Vodka, the profit from which goes to help the endangered species of the title. La Coccinella aims to commit to pesticide-free food and genuine farm produce. Future projects include making jam, different chutneys and many other organic products. www.facebook.com/LaCoccinellaMalta

PAINLESS PEELING Make the tedious task of peeling and crushing garlic easy. This bright and fun-to-use garlic peeler set includes a garlic cutter with 20 stainless steel blades. It’s virtually effortless to operate – by just turning the cutter sideways, the garlic will be chopped into little cubes. Find it at CoseCasa, www.facebook.com/ cosecasamalta

NOT A WINE BOTTLE Think it’s a bottle of wine? Think again! Peugeot have come up with a range of salt and pepper mills inspired by the shape of a wine bottle. These mills make for an interesting design whilst still promising quality, as all Peugeot mills carry a life-time guarantee on the mechanism. Find it at camilleriparismode, www.camilleriparismode.com

APPLIANCE POWER With a powerful 900W motor, the new BOSCH MUM 56340 mixer is a pretty sophisticated universal food processor. It features a multi motion drive arm with a special gearing and three drive positions for optimum power transmission. With an extensive range of accessories, it’s a highly versatile appliance. Find it at Oxford House, www.oxfordhouse.com.mt

DIVINE DRESSING For those that dig tasty salad dressing, the new kitchencraft Master class salad dressing emulsifier makes an art out of it. It has a push-button electric mini whisk and an acrylic salad dressing mixing bottle with three recipe and measurement levels printed on the outside. Find it at Gifts&More, www.giftsandmore.com.mt

PASYPHAE COLLECTION The striking new Pasyphae Collection is designed and made in France by Genevieve Lethu. Find it at Form, www.formltd.com

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Winter Fare Chef Mark Briffa from Venus Restaurant brings HOMEWORKS these delicious recipes to help keep cosy through these cold winter months. Bill Hermitage from Emmanuel Delicata Winery recommends the ideal wine matches Recipes: Chef Mark Briffa, Venus Restaurant Wine Recommendations: Bill Hermitage, Emmanuel Delicata Winery Photography: Tonio Lombardi Cutlery, crockery and wooden backdrop: CoseCasa

Ingredients (serves 2) 2 200g 2pc 60g 2pc

duck breasts potatoes globe artichokes peas star anise

50ml 100ml 200g 6pc 4g

red wine stock onions, chopped vine cherry tomatoes thyme

Method Sprinkle the duck breast’s fat side with salt and cook fat side down gently in a frying pan (serve pink).

Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and fresh ground pepper, and roast for five minutes.

For the potatoes, peel and cut into small cubes and boil until soft. Add the fresh thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper, then crush with a fork. Clean the artichokes and boil with some lemon and season accordingly. For the pea puree, boil the peas for a few minutes and then blend with salt and pepper.

For the jus, reduce the wine with the star anise then add the stock and reduce.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT 2011 MEDINA SYRAH – D.O.K. MALTA “Ripe, fruit driven, younger red wines with bags of fruit and soft tannins are nearly always a great pairing wine to drink with duck, especially when you have a fruit infused red wine reduction accompanying it as a jus. The ‘jamminess’ and vibrancy found in a good young red wine will help cut through any fatty flavours oozing from the duck skin and also pair up nicely with any acidity found in the cherry tomatoes. This Malta-grown Syrah is such a wine – it has no barrel maturation, just bags of clean, concentrated, ripe, hot climate, black fruit flavours.”

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JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE SOUP WITH THYME AND CRÈME FRECHE Ingredients (serves 2) 400g 50g knob 5g 4g 300ml 40ml

jerusalem artichokes onions butter garlic fresh thyme vegetable stock crème freche

Method Peel and wash the artichokes, then cut into small cubes. Cut the onions and garlic into small cubes and fry them with the knob of butter until soft. Add the artichokes and cook for a few minutes. Then add the thyme and the stock; cook until the artichokes are soft. Blend well and pass through a fine sieve. Season with salt and ground white pepper. Plate the soup and garnish with the crème freche and thyme on top.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT 2011 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE VIOGNIER - D.O.K. MALTA “Choosing a wine to accompany soup is never easy, as marrying up a liquid with a liquid can sometimes be problematic; and serving a separate wine with a soup dish can be quite extravagant as well, especially if it is served as an additional intermediate course. For this particular soup however, I would go for a very soft, fuller flavoured white wine with fairly low acidity and a nice clean (un-oaked) fruitiness to it. In reality, either a dry or a medium dry will probably go equally as well, but I have selected a dry version made from a grape variety with good weight, the Malta grown white grape Viognier. And if you are lucky enough to find a 2010 vintage bottle still out on the shop shelves it will probably be an even better match, as it would have softened nicely over the last year.”

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LEMON & CHOCOLATE CHEESE CAKE WITH KUMQUAT SYRUP Ingredients (serves 2) 300g

chocolate ch ip cookies

100g

butter

300g

cream cheese

40g

condensed milk

300g

lemon curd

6pc

kumquats

4pc

fresh cherries

Method For the base, blend the cookies with the melted butter and place flat in a mould, and leave to rest for half an hour. Whisk the cream cheese with the condensed milk, then add the lemon curd and whisk again. When it’s smooth, poor over the cookie mix and leave to set for four hours. Slice the kumquats in thin slices and boil for a few minutes. Remove the water and add fresh water together with a spoon of sugar and reduce until it becomes a thick syrup.Use fresh cherries and chocolate for garnish.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT 2010 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE MOSCATO – D.O.K. MALTA LIQUEUR WINE “A refreshing, clean lemony dessert with just a hint of delicious chocolate (depending on how much you use as a garnish) will require a rich, opulent sweet white wine to complement it. The combination of the sweetness of the wine, the tartness of the lemon, the richness of the chocolate and the tanginess of the kumquat syrup, leaves the palate with a delightful amalgamation of complementary flavours. My choice of dessert wine is made entirely from Malta-grown Moscato grapes that is very aromatic, but has sufficient weight and viscosity to complement the charm of this dish, without becoming cloying. As a result, it refreshes the palate, rather than adding to the dish’s overall sweetness.”

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ST VENERA

IKLIN

€60,000

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€174,000

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Job No.:

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DR EDWIN MINTOFF

November 2012

B.E.& A. (Hons.), Ph.D. (Newcastle), A.& C.E.

12/25 Strait Street. Valletta.

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AREA OF PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT (m²)

Under construction is this superb development centrally located and well planned specifically for first time 018something 12079get buyers and investors who are looking to at the best price possible. Layout offers combined open plans kitchen/living/dining, double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious balconies and much more. Various layouts to choose from. Price is inclusive of a 1-car lock up garage. LEVEL 2

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Tel: 00356 21 237401 Fax: 00356 21 230766 e-Mail: info@edwinmintoff.com

CHOOSE YOUR FINISH HIGHLY FINISHED LARGER THAN AVERAGE FANTASTIC RETURN VALUE FREE HOLD

BALZAN

€147,000

An elegant block situated close to all amenities in this up market residential area, larger than average consisting of 2 maisonettes, 6 apartments and 2 penthouses. Layouts are a spacious combination of a kitchen/living/dining area, 3-double bedrooms (main en suite) and sizable balconies/terraces. Being offered free hold, highly and fully finished, inclusive of the bathrooms and doors of choice.

New at finishing stage is this small block of only 3 units in a private road, planned into a 3-bedroom elevated ground floor maisonette, a 3-bedroom first floor apartment, and a stunningly spacious duplex 3-bedroom penthouse with large terraces. Layouts are in the form of an entrance to hall with a combined kitchen/living/dining area, the main bathroom, 3 bedrooms (main en suite), a large sunny back yard/ balcony/terrace. Being sold free hold, fully and highly finished, inclusive of bathrooms and doors of choice and optional underlying car spaces available.

MARSASKALA

€88,000

Situated close to all amenities and walking distance from the seafront is this new elegant block of apartments finished to high standards offering 2 and 3-bedroom maisonettes, apartments and penthouses. Layouts are in the form of an entrance hall, very large kitchen/lounge/dining areas leading to a spacious balcony sized to allow for a table and chairs, 2 or 3-bedrooms, a main bathroom and en suite. Offered free hold, fully and highly finished with optional underlying lock up garages.

Bilom Group, Victor Denaro Street Msida. Tel: 2132 2290 / 9922 0023 Email: josefcassano@bilomproperties.com / www.bilomgroup.com

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4 PJAZZA TIGNÉ

€534,000

12 PJAZZA TIGNÉ

No of Bedrooms: 2 Views: Pjazza Tigné Floor: 1st & 2nd Total area: 234m²

€405,000

No of Bedrooms: 1 Views: Pjazza Tigné Floor: 2nd Total area: 124m²

A flexible layout coupled with a prestigious address. This townhouse apartment benefits from a wide entrance hall and a spacious well-lit kitchen / sitting room with double-height ceiling, opening onto a 17 m² terrace overlooking the vibrant Pjazza Tigné. A separate dining room is tucked away on the right hand side of the entrance hall and could easily double up as a meeting room. A guest bathroom, utility room and generous storage areas complete this level. Bedrooms are accessed via a stunning designer staircase clad in oak. This leads to the master suite, walk-in-wardrobe and shower, a luxurious bathroom and the possibility of a well-lit study or second bedroom. Materials throughout have been limited primarily to a natural palette of fair-faced concrete and timber. This home also benefits from having its own private roof terrace.

A fair-faced concrete entrance hall leads onto a spacious open plan living /dining area flanked by a well-lit kitchen. The sunny living room leads onto a turfed indoor terrace separated from Pjazza Tigné by a large floor to ceiling glazed aperture.

Optional car parking spaces are available directly underneath the block.

Optional car parking spaces are available directly underneath the block.

Adjacent to this is a more intimate outdoor terrace that’ll comfortably seat six. The master suite – located on the opposite side of the entrance corridor – contrasts with the living area with its Bianco Carrara and Nero Marquina chequerboard marble floor, and includes a lavish freestanding bathtub positioned in the middle of the space. In the private shower room, each function is positioned within a dedicated niche, each lined with glossy black mosaics and Travertine covered with gold leaf. Owners also benefit from use of roof.

Tigné Point Marketing Ltd., Tel: +356 2065 5510 Email: info@midimalta.com Website: www.midimalta.com

SLIEMA

¤133,300

GHARGHUR

¤152,000

NEW DEVELOPMENT

NEW MAISONETTE

Apartments offered for sale finished with common parts completed including passenger elevator. The layout consists of a combined kitchen/dining/living room, 2 double bedrooms - one of which with ensuite shower, main bathroom, front and back balconies. Freehold. Ideal for rental investment.

NEW maisonette, offered for sale finished including bathrooms and internal doors. The layout comprises of a large kitchen/dining/living area, main bedroom with ensuite shower, two double bedrooms, bathroom and a good sized backyard. Complimenting this property is a one car interconnected garage. Freehold.

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uPVC timber aluminium uPVC/timber decking front doors skylights louvers

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reason to enjoy every season

For further information and quotes: AM PROJECTS t: +356 2137 4563 f: +356 2540 1145 m: +356 9928 4862 e: info@ampmalta.com

DECORATIVE FINISHES

TO ADVERTISE IN THIS SECTION PLEASE PHONE: 2133 9999 OR 99332224 OR EMAIL: Info@writeon.com.mt

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ADDRESS BOOK A-Z abitat, G.B. Buildings, Triq Watar, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2123 0982 / 2133 0978. info@abitat.com.mt / www.abitat.com.mt

Farrugia Lighting & Interiors. Triq Dun Karm Xerri, Iklin. Tel: 2141 9111. info@farrugia.com.mt / www.farrugia.com.mt

P.Cutajar & Co. Ltd, Capital Business Centre, Triq Taz-Zwejt, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 8466 / 2248 3400. info@pcutajar.com.mt / www.pcutajar.com.mt

Am Projects, 8, Triq il-Garra, Victoria Gardens, L-Ibrag. Tel: 2137 4563 / 9928 4862. info@ampmalta.com / www.ampmalta.com

FGP Ltd, 109. Triq Valletta, Luqa. Tel: 2166 7107 / 2167 5384. sales@fgp.com.mt / www.fgp.com.mt

Petrolea, Triq il-Wied ta’ L’Msida, Msida. Tel: 2144 4478 / 2144 5728. showroom@petroleamalta.com / www.petroleamalta.com.mt

Astral, Marina Court, Triq Abate Rigord, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2134 0562 / 2134 5522. info@astral.com.mt / www.astral.com.mt B&M Supplies Ltd, B&M House, By-Pass ta’ Birkirkara, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 0710. info@bmsupplies.com / www.bmsupplies.com BDI, Triq Pietru Felici, Qormi. Tel: 2149 1727/2. bdi@onvol.net / www.homesbybdi.com Biggie Best, Triq Tal-Balal, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880. info@biggiebestmalta.com / www.biggiebestmalta.com

Finishing Touches, Triq in-Naxxar, Lija. Tel: 21/2741 8750 / 7941 8750. www.finishingtouchesmalta.com Flamingo, Triq il-Kanun, Qormi. Tel: 2279 4216. sales@flamingo.com.mt / www.flamingo.com.mt Form Ltd, Triq il-Wied ta’ L’Msida, Msida. Tel: 2144 6000 / 2144 2535. info@form.com.mt / www.form.com.mt Gifts & More, Level 1,Topline Centre, Triq Sant Andrija, St. Andrews. Tel: 2137 2256. info@giftsandmore.com.mt / www.giftsandmore.com.mt

Piscopo Gardens, Triq Toni Camilleri, Burmarrad. Te: 2158 3755. info@piscopogardens.com / www.piscopogardens.com Portelli & Brincat, Triq Kukkanja, Santa Venera. Tel: 2148 8199 / 2148 2831. info@portelliandbrincat.com.mt Quadra, Triq il-Wied ta’ L-Msida, Msida. Tel: 2546 1000. info@quadra.com.mt / www.quadra.com.mt Raphael Azzopardi, 6, Triq il-Uqija, l-Ibrag, Swieqi. Tel: 2137 3812. info@raphaelazzopardi.com / www. raphaelazzopardi.com

GRF, Bellavista Court, Block B, Triq Bellavista, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 7378 / 7942 4422. info@grfmalta.com / www.grfmalta.com

Retroforma, 81, Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2131 2173. retroforma@yahoo.com / www.retroforma.com

Hydrolectric, Triq il-Kappillan Mifsud, Hamrun. Tel: 2124 1111. hydrolectric@hydrolectric.com.mt / www.hydrolectric.com.mt

Rockababy, 156/158, Triq il-Kbira, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529. info@rockababymalta. com / www.rockababymalta.com

Il Camino, 48/49, Triq Fleur De Lys, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 1689 / 7988 8999. ilcamino@go.net.mt / www.ilcamino.net

RPL Enterprises / Brabantia, 39, Emerald Bldg, Triq il- Gizmin, Swieqi. Tel: 2138 0415 / 9949 9066. rlautier@rplent.com / www.rplent.com

Joinwell, Triq il-Mithna, Qormi. Tel: 2278 2000. info@joinwell.com.mt / www.joinwell.com.mt

Satariano, 122, Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 2149. www.satariano.com

Kenneth Darmanin Ltd, Triq Joseph L Zerafa, Zurrieq. Tel: 9947 4786. info@kennethdarmanin.com / www.kennethdarmanin.com

Seamless Ltd, 4, Triq Guze Duca, Qormi. Tel: 2144 0404 / 7940 0404. sales@seamless.com.mt / www.seamless.com.mt

La Coccinella, 65, Triq il-Kbira, San Giljan. Tel: 2756 3031.

Shaker Ltd, Triq il-Gibjun, San Gwann. www.shaker.com.mt

Carmelo Delia (Est. 1890), Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2388 9200 / 2147 2882. info@carmelodelia.com / www.bigbon.com

Light Design Solutions, Triq Emmanuel Schembri, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 6843. info@lds.com.mt / www.lds.com.mt

Spot On Supplies Ltd, Triq il-Palmi, Paola. Tel: 2166 8880 / 7981 7777. info@spotonmalta.com / www.spotonmalta.com

Casanova, Triq San Tumas, Luqa. Tel: 2180 0214. info@casanova.com.mt / www.casanova.com.mt

Little Luxuries, 128, Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2701 9131. info@littleluxuries.com.mt / www.littleluxuries.com.mt

Stem Interiors, 14, Triq Hughes Halliet, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019. steminteriors@yahoo.co.uk

Bilom Properties, Triq Victor Denaro, Msida. Tel: 2132 2290 / 9922 0023. josefcassano@bilomproperties.com / www.bilomgroup.com Blueline Bathrooms & Ceramics, Halmann Showrom, Triq in-Naxxar, Lija. Tel: 2131 6432 / 2131 6435. sales@blueline.com.mt / www.blueline.com.mt BOV, BOV Centre, 58, Triq il-Kanun, Santa Venera. Tel: 2131 2020. customercare@bov.com / www.bov.com Brighter Solutions, 2/3, Triq Tal-Balal, Gharghur. Tel: 2142 4750. info@brightersolutions.com.mt / www.ledmalta.com.mt camilleriparismode, 54, Triq Santa Katarina, Rabat. Tel: 2010 2030. info@camilleriparismode. com / www.camilleriparismode.com

Clever Homes, Triq Testaferrata, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2132 4473 / 7949 6097. info@cleverhomes. com.mt / www.cleverhomes.com.mt Colours & More Paint Centre, Triq it-Torri, Swatar, B’Kara. Tel: 2134 6637. Cose Casa, Triq it-Tliet Knejjes, Hal Balzan. Tel: 2144 7672 / 2144 7673. info@cosecasa.com / www.cosecasa.com Creations Omni, Triq L’Mdina, Attard. Tel: 2141 1541 / 2141 7616. info@creationsomni.com / www.creationsomni.com D’Ambrogio Gypsum & Lights, Tel: 7905 2100. dambrogios@yahoo.com / www.dgypsumworks. com

LOFT, Triq San Pawl, Naxxar. Tel: 2099 9966. info@loft.com.mt / www.loft.com.mt

The Atrium, Homemate, Bypass ta’ L’ Mriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt

M.Demajo Timbers Ltd, Misrah iz-Zebbug, Qormi. Tel: 2148 7078. asfournier@demajo.com / www.demajotimbers.com

The Rug Company, Area F, Blue Harbour Business Centre, Ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2132 4990. www.therugcompany.com

Malta Rugs, 101, Triq Psaila, B’Kara. Tel: 2702 5702 / 9982 2866. info@maltarugs.com / www. maltarugs.com

Tigne Point, Sliema. Tel: 2065 6510. www.tignepoint.com

MRCD LTD, Triq Karmenu Camilleri, Qormi. Tel: 2146 8770. info@mrcd.com.mt / www.mrcd.com.mt Next Home, Triq Bisazza, Sliema. Tel: 2134 4156. slmbisazza@nextmalta.com.mt

Decorium, 190, Triq in-Naxxar, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 9224 / 9943 3900. info@decorium.com.mt / www.decorium.com.mt

Ok Limited, Triq Rue D’Argens, Gzira. Tel: 2134 3865/6. info@okhome.com.mt / www.ok.com.mt

E-Property, ‘Elbros’ Triq L-Industrija, Kirkop. Tel: 2124 9999, ext. 126, 7933 3325. sales@e-property.com.mt / www.e-property.com.mt

One Two One Interiors, Vjal il-Wiehed U Ghoxrin ta’ Settembru, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Ix-Xatt ta’ Qui Si Sana, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. www.onetwoone.eu

Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd, The Winery on the Waterfront, Paola. Tel: 2182 5199/ 7982 5199. info@delicata.com / www.delicata.com ESS Ltd, Electrical Supplies & Services Ltd. ESS Building, Triq San Gwakkin, Mriehel. Tel: 2125 5777 /  2125 5888. info@ess.com.mt / www.ess. com.m

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Oriental Treasures, Tel: 7906 3212 / 7972 9661. orientaltreasures@rocketmail.com / www.facebook.com/OrientalTreasures

Tower Aluminium Ltd, Tower Bldgs, Triq Gharram, Zebbug. Tel: 2146 5156. info@toweraluminium.com / www.toweraluminium.com Treasure Antiques, 149, Triq id-Duluri, Hamrun. Tel: 2123 1673 / 9945 6526. info@ tresureantiquesmalta.com / www.treasureantiquesmalta.com VCT Light & Design Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571. info@vct.com.mt / www.vct.com.mt Venus Restaurant,Triq il-Pijunieri, Bugibba. Tel: 2157 1604. jmgera@go.net.mt Windsor, Triq L’Indipendenza, Mosta. Tel: 2701 0282. cucine@windsormalta.com / www.windsormalta.com info@virocinternational.com / www.virocinternational.com

Oxford House, Triq Notabile, Mriehel. Tel: 2546 4000. info@oxfordhouse.com.mt / www.oxfordhouse.com.mt

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