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DÉCOR & DESIGN 14 Flooring & Rugs: natural warmth 28 Curtains: practical diversity 40 Wallpapers: infinite charm 48 Outdoor: stylish comfort 56 Lighting: enhanced ambiences 64 High-Tech: cinema-level television 66 Lounging: chic enjoyment 78 Heating: winter efficiency 80 Bathrooms: dramatic transformations 88 Storage: clutter-free spaces 90 Cushions & Fabrics: playful textures 94 Bed Linen: blissful evenings 102 Kitchens: social relaxation

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE 130 A La Carte: fine dining with a touch of style 134 Wine Notes: Georgia’s qvevri traditions 136 Child Psychology: preparing for kindergarten 138 Health & Beauty: mastering dreams

106 Tableware: classic settings

140 Medical Minutes: visionary breakthroughs

112 Globally Green: latest eco trends

142 Travel: alpine seclusion in Austria

114 First Person: business insights

144 Motoring: Aston Martin Valkyrie

118 Property & Design Showcase: dream homes

146 Art & Culture: original creativity and complexity

NEWS & EVENTS 150 Festive review of inaugurations, anniversaries and celebrations 158 Bulletin of companies, organisations and people in the headlines 162 The Final Word: specialist expatriate advice from leading experts


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A new year has arrived and with it some cool new lifestyle philosophies to help us through the next 12 months. In 2015 it was “hygge”, a Danish word roughly translating as “cosiness” and meaning “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people”; and last year “lagom”, a Swedish virtue that encourages us to embrace personal enjoyment and individual contentment while also retaining a healthy lifestyle and helping to foster group harmony – including in décor and design. Now, the latest news is that “jakos to bedzie” and “còsagach” are what we need to adopt as two of our guiding principles through 2018. In Poland, the concept of “jakos to bedzie” is essentially about “acting without worrying about the consequences – about reaching for the impossible, taking risks and not being afraid”. Of course, we would never advocate irresponsible behaviour when it comes to a home makeover or, especially, a comprehensive refurbishment involving tools and other sharp objects, but we are drawn to the idea of thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries when revamping our living spaces or simply adding some new furniture in a favourite corner of the home. Also identified as a top lifestyle trend for 2018, “còsagach” is based on an old Scottish word for “feeling snug, sheltered and warm”, according to Visit Scotland who, understandably, are suggesting people visit their popular areas to get away from it all. We are certainly not going to dissent from that respectable view but we feel bound to add that, when it comes to enjoying one of the world’s most coveted lifestyles, in a warm, healthy, cosy and sociable destination, southern Spain will be near the top – or even number one – on many people’s lists. With that comforting thought in mind, this first issue of 2018 is full of both cutting-edge and classic ideas to give our homes a stylish and functional touch this year. As there tends to be a bit of a nip in the air during January and February, we have placed a special emphasis on creating inviting havens where winter days (and most nights) can still be enjoyed outdoors when entertaining friends, relaxing with the family or stealing a quiet moment alone with our thoughts for another enriching year.


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Rugs add warmth and ambience to a room and - with Mediterranean homes often having marble, tiled or stone floors - they are a must for a bit of comfort underfoot, especially during the winter months. Whether your rug is a statement piece, a practicality, or both, there is something for everyone. Rugs can really give a room an uplift, often even instantly making it feel more welcoming. If a room has plain and neutral colours, a splash of colour from a rug can give it a new lease of life.


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The Parquet Tetragon rug by Gan is made from 100 per cent wool and is reversible. Its geometric pattern draws in the eye, making this design a real showstopper. Available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (

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Missoni Home’s Nordic Fantasy collection is inspired by the icy tones and pure vibrant colours of the Sami traditions. The design depicts flowers, berries, leaves and dandelions that play and dilate in a game of botanical allegories. Missoni Home’s fabrics also cover the seating and cushions shown here in this photo. Missoni Home is available from Femont Galvan ( and Vertigo ( both situated in the Marbella Club.


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Above Nanimarquina’s Manuscrit range was inspired and designed by Joaquim Ruiz Millet, who began a novel that took him 10 years to finish. During this time, a page from the unpublished manuscript gave him inspiration to create the rug. Nanimarquina is available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club ( and Gastón y Daniela on Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella ( Opposite Page Above The geometric design of the Labyrinth rug by Serge Lesage gives it an eye-catching look, making it an artistic design statement in itself. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Below The contemporary Maori flatwoven rug by Creatuft is highlighted by attractive brown edging. Available from Gastón y Daniela in Marbella (


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Above Left The Atmosphere rug from Limited Edition’s Cozy range is chunky and inviting – and makes an ideal winter rug. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Above Right The Santafiora Azure rug by Designers Guild has a striped design with soft blue colour tones that merge into mustard yellow and grey. It combines a silky tencel and viscose yarn to create a lustrous sheen and a soft but hard-wearing pile. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (, Casasola Decor near Torre Real (www.casasoladecor. com), UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, and Estuco Interiors ( and Siesta Interior Design (, both situated in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía. Right A soft, structured flooring range by Bolon, the Silence plays with light and features three-dimensional effects. Available from Gastón y Daniela in Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella (


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The Scala range by Romo, shown here in indigo, is made from 100 per cent wool and features a contemporary stepped chevron design on a rich and deep pile. Romo is available from Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Casasola DĂŠcor near Torre Real (www.casasoladecor. com), Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva AndalucĂ­a (


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Fabulous Floors Above These handmade cement tiles are 20 centimetres by 20 centimetres. Also known as encaustic tiles, their inspiration comes from traditional Moroccan tile – and they almost seem like works of art. They come in a wide range of different colours and designs and have natural insulating properties to keep surfaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Available from Zoco Home in Centro Idea in Mijas ( Right Quick-Step parquet floors offer authentic character and texture with a high-quality finishing. They feature a patented Uniclic Multifit click system which makes them easy and quick to install. Available from Decodan Interiores in Estepona (


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Curtains & Window Solutions



Windows ideally should be complemented with a curtain, blind or shutter to finish off the look. Your windows allow you to see the great outdoors so give them some love and frame them with a window solution. Curtains offer cosiness, texture and warmth, providing as much importance to the design of the room as the furniture items. Blinds use much less fabric than curtains but also offer practicality and a design statement, coming in a wide range of designs and materials.


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Opposite Page Casamance’s Ubud fabric range, shown here in Orange Brulée and fuschia, is from their Kebaya Collection, offers a warm and vibrant colour palette, and comes in three attractive colour variations. Casamance is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, Casasola Décor near Torre Real ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( This Page Above Mainly made from cotton and polyester, the Potenza range by Kobe comes in 40 different attractive colours. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona ( Left The Festival fabric from Iliv’s Highgrove Forest range comes in various colours and is made from 58 per cent viscose and 42 per cent polyester. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (


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Above Equipo DRT’s sheer curtains allow you to enjoy the light and view outside without the harshness of direct sunlight intruding. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Casasola Décor near Torre Real ( and Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcántara ( Below Camengo’s Agapanthe sheers are ideal to create a light and airy look for a room, and they come in a variety of delicate pastel and contemporary shades. Camengo is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Casasola Décor near Torre Real ( Opposite Page The Latifee range by JAB Anstoetz combines modern with traditional in its design. The fabric has an eye-catching shimmer effect. Available from Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcántara (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Estuco in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Casasola Décor near Torre Real (


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The Dalie Papaveri Tulipani range by Dedar features an abstract floral design and is made up of special woven effects such as yarn floats and fil coupĂŠ which recreate the effect of a reverse jacquard fabric. Dedar is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara (


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Above The vertical wave blinds by Silent Gliss are a fresh take on the classic vertical blind system. The waves are a series of laser-cut vertical blinds highlighted by an attractive contemporary look. Available from Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcรกntara ( Below The Qbox by Mottura is adjustable with a chain and also a motorised system. You can remove the blind for washing and remount it with ease; and it can be installed from the ceiling and the wall. Available from Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcรกntara (


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The Eterna curtain fabric by CrĂŠation Baumann features rectangles that appear like ribbons hanging in the air. The hand-finished panel is first embroidered and then cut, and the non-woven fabric has a similar feel to paper. Available from Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Arte’s Flamant Les Memoires wallpaper range depicts bamboo leaves and comes in a range of different colours. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (www. and Casasola DÊcor near Torre Real (


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There seems to be no end to the possibilities when it comes to wallpaper – with infinite designs and textures available at our fingertips. These days wallpapers are not just limited to indoor walls but they have also taken over the ceiling, furniture and even exterior walls. Last year we saw a growing trend of wallpaper designs depicting plants, flowers and animals, and this is set to continue in 2018. Matt and metallic finishes are also becoming increasingly popular. Home & Lifestyle Magazine is pleased to show you a selection of the many collections available on the Coast at the moment…

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This Page Casamance’s Galanga Herbe range from the Sankara collection has a wonderfully serene design, giving the room an earthy, natural feel. Casamance is available from Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Casasola Décor near Torre Real ( Opposite Page Above Left The Castellani wallpaper collection by Designers Guild features a simple and contemporary design that is ideal for a Mediterranean home. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (, Casasola Decor near Torre Real (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, and Estuco Interiors ( and Siesta Interior Design (, both situated in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía. Above Right The Mural Cochin range by Tres Tintas is from the Silk Road collection. The design features Arab influences that combine depictions of wildlife and plants. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Villa 25 in Urb. España en La Mano between El Rosario and Elviria ( Below Left The elegant Jaipur range by Zoffany is highlighted by Indian influences and has a timeless look that will suit any room. Zoffany is available from Gastón y Daniela in Marbella ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Below Right The Controvento range by Élitis draws its inspiration from the Italian Riviera. The rich purple is striking and will give any wall an opulent look. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, and Siesta Interior Design ( and Estuco Interiors (, both situated in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía.


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Above The charming Les Dessins 3 wallpaper collection by Pierre Frey is striking and elegant. The wild plants and monkeys that appear all over this wallpaper give it a fun yet sophisticated look. Available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Gastón y Daniela on Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella ( Below The Avenue collection by Omexco is refined and indulgent, with intense and shimmering colours. Available from Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Casasola Decor near Torre Real (, Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Gaston y Daniela in Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella ( and UDesign on the Ronda Road ( Opposite Page Osborne & Little’s Fanfare wallpaper from their Matthew Williamson range is gloriously bold and draws attention. Shown here with the Sirius cushion, also from Osborne & Little, it is available from Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Casasola Decor near Torre Real (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (


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The Esprit wallpaper from Wall & Deco’s Wet System range was designed by Debonademeo. It comes in three different colour variations and is water resistant – so ideal for a bathroom. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( 46 JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2018

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Outdoor Furniture

Above This aluminium dining set by Hartman is lightweight and contemporary – ideal for a Mediterranean terrace or patio area. Available from De Tropen in Vélez-Málaga ( Below The chic Air range by Manutti is made from a powder-coated stainless-steel frame and an Iroko wooden top for both the bench and dining table. Available from Acoola in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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Dining Fine

The Na Xemena was designed by Ramón Esteve for Gandia Blasco to make the outdoor living space an extension of the indoors – and featured here is an example of how this outdoor range also fits perfectly inside a home. Available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara ( HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Outdoor Furniture

STYLISH OUTDOOR HEATING The EcoSmart bioethanol XL900 burner is one of their most popular models as it has a long flame and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Its long rectangular shape offers a contemporary clean look, and it comes as brushed stainless steel or in a black satin finish. Available from Outdoor Concepts by the Boulevard in San Pedro de Alcรกntara ( and Acoola in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcรกntara (


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Outdoor Furniture

The Heatsail Dome electric patio heater offers warmth and comfort when you want to brave the outdoors on colder days. This stylish electric patio heater features a contemporary design and is highly energy-efficient, using cutting-edge infrared heating technology. It warms within a five-metre diameter and is available as either a cantilever or pendant heater, with the optional extra of Bluetooth music. Its heat settings and built-in lamp are easily adjusted with a remote control. Available from Acoola in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcรกntara ( and Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcรกntara (


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Brightening Up Your Winter One major element that enhances the ambience of your home is lighting. The positioning and type of illumination you choose is extremely important in order to create the perfect atmosphere. The lighting you use for one room will not necessarily be suitable for another room in your house, so functionality and respect for the room’s existing decoration have to be considered. The lighting industry is a fast-moving market due to driving new technology so it is important to do adequate research to find the best lighting solution to suit your home.


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Axolight’s Alysoid suspension lamp comes in various sizes and is made from an anthracite grey aluminium frame and small chains that come in black polished nickel or natural brass. The light is also accompanied by a built-in dimmable LED light source. Axolight is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Magyk in C/Lagasca in San Pedro de Alcåntara (

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Above The Patera globe pendant lamp by Louis Poulsen allows light to filter out in all directions. The geometric design of the lamp was made with 3D programs and various physical models to help create the perfect angles for the emission of light. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( Below Left The Monkey Lamp by Seletti comes in several variations and is sure to be a talking point in any room. Seletti is available from Magyk in San Pedro de Alcรกntara ( and UDesign on the Ronda Road ( Below Right The innovative new Carla floor light by Carpyen is a lamp and a side table built into one. Its design is simplistic but with a cutting-edge concept. Carpyen is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Magyk in San Pedro de Alcรกntara (


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The HAN wall lamp from Faro is a highly decorative indirect lighting fixture that also serves as a coat hanger. It emits a warm light and is perfect for a hallway. Available from Estuco in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucia (, Casasola DĂŠcor near Torre Real ( and UDesign in San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara (


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This Page The adjustable Swing pendant lamp has a unique counterweight system available in black chrome or glossy white. The hanging cotton strands make a dramatic design statement and come in black, carmine red, sage green, light grey, violet, brown and flax. Fambuena is available from Casasola Décor near Torre Real (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Opposite Page Above The Simon Says collection is a new member of the Mino Range by Aqua Gallery. The range comes in various colours and is made up of silk over a polycarbonate board that is lit up using energy saving CFL bulbs on a wooden back board. Available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club ( Below The Mudec restaurant combines tradition and innovation in its cuisine – also translated to its design and lighting. Different hues of white were the main design focus for the restaurant, and Catellani & Smith’s Light Stick lamps were chosen to create a harmonious balance of light and shade, enhancing the beauty of the simplistic white décor. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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The FollowMe lamp by Marset was ground-breaking when launched, opening up a new path in the world of lighting and offering portability, illumination and warmth. Now Marset is launching another version of this range, which is larger and with higher power, called the FollowMe Plus. It can be used as a table or desk lamp and even as a floor lamp. The handy oak handle makes it easy to carry, and the LED technology has a tilting polycarbonate screen that provides a soft warm light – suitable for reading. There is a three-position dimmer that allows you to control the strength of the light, and a useful micro USB cable for easy charging. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and C. de Negocios Oasis in Marbella (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Siesta Interior Design ( and Estuco Interiors (, both situated in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía.


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When Bigger

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If you are a telly addict then the new Samsung S9 85-inch television is a must-have. It offers ultra-high definition picture quality which is similar to the imagery of a cinema. Its black frame allows you to tilt the screen to your ideal eye level and is a real design statement. Samsung is available from TD Sat & Sound in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara and the Marmorin Design Center on the Golden Mile (


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Whether you love bold colours or more neutral tones in your living room, the main priorities are comfort with style. Keeping your living room uncluttered with good quality furniture that will last the test of time is money well spent – and ensures years of enjoyment. A token signature chair is always a great design statement, and good storage and table placement keeps the room tidy and organised.


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MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE The Solo sofa by B&B Italia has a die-cast aluminium frame to support the deep seat and back which also acts as an armrest. The cushions are freely placed upon the sofa. The Metropolitan armchair and Harry ottoman are the perfect accompaniment to this bold and eye-catching sofa. B&B Italia is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (

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Above The dark blue Glacier sofa by Artelore is made from velvet, with matching lounge armchairs. All the tables, mirror and shelving shown here are stainless steel and glass, which is testament to how dark blue and metallics work so well together. Available from Casasola DĂŠcor near Torre Real ( and Siesta Interior Design ( Below The Tailor sofa by Alivar has large cushions that are titled to offer comfort and support. It comes in a range of different sizes and corner and end sections, and also as a chaise longue, daybed and footstool. The structure is made from wood with a polyurethane rubber coating and sterilised down quilting, and the base comprises lacquered solid oak or walnut with a steel frame. It comes in a variety of colours, and in fabric or leather. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Vertigo ( in the Marbella Club.


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Lounging The Yvan armchair from Chelini’s contemporary collection features an outstanding design that will stand proud in any room. The soft grey upholstery gives this chair its resplendent appearance, while the wide seating offers exceptional comfort. Available from Casasola DÊcor near Torre Real (


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Opposite Page Above Left The Crystal Lounge by Glas Italia is made up of modular sofas and armrests in very light transparent glass. The cushions are fluffy and removable, and come in various colours. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, and Femont Galvan ( and Vertigo (, both situated in the Marbella Club. Above Right The Lune sofa by Fritz Hansen moulds around the body and offers superlative comfort. The seat is upholstered with a cotton-linen fabric mix and the cushions have four layers of materials with a top one of duck and goose feathers. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( Below Left The D156.3 armchair by Molteni was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. The strong lines on this chair give it an impressive dimensional appearance, while its orange cushioning adds a pop of vibrant colour. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara ( Below Right The Balboa three-seater sofa by DFS Furniture in tan leather has large cushions and soft edges, offering the ultimate in comfort and style. DFS is situated in Parque Comercial Miramar in Mijas Costa ( This Page Industry professionals are excited about BoConcept’s new Ottawa modular sofa created by award-winning designer Karim Rashid. One of the most creative designers of his generation, Rashid invites you to mix-and-match and customize your living space with this versatile furniture piece. Available from BoConcept on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella (


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Above The Butterfly Chair from Cuero Design, with its natural sheepskin, is a large cosy chair which is naturally tanned. It is ecological and durable, and made from 12-millimetre solid Swedish steel and floor protectors. Available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva AndalucĂ­a ( Below AP Collection celebrate childhood toys and the rabbit with their Bunny chair. The New Zealand sheepskin on the back of the chair gives it an even cosier feel. Available from Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva AndalucĂ­a (


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Above Left Tonin Casa designed the Truly square poufs, which are padded with expanded polystyrene pearls for comfort and functionality. There are two sizes, both covered in ecoleather and now in a pinstriped fabric and a pied-de-poule. Tonin Casa is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (www.femontgalvan. com), Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and UDesign on the Ronda Road ( Above Right Gan’s Ruff pouf is designed like origami, which gives it its appealing look. Gan is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Below Left The Circus poufs from Normann Copenhagen are made from velour and come in a wide range of fun colours. Available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Below Right The Kilt pouf by Flexteam has a timeless design and can be used as a bench. Available from Estuco Interiors ( and Siesta Interior Design (, both situated in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía. Opposite Page Inspired by a water droplet, the Dew ottoman was designed by Nendo for Moroso. The geometric shapes give it a striking optical effect. Moroso is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, and Femont Galvan ( and Vertigo (, both situated in the Marbella Club.


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All Fired Up

This Winter

EcoSmart’s Firebox 1000SS is a fusion of functionality and avant-garde design. It can be integrated easily into any room setting and is bolstered by toughened glass. It comes in stainless steel or black and its bioethanol flame means that it burns cleanly with good fuel efficiency. Available from Acoola in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Outdoor Concepts near the Boulevard in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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Bathroom Trends Bathrooms have been dramatically transformed over the years. Now they are not just rooms for our personal hygiene but also a place of sanctuary where we can relax. Once a room that lacked warmth and personality, the bathroom is now adorned with furniture, wallpaper, lighting and technology. We look at some design ideas…

The ultimate in luxury is Villeroy & Boch’s Squaro Prestige bathroom range with individual, hand-fitted wood veneers surrounding the Quaryl® bathtub – a prize-winning bath design offering sophistication and beauty. The Octagon pedestal washbasin, with its mocha finish and dark chestnut surface, combines perfectly with the Squaro Prestige range. Villeroy & Boch is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita (


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Above Left Dornbracht’s Tara range is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional design. The black really makes a statement, especially in a white room - giving it dynamic contrast. Available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella ( and Proinco in Estepona and Marbella ( Above Right This rectangular sink by Fiora is contemporary in its design, with a useful built-in towel rail. Available from Mercasur in Estepona ( Below Left The Step B wall-mounted towel rail by IRSAP has a sleek and elegant design, offering the ultimate luxury for your bathroom. Available from Eco House in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcåntara (www.marbellahousegroup. ru) and Proinco in Estepona and Marbella ( Below Right L Cube furniture from Duravit features handle-less drawers and comes in a wide range of colours and finishes. Available from Mercasur in Pol. Ind. Estepona ( and Puya ( in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella.


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The Simi shower tray by Bathco comes in two colours, black and cream. The range combines stone with wood to give it a contemporary look. Bathco is available from Proinco in Marbella and Estepona ( and Mercasur in Estepona (


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GLORIOUS RAIN… Dornbracht have brought out a shower that feels like natural raindrops are falling from the sky onto your skin – offering an invigorating and therapeutic experience. They have a wide range of shower fittings for rain showers with an overhead spray, body spray and rain curtain. Dornbracht is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella ( and Proinco in Marbella and Estepona (


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Savvy Storage Keeping the home clutter-free is good for the mind and the soul, and is made much easier when you have good storage systems that cater for your exact living requirements. We look at a few options that are available on the Coast‌


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Opposite Page Nordal’s Nature wardrobe cabinet comes with a built-in mirror, and its rustic look gives it added aesthetic appeal. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( This Page Above Left Make the most of your builtin storage space with floor-to-ceiling wardrobes. If the room is plain with neutral colours, your wardrobe doors can be made a feature with a vibrant design or colour. Available from Todo Madera in Estepona ( Above Right Lema’s Hangar walk-in wardrobe was designed by Piero Lissoni with the aim of steering away from raw functionality and instead creating a beautiful personal space. Hangar is tailor-made and designed to store every kind of personal object individually in its own area. The warmth of the wood and reflections from the glass give this system its aesthetic charm. Lema is available from Femont Galvan ( and Vertigo (, both situated in the Marbella Club. Left This contemporary and unique shelving unit by Angel Cerdá is made from lacquered MDF and stainless steel. Available from Casasola Décor near Torre Real (


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Cushion Heaven

Cushions add a great accent to a room, so seek out your favourite fabric and go wild with playful combinations of colour and texture.

Colefax and Fowler’s new Byram linen collection features a wide selection of contemporary plain neutrals that will suit the design of any room. Available from Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Gastón y Daniela in Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella (


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Above Left The Casanova fabric range by Clarke & Clarke comes in 25 beautiful colours, so there is something to suit any taste. Clarke & Clarke is available from Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (www., Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (, Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Casasola Decor near Torre Real ( Above Right The Numero 22 collection by Le Lievre is a playful medley of geometric shapes, chromatic depth and soft materials. Available from Gastón y Daniela in Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella ( Below Left Mixing and matching these Moroccan-style cushions creates a playful look. Available from Zoco Home in Centro Idea on the Mijas Road ( Below Right The Lorentz range by Black Edition is a large collection of upholstery weaves highlighted by contemporary textures, geometric patterns and shimmery finishes. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (


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Cosy Up For Winter Jacqueline Roberts discovers the world of décor is as hot as ever during the winter months.

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So, Christmas is over, the presents are done, the food has been eaten and there are months to wait until the summer. If it all seems a bit gloomy, don’t despair as this is the best time of year to get your home in order. Whether you’re looking for a stylish cave in which to hibernate or plan to update your entire space and emerge like a butterfly in spring, we’ve got some fabulous ideas to spruce up your home this winter. For colour inspiration, look at hues like mulberry, burnt orange, ochre, forest green and midnight blue. Looking for something a bit more neutral? Then seek out greys in tones of winter morning mists and dark smoke. If block colour doesn’t float your boat, then this winter animals are definitely in with badgers, owls, deer and hedgehogs featuring heavily on wallpapers and fabrics. Alternatively, the summer trend of lush palms and foliage has continued with some stunning feature walls. The winter is all about snuggling down and, like it or loathe it, real fur is back in a big way – über-luxurious Tibetan lamb, shaved rabbit and goat skin all featured heavily in the September shows as well as plenty of excellent faux fur in cushions, throws, poufs, beanbags and rugs. Knitted accessories scream winter, and this season bolder styles such as huge chunky cable-knits have been replacing demure weaves. Nothing provides that air of indulgence quite like velvets – think of sumptuous, pooling curtains and Arabian night-style floor cushions. Chilly winter nights need warmth and there is nothing quite like curling up in front of a real fire or alternatively a log burner. It doesn’t take much to make a feature of

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a fireplace – an attractive fireguard and a gorgeous wicker basket for your logs and already your source of warmth becomes a source of aesthetic beauty as well. Rugs are definitely the way to go in winter, and if you have gone for a neutral colour palette then you can really let go when choosing a rug. This season sees some gorgeous, textured rugs as well as a welcome return of ethnic styles such as superb pure wool carpets from Morocco, India and Pakistan. Of course, here on the Costa del Sol, we are lucky enough to still enjoy our outdoor spaces but, when the warming sun drops behind the horizon, the temperatures can plummet. That doesn’t mean you have to rush indoors though. Your terrace can become an extension of your home, even in winter, with some clever thinking. Firstly, a heat source – there are some excellent gas burners out there, some of which are stylish to boot. Or opt for a real fire with a firepit or bowl and place seating around it. Some lovely lanterns, chairs or poufs lined with soft sheepskins, throws to snuggle under… and suddenly your outside space is a winter wonderland. Sitting under a starry sky, glass of mulled wine in hand, surrounded by some good company and you’ll forget its even winter! Tela Bella Avda. José Martín Méndez 37, Estepona Tel. (+34) 952 794 883 / 630 041 040 / /


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Bedding Delight For A Blissful Night

Now that our nights are colder, our bedding is more important than ever. When choosing bed linen, cotton is generally the most-preferred fabric for sheets as it allows your skin to breathe whilst being soft to the touch and highly durable. There are artificial fabrics that are very soft to the touch and more economical but do not have the breathability that cotton does. Softness and good quality cotton have extra-long fibres (long-staple fibres) and are usually Egyptian, SupimaÂŽ and pima cotton. We often hear about thread-count, which refers to the number of threads that are weaved both horizontally and vertically per square inch. Softer cotton is usually representative of a higher threadcount and will be longer-lasting. Sateen is a blend of cotton and satin weave which has a soft and lustrous feel, while Percale is crisp and durable with a plain weave and a thread count of over 180. Combed cotton, as its name suggests, has been combed, leaving long fibres which are strong yet soft. The Santinia throwover bedspread by King of Cotton features a contemporary and timeless design. It is made from 100 per cent pure Portuguese cotton and is available in white, ivory and mink. It is machinewashable and can also be tumble-dried on a low heat. King of Cotton is situated in Centro Comercial La Colonia in San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara (


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Above Lexington’s bed linen is of the highest quality. Their classic poplin pillowcase has a fresh feel, made from 100 per cent poplin cotton in a refreshing white and blue striped design and with Lexington’s rubber button closure. It is shown here with the American sheet made from luxurious 100 per cent percale cotton and their Star bedspread, which is a stonewashed heavy quality cotton with a quilted look that adds a cosy look to your bedroom. Available from Villa 25 in Urb. España en La Mano between El Rosario and Elviria ( Above Right Georg Jensen Damask’s Facet is a chic bedding range that shouts luxury and classic style. Made from 100 per cent Egyptian cotton, the soft-blue collection is fresh and natural with a Scandinavian feel. Available from Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Right This fabric range by Sahco is ideal for a classic winter style. Sahco offer heavy fabrics with fringing and sumptuous colours to add a cosy look and feel to your bed. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Estuco Interiors in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (


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The AndalucĂ­a Mulberry range by Iliv was inspired by forests and nature, and adds a tranquil look toyour bedroom. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (


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Above French fabric company Lissoy have a wonderful range of bed linen with buttoned pillowcases that come in an array of contemporary, earthy and muted colours. This high-quality, timeless bed linen range is available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcåntara ( Below Beaumont & Brown’s Latte bed linen collection is 100 per cent mercerised long staple Percale cotton with a 400 thread-count. The sateen finish gives it a luxurious look. Available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (


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Established in 1995 in the United Kingdom, King of Cotton is known for dressing some of the most luxurious hotels in the world with the finest bed & bathroom linens. Our main target is to bring the lush linen from big hotels to end users who desire to feel like they are in a luxury 5 star hotel while being at home.

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Majestic Kitchens Kitchens need to be functional but at the same time we want them to have some style. Now that kitchens have become a more popular room, where you not only cook but also socialise and relax, their design has become more ergonomic – with better storage solutions and technology.


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Main Photo The Time range by Arredo 3 features both glossy and matt finishes, with many different compositions to allow for personalisation. A stunning kitchen range to suit a designconscious cook. Available from Decodan Interiores in Estepona ( Above Right The Alma hood by Blanco is simplistic in its design and has LED lighting and a glass covering. The filter is positioned in the centre for optimal functionality and visual aesthetics. Blanco is available from Decodan Interiores ( and Mercasur (, both situated in Estepona. Below Right The Smeg toaster and kettle features an iconic 1950s retro style. Available from Mercasur ( and Decodan Interiores (, both situated in Estepona.


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The Iconic White range from Silestone is sleek and contemporary. Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw and highly durable materials, making it ideal for surfaces such as kitchen countertops, flooring and walls. Its non-porous surface makes it resistant to staining from everyday products. Silestone is available from Casasola DĂŠcor near Torre Real (, and Decodan Interiores ( and Mercasur (, both situated in Estepona.


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Chic Tableware Giving your table setting the wow factor needs to be well thought out. Whether you go for a playful look or you prefer a more classic table setting, invest in good tableware that will never fail to impress your dinner guests and will last the test of time. Opposite Page This colourful tableware by Villeroy & Boch is one of their contemporary ranges – perfect for a Mediterranean look. Available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita ( Above For a luxurious table-setting, the Alchimie range by L’Objet is sure to dazzle your dinner guests. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (www. Left Muubs has a wide range of tableware that is casual and earthy. Muubs is available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and UDesign on the Ronda Road (


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Created as a bowl and candleholder, By Lassen’s Kubus range is minimalist yet makes a chic design statement. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella (


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Above Left This luxurious tableware by Bernardaud combines innovation with craftsmanship, creativity and heritage. Available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club ( Above Right These glass carafs and jars by Serax have a copper strip surrounding their circumference, to add a touch of glamour to the range. Serax is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Estuco in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Below Left Zoco Home’s delightful ceramic range is handmade, providing each piece with its individual character. Situated in Centro Idea on the Mijas Road ( Below Right Guaxs handcraft their glass and tableware, which are made to last using the highest quality and sustainable materials. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Magyk in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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ecotrends Gardens

Indoor Goodness CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOUSE PLANTS As we are in a colder season now, I thought we should look at the myriad of opportunities to obtain beautiful house plants. Decorative, useful and easy to take care of, they bring a lot of good into our homes. Do think about where you want to put them. Some plants cannot stand draughty spots, others less sun and so on. This is very important to ensure you get the most out of the flowers and plants. As with outside plants, containers, soil and knowing when and how much to water or not is important. From succulents, which I love as they are so easy to take care of, to standing plants, what a variety we have to choose from. Succulents prefer bright light, such as found on a south-facing window. Watch the leaves for indications that the light level is correct, as some species will scorch if suddenly exposed to direct sunlight. The leaves will turn brown or white as the plant bleaches out and the soft tissues are destroyed. Alternatively, an under-lit succulent will begin to stretch, with an elongated stem and widely spaced leaves. This condition is known as etoliation, When this happens, the solution is to provide better light and prune the plant back to its original shape. Ideally, succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70F and about 85F and night-time temperatures between 50F and 55F. Aloe Vera growing in small pots look lovely on a window sill, for example, and are very practical. Proper Watering Succulents should be watered generously in the summer. The potting mix should be allowed to dry between watering, but do not under-water. During the winter, when the plants go dormant, cut watering back to once every other month. Overwatering and ensuing plant rot is the single most common cause of plant failure. Be aware that an over-watered succulent might at first plump up and look very healthy. However, the cause of death may have already set in underground, with rot spreading upward from the root system. A succulent should never be allowed to sit in water. As for other plants, also be careful never to over-water. They might look plump and attractive but soon the plants will lose their leaves, turn brown and yellow and look lifeless.

Some great flowers to plant for their ease are: Peace Lily The easy-care peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) tolerates low humidity and low light. Its glossy, lance-shape leaves tip arching stems that surround the central flower spikes. English Ivy This versatile foliage plant’s dainty demeanour makes it suitable for hanging baskets or pots. It’s among the best houseplants for training on topiary forms or using as a ground cover beneath larger house plants. Place English Ivy (Hedera helix) on a mantel or shelf where the stems can hang down. The stems can grow quite long but are easily controlled with pruning. Tradescantia The trailing stems of tradescantias (Tradescantia spp.) change direction slightly at each node, giving the plant a zigzag look. Grow in mixed baskets, hanging baskets or as a ground cover under larger houseplants. African Violet African violets are among the easiest to grow flowering house plants. They bloom year-round with little effort. Choose from hundreds of varieties and forms, some with variegated foliage or ruffled or white-edged blooms. African violets like warm conditions and filtered sunlight. Avoid getting water on the fuzzy leaves; cold water causes unsightly brown spots. Jasmine There are many types of jasmine. Many-flowered jasmine (J. polyanthum, pictured) and Arabian jasmine (J. sambac) are two of the easiest to grow; just give them plenty of light and moisture. They’ll all bear fragrant pink to white blooms on vining plants. Geranium Several types of geraniums are grown as house plants. Regal or Martha Washington geranium (pictured) has the largest, showiest blooms, but requires cool growing conditions. These are a just few of the hundreds you can choose from. Have a great time growing and enjoying them in all their glory.

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First Person


A Gastronomic Oasis Combining Air, Earth, Fire and Water

Interview with Rodolfo Jacobson (González & Jacobson) and Mathieu Lèbre (Lema Paisajes)

It is very possible that you have noticed the huge construction site at the opening of Puerto Banús with the eye-catching banner simply emblazoned with the word, “Breathe”. It has created quite a stir with the locals, many of whom are wondering what is going to be the result of all this activity taking place behind the intriguing banner.


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Home & Lifestyle Magazine caught up with two key professionals involved with the project – leading architect, Rodolfo Jacobson (who has a string of prestigious projects as part of his portfolio, such as Hotel Río Real and Michelin-star restaurant El Lago, to name but a few) and Dom3 prize winner and landscape architect Mathieu Lèbre – to find out more about this ground-breaking project… The brainchild of Marbella real estate entrepreneur Aguilene Benicio McNab, Breathe is an immense and unique project offering a gastronomic experience that has never been seen before in Marbella. The project, planned to be completed this summer, harmoniously combines earth, air, fire and water all around the building to create an idyllic natural oasis for the enjoyment of diners. González & Jacobson were picked as the architects for the project due to their meticulous attention to detail and their project management skills; while Lema Paisajes were hired for Mathieu’s ability to take on large projects and his excellent reputation in the marketplace. Architect Rodolfo comments, “Breathe is spread over three levels with three levels below ground allocated for car parking. On the ground floor, there will be a cafeteria, on the expansive first floor a restaurant and large outdoor garden, and on the top floor a sky bar. Our vision is to provide a lush and eco-friendly environment that breathes life, and evokes emotions and positive feelings – something completely different to anything you have seen on the Costa del Sol.” Mathieu adds, “There will be natural vegetation everywhere, which will consume plenty of carbon dioxide while making the air feel fresh and clean. There will also be a hanging garden and large planted trees, as well as one of the largest vertical gardens on the Costa del Sol. Sustainability plays an extremely important role in the design, which is why we are going to use hydroponic fertilisers that require much less water than normal soil, and fewer pesticides. Another way to conserve water was how we chose the species of plants – they were carefully selected so that they are not big water drinkers. We have also taken measures to recycle water by installing an underground water tank that collects rainwater and rejected water from the reverse osmosis plant, which will then be treated and used to irrigate the plants.” Another interesting aspect to Breathe’s dedication to sustainability is their own geothermal energy system. Thanks to 12x120-metre-deep holes drilled into the ground underneath the building, the system will create an environmentally-

friendly heating and cooling system. Geothermal energy is a renewable source that is much more efficient than electrical energy and even air-source heating/ cooling systems. Another way to conserve energy is in the use of special glass and walls to isolate the restaurant so that the temperature is more easily maintained. The restaurant will be both east and west facing, so in summer crosswind ventilation will keep the restaurant cool naturally, reducing the use of electrical appliances. For the winter months, fireplaces have been designed to give a natural ambience, and the under-floor heating powered by the geothermal system will provide additional cosiness. Water will be a big feature at Breathe, with several different installations. Water will be lit up with LED lights, combined with fire installations and cascaded down steps where visitors can sit and relax. To conclude… Breathe will be a micro-environment in itself, providing a new green area in Puerto Banús that uses the latest in ecologically-friendly and sustainable practices while offering a contemporary and tranquil area for dining, socialising and enjoying a drink.   For more information about Breathe, go to  or email


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Home Whisperer and

Holistic Real Estate Agent Interview with A.H.F. (Toon) Roijers. Heart 4 Homes

What is the basic concept behind Heart 4 Homes? In the late 1980s I switched from being a lawyer in the Netherlands to being an estate agent for a considerable period of time. I owned my own certified real estate agency and also served on the national board of NVM (the leading Dutch branch organisation of real estate agents and appraisers). I founded Heart 4 Homes in 2016. In addition to and during my job as an estate agent, I became aware of my spiritual gifts which I have been developing and applying ever since, in service of my clients over the last 16 years. I noticed that the radiance levels surrounding us have increased tremendously over the last few decades, which greatly impacts our home lives, as well as our general well-being. I studied all over the world and have developed the expertise and competence that allows me to apply my spiritual powers to the day-to-day business of being an estate agent, and to combine those two in my new company Heart 4 Homes. That is why I am now able to help people to find a home which energetically suits them the best. In addition, I can help people who have difficulties in selling their properties. What services do you offer? As a home whisperer and holistic real estate agent with my company Heart 4 Homes I help people to find their perfect home in and around Marbella and on the island of Mallorca. I also help people who want to sell their property, and especially when they encounter difficulties in the process of selling. Can you explain how you work? Although I have both feet on the ground I am very aware of the existence of an intangible reality. Therefore Heart 4 Homes takes a holistic approach towards housing. I have seen that in many exotic cultures new houses are officially inaugurated before their new inhabitants can be fully welcome. In our modern western and down-to-earth society, we don’t do that sort of thing anymore. We tend to think that a house is just a house. However, there is more between heaven and earth. Consider, for instance, the level of radiance in the house, or the presence of old or new energies, which may be invisible but can still be sensed.

Heart4Homes specialises in feeling and discovering such energy, determining its location, then neutralising it. It’s a fairly unique method, which allows us to determine whether or not a home suits you – also energy-wise. In addition, we provide all the traditional services you would expect from a customer-oriented and highly professional estate agency. It is because of this special combination of services that we at Heart 4 Homes are able to give our clients the best possible help finding their perfect home. Our search therefore starts with a full assessment of the client’s personality and wishes. Only then do we start looking for suitable houses available on the market. By focussing on the client’s interests, requirements and personalities we can find a home that really suits them. That is what we mean with “Holistic Search”: we always look at the full picture where the client’s personality is the decisive factor. Your new home must suit the client, and vice versa; the client must be suited to their new home as well. During the welcome assessment we discuss all the client’s personal requirements and practical concerns. This will serve as a basis for their profile, because everyone has different ideas on what constitutes a good living arrangement. We believe that houses should express matters such as beauty, passion and happiness. These are all matters of the heart, and therefore constitute an integral part of your profile. We at Heart 4 Homes are only fully satisfied when the client is. What can your clients expect when working with you? Our clients can expect a personal-orientated, heart-driven approach which will result in finding a home they have always dreamed of. After moving in, the client will feel immediately at home because the house will suit like a glove on each and every level. If a client initially experienced difficulties in selling their property they can expect Heart 4 Homes to look into it fully, discover what conditions are withholding a quick sale, remove those conditions or obstacles and take care of the further process of selling the property. Heart 4 Homes Tel. (+34) 617 778 227 / (+31) 653 99 66 17 /


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All-New Casasola Décor Has Arrived! Photos by: Johnny Gates


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Casasola Décor, previously known as Casasola Muebles, is a family business established on the Costa del Sol for over three decades. They started out as humble carpenters in Campillos and now have a flourishing and well-known Marbella interior design showroom by the Torre Real exit. At the end of last year, Casasola changed their corporate image to give it a more contemporary and international look. Director Cati Casasola Benitez comments, “We wanted to let people know that we are an all-round design showroom and not just a furniture store. We find that our customers, especially those who have very little time on their hands, really appreciate our turnkey projects as we do all the work for them, taking away the stress. “We make a project a reality because not only do we provide furniture, but we help with the other details such as hanging curtains, carrying out renovations, organising decorative paintings, handling paperwork and coordinating all the workers on the project so that everything comes together seamlessly.”

Casasola Décor is a busy showroom that is constantly changing to adapt to latest trends in the marketplace. “This year we will visit the international fairs,” says Cati, “as we are constantly looking for new products, not only in design and quality, but also at varying prices so that we have something to offer everyone, no matter what the budget is.” Another interesting new facet to their business is the launch of an online store where you can purchase products and receive free help and advice from a seasoned interior design professional.   Open 9.30am to 7.00pm from Monday to Friday; Saturdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  Ctra. Cádiz-Málaga, Km 184.5 (mountain side on the slip road straight after the Torre Real exit) Tel. (+34) 952 772 758 /


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Property Showcase


Transforming Dreams Into Reality

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Originally from northern Spain, Otero Group have over 60 years of experience building family homes. During their long and renowned history, they have projected and/or built more than 3.000 houses. “For us they are like our children,” says Rubén Otero and the third-generation members of the family company – who established the business in Marbella eight years ago. The Otero Group have a team of international experts from the world of design, architecture, construction, marketing and law, so this group of professionals can offer a broad spectrum of talents and experience from all over the globe – all now coming together in their head office in Marbella. Otero Group are currently involved in the development of more than 40 different projects on the Costa del Sol, with a wide range of clients from different geographical points in the world. “Above all else, our customers value having a single point of contact and liability with Otero Group, covering the entire constructive chain – from architecture, building and refurbishment to sales and marketing.” Otero Group offer a three-step plan to help clients create their new villa:

1. LOCATING THE IDEAL PLOT “First we have a chat to get to know each other, and after meticulous preparation we will know your needs and preferences about the area and type of house. Then we will offer you a selection of plots. Of course, we expect that you will also look for yourself, and in this case we will advise you about the price or urban conditions of these plots.” 2. DESIGNING A BESPOKE VILLA “Once the plot is found, we will draw up a free bespoke house design according to your directions and tastes. This will benefit the plot typology and fit the urban requirements. As we offer bespoke designs, we will always be able to design a house in line with your budget. Forget overpriced standard projects.” 3. CONSTRUCTION IN ONLY 10 MONTHS “With the design approved, we will then manage your licence, taxes and insurances, and build your house with the highest quality materials and finishes – always with a closed under-contract quotation. We develop turnkey projects, so when we finish you will receive the keys to your new house and not have to worry about anything else.”


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FEATURED ON THESE PAGES ARE THREE OF OTERO GROUP’S LATEST PROJECTS… Los Almendros 360 (€2,950,000) The Los Almendros 360 concept was inspired by both contemporary and classical traditional Andalucian styles that work together in perfect balance. The property is highlighted by a privileged location (10 minutes Benahavís / eight minutes Puerto Banús / 13 minutes Marbella) – with exceptional views. The three levels of this villa are accessible through its imperial stairs as well as a modern elevator. The addition of traditional roofs and a recreation of an open Andalucian patio, culminating in orange trees and a wine cellar, create a cosy and spacious environment in the interior of the house.  South-facing, the home offers full 360-degree panoramic views from southern Europe to northern Africa, capturing Gibraltar and Morocco in the same photograph.  Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6  Living Area: 1,049 m2  Total Built: 1,220 m2  Plot: 3,960 m2

Los Almendros 360

Los Almendros 360

Los Almendros 360

La Alqueria 6 (€1,390,000) The design of La Alqueria 6 villa is unique and contemporary, with its stunning architecture maintaining harmony with the natural environment. The elegance, balance and proportions of the property work together to create a perfect design and architecture that is like art. It is close to the Coast’s finest golf courses ( five minutes Benahavís / 10 minutes Puerto Banús / 14 minutes Marbella), is set on two south-west-facing levels, features a two-level glass swimming pool, and offers sea and golf views.  Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5  Total Built: 681.81 m2  Plot: 1.251 m2  Living Area: 238.80 m2  Bel Air Thai (€950,000) Inspired by the warmth of Thai creativity and the practicality of contemporary style, this is the ideal place to find peace, privacy and luxury in perfect harmony with the surroundings – and close to all kinds of services (13 minutes Estepona / eight minutes Puerto Banús / 15 minutes Marbella). South-facing and offering stunning sea views, the villa is set on one level and built with five metres of free-standing heights in the common areas. The swimming pool is the heart of the property and connects the main villa with the guest house. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5  Total Built: 460.60 m2  Plot: 1,409 m2  Total Living Area: 182.3 m2 / Main House: 146.55 m2 / Guest House: 35.75 m2 Blvd. Principe Alfonso Hohenlohe, Urb. La Carolina 36-B, Marbella Tel. (+34) 951 569 722 /

Bel Air Thai

Bel Air Thai

Bel Air Thai


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Property Showcase

How ARK Creates Experiences on

The Costa del Sol

Photos: Charly Simon

The ARK team has one mission: to create experiences that transcend through each of our projects, becoming a masterpiece that people can enjoy. In this article we would like to show you what makes us different as a team during the process of creating a villa on the Costa del Sol. There are many key factors that contribute to success along the design journey. On the one hand, an enthusiastic team and on the other hand, high-quality suppliers. It does not only consist of designing a house: it is about landscaping, furnishing and a mix of elements in order to create a home, a sanctuary. This is the reason why all elements of the project are designed by us, and we keep an eye on each stage. In addition, as a result of our awareness about energy consumption and the carbon footprint, we consider it our duty to build houses in a sustainable way using the resources provided by an amazing location such as the Costa del Sol. Besides, technology has made houses smarter and has facilitated people’s lives. Also, we want to promote both the energy-saving culture and design innovation for domotic homes. That is why we believe that this tandem is essential in order to offer a complete experience. For us it is meaningful not only to build, but also to reflect our customer’s identity in each detail. We conceive our projects as an extension of our customers in order to reflect their tastes and thoughts, because we know how to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Our customers confide in us thanks to our strong background – more than 30 years of experience – in the luxury sector. Our work proves that art and spirituality are experiences that can be materialised through architecture and design.

RECENT EXAMPLES Villa Mozart Imposing volumes emerge on a plot in the hills of the prestigious Sierra Blanca urbanisation in Marbella. Winning views of the Mediterranean Sea are one of the special features of this picture-perfect villa. A state-of-the-art living sculpture where appealing geometry meets undeniable sophistication, resulting in a masterfully crafted house. Scrupulously focused on elegance and functionality, the villa’s overall aesthetics have an outstanding individual character. Purity and unexpected contrasts, fine materials and intricate details create the personality of this home. Cosy and intimate spaces become open and airy thank to the floor-to-ceiling windowed living areas. White concrete walls formalise the spaces, always with stone accents re-covering fireplaces or TV walls. The ground floor is highlighted by a magnificent entrance hall, with twin staircases to the first level and to the basement, and opening onto a spacious living room with access to a covered terrace with stairs leading to the garden and pool. Next to this living room is a huge kitchen, the dining area and an auxiliary sitting area. On the first floor is the master bedroom with a private terrace. In addition, a further two bedroom suites with dressing rooms and private bathrooms are located on this level. The basement level features a professional gym, wine cellar, games and chill-out room, sauna and steam room, home cinema, three to four-car garage and staff apartment.


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The other special feature of this architectural piece is the swimming pool on the roof floor, which blends with the horizon, creating an awesome place to contemplate the captivating surrounding landscape and Mediterranean Sea. Villa Agora The idea behind Villa Ágora started with the goal of creating a major space to resolve the necessities and relationships of its inhabitants. The house is located in the prestigious Sotogrande (Cádiz province) area and is abstracted from its nearby environment thanks to natural barriers which provide the inhabitants with a high level of privacy. A luxury house projected with a vanguard style and extremely depurated volumes that allude to the white Mediterranean architecture. The main façade is linked to the garden through some asymmetrically composed volumes, and it features a spectacular covered porch that allows people to pursue most of their daily routines outside. In front of it there is a fabulous pool that looks like a water sheet integrated into the landscape. Peace and calm flow together inside the building. Every space creates an ambience designed with the same aesthetics. There is nothing left to randomness and every element contributes to comfort and warmth. Heaven 11 – La Zagaleta This stunning modern villa, located in the hills of La Zagaleta, sets the bar even higher for luxury residences on the Costa del Sol. Essentialised architecture, a review and exploration of historic archetypes and classicist principles adapted to the times and needs of contemporary life… The outcome is a modern and elegant masterpiece with exceptional panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains from every corner. This is the result of wide openings towards the sea from its main elevation, in contrast to the privacy provided by the rest of the facades, including the house’s entrance. Occupying a 5,000 square metre plot just below the top ridge of the prestigious La Zagaleta estate in Benahavís, Heaven 11 has a built area of over 2,300 square metres on three levels, plus an additional 330 square metres of terraces. The entry level features a dramatic hallway, with twin staircases and lift, opening onto a huge living room with uninterrupted views to the sea. Adjacent there is a second sitting room, dining room and kitchen. An open floor plan enhances the airy feeling and the loft impression. There are also two en-suite rooms on the main floor. Luxury finishes magnify each room. Upstairs, the palatial master bedroom has its own living room, dressing area and

elegant bathroom. Downstairs, there is a state-of-the-art entertainment floor, with bar and lounge area, indoor infinity pool, cinema, gym, wine cellar, office and enough garage space for a car collection. The extensive gardens are fully landscaped with Mediterranean species and the terrace by the outdoor pool and jacuzzi has a chill-out and barbecue area at hand. El Africano The majestic elegance of this villa located in Sotogrande is accentuated by an imposing composition of pure volumes, which are deliberately closed in three of their faces in order to provide privacy to the house, while opening expansively towards the garden and the landscape. Up-to-date aesthetics based on classicist postulates create a perfect balance between tradition and modernity, and an exclusive contemporary dimension. The layout of the project, specially designed for a Mediterranean lifestyle, enables the house to be opened up and “breath” day and night, and allows people to be “inside while being outside”, thank to the massive and pillar-clear covered terraces. The outside of the house is clearly defined by horizontal lines and great roof extensions that frame the façade with pure and depurated shapes. The light reflects the whites and transmits calm and serenity. Inside, the large crystal façades enable the house to become flooded with comfortable light that enters perfectly controlled by the horizontal volumes of the balconies. This duality balances the relationship between the inside and the outside of the house. ARK Arquitectos C.C. Sotomarket, Of. 3, 11310 Sotogrande. Tel. 670 340 865 / 670 342 347 /


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INNOVATIVE SHOW FLAT WITH CONTEMPORARY SHADE SOLUTIONS Acoola and Arte Del Lusso Join Forces Acoola, formerly known as Tip Top Shade, are experts in the world of innovative luxury shade solutions for your outdoor living space. Since Belgian entrepreneur Didier Dewyn took over the company two years ago, Acoola has quickly diversified and expanded, venturing into the world of complementary outdoor items such as outdoor furniture and fireplaces. When Didier met Svetlana Dimitrova from Arte del Lusso, it made excellent sense that they would form a working partnership. Arte del Lusso offer shade solutions for inside the home – from curtains and blinds to skylight systems – so between the two companies they collaboratively offer a wide range of contemporary shade solutions for the entire home, inside and out.   Didier decided that the best way to highlight their products, and demonstrate how they can come together harmoniously within the home, would be to set up a show flat. This would help clients better visualise how the products look, and see for themselves how the systems work in a real home setting. The show flat itself is set up in the hills in the Selwo area, just 10 minutes from the coast. The overall look of the show flat is extremely welcoming, with a chic contemporary design filled with cutting-edge brands that all complement each other perfectly. You will find Manutti’s Moon Island lounge furniture, Acoola shade sails, camo nets, a HeatSail Dome infrared heater that doubles-up as a lamp, chic dining furniture by Ego Paris, an outdoor floor standing lamp by Royal Botania, the famous OFYR fire pit, which also serves as a barbecue, innovative vertical blinds by Création Baumann and Silent Gliss, sheer curtains, an EcoSmart bioethanol fireplace… the list goes on.  If you would like to know more about any aspect of the show flat, visit Svetlana in the Arte del Lusso showroom at the bottom of Calle Lagasca (by BBVA) in San Pedro de Alcántara (; or Didier at the Acoola showroom situated in Calle Luxemburgo in Polígono Industrial San Pedro Alcántara (


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Creating Integrated Designer


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What brought you into this industry? I was born in Argentina, grew up in Italy from four years of age, and I’ve been living in Spain – now my home – for the past 12 years. My great passions include travel, family and new technologies. At a professional level, I graduated with an economics degree because I really like the world of business, and I’m passionate about design and décor, my profession. I began my professional adventure in 2006, selling wardrobes and dressing rooms in a 60 square metre showroom. Thanks to an opportunity I had with a kitchen manufacturer, and the area where I live and work, Estepona, today I am proud to be able to offer high-quality products and top service through Decodan Interiores, my company.

What are your key products and services? Decodan has evolved a great deal over the past few years. I began doing everything: quotes, measurements, supplier orders, installations, handing over the completed project, and thanks to that I know my business and clientele very well. I make a strong effort every day to be a better professional, and I am excited by the fact that every project, space and client is completely different – which is a wonderful challenge. The fact that people open their doors to me to fulfil their little dream, decorating their home, is a fantastic responsibility that I take on with great enthusiasm. I aim to transform projects in accordance with their individual requirements and preferences, as we all appreciate that it will last a long time, and my objective is


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to work responsibly and professionally so that clients know they have chosen the right company, Decodan Interiores. We currently have a 180 square metre showroom dedicated to kitchens, wardrobes, dressing rooms, doors, parquet floors and made-to-measure furniture, with a 300 square metre workshop with our own factory plant, and we also work with the market’s leading manufacturers. Drawing on your own experience on the Costa del Sol, what are the main products that people are currently seeking to decorate their homes? At Decodan Interiores, we always follow latest market trends, especially in the kitchen sector. We attend the main national and international fairs, which enables us to offer cutting-edge products to our clients. We have noted that 90 per cent of orders feature modern and minimalist design trends, pure lines and no embossing. The other 10 per cent of clients are particularly fond of classic and rustic styles. Our ongoing desire is that our products are almost “eternal” and that clients can enjoy them as if it were the first day. Then, when they call us again, it is because they need to change their ambience and incorporate new trends. The most important thing is that, whatever they choose, we always offer the support of brands with renowned international prestige, which means we can provide excellent products at competitive prices – all with our finest service. We consider each satisfied client to be an achievement for us. We offer the best

guarantees possible, that of a top team of professionals with extensive experience, and a five-year guarantee where possible, because whenever a client comes to us we aim to resolve any minor incident at no cost. In conclusion, why should a client opt for Decodan? We have been passionate about design and décor for many years, and our company’s significant evolution and great capacity is reflected in the work we do for our clients which, in our honest opinion, is of a high quality. When commissioning Decodan it will be clear from the first moment that we pay meticulous attention to our area of expertise, we have an excellent team, we want our clients to feel comfortable, we view and outline their projects as precisely as possible, and we aim to provide them with everything we can to convert their dreams into reality. We love decoration, and we plan to continue in this field for many more years, offering responsibility, honesty and professionalism. Decodan Interiores Avda. Juan Carlos I, Nº 52, Parque Central Local 4, Estepona Tel./Fax: (+34) 952 808 640


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SLOW COOKED BEEF CHEEK WITH BEETROOT AND A PARSNIP PURÉE INGREDIENTS FOR 4 PEOPLE For beef cheek: 1 kg beef cheeks (4 large or 6 small) 1 onion, roughly diced 1 celery stalk, roughly diced 1 carrot, roughly diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 6 stems of fresh thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 2 stems of fresh rosemary 500 ml beef stock 250 ml red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot) 1 tbsp. of tomato pure Salt Black pepper For beetroot: 4 large raw beetroots Sea salt For parsnip purée: 4 large parsnips 300 ml milk 1 or 2 tbsp. virgin olive oil Sea salt and white pepper Garnish: Mushrooms or chanterelles Shallots Watercress

INTRUCTIONS Prepare the beef cheeks: cut off any large, fatty pieces. Use the salt and black pepper to season the beef all over. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based pan (or casserole dish with a lid if you are baking or pot if you are cooking on the stove) over high heat. Sear the beef cheeks on each side until nicely brown. If your pan is not large enough, work in batches rather than crowding the pan. Remove the beef cheeks onto a plate, and loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Turn down the heat to medium high and heat a few drops of olive oil. Add garlic, onion and carrots. Sauté for three minutes until onion is becoming translucent, then add the celery and sauté for a further three minutes. Then add the bay leaf and the rosemary. Add one tablespoon of tomato purée in the mixture and give it a good heat. Add the red wine and beef stock to the mixture and place the beef cheeks back in the pan. Let the beef cheeks simmer in the sauce for about five hours. You can check if they are ready by pinching a pointy knife in the beef check. If they slide off the knife without forcing it, they are perfect. Make sure that the beef cheeks are always under the liquid; otherwise they dry out. When the beef cheeks are ready, carefully take them out of the sauce and place them on a tray to let them cool down. Pour the sauce through a sieve in a pan and reduce the sauce until it thickens. For the purée, peel the skin off the parsnips, and cut them into even pieces. Cook the parsnips in the milk and a pinch of salt. When they are done, pour the parsnips and water through a sieve, and save the cooking liquid. Put the cooked parsnips in a food processor and add the cooking liquid bit by bit until you have a smooth purée that is not thick any more. Press the puree one last time through a sieve with a sauce spoon, to be sure there are no more lumps in the puree.


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Baked Beetroot 1. Put the sea salt on an oven tray and place the washed raw beetroot on top of it. 2. Bake in oven on 180 degrees Celsius until they are nicely cooked. 3. Remove the dried skin from the beetroot. 4. Cut in four to five pieces 5. Marinate with a splash of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. 6. Heat for serving. Clean the mushrooms/chanterelles with a brush. Heat a pan with a bit of butter then fry a finely diced shallot without colouring. Add the mushrooms/chanterelles and bake in butter. Add a few finely chopped parsley leaves in there. SERVING Make sure everything is warm and ready to serve. Take a big tablespoon and place the parsnip purĂŠe on a side of the plate. Then with the back of the spoon scrape it to the other end of the plate (see picture). This is where you build your dish. Add two or three slices of the beef cheeks that you have seared on both sides on top of the purĂŠe. Then you can place the beetroot and the chanterelles in between and on top of the meat. Pour a bit of the sauce there and around. Garnish with leaves of watercress. Bon apetit! Castillo de Monda Calle Villeta 6, Monda. Tel. (+34) 952 459 836.

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Having gained a reputation for providing first-class service and serving high-quality food time and time again, it’s no wonder Beckett’s Marbella have been a recipient of the coveted  Trip Advisor Award of Excellence  several years running, including 2017.  With a warm and welcoming atmosphere they leave no stone unturned to bring you an enjoyable dining experience – and to remain a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Described as “innovative and  fresh”, the menu has locally sourced ingredients  at its core and offers both daring and simple homely dishes in the same space. Consequently there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Furthermore, thanks to their determined focus on delivering quality and quantity, you can rest assured you never leave hungry. Two years ago Beckett’s was completely redesigned and now features luxurious décor and furnishings that make the venue warm and cosy in the winter months. Alternatively, in the summer the extended and beautifully styled terrace is perfect for al fresco dining.  The cosmopolitan bar area, open to non-diners, is a perfect meeting place to catch up over one of their amazing cocktails at the Gin Bar or sample some of the classic whisky and brandy collection from around the world. You can also sample the creative tapaa menu, which offers mini-tasters from the a la carte menu. Designed for comfort while dining, first and foremost, the new interior has been styled with a refreshing mix of old and new. The layout now means that as a fine dining location in central Marbella it’s definitely top of the list as a party option for larger groups.    • The venue is open to the public from 6pm until late, Monday to Saturday. • From 6-8pm (vacate table by 9pm) you can choose their “Early Bird Option”: any three courses for €27.50. • Beckett’s cater for large groups, private events and weddings. • You can register online with the restaurant group to obtain your loyalty card to receive a 10 per cent discount at all three venues. C/ Camilo José Cela 4, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 868 898


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Georgia and its Qvevri Wines

By AJ Linn

Georgian Quevri ancient wine vessel (Levan Totosashvili)

Georgia is a fascinating country that can justifiably assert to be the cradle of winemaking. Until recently this claim was contested by next-door Armenia, but new archaeological finds this year have put its history in Georgia as going back 7,0008,000 years. The country is the same size as Andalucía, with fewer than five million inhabitants, unrelated to Russians, Turks or Persians. Actually the Georgians have more in common genetically with the Basques and Corsicans than with any other race. The religion is orthodox Christian and traditions include a sense of hospitality and a unique code of honour. A person is judged by the strength of his friendships. Marbella is twinned with Georgia’s prime Black Sea resort, Batumi, and when the then minister to the presidency, Andro Barnovi, spent a few days in the town a couple of years ago he took time out to visit nearby Ronda wineries. Wine plays an important part in Georgian culture. Most houses make wine for private consumption from home-grown grapes, and what are known as qvevris play a central role. These are clay plots, holding hundreds of litres, built into the floor of the house with only the top being accessible. Grapes are crushed by foot in primitive wooden vessels, and the resulting mush is poured into the qvevri and sealed in for anything from one year to 50 years. The qvevri pot itself take three months to manufacture by hand – if you can find a craftsman to make one. Every year there are fewer, and winemaking in qvevris is classed as a World Heritage item (ICH) by UNESCO. On my last visit to Georgia it was obvious that this centuries-old style of winemaking was not in danger of dying out. Hardly a house I visited did not proffer its homemade wine, admittedly some more drinkable than others. Bearing in mind that most European winemaking countries have around 30-40 native grape varieties, Georgia is calculated to have nearly 600, and there is an ongoing official project to recover them all. There are some excellent products

made commercially for export, although it is clear that there is still some way to go before they will compete with Spanish and Italian wines. The brandy is another matter, and Georgian coñac and Armagnac is justly famous worldwide. The frequent wine wars with Russia always make news and, since this is the country’s main export to its northern neighbour. Russia can exert pressure by limiting or stopping imports, such action having a disastrous effect on a large part of the Georgian economy. During Soviet times the vineyard acreage actually increased, unlike other satellites, as it was Moscow’s favourite wine. For wine-lovers the country has a lot to offer, and bears no similarity to Spain or Italy. There are several commercial producers that make excellent wines by traditional methods, one of the leaders being John Wurdeman, an American who went there in 1996 and stayed. He speaks fluent Georgian, has a Georgian wife and makes organic “Pheasant’s Tears”, using the qvevri technique but filtered and bottled for export to many countries. Georgia has much to offer the visitor, from attractive Black Sea resorts in the west to staggering mountain scenery in the east. But there is no motorway network or regional airports and the trains are slow. There are few direct flights from European destinations but the richness of the country as distinguished by its people, the landscape and the gastronomy makes it incomparable and exciting. Even the cuisine is unique. Walnuts and pomegranates play a big part in many dishes, and the crowning culinary glory, khachapuri, has been described as a molten canoe of carbohydrates and dairy. The oval-shaped loaf is baked with cheese, and just before serving an egg is broken into the top and left to cook in butter. At the table it is for sharing by spoon-wielding devotees. And while the typical Georgian feast is an orgy of eating, drinking and dancing the truth is that the average Georgian is a hard worker not given to lingering over his wine. (Georgian wine can be acquired in Spain online at Uvinum.)


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Encouraging Creative Art Skills By Elena Gatsenko

What have you drawn here? In these amazing times we are witnessing a change in attitudes to fine arts, and to the first attempts at drawing in school and kindergarten. It is no longer a leisure pursuit for the development of fine motor skills. Today paints and pencils help to discover creative skills, to relieve stress, to liberate one’s mind and even to improve one’s self-esteem. This issue I will explain to you how to make this joy of creation available for your children. Firstly, let’s forget about such evaluations as nice/not nice and looking/ not looking alike. According to the world’s most high-priced painter – ground-breaker and nonconformist Pablo Picasso – the “invention of a camera made academic painting a thing of the past”. This does not mean realism is no longer needed, but there are millions of just as effective and sought-after painting techniques. Classic school of art requires obedience, conscientiousness, knowledge of rules and continuous repetitions, which is extremely boring for a five, six or sevenyear old and will make him/her lose a taste for painting for good. One should be grown-up and mature enough for such a serious approach. Until then, vivacious and magical modernism and post-modernism will come in handy. Do you know that Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet drew strong criticism? Or that global favourite Gustav Klimt was accused of kitsch and pornography? Not to mention the sad story of the unappreciated Van Gogh.

Today a painter invites his/her audience to a dialogue. Revolutionaries and groundbreakers from Kandinsky to Miro knew how to paint with a classical touch, but deliberately refused to do so, seeking new forms and new meanings. Malevich’s Black Square has a complex theoretical basis behind it and is an entire philosophy, revealing incredible depths of work for initiates. In our “Draw as a Genius” school children start to dab in modernism and post-modernism from age one. The main objective is not to show how to draw a house or a dog correctly, but to teach children to enjoy the process, to show that one and the same task can be competed by various drawing techniques. Another peculiarity of the modern approach to teaching kids and especially teenagers to draw, implemented in our original “Draw as a Genius” methodology, is the removal of all blocks and stereotypes of the type “I can’t do it”, “I don’t know how” and, my favourite, “This is not correct”. We play, tell funny and amazing stories from the lives of modernist and post-modernist painters, why and how they invented their own language of painting, and then we proceed not to blind copying, but to creative tasks inspired by and based on such technique. We draw using candles, sponges, hands and even potatoes; we pour paints over the canvas like Jackson Pollock; and make carvings in clay like cave people. This type of drawing is pure pleasure, and each work is a little masterpiece and by no means boring homework. I believe that academic painting is wonderful but one


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should go into it deliberately and out of love, not before he/she is 10 years old. Don’t be disappointed by your child if the dog he/she drew has eight legs or the house looks smaller than the girl; and, God forbid, don’t play at being a home-grown therapist. Children aged three to four prefer the most contrasting combinations. The main thing is black paint on a white sheet. Don’t be afraid. Red and black lightning spread over a green background is just an expression of the passing mood. Maybe your child was just dusted with sand by his playmate and he showed his indignation on the sheet. You have reason to worry if lots of scary drawings appear on and on for a couple of weeks! How should one teach a child? Enjoy the process together with your child – no rulers or colouring books! Suggest a game – make collages, tear apart an old slick magazine, and draw your own images on pieces of coloured photos. Put on raincoats and sprinkle paints over sheets spread on the ground. Make a new pack for your favourite cornflakes; collect pebbles on the beach and draw secret marks on them. Don’t forget to make a home exhibition – on the window, on the fridge using magnets, or in a large frame. Offer various formats to your young painter – from a regular sheet of paper to a roll of wallpaper or a giant fridge package. Or join our “Draw as a Genius school. We have groups for little children, schoolchildren and even family master-classes for children and their parents. And remember the words of art brut founder Jean Dubuffet: “Only primitive people, madmen and children are able to create true pure art.” Clinical psychologist Elena Gatsenko is a head of the pacesetting poly-lingual International Kids Club, where her interactive rubric “kindergarten” is dedicated to questions of early development and education of pre-schoolers. Urb. El Campanario 3, Km. 168, Estepona Tel. (+34) 648 493 450 / 673 844 832


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In this issue I’ve decided to talk about a fascinating subject that is gaining real credence within the scientific and health world. Lucid dreaming – have you heard about it? It refers to being consciously aware of your dreaming self, what and when you are dreaming. Studies suggest that one in five people actually experience a lucid dream at least once a month. These lucid dreamers tell us that they know they are in a dream and are often able to redirect and alter that dream, whilst remaining asleep. It’s almost as if they act as a film director instructing their characters, or themselves, to fly or jump over buildings or any other impossible thing the imagination can conjure. A recent study from Germany has shown that during lucid dreaming the brain shows activity of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, our normal state when dreaming, as well as aspects of waking consciousness. There is increased activity in the frontal and temporal lobes during lucid dreaming compared with normal dreaming. And, as if being the architect of your own dreams isn’t fabulous enough, researchers are now finding health benefits: reduced depression or minimising the symp-

toms of conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The effects of lucid dreaming appear to translate into tangible physical benefits too. For instance, it seems that athletes who are able to implement lucid dreaming and train whilst dreaming may be able to improve their performance in reality. In one study, participants were told to practise throwing balls into a cup whilst lucid dreaming. Those who were able to master the lucid dreaming, and practice, performed better on the exercise the following day than those who were unable to do so. You can teach yourself to lucid dream, although I suspect it is harder than the numerous internet self-help guides and YouTube videos would have you believe. However, electric stimulation of the brain at 40 Hertz does appear to trigger lucid dreaming and is being used therapeutically. Still, if you don’t fancy that, try repeatedly telling yourself that you will recognise when you are dreaming, before falling asleep. This mind training technique is thought to facilitate the process. So, here’s to being the master of your own dreams.

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The Benefits of Olive Oil AND VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH Medical Minutes by John Schieszer

OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL MAY HELP PREVENT DIABETES Biochemists in the United States at Virginia Tech University have been dipping into the health benefits of olives and olive oil and discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein appears to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The health benefits of olives and associated natural products such as olive oil have long been recognised and touted by proponents of the Mediterranean diet. However, until now little has been known about what specific compounds and biochemical interactions in the fruit contribute to its medical benefits. It is believed to produce benefits in terms of weight loss and prevention of type 2 diabetes. The investigators discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body secrete more insulin, a central signalling molecule in the body that controls metabolism. The same compound also detoxifies another signalling molecule called amylin, which increases production and forms harmful aggregates in type 2 diabetes. In these two distinct ways, oleuropein appears to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The findings, which were recently published in the journal Biochemistry, could help improve understanding of the scientific basis of health benefits of olive products and develop new, low-cost nutraceutical strategies to fight type 2 diabetes and related obesity. “Our work provides new mechanistic insights into the long-standing question of why olive products can be anti-diabetic,” said lead study author Bin Xu, who is an assistant professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. “We believe it will not only contribute to the biochemistry of the functions of the olive component oleuropein, but also have an impact on the general public to pay more attention to olive products in light of the current diabetes epidemic.”

NEW PNEUMONIA VACCINE IN THE WORKS A new vaccine is now under development that could put an end to pneumonia. The scientists developing the new vaccine report that it provides the most comprehensive coverage to date and alleviates antimicrobial concerns. Deaths due to pneumonia have steadily declined for the past 15 years because of better access to antibiotics and improved nutrition. However, pneumonia vaccines have also played a large role. Introduced in the early 2000s, these vaccines target up to 23 of the most deadly forms of the bacterium that causes pneumonia (Streptococcus pneumoniae). Now, a new vaccine under development could deal another blow to the disease, lowering the number of deaths even further by targeting dozens of additional strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The development of this vaccine also takes into account expected future versions of the bacteria responsible for pneumococcal disease, which includes sepsis and meningitis. The vaccine provoked an immune response to 72 forms of Streptococcus pneumoniae in lab tests on animals, according to new research published in the journal Science Advances. “We’ve made tremendous progress fighting the spread of pneumonia, especially among children. But if we’re ever going to rid ourselves of the disease we need to create smarter and more cost-effective vaccines,” said study co-lead author Blaine Pfeifer, PhD, who is an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in New York.

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Travel & Getaways

The Ultimate Piste Pad

By Andrew Forbes



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Secluded in the exclusive Alpine hamlet of Oberlech, this Austrian “voralberger”-style winter retreat might look classic from the outside but, once ensconced within, one discovers an über-secure, high-tech, ultra-luxury world where billionaires’ bling harmonises with chic chalet style. With all the glamour, opulence and sparkle of a James Bond mountain hideaway, Chalet N’s designer style is captivating. Found slope-side in the snow-packed landscape of Lech, one of the most upscale ski resort communities in Europe, this contemporary 11-suite retreat offers a totally unique experience for privileged guests. During your stay, expect a private butler; your own gourmet chef preparing personalised fine-dining menus; spa and fitness professionals always at the ready; and a discreet housekeeping staff that even goes to the length of embroidering your initials on the high-thread count pillow cases of your king-size bed. The alluring interior design is by landau + kindelbacher. Natural materials of reclaimed wood and rare stone combine with luxury textures of silk, velvet, leather and fine linens. The palette of bold, rich tones is lifted by the shimmer of glass, crystal and Venetian mirror furniture. Private ski guides are available to entice you out of this pine palace onto the slopes of the Arlberg mountain region. At the end of the day, indulge in après ski pampering treatments; enjoy the ice-cave, steam bath or Finnish sauna; and refresh in the designer spa shower, surrounded by Swarovski crystals. The private cinema is waiting for a post dinner flick. The luxurious ambience is further punctuated with yet more extravagant details. Take, for example, the sumptuous private owner’s suite, furnished with handmade silk rugs, encrusted with tiny crystals; or the bespoke stalactite light installation that hangs over the hotel-quality spa pool. The wine cellar might have some of the world’s finest vintages, but don’t expect cobwebs and dust here – instead the glint of polished metal and the warmth of honey-coloured pine combine to create an intimate space for wine tastings or a romantic dinner. Enjoying the fabulously decadent Chalet N this winter comes at a price: a cool €490,000 per week. Chalet N is bookable through


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Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing have been working intensively to further develop the Valkyrie hypercar’s aerodynamics, body styling and cockpit packaging. As Matt Hill, Aston Martin’s creative director of interiors, said of the Valkyrie’s cockpit design, “It’s been a tremendous challenge to make the interior packaging work. We’ve embraced Red Bull Racing’s Formula One ethos and approached from a different angle than conventional road car design. In this instance, we’ve started from a position where you think something is impossible and work at it until you find a way to make it work. “We’ve been fighting for millimetres everywhere, but the battle has been worth it, as it’s been fantastic seeing customers try the interior buck for size. They love the ritual of getting in and how it feels to be sat behind the wheel. They’re also genuinely surprised at how the car just seems to swallow them. You really do have to sit in it to believe there is genuine space for two large adults.” The teardrop-shaped cockpit’s upper body surfaces and lower tub contours are described by the designers as following the envelope of space available between the huge full-length Venturi tunnels that run either side of the cockpit floor. “Drawing huge quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, these tunnels are the key to generating the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s extraordinary levels of downforce while keeping the upper body surfaces free from additional aerodynamic devices that would spoil the purity of the styling. “To maximise interior space the seats are mounted directly to the tub, with occupants adopting a reclined ‘feet-up’ position reminiscent of today’s Formula One and Le Mans Prototype race cars, ensuring driver and passenger are extremely safe, perfectly supported and feel completely at one with the car. A four-point harness comes as standard, while an optional six-point harness will be offered for those who intend to do more track driving.” Keen to keep distractions to a minimum and focus the driver on the road ahead, the design team decided to locate all switchgear on the steering wheel, with the vital signs shown on a single OLED display screen. The steering wheel is also detachable, both to aid ingress and egress, and to serve as an additional security device. Great attention has been taken with the glasshouse design to ensure forward and peripheral side-to-side vision is virtually uninterrupted. “To avoid any unwanted aerodynamic disturbance or stylistic ‘clutter’, traditional door mirrors have been replaced by discreetly mounted rear facing cameras in each of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s flanks. These feed two displays which are positioned at the base of each A-post to mimic the view provided by conventional door mirrors. The all-enveloping bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intake means there is no rear window, negating the requirement for a rearview mirror.” The essence of the original Aston Martin Valkyrie exterior design remains unchanged, but a pursuit of downforce and aerodynamic efficiency (by Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey) prompted many detail changes to the bodywork. One of the biggest changes in this latest model are openings in the body surface between the cockpit and front wheel arches. It was then the job of the design team to integrate these new apertures into the overall design and ensure they had aesthetic merit as well as aerodynamic function. While aerodynamics and downforce are “the dominant story”, Aston Martin Valkyrie features other attractive details. The headlights, for example, take inspiration from the pure functionality of a Formula One car’s components; and the same approach was taken with the Aston Martin “wings” badge that adorns the nose. “With the regular badge considered too heavy, and a simple sticker not befitting for a car of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s quality and cuttingedge nature, the Aston Martin design team came up with a chemical etched aluminium badge just 70 microns thick. That’s 30 per cent thinner than a human hair, and a remarkable 99.4 per cent lighter than the regular enamel wings badge.” The badge (nicknamed the “lacewing”) is then attached to the painted body and covered with a perfectly smooth coat of lacquer.


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Art & Culture

Exclusive Jeff Koons Masterpieces AT VERTIGO IN MARBELLA


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His work has gained iconic status in the global art world, and now some of his finest limited edition pieces are available on the Costa del Sol at Vertigo. Located in Marbella Club Hotel, the gallery is the only one selling art from Jeff Koons in Spain at the moment, in collaboration with Bernardaud. They are so popular, in fact, that some limited edition pieces have almost been sold out before arriving at the shop. Born in York (Pennsylvania) in 1955, Koons studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’ work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world, including exhibitions organised by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which travelled to the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2014 and the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2015. Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog, as well as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic  Celebration  sculptures,  Balloon Monkey, Balloon Rabbit and Balloon Swan marked a new chapter in Jeff Koons’ oeuvre. As his website notes, “Whether it is the seductive reflective surface, the intricate knots, creases or twists, no detail of the work was compromised in rendering these balloon animals in porcelain. Koons, intrigued by Limoges porcelain, partnered with Bernardaud to realise this complex work. For over 150 years, Bernardaud has worked with the most skilled artisans at their workshop in Limoges and most recently created new technologies to achieve the porcelain Balloon Swan (Yellow), Balloon Monkey (Blue) and Balloon Rabbit (Red) by Jeff Koons.” An inflatable elephant was one of the first inflatables Jeff Koons worked with when he first moved to New York as a young artist in the late seventies. Initially chosen by Koons for its visual intensity, Elephant is described as “a mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture with stencils of colours broken down to look like the original inflatable toy and applied in transparent colour”. Elephant comes after the Koon’s Celebration series but also incorporates aspects of the iconic Rabbit from the Statuary series in 1986.

The elephant is a common motif in the work of Jeff Koons. From its first appearance as an inflatable toy in his studio, the elephant form re-occurs in various forms in works such as a large-scale stainless steel sculpture within the Celebration series, a brightly coloured Easyfunanimal mirror, and imagery within the painting Elephants, in the EasyfunEthereal series.  His works have sold for substantial sums, including Balloon Dog (Orange),  which reached US$58.4 million at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City in 2013, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction.


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Art & Culture


Born in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) in 1947, Antonio Cardenas is a Spanish painter and sculptor who was self-taught but whose work is remarkably sophisticated. His artistic talents were evident from an early age and he began his formal art education as a teenager in Andujar (Jaén) under the tutelage of Antonio Orea. ​His artistic faculties were recognised in 1965 when he received a first prize in the Torremolinos Fast Painting Contest. In 1974 he was awarded a scholarship from the Castellblanch Art Foundation and studied plastic arts with Joan Rebull in Mallorca. In 1976 he moved to Granada and expanded his education to graphic arts at the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, where he collaborated with some of the finest printmakers of the time. While in Granada he also worked for the press, as an illustrator for articles covering different events and creating portraits of important figures. ​Since then, Cardenas has continued to deliver outstanding works that are highly regarded not only for their originality and artistry but also for their complexity, variety and sensitivity. He has held exhibitions in more than eight countries, including major cities in Spain, United States, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Bahrain and Morocco. His extensive artistic activity includes portraits, jewellery design sculpture, murals and graphic arts. An accomplished artist born in born in Brooklyn (New York) in 1949, Jean Marie Chandler began her studies in fine arts at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. In 1970 she spent a semester abroad in Madrid at the Institute of Hispanic Culture and The Prado Museum through an exchange program sponsored by New York University. ​Her parents moved to London in 1971 and she followed shortly after graduation. Eventually, she returned to Spain, residing in southern Spain for the most part, where she continued to work on her paintings. Her artistic activities and developments include a painting announcing the Holy Week procession of the Brotherhood of the University of Málaga, illustrations for various books, publicity and special works commissioned by private clients. She also continues to create watercolours and collaborate with interior decorators and galleries throughout the world. Jean Marie Chandler & Antonio Cardenas Art Studio C/ Paseo De Noruega, 533, Urb. Elviria, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 830 675


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A coffee table book newly published by teNeues features 150 photographs showcasing the history of exclusive Copenhagen-based furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. Founded in 1872 by Fritz Hansen, and family-run until 1979, the company introduced new production processes in the first half of the 20th century. It produced the first steam-bent wooden chair in 1915, and entered into creative partnerships with celebrated architects and designers. Today, Fritz Hansen remains true to its heritage while looking to the future, with shops and showrooms across the globe (including the Costa del Sol) as well as timeless and customised furniture developed in collaboration with top designers, for both public and private spaces. “In Perfect Shape” (€49.90) features “the marvellous pieces of furniture that have made the company so revered, and provides examples of how a single piece of furniture can beautify an entire room or building and spur the imagination of the people who live there”. According to the publishers, “When you step into the headquarters of the Repub-

lic of Fritz Hansen in Allerød, north-west of Copenhagen, you are breathing in the spirit of a company that has made design history. The showroom, which is a mecca for design and architecture students, displays pieces that have become icons: the Series 7 chair, the Swan lounge chair, the Lissoni sofa. “Again and again, the Danish furniture maker has teamed up with big-name visionary designers including Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjarholm and Piero Lissoni. With these influxes of fresh energy and an unwavering commitment to the core values of Fritz Hansen creativity… the company has succeeded in placing its products into humanity’s collective consciousness as well as the offices of the president of the U.N. General Assembly, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Bangkok, the Banquet Hall of Oxford’s venerable St. Catherine’s College, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and in private homes all over the world.”

Republic of Fritz Hansen furniture is available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro Negocios de Oasis (


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GRAND OPENING OF NEW ZOCO HOME CONCEPT STORE Zoco Home has moved its premises to an impressive 250 square metre showroom in Centro Idea (Mijas). The new concept store offers beautiful Moroccan-inspired furniture and décor items, with the style best described as “ethnic with a Scandinavian The store is full of new decoration items as well as furniture, and the selection is updated regularly so you will find something new every time you visit Zoco Home. They also offer interior design and styling services for hotels, restaurants and private property projects. Zoco Home founder Johanna Weckström invited guests to a special grand opening where they enjoyed drinks and a performance by a dance group from I.T.S @Intltheatreschool in Fuengirola. / Photos by Johnny Gates


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GREAT FUNK-BLUES ENTERTAINMENT WITH RUSRADIOMARBELLA Russian radio station RusRadioMarbella organised an unforgettable funk-blues night at Social Club KItch Marbella in Casa Rusia, with the “Breaking the Rules� programme including many great musical surprises. Alexander L. Dolgov and Evgeniy Kuzmov filled the venue with super-drive, funk and soul. Alexander is a top blues artist, songwriter and leader of the group The Rain (in 2016 he became Ambassador of Ukraine in the Blues Hall Of Fame); while Evgeniy Kuzmov is a superb jazz-saxophonist. Also joining their act for two songs was Francis Goya, a Belgian classical guitarist and producer who has recorded 50 albums, many of which have reached gold or platinum status. His first solo single, Nostalgia, became an international hit, reaching number one in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway and Brazil. He now lives in Marbella and teaches guitar.


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MERCASUR ESTEPONA CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Clients, friends and industry professionals joined the team at Mercasur Estepona to celebrate the family company’s 25th anniversary, and enjoy canapés, cakes, celebratory drinks and live music. Founded in 1992 by José Manuel Rodríguez Reguera, Mercasur has grown over the years from a warehouse selling marble and granite to a leading Costa del Sol supplier of an extensive range of home décor products including bathrooms and kitchens – with a new generation further consolidating their late father’s legacy. (Photos by Johnny Gates)


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STYLISH END-OF-YEAR COCKTAIL PARTY AT MARMORIN DESIGN CENTER The innovative Marmorin Design Center, situated on the Golden Mile opposite the Marbella Club, celebrated another business year in style. Guests were treated to an array of canapés and beverages while they mingled and perused the newly decorated showroom and enjoyed upbeat tunes played by a live DJ. / Photos by: Johnny Gates


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THIRD EDITION OF HOME FAIR TAKES MARBELLA BY STORM Home & Lifestyle Magazine once again participated in the Home Fair Costa del Sol, which took place in Marbella’s Palacio de Congresos over the last weekend of October. This was their third exhibition and was well attended by budding decoration enthusiasts of all nationalities. As well as interesting exhibition stands for visitors to peruse, there were also speeches by experts within their field. Situated in the centre of the exhibition hall and catered by Da Bruno, the restaurant offered a wide range of delectable dishes and beverages.


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TD SAT & SOUND SHOWCASE LATEST DIGITAL TRENDS Tomas Davidsson from TD Sat & Sound kindly invited Home & Lifestyle Magazine to a fascinating event at Genesis Technologies in San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella). The showroom was transformed with all the latest technologies, and there were some highly impressive pieces of digital art. The works on show included video, interactive, code-based, VR and AR art. All can be securely delivered on-demand and displayed on any type of screen or projector. Guests were offered drinks and canapés while enjoying this latest trend in art and design.


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Trend-Setting Decorative Lighting Plus Diverse Décor Accessories Magyk Lumière have expanded their San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella) shop to include a wide range of décor items and accessories and great gift ideas as well as their customary lighting and furniture products – and changed their name to Magyk Concept. A Magyk client once noted, “It’s not what you need, it’s what you want”, and this slogan perfectly describes the Magyk Concept leitmotiv. “We actually create a fusion of different articles: home décor, tableware, gadgets, accessories, gifts, fashion articles – and much more – but always choosing something different or the gadget which makes you smile.”  Magyk also offer other “trendy” items including artwork from local artists, handicrafts from outside Spain, special exclusive designs (such as Qlocktwo clocks), Daqi Concept loudspeakers and stunning aromatic candles. “Visiting Magyk Concept is an experience of discovery and wonderful surprises. Everybody should be able to enjoy this special touch, because it makes a difference and brings personality to your home and life. At Magyk we believe in catering to all our clients’ special requirements, so they can express themselves. And of course, we certainly don’t forget our roots, continuing to offer trend-setting decorative lighting.” Lagasca 62, San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 951 196 449 / /


Decoration Collaboration with Jesse Jay Gallery Roche Bobois has been working closely with a new gallery opening in Marbella. Due to be officially inaugurated on 29 December (after Home & Lifestyle Magazine went to press), the new Jesse Jay showcase is described as being “not a usual art gallery, but a meeting point for art lovers”. A life-long painter, Jesse Jay began his study of masterpiece oil paintings as a young child. His passion for natural beauty and glamour is seen in his  work as he  transforms both familiar and rare vistas into stunning interpretations of colour, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. His extensive travels around the world provide him with his main sources of inspiration, as he transports us through time. Jesse will be presenting his own artworks at the gallery, as well as that of dozens of other international artists.


Celebrations for 20th Anniversary Fuengirola restaurant Vegetalia celebrated its 20th anniversary towards the end of last year, two decades offering ovo-lacto-vegetarian cuisine in a cosy and relaxed ambience. Using the freshest ingredients and avoiding food additives and artificial flavourings, their emphasis is always on the taste and quality of the food and on providing an excellent culinary experience. “We would like to convince you that you can enjoy a tasty and satisfying meal without having meat, even if you are not vegetarian,” says owner Katja Gilan. “We also cater for vegans, celiacs, lactose intolerants and other food-allergy sufferers. “At lunchtime we offer an excellent value self-service buffet, and we have delicious home-made desserts, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, and a drinks menu including organic wines and beers. Take away is also available.” Calle Santa Isabel 8, Los Boliches (Fuengirola). Tel. (+34) 952 586 031. Facebook: @vegetaliafuengirola


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Offering All-Round Care For Your Pet

The team at Lovely Dog Marbella Club are passionate about animals and offer a professional and caring dog day-care, grooming and hotel service – providing everything that you could possibly need for your pet’s wellbeing. Each animal is treated according to its individual nature, and a plan of activities is adapted according to its breed, size and age. They pick up your pet and deliver them back to your home and, while you are away, the Lovely Dog team take photos and videos of your pet so that you are always kept updated as to how they are getting along. Tel. (+34) 678 656 354


Awards Gala Honours Exceptional Service Marbella Rocks Magazine hosted its annual awards gala at the Hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Now in its third year, the event recognised local companies in 15 different categories for their exceptional service. The votes were made by a panel of judges together with the general public via an online voting system. In addition to the awards ceremony, hosted by Hollywood actor Dolph Lundgren, more than 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, four-course meal and live entertainment by Nathaniel “Tmar” Harding and rock/pop band Jetstream.  The winners included Puente Romano for best hotel and best spa (Six Senses), while the best fine dining award went to Marbella Club Le Grill for the second year in a row.  

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First Edition of Radio Radio Network Awards

Leading Marbella personalities were honoured for their outstanding work during 2017, at the Radio Radio Network awards held at Finca Besaya in December. The VIP guests were greeted personally by Lorena Sastre Ledesma, manager of Finca Besaya, which is one of Marbella’s iconic establishments for those wanting to dine, drink and dance in exclusive company and at some of the city’s most important events. Finca Besaya consists of a large country house, with the up-

per floor and its terraces used as a restaurant, and the lower floor and its terrace serving as a bar. Radio Radio Network offers universal programming 24 hours a day, promoting local and international talents, as well as showcasing awardwinning performers from around the world, with soul, funk and jazz sounds, “specially selected for the amazing VIP people of the Costa del Sol and Ibiza”. /


Opening of Premier Garden Furniture Showroom in Vélez-Málaga

REDLINE COMPANY De Tropen are considered to be the largest garden furniture specialists in southern Spain, with nearly 13,000 square metres of installations at their new showroom in Vélez-Málaga. Their commercial strategy is “based on the direct import of products, counting on the best manufacturers located in different parts of the world, contributing to the principle to produce and market high-quality furniture at highly competitive prices”. They bring these competitive furniture products to the market in combination with business partners “who also maintain excellent customer service to achieve absolute customer satisfaction”. Their ample range of furniture collections and shade solutions includes handmade and machine-made furniture featuring different materials such as synthetic fibre, aluminium, stainless steel, polyethylene, spray stone and tropical wood.  De Tropen also study and introduce new tendencies in the market, and continuously search for and develop elements to satisfy their clients’ diverse needs. Only an hour’s drive from Marbella, this is certainly a must-visit outlet for all kinds of outdoor products. Purchases are also available online, with free delivery when you spend over 1000 Euros. Autovía del Mediterráneo A7, exit 272, Vélez-Málaga.

Birthday Support for Marbella Animal Charity Triple A Redline, “the agency with a big heart”, held a “We Love Pizza and Puppies Party” to celebrate 13 years on the Costa del Sol, donating a cheque for €1313.13 to the Marbella-based animal shelter Triple A. “We started Redline in 2004, with just two girls and a computer,” said Redline owner and managing director Line Lyster, “and now we have a professional team of 10 and clients from all over the world. We wanted to share our success with Triple A, a very worthy cause.”  Lily van Tongeren from Triple A said, “It was a successful evening with the donations we received, several new sponsors and an adoption of one of the dogs. We are delighted with the big cheque from Redline and hope other companies will follow.” Guests enjoyed live music performed by Auralyn Waves, pizzas made by and adorable rescue puppies from Triple A.


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Easy Solutions for Moisture and Damp Problems It doesn’t matter how stunning your home is: you can still suffer problems related to moisture and damp. With Humilogic, those issues can be resolved easily and effectively. According to their professional team, damp, moisture or wetness have three consequences: aesthetic problems (humidity stains), structural problems and health problems. “Clients only know about these problems because they see aesthetic issues,” says director Carles Rodríguez Surrallés, “so one of my functions is to educate my clients. When it comes to anti-humidity treatments, for example, our marketing campaigns have tended to feature pictures of stains, because people can then understand quickly what problems we need to resolve. But these are quite ugly and shocking images, so we have changed our message and now focus on health.” To that end, Humilogic can offer better air quality options for homes on the Costa del Sol – “the definitive solution for damp, moisture and wetness, to provide you and your family with a healthier environment”. Their cutting-edge technical options include the use of the VMI Urban smart machine from Ventilairsec, which detects problem areas – including using a zoom inside mattresses. For simple, direct and clear solutions to these kinds of problems, Humilogic have the right answers.


Plans Unveiled for 2018 International Architecture Award


Attractive Cards for Special Occasions Greetings by Louise is a bright new range of quality greetings cards available at selected stores along the Costa del Sol, ideal for birthday wishes, thank-you messages and “good vibrations to friends and loved ones”. “If digital designs don’t appeal,” says Louise, “you will love these bright and bold cards featuring colourful hand-painted images of flowers, cats and Spanish icons.” Sold individually or in gift sets of seven cards, current collections include From Spain with Love, Chakra Flowers, Cats ‘n’ Flowers and Bright Blooms; while the outlets include Bookworld Banús, Holland Flowers, Radiant Yoga Marbella and Shanti-Som Spa.   Tel. (+34) 607 627 161 / Instagram: louisecreative

The Costa del Sol’s leading association of high-end property entrepreneurs has announced details of its third annual award for architectural excellence. The inaugural edition of the DOM3 Award in 2014 was centred on the construction of a villa in La Zagaleta (Benahavís municipality) and the second award in 2016 on developing a plot of land in the Santa Clara area in Marbella. Now, for the 2018 award, entrants will be focusing on the third key municipality within DOM3’s area of expertise, Estepona. The final result will be announced during a gala presentation in June 2018, and the prize-winner will have the opportunity of working with the team that eventually develops the Estepona project. According to the DOM3 president, landscape architect Laura Pou, the objective of this new edition of the architecture award is to further boost its prestige. Last year, for example, 140 entries were received from 25 international cities, representing 17 different nationalities.  DOM3 ( comprises a group of 30 companies involved with the design, development, construction and marketing of luxury properties, mainly located in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís, and committed to promoting initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of businesses in the sector and encourage public authorities to recognise the importance of quality as a driving force behind projects in this area.  Pictured: DOM3 president Laura Pou with architect members of the 2016 award judging panel, Rafael de la Hoz, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Antonio Cruz and Juan de Gavilanes.


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Using a Digital Certificate in Spain Article supplied by Welex Lawyers & Accountants

A digital certificate is needed to identify yourself on the internet and to conduct any kind of formal transaction or business. By using the digital certificate, your personal data is protected each time you want to make an online transaction. The digital certificate is available for both natural persons and legal entities. To obtain a digital certificate in Spain, you have to go to the website of the Spanish National Mint, where you obtain a unique number that you must keep. With this number, you can access a public institution – such as the Spanish tax office, local town hall or social security department – where you will receive your digital certificate. The digital signature can be downloaded to your computer from the website where you originally requested the number: that is, the Spanish National Mint. With this digital certificate, the Spanish Mint offers an easy way to guarantee communications between companies, citizens, institutions and public administrations. What transactions can be carried out with the digital certificate? The different types of formalities that can be done with a digital certificate depend on the various administrations (at na-

tional, regional and local levels). With the digital certificate, you can carry out different transactions on the websites of public institutions, such as any formal type of declaration to the Spanish tax office, social security department or companies house. Obtaining your digital certificate means increasing the efficiency of transactions and simplifying bureaucratic formalities in Spain. At Welex, we can make a formal request and obtain the digital certificate, both for natural persons and legal entities. We will go with you to the Spanish tax office or the town hall where you need to present your passport or identity card. Welex can present any tax return with the digital certificate and even  verify your tax situation in Spain. It is important to verify your “status” at the Spanish tax office. That is to say, you must verify that your fiscal situation and residence matches the one mentioned in the databases of the Spanish tax office. The digital certificate is valid for three years. After this period you must renew it.

Welex Lawyers & Accountants Avda. Ricardo Soriano 12, Edif. Marqués de Salamanca 1º-3, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 775 521 ·


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Home & Lifestyle issue 55  
Home & Lifestyle issue 55  

Home & Lifestyle Magazine, issue 55 - January & February 2018.