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home &lifestyle m a g a z i n e

MARCH & APRIL 2014 路 ISSUE 32

Spotlight

ON LAMP CHIC

Dining Rooms ELEGANT AND INVITING

Pool Ambience BLENDING INTO SPRING

Radiant Orchid

AN INVITATION TO INNOVATION

Exhibition View

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR 2014

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CONTENTS

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Round-up of business, charity, cultural and other general items of interest Festive review of inaugurations, anniversaries and celebrations

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Switched On: cool gadgets Globally Green: eco projects from around the world Lighting up the home ambience Radiant Orchid… Pantone Colour of the Year Pool preparations for the outdoor season Eclectic comfort the key to modern dining rooms Maison & Objet: renewed vigour Feria Hábitat Valencia: positive outlook Cevisama: upmarket living spaces First Person: sustainable Indonesian furniture The Property Doctor: a year of recovery Property Showcase: contemporary aesthetics Garden Trends: reserving a corner for salads Open Sea: boating for true connoisseurs Eco getaway in the heart of Portuguese nature Dramatic luxury setting on Mallorca

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86 Embracing the surroundings in Sweden 88 Nourishing and flavoursome vegetarian tastes 90 Wine Notes: making a mark in La Mancha

F A S H I O N , HEALTH, BEAUTY… and CULTURE 92 Tribute to free spirit and relaxed attitudes 94 A world of urban functionality 96 Paris success for Marbella golf star 98 Medical minutes: the benefits of walking… and nuts 100 Vibrant art, colourful theatre… and new album releases 106 The final word: specialist advice from the experts

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ABOUT THE COVER With an estimated 1.2 million-plus pools in Spain – one-quarter of them in Andalucía – Spanish tile design is at the forefront of the industry, with a wide range of styles from classic and formal to more flamboyant creations. Photo: www.bigstockphoto.com

It doesn’t seem all that long ago we were talking about pools, barbecues, backyard cricket and entertaining family and friends in the garden. And in fact it wasn’t. This is, after all, southern Spain, where the winter chill bites gently in December, remains fairly benevolent over the following three months (apart from the occasional downpour or wind alert) then starts to disperse around the end of February. It’s not officially spring yet (early March) but it certainly seems like it. So, for some early spring planning and cleaning, this issue we look at pools and their surround areas: outdoor furnishings, maintenance advice and safety tips, especially when young children are involved. As this remains something of a transitional period when it comes to the weather, we also take a look at dining room tables and chairs for both the outdoors (during the day) and inside for when the evening air is still a little nippy. In our Boutique and Eco Trends sections, we preview a wonderfully diverse range of lamps available from top global brands this year; check out some of the latest gadgets – and other “things” – on the market; discover how furniture makers and product creators are incorporating Pantone’s new colour of the year, “Radiant Orchid”, into their designs; and – most importantly – note that in March the United Nations is commemorating International Forest and Tree Day and World Water Day. Finally, we visit two of the year’s premier property and home décor exhibitions, Maison & Objet in Paris and Feria Hábitat Valencia, where – we are delighted to report – the general mood was upbeat. There were promising signs for business in 2014, and exhibitors left with a renewed sense of optimism and confidence for the immediate future.

Peter Leonard

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(Six bi-monthly issues a year) May-June 2014 Issue Published 1 May to 30 June July-August 2014 Issue Published 1 July to 31 August

September-October 2014 Issue Published 1 September to 31 October November-December 2014 Issue Published 1 November to 31 December January-February 2015 Issue Published 1 January to 28 February March-April 2015 Issue Published 1 March to 30 April

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ROUND-UP OF BUSINESS, CHARITY, CULTURAL AND OTHER GENERAL ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE COSTA DEL SOL, GIBRALTAR, BALEARICS… AND FURTHER AFIELD

ATLAS POOL

Developing a Stunning Home Oasis Atlas Pool, part of the Atlas Group, is responsible for some of the most stunning swimming pools on the Costa de Sol. In 2013 they launched Atlas Garden, the latest edition to the renowned group. As director Mike Gregory explains, “We thought it was the next natural step within our organisation, as most of the new swimming pools require some kind of landscaping to the surrounding areas to complete the project. As a result the clients can keep everything under the same roof, as we say. Our very own landscape designer and architect work together to create a beautiful oasis for the client; of course, taking into account personal needs such as maintenance and how the gardens and pools are going to be enjoyed and used. “Before the works commence we prepare for approval from the client the full architectural plans, 3D computer images and even hand-painted plans that re-

REDLINE COMPANY

Red Kodiak Wins Anniversary Competition

Procurement company Red Kodiak has been selected as the recipient of a free professional website designed and built by Redline Company, which held the competition in conjunction with its ninth anniversary on the Costa del Sol – “as a way of giving something back to the community”. Red Kodiak provides furniture, fixtures and equipment to national and international clients using only Spanish suppliers. Thanking everyone who entered the competition, Redline managing director Line Lyster said they particularly liked Red Kodiak’s model of providing Spanish suppliers with contracts from international companies, “thereby potentially saving hundreds of Spanish jobs”. www.redlinecompany.com

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ally show how the completed things will look. Also, as part of the design tender stage, we discuss at length with the clients what type of look and feeling they want, along with offering excellent professional advice on the type of plants and trees which would best suit that particular situation and climatic conditions. “Anything is possible with Atlas Garden, from super-simple low-maintenance gardens to an oasis of Mediterranean or tropical beauty.” Atlas Pool is also the sole official Pebbletec licensed applicator on the Coast, offering “a product that has no equals”. Centro Comercial Diana, Estepona Tel. (+34) 951 272 140 info@atlas-group.es / www.atlasgarden.eu

LUXURY KITCHENS DIRECT

Affordable New Option for Quality Products

Luxury Kitchens Direct are an internetbased retailer with no expensive showrooms or glossy brochures: the cost saving, they stress, is passed straight on to customers. They claim their product is 40 per cent cheaper than any other similar branded product, but is made using the same materials and specification as Luxury British Interiors by Waterford Freeman. Waterford Freeman was founded by the ex-CEO and founder of Clive Christian furniture. Luxury Kitchens Direct have over 25 years of experience in designing and retailing fitted kitchens. They are a UK-based

company able to ship worldwide, and can provide design and installation services anywhere in the UK and Europe. They offer a full trade package to any dealer who wants to retail their product under their own brand, and also a full design service and discount to interior designers worldwide. Hand-drawn visuals and 3D CAD visuals are available. They have outlets in the UK, Marbella, Sotogrande, Gibraltar and Prague. Tel. (+34) 951 204 077 / (+44) 207 097 1500 sales@luxurykitchensdirect.com www.luxurykitchensdirect.com

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AMBIENCE HOME DESIGN

Now Selling Hand-Made Swedish Beds

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing, and for this reason choosing the right bed is paramount. Ambience now sells Swedish hand-made beds manufactured with natural products such as cotton, linen, crin horse hair and wool. Exclusive Scandinavian pine is used for the frames, as well as prime quality Swedish steel springs. Beds can be framed or adjustable for premium comfort,

and they can also be made to any size, shape and colour. The quality development allows for a 15-year guarantee of “perfect preservation” of both the mattress and the independent spring system. Starting price for a top of the range Continental bed: €3,800. Tel. (+34) 952 788 691 info@ambiencehomedesign.com / www.ambiencehomedesign.com

WHITEWALL

Expanded Range of Frames Whether artistic images or holiday snaps, photos add a personal touch to any home, and in order to be presented in the best way they need the right frame. To that end, WhiteWall have expanded their range of frames to include more than 80 models hand-made in the desired format. The four styles – modern, classic, rustic and loft – are available in different varieties of colours and sizes, to cater for all tastes and any home style. www.whitewall.es

BOCONCEPT

Japanese Aesthetics and Danish Functionality Launched worldwide by BoConcept, the new fusion collection by nendo has been designed from a desire to create new functions and visual effects by fusing together two different elements. Oki Sato, the nendo founder, had the idea of using origami – the traditional Japanese art of folding two-dimensional sheets of paper into three-dimensional objects – and the concept evolved into mixing two and three dimensions into a form that has now become clearly reflected in all the fusion collection’s designs. These include a sofa, footstool, coffee table, wall system, rugs, cups, plates, trays, cushions, storage boxes, wall clocks, candleholders and bird sculptures. Sato founded nendo in Tokyo in 2002, at the age of just 24, and 10 years later he was named designer of the year by Wallpaper magazine and the Elle Deco International Design Award. The name “nendo” is Japanese for modelling clay – “indicative of the studio’s playful yet rational approach”. The nendo designs fulfil BoConcept’s ambition of “providing modern, functional, yet beautiful pieces of design to urban-minded customers around the world. The nendo look is pure and authentic with a very minimal touch. But that’s not all – nendo give something more with their design: a little twist that catches the eye and creates a small moment.” Fuengirola-Mijas Road. Tel. (+34) 951 242 092 / malaga@boconcept.es / www.boconcept.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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News & Events > INSPIRATION ROOM

Creating Harmonious Living Spaces

Xavier Gago and Ramiro Bermúdez are constantly demonstrating their exciting ideas through the medium of interior design and lighting, creating harmony and versatility within a living space. They are not only interior designers but also lighting specialists and artists in plastic, and have completed many projects in Punta del Este (Uruguay), Buenos Aires, Chile, Berlin and Spain. Artist Xavier Gago sculptures metal and glass in a wide range of self-taught techniques. When creating a space, they try to cross over cultural barriers, looking at the composition, arrangement and harmony to accommodate the needs of each individual. As Xavier points out, “Each living space has its own identity and the feeling of space and freedom within the basic four walls is in its conception. The lighting, for example, is a fundamental part of the decoration of a room and allows us to perceive a living space in many different ways. Delineating these areas creates intermediate settings, and so the scene is set.” Ramiro and Xavier… two designers who constantly surprise with their expansive ideas and stunning images, all part of a dramatically creative personal universe. Los Flamingos Golf, Benahavís Tel. (+34) 653 250 803 / (+34) 657 628 180 / javirami@me.com

FLAMENCO APPRECIATION

Honour for Veteran Marbella Wine Writer Marbella journalist Andrew J Linn, a long-time stalwart of wine writing in Spain, was honoured at a celebration in Marbella dedicated to him “…for his appreciation of flamenco and his love of our best wines”. The event, held at Ereaga, was attended by many of Andrew’s friends and fellow aficionados, as well as regulars of the Marbella Business Institute (founded 1983), of which Andrew has been chairman for nearly three decades. After the luncheon a lively flamenco show, starring Marbella’s own Maria Alba and other artists, went on into the small hours. MIMMA COLLECTION

Antique Harp Donated to Málaga Museum A harp made by Sebastian Erard in 1819 has joined the collection of the MIMMA (Museo Interactivo de la Música de Málaga) thanks to a donation from author and harpist Marion Leigh. After a long journey that began in London on 3 November 1819, the antique harp arrived at the museum in February. The harp was given to Marion, who spends winters in Guadalmina, as a birthday present in 1995, when she was living in Baltimore. It had been found in poor condition in a barn in Pennsylvania and partially restored by a colleague of Marion’s husband. Marion’s first novel, “The Politician’s Daughter”, an adventure thriller featuring Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was released in Spain in 2011; and her second novel in the Petra Minx series, “The Man in a Black Shirt”, is set in the Bahamas, Las Vegas and the northern Great Lakes of North America. www.marionleigh.com / www.mimma.es

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News & Events > IDDOMUS DEVELOPERS

New Partnership with Gunni & Trentino

The Iddomus development company has established a new collaboration with renowned Spanish interior design firm Gunni & Trentino for the furnishing of kitchens and bathrooms for designer villas. Announcing the new business relationship, Iddomus noted that, “As a leading interior design supplier for over 40 years Gunni & Trentino offers long-standing expertise in the implementation of design projects worldwide, including residential, commercial, institutional, corporate, public or private, and civil structure projects.” Iddomus designer villas are built with the unique Building Technology System SIS-

MO®, “a cutting-edge construction concept which makes traditional construction methods obsolete in terms of speed, quality, cost efficiency and sustainability.” Iddomus takes its name from “Id”, standing for innovation, design and development, and “domus” from Latin, meaning “house” or “home”. Though a recently established company, the Iddomus team consists of skilful professionals with ample success and experience in the building sector. Blv. Alfonso Hohenlohe, Marbella. Tel. (+34) 627 183 118 info@iddomus.com / www.iddomus.com

CAPPELLINI

Champagne Refurbishment of Paris Boutique Coinciding with the Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris, Cappellini unveiled a new look for their showroom at Blvd. Saint Germain, featuring a champagne colour as a natural tribute to the French capital. The aim of the revamp, highlighted by soft and shiny shades, was to give a greater brightness and amplitude to the showroom and better emphasise the identity of Cappellini’s products. This option also anticipates a new trend in the use of such colours as bronze metallic reflections and copper, already in vogue in fashion. As with the brand’s showrooms in other cities

around the world, the coloured box remains the main theme, with the floor, walls and ceiling in the same colour: yellow for Milan, red for New York, turquoise for Cologne and blue for Manila. The 200 square metre Parisian flagship store reproduces the rooms of a real home, highlighting the possibility of using Cappellini products in different ways. Completing the styling are objects from the “Progetto Oggetto” and “Magic Carpet” collections – all part of the typical Cappellini world… “Explorers of design between imagination and reality”. www.cappellini.it

KETTAL OFFICE

Spanish Designer Revamps Barcelona Headquarters

Kettal, the pacesetting Spanish designer and manufacturer of enduring outdoor furniture, has renovated its head office in Barcelona. With numerous outlets around the world (including Marbella), the company offers a fully integrated and personalised decoration service. www.kettal.com

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SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Musical Retrospective… “Back to the ‘80s” Students of Sotogrande International School are preparing their latest musical masterpiece, to be performed on 21-22 March at the Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo in San Roque. “Back to the ‘80s” (in association with Jyske Bank) is described as a “totally awesome” musical that tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980s, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. Tickets are priced €5 for standard entry and €10 for VIP tickets (which include a pre-theatre drinks reception). There will be a free bus service from Marbella to the theatre on the 22nd included in the €10 ticket price. Ticket sales and information: www.sis.ac

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AS WINTER BLENDS INTO SPRING, THE COSTA DEL SOL IS A HIVE OF FESTIVE ACTIVITY AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, WITH BUSINESS INAUGURATIONS, SPECIAL ANNIVERSARIES, AND A WIDE AND VARIED ARRAY OF GENERAL CELEBRATIONS… THIS ISSUE, WE ALSO HEAD FURTHER AFIELD IN EUROPE, FOR A NEW EXHIBITION BY CELEBRATED DUTCH DESIGNER MARCEL WANDERS.

PINNED UP

Celebrating 25Years of Design

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The designer’s first survey exhibition in Europe since 1999, “Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk” is also the first-ever large-scale presentation of Wanders’ work, and the first major design exhibition at the Stedelijk since its reopening in 2012. Running until 15 June, the exhibition encompasses designs from Wanders’ entire oeuvre, from the late 1980s to the present day. More than 400 objects are on view in the monumental lower-level gallery space in the new wing of the Stedelijk. Conceived in three parts, the presentation contains a white zone, which offers an analysis of Wanders’ work based on 10 themes (craftsmanship, narratives and dialogues, surface, innovation, archetypes, variation, and playing with scale); a black zone presenting work of a more personal and often experimental nature in a theatrical setting; and a lounge where Wanders’ role as art director for design brands, including Moooi, is explored. www.marcelwanders.com / www.stedelijk.nl HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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News & Events > DENTAL CARE MARBELLA

Lavish Celebrations for First Anniversary Dental Care Marbella celebrated their one-year anniversary in the glamorous beachside commercial centre of Laguna Village in Estepona, where their state-of-the-art clinic is based. Collaborators, clients and friends of Dr Martha Laguilavo, owner of Dental Care Marbella, enjoyed a fun-filled evening with drinks, canapés and live music. Dr Kai Kaye from Ocean Clinic was one of the special guests who attended the event. Dr Kaye and Dr Laguilavo are currently collaborating on an exciting makeover competition initiated by Home & Lifestyle Magazine in 2013. You will be able to see the amazing results of this makeover in the next issue of Home & Lifestyle. www.dentalcaremarbella.com

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Recently completed project by Concept Building S.L

FOR SALE Project in Nueva Andalucía due to be completed April 2014 Designed by

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Switched On >

Cool Gadgets LATEST PRODUCTS FROM THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY… BOTH FUN AND FUNCTIONAL

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1.- Writing Art The art of movement and a sense of fun are two key characteristics of global Swiss brand TF Est. 1968, and the T-Mechanic Rollerball and its vertically-mounted watch mechanism certainly give writing a new dual dimension. The model features a clip system and sporting TF initials, is made from 58 parts, attaches unobtrusively to a jacket lapel or shirt pocket, comprises a Schmidt mechanism that commands the rollerball pen tip or pencil lead (and takes all types of refill), and has a hermetically sealed, highly shock-resistant sapphire crystal that encloses the watch mechanism. It comes in three versions: palladium, yellow gold-plated, or pink gold-plated. www.tfco.ch 2.- Smart Expertise Unveiled for the first time at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February, the LG F70 represents LG Electronics’ most recent attempt to strengthen its footprint in 4G markets. The F70 features the latest Android KitKat OS and a Quad-Core processor, a compact and slim body with a 4.5-inch WVGA IPS display and a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor, and is powered by a removable 2,440mAh battery that is said to have the largest capacity in its class – “so users will be able experience the exceptional speed of LTE without having to recharge mid-day”. www.lg.com 3.- Hearty Entertaining Our gadgets guru has lately developed a bit of an obsession with pirates and all things piraty – hence the appearance of this otherwise nondescript corkscrew in the “Switched On” section. It is claimed to “crack open booze like a grog-hungry swashbuckler”, and features “a serrated cutlass for ruthlessly slashing through bottle foil and a corkscrew peg-leg for those condemned to walking the (apologies) plonk”. www.firebox.com 4.- Rich Sounds At over US$2 million, the Opera Only luxury space amplifier is not likely to be included in most people’s home budgets but, propped up in the lounge room, it would certainly impress visiting guests – if not the neighbours. Created by Italian designer Andrea Pivetta, and doubling as a highend audio amplifier and a work of art, the cylinder-shaped audio device provides 160,000 watts of power, stands at 1.9 metres high and features 12 panels. With one click on a remote, the amplifier transforms, opening up into six sections standing at 2.5 metres tall. LED lights illuminate the power electronics as it pumps music through two 80kw or six 30kw channels. www.onlycreative.it

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Switched On > Timeless Allure Watches stopped being mere timepieces eons ago. For dedicated contemporary trend-setters, today they must be a state-of-the-art fashion statement and, in many cases, a multi-purpose “gadget” – and Tokyoflash Japan are inventive, slightly zany, purveyors of this new essence of modern-day watch-making. The Kisai Rorschach is their first watch to use an ePaper display from E Ink. The unique way that ePaper displays work means that the segments appear to be seamless – ideal for replicating the appearance of an inkblot on paper. The watch includes three time difficulty modes, date, alarm, positive and negative modes, and a power-saving sleep mode. It is made of stainless steel, with a slim 6.2-millimetre case, and the surface has an attractive polished finish with sand-blasted detail. It comes in an IP black and IP silver option in all stainless steel, and three leather strap options with colour-accented frame: white leather with silver frame, black leather with black frame and brown leather with gold frame. The watch was named after Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach who, in 1921, pioneered the “Rorschach inkblot test”: a series of mysterious ink blots used to evaluate a patient’s thoughts and emotions. www.tokyoflash.com

Pocket Power Dubbed “the world’s smallest phone charger”, Fuel is compact enough to carry with you at most times, without the need for a bag or deep pockets. It is just 3.3 by 2.3 by 1.3 centimetres, provides 20 to 30 minutes of talk time, and is made of die-cast aluminium with miniature jerry-can features. www.firebox.com

Fastest Cut Okay, maybe not a gadget but Honda’s Mean Mower was named “Thing of the Year” in the 2013 BBC TopGear Magazine Awards. The 109hp mower was commissioned by Honda (UK) and built by its BTCC partner, Team Dynamics. It has a top speed of 210 km/h, is geared to cover zero to 100 km/h in four seconds, weighs 140 kilograms, produces 96Nm of torque and has a powerto-weight ratio of 532bhp/tonne. “On any logical level,” says the magazine’s Piers Ward, “the Mean Mower makes no sense – no one really needs a 130mph lawnmower that can do 0-60mph in four seconds. But sometimes we just need our grass cutting faster…” www.honda-eu.com

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Within 2 weeks of listing our property, Cloud Nine Spain had found us a buyer. We never expected it to be so quick or so easy. Valerie & Klitos Georgiou, February 2014

...actually, it takes us an average of 81/2 weeks to sell a property...but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting there!

Contact us to see how we can help sell YOUR property, or visit our website to complete our simple online listing form Cloud Nine Spain HEAD OFFICE: C.C. Guadalmina 4, Local 88, 29670 San Pedro de Alcantara T: +34 951 204 229 M: +34 692 254 432 info@cloudninespain.com www.cloudninespain.com


Eco Trends > Upcycled collection of reclaimed wood bedroom furniture: www.littletreefurniture.co.uk

Globally Green www.littletreefurniture.co.uk

Range made from reclaimed railway station teak and steel: www.mobius-living.co.uk

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Forest Diversity

The inaugural International Day of Forest and the Tree is on 21 March. Urging governments, businesses and all sectors of society to commit to reducing deforestation, preventing forest degradation, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable livelihoods for all forest-dependent peoples, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon noted that: • Forests cover one-third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. • Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood. • Forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. • Forests provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations. • They play a key role in our battle against climate change. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air, and protect watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers. Despite all of these ecological, economic, social and health benefits, according to the UN, “We are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.” Water and Energy

World Water Day is on 22 March and the United Nations wants to use the event to draw attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities for the “bottom billion” who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services (www.unwater.org).

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Eco shower as part of house restructuring design project in Barcelona: www.anatomicadesign.com

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BOUTIQUE TRENDS > A light source within a light source, the La Paz series showcases a small yet strong light source “hidden” within the more familiar Edison bulb, invoking a spirit of innovation that dates from the Industrial Revolution: www.IrisDesignStudio.com

Lightening the Mood Oscar de la Renta, one of the most pre-eminent designers in the world, once said, “The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times.” Years ago lighting was often overlooked when decorating a home, but we now realise that lighting affects mood and is slowly becoming a centrepiece to a room and a pivotal element in interior design. From bright and colourful, gold and bold to delicate pastel shades, colours and designs in lighting have become extremely diverse. A room that has been decorated sparsely or adorned with extremely neutral colours can be brought to life with a bright statement light fixture. On the contrary, a

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crystal chandelier in a pale room can provide added sophistication and elegance. The location of the light fixture is also important: for example, chandeliers do not necessarily always have to be hung over a dining room table – try hanging two mini chandeliers over bedside tables or a showy chandelier to spruce up a bathroom. As outdoor living is so much more popular in southern Europe, greater importance should be given to outdoor lighting to enable us to fully enjoy the long warm nights in the garden or on the terrace. Lighting up plants and trees with sconces can create a wonderful natural ambience at night.

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This large hanging lamp from Vibia’s Wind collection is designed by Jordi Vilardell and is available in green, orange, white and black. The use of material and glass fibre makes this collection particularly innovative, uniting technology with tradition. Vibia is available at www.direco.es in Marbella’s Polígono Industrial La Ermita… www.vibia.com

Bat is a collection of eclectic outdoor lamps, visible but discreet, and merging with nature for their shape and light: during the day they “hide” themselves among bushes and flowers, and at night they give out a down pointed light: www.torremato.com

Contemporary stylish sophistication from Brabbu Design Forces was on show at Maison & Objet: www.brabbu.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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BOUTIQUE TRENDS > Brazil’s “capital of happiness” was the inspiration for the Salvador Da Bahia lamp, featuring a design that aims to “transport the freedom of nature into urban spaces”: www.IrisDesignStudio.com

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1.- The Big Shadow Special: Eyeshadow floor lamp was designed by Marcel Wanders in 2011 and is currently on show at Stedelijk Museum: www.marcelwanders.com / www.stedelijk.nl 2&3.- Two lights that almost appear to be melting from the ceiling are the Axolight Nafir and the appropriately named Meltdown from Cappellini. The former is part of a collection designed by Karim Rashid, recalling a row of trumpets lined like bunting items… organic shapes that create a panorama of lights and shapes: www.axolight.it Meltdown is made from thin coloured glass with a spherical shape, hand-blown in a mould. The inspiration was to create something beautiful from the disastrous nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. The disaster is reflected in the lamps, where the process has already begun and the bulb is “about to melt through the last defence of the glass”: www.cappellini.it

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Elegant fire design with Bioethano l for interior and exterior

Chimeneas, Fire and Design S.L. Calle El Califa 564, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella 29660 Tel: 951 275 693 - Mob: 617 649 583 info@pias-chimeneas.com - www.pias-chimeneas.com

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BOUTIQUE TRENDS > The Nelly Straight collection comprises ceiling and wall lights in non-deformable elastic fabric that is completely and easily removable and washable, with a varnished metal mount: www.axolight.it

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1.- Diego Fortunado designed these floor lights for Vibia – they give an upward flow of light so that the ceiling reflects it. Available in five finishes (red, black and white lacquer, and silver and gold finish) at www.direco.es in Marbella’s Polígono Industrial La Ermita… www.vibia.com 2.- French designer François Champsaur created the “L’espace entre les gouttes” lamp specially for The Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber design exhibition held in collaboration with Maison Kitsuné at the NoMad Hotel in New York last December: www.champsaur.com 3.- Multi-faceted designer Arik Levy presented his latest collection of ethereal vases, lights and candle-holders at Maison & Objet in Paris – uniting “the weightlessness of crystal and the precision of cold-cut technology”: www.ariklevy.fr 4.- This acid lamp in an angular shape was designed by Emily Gunning… placed on a buffet or floor, the lamp emits a subtle, pleasant and soft light: www.boqa.fr

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1.- Delightfull Unique Lamps’ multi-purpose Heritage collection comprises 25 lighting pieces with high aesthetic character in four typologies (table, floor, wall and suspension) and “combining a past heritage of handwork and an attention to emerging needs”: www.delightfull.eu 2.- The Janus suspended lamp series, designed by Toan Nguyen for Fendi Casa, has a high decorative impact and expands into the table and floor lamp version. The design is created with curved tubular crystals, joined in a circle by dark grey steel frame: www.fendi.com / www.clubhouseitalia.com… available at www.gunnitrentino.es and www.patriciadarch.com

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3.- Iris Kadouri Rizenbah’s creations are designed to bring together layer on layer of converging meaning and style, resulting in products that are both functional and aesthetically attractive, like this Galapagos white wall lamp: www.IrisDesignStudio.com 4.- These stunning glass chandeliers ooze understated yet sophisticated style... magical either individually or grouped together in assorted sizes: www.nordichouse.co.uk 5.- Designed by the Freshwest Studio, the Brave New World is a complex lamp with simple materials, “translating the warm soul of the oak wood in a mechanic way: www.moooi.com

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Captivating, magical and enigmatic Last year it was “Emerald Green” that captured Pantone’s attention as the “Colour of the Year” – serving as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity. For 2014, the New Jersey-based corporation best known for its colour matching system has opted for “Radiant Orchid”. Described as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones”, the colour is said to be an invitation to innovation, encouraging creativity and originality. “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

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Pantone recommends sprucing up interiors by incorporating the eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. “As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant colour is sure to liven up neutrals including grey, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergises almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” Here we highlight some home décor products and items with a touch of this year’s “Colour of the Year”.

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1.- Urban design wall covering with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s vibe and distressed texture adding authenticity to retro look: www.ambiencehomedesign.com 2.- Digital illustration created using own photography and reproduced textures: www.colouredpears.bigcartel.com 3.- Boucle throw rug, textured and soft: bambury.com.au 4.- Rug from www.boconcept.com 5.- Danton fringe: www.kushliving.com.au 6.- Print of original watercolour painting of sea coral, inspired by vintage botanical specimens: www.downthatlittlelane.com.au 7.- Textured geo wallpaper designed by Rachael Taylor: www.wallpaperrepublic.com.au 8.- Bordeaux stool: www.kushliving.com.au 9.- Contemporary themed tea-light holders and electric lamps: www.kohliving.com.au 10.- Coasters made from Brazilian agate, and hand-dyed cotton napkins: www.zakkia.com.au 11.- Cushion from www.boconcept.com 12.- Faceted jewel that plays on Boca do Loboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as furniture jewellers and is inspired by Gothic furniture of Romantic period: www.ambiencehomedesign.com 13.- Gothic Dracena P60 lends theatrical air to any setting: www.customlighting.com.au 14.- Pineapple professionally printed onto cotton canvas: www.wallstudio.com.au HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Creating stunning living spaces at Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella): www.ambiencehomedesign.com

Pool Pleasantries One of the many appealing aspects of living in southern Spain is that winter seems to blend almost seamlessly – and quickly – into summer without passing through spring. One of the downsides, of course (apart from spring lovers effectively missing their favourite season), is that we sometimes realise too late that certain keys plans should have been scheduled into our diaries in March, or even earlier. Like, for example, preparing the pool for the

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new outdoor entertainment and leisure season. Fortunately, there is still time and, to help readers study the many and varied options available in the market, over winter we checked out latest, and forthcoming, trends in pools and surround areas. For this first issue of spring (at least official spring), we also offer some key tips for pool maintenance and, most importantly, timely advice on safety – especially when it comes to young children.

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Available from The Shade Sail Company in Calahonda (Mijas Costa): www.theshadesailcompany.com

One of the essential contemporary trends in home design, dĂŠcor and maintenance is a commitment to environmentally friendly products and systems, and this is particularly imperative when it comes to swimming pools. From thermal covers and LED lighting to dual-speed pumps, cyclone pre-filters, solar showers and salt electrolysis units, cuttingedge pool accessory options can improve energy efficiency, save on water consumption, limit noise levels and reduce maintenance costs.

Available in MIjas-Costa from urban Danish design company BoConcept: www.boconcept.com

Designer villas from Iddomus in Marbella: www.iddomus.com

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Design & Décor > Mined centuries ago by the Romans for building aquaducts, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheatres, travertine is today used for paving patios, garden paths and other outdoor areas. It is one of the most commonly used natural stones in contemporary architecture, and is ideal for façades and wall cladding as well as flooring. More correctly classified as limestone rather than marble, travertine can be polished to a smooth, shiny finish and is available in several different colours, including grey and coral-red.

On the Costa del Sol, travertine products are provided and installed by Estepona-based construction company and building materials supplier Concept Building: www.concept-building.com

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENTâ&#x20AC;Ś When a New Jersey homeowner contacted Cipriano Landscape Design to create a unique pool, he asked that it reflect his fondness of playing and collecting violins. And not just any run-of-the-mill violin-shaped pool: he wanted an exact replica in scale of a 1700s-era Stradivarius with all of its detail and intricacies. The award-winning result features 500,000 translucent glass tiles, extensive fibre optical lighting (including violin strings that can be synchronised with music playing externally), an underwater audio system, a river-flow jet system strong enough to kayak or swim against, a 12-person perimeter overflow spa and two koi ponds. Established in 1989, Cipriano Landscape Design began as a custom landscape and masonry business and expanded into luxury in-ground swimming pool construction in 2000: www.njcustomswimmingpools.com

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Providing an attractive and natural finish to any pool, Pebbletec has many advantages over other forms of pool interiors. Pebbletec pools can be built to any shape or style without complications caused by tiling or problems associated with other finishes, Pebbletec interiors never need re-grouting, and there is no possibility of tiles coming loose. In addition, they avoid the danger of delamination or osmosis associated with fibreglass pools, and require none of the routine maintenance that applies to a painted finish. The origins of Pebbletec date to Australia 30 years ago, with the development of a system that enabled natural pebble bonded with white cement and additives to be used as an interior pool coating. It was primarily developed as a refurbishment for pools with problems but subsequently became the industry standard for producing an attractive, slip-resistant and extremely durable surface that could be applied to any shape or size of concrete swimming pool. In 1987 Pebble Technology Inc. took the process further in the United States, improving the materials and system.

Natural pebble provides a natural and practical way to produce stunning swimming pools with economic use of the earth’s natural resources. The mining and extraction methods are licensed and controlled by environment agencies and the pebble is used in its natural state and only graded and rinsed. No manufacturing processes are involved so no pollutant bi-products or harmful emissions are produced. EuropebbleTec use three sizes of pebble with their systems which give three distinct finishes: Pebbletec, Pebblesheen and Pebblefina. The actual water colour is produced by the refraction of the light as it passes through water reflecting from the pebble surface. As a result the shades deepen with the pool’s depth to give the most natural look possible. The Atlas Group is the only licensed Pebbletec and Beadcrete applicator on the Costa del Sol. www.atlaspool.eu

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1.- Available in MIjas-Costa from urban Danish design company BoConcept: www.boconcept.com 2.- Kettal is furnishing the Velaa Private Island Resort in north Malé, a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. The chosen furniture collections are Kettal Landscape, Kettal Vieques and Kettal Maia by Patricia Urquiola. www.kettal.com / www.velaaprivateisland.com 3.- Available from Safara Tenso: www.safara.es 4.- The embodiment of professionalism and creativity at Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella): www.ambiencehomedesign.com 5.- Available from Elite Glass Curtains in Elviria (Marbella): www.eliteglasscurtains.com

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1.- Available from The Shade Sail Company in Calahonda (Mijas Costa): www.theshadesailcompany.com 2.- Available in MIjas-Costa from urban Danish design company BoConcept: www.boconcept.com 3.- Available from Elite Glass Curtains in Elviria (Marbella): www.eliteglasscurtains.com 4.- Exclusively designed by outdoor furniture brand Alexander Francis, this collection of bistro sets features two rattan lounge chairs and a compact side table, ideal for a light al fresco lunch or sharing a bottle of wine at the end of the day: www.alexander-francis.co.uk 5.- The Acapulco sets from BOQA provide homeowners with the opportunity of having a complete garden and living room set of the same design: www.boqa.fr

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MAINTENANCE TIPS & TRENDS • Automatic suction cleaners move around the bottom and walls of a swimming pool, collecting dirt particles. It is estimated that their use represents a saving of more than 20 per cent in water consumption for the filter-wash process, and they also help reduce consumption of chemical products. • Able to replace traditional manual valves, an automatic selection valve system allows for automatic operation of the swimming pool, programmed from a remote control or integrated programmer keypad, to ensure optimal swimming conditions. • Saving on refill water, helping to avoid skin irritation and reducing the smell of chlorine, a salt electrolysis unit uses a simple process that converts salt into chlorine when it comes into contact with the water, then operates inversely to recycle the chlorine back into salt. The pool water is thus disinfected naturally without the need for storing chemical products. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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SAFETY FIRST Advisory laws governing pool safety products and procedures have been passed by the European Parliament for both public and private swimming pools. In many cases, however, they have not become universally enforceable directives applying throughout the EU. In Andalucía, for example, a law decree applies to communities of 20 or more residential units but, as Rudi Kaiser of Marbellabased Andalucía Glass & Steel notes, it is up to the town halls to enforce the regulations, which specify that, when the pool is unattended or not in use, it must be fenced off with a lockable gate to prevent unaccompanied minors from accessing the pool area. One Costa del Sol town hall that is taking a strict stance on the law is Mijas, reportedly issuing a deadline of this Easter for communities to abide by the regulations. Other municipalities are expected to follow suit, and it is also anticipated that similar laws will soon be introduced for private pools. For Kaiser, the key issue is not so much the legalities but rather ensuring safety, especially when young children are involved. “It’s like seal belts in the UK 30 years ago,” he says. “Statistically, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children under five, and for every child who dies three others who almost drown suffer permanent brain damage. It takes less than two minutes for a child to drown and this tragic event almost always happens silently, with no warning to parents that their child is in trouble.” Installing adequate

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protection is no guarantee, he says, “but you stand a better chance of it not happening”. Andalucía Glass & Steel offer both permanent and removable options for homeowners and communities wanting to secure pool areas. The first comprises 1.2-metre high balustrades with a glass and steel system that prevents children up to five years of age from climbing over the fence. They have self-closing, self-latching gates, and can also be key-lockable. According to Kaiser, “child-friendly” villas are increasingly in demand, so it is also highly advisable to have these kinds of fences installed for private home rentals, both holiday and long-term. “They are a very elegant solution for clients because they don’t take anything away from the pool’s aesthetics.” The other option is for those seeking a less permanent solution, but equivalent safety. Andalucía Glass & Steel are the sole European distributors for Guardian Pool Fences, removable mesh fences and gates that are “strong, durable and totally UV-resistant”. There are different combinations of meshes for any home or urbanisation, and different colours, they are almost “see-through” (thus blending into the landscape), and they are made to Guardian’s exclusive and childresistant specifications. www.andaluciaglass.com / www.lifeguardfence.com

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DINING ROOMS HAVE GRADUALLY BECOME LESS CLUTTERED AND FUSSY, AND ARE NOW MORE SLEEK AND ELEGANT – VEERING AWAY FROM MINIMALISM AND LEANING INCREASINGLY TOWARDS AN ECLECTIC LOOK. 50

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Extendable dining table from Lime Modern Living: www.limemodernliving.co.uk

Comfort has assumed greater prominence, without compromising on style and luxury. A combination of attractive walls, ambient lighting and beautiful yet functional furniture makes for a highly desirable dining area. To revamp a tired dining room, the mix-and-match look can look fun and contemporary. Gone are the days when a dining room set had to be made up of perfectly matching table and chairs. Now different styles, fabrics and finishes can be put together, making the space more inviting and less contrived.

Royal Wing Room at Dutch pavilion Expo 2000, designed by Marcel Wanders and currently on show at Stedelijk Museum: www.marcelwanders.com / www.stedelijk.nl

Elegant dining table from Casasola in Marbella: www.mueblescasasola.com

Creative spaces at Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcรกntara (Marbella): www.ambiencehomedesign.com

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Design & Décor > Neutral-coloured chairs around a bold, statement-making table can look stunning, while vibrant, mismatched chairs around a very plain table can also be extremely eye-catching.

Nezha Kanouni-designed dining table with chairs by Vitra: www.nezhakanouni.com

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Positioning a suitably-sized armchair at the head of the table can create a distinctive and personal style, or try replacing chairs with a bench. This can also change the whole look of the dining area, making it more sociable and informal.

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Design & Décor > As kitchens are becoming more popular for dining areas, benches around wooden tables are more sought-after. Benches are also ideal if the dining area is particularly small, as they are hugely space-saving.

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New “St. Louis” model from Marchi Cucine: www.marchicucine.com

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Pedestal tables give the impression of a floating table within a room and allow more flexibility in arranging chairs or allowing the option of a bench if desired. Ideally with pedestal tables the tabletop needs to be large in order for the chairs to fit snugly underneath around the base when they are not being used. Dining tables with legs in the corners define the full space of the table.

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Pig Table by Front: www.moooi.com

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Gloster have outdoor dining collections that are practical, minimalist and very contemporary. They use materials of the highest quality offering comfort and style. Available at Blackshaw Interior Design in Nueva AndalucĂ­a.

Vondomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sloo collection by Karim Rashid is suitable for both indoor or outdoor use. It is made of polyethylene resin and is 100 per cent recyclable and is available in a range of different finishes. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Sustainable Indonesian style from Tiara Furniture in Estepona: www.tiarafurniture.com. Photo: David Toms

Monastery dining range from Mobius Living: www.mobius-living.co.uk

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Reclaimed wooden tables are extremely popular at the moment and, they have a rustic look, they can give a very relaxed and casual look to the dining area.

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Design & Décor > If space is an issue, round dining tables can be an excellent option. Neutral-coloured tables with brightly coloured chairs provide a really visual focal point although, alternatively, a matching table and chairs can also look elegant and striking, depending on the design of the kitchen.

Rustic Scandinavian dining table from Nordic House: www.nordichouse.co.uk www.arne-jacobsen.com

For outdoor dining tables and chairs, lightweight options continue to be popular due to their practicality, and quality does not have to be compromised either. There are many furniture collections that are made of sturdy structures and longlasting materials which are easily manoeuvrable and conveniently stored away.

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BMW X5 4.4i AUTO - GAS - GLP *SPORT *PAKET *AUTOMATIC *2002 *165.000Km. *11.850€

BMW M3 CABRIO *FULL-OPTIONS *2004 *16.500€

BMW X6 3.0 d Xdrive *2010 *50.000Km. *Beige-leather *Full-Options *48.900€

BMW M3 420cv. CABRIO *Automatic-DKG *Full-Options *2011 *35.000Km. *51.600€

AUDI A4 2.5 TDI *2007 *Automatic *Sport-Paket *Naviplus(MMI) *120.000Km *10.450€

VW PASSAT 2.0 TDI 140CV. Variant *Automatic-DSG *Sport-Line *2007 *11.450€

Mercedes SLK 350 *Automatic *Leather *Xenon *2008 *22.750€

BMW Z4 Automatic *Leather *Navigation *2005 *120.000km. *12.800 €

MERCEDES CL 500 *Full-Options *2000 *7.900€

RANGE ROVER SPORT 2.7 TdV6 HSE *Full-Options *2007 *24.900€

FORD MUSTANG GT 2007 *Automatic *Leather *50.000KM *25.900€

Mini Jhon Cooper S Works JCW GP 218 CV. *Limited-Edition *2006 *50.000Km *18.900€

MERCEDES C 320 *Automatic *Full-Options *2001 *125.000Km. *5.950€

RANGE ROVER SPORT 3.6 HSE TdV8 272cv. 2008 *Full-Options *34.750€

VW Passat 2.0 TDI 140CV. *SportLine *Automatic-DSG *Leather *Tempomat *Parktronic *2006 *10.850€

BMW 120 d 163 CV. *Automatic *Navi-Plus *M-Paket *2007 *11.950€

AUDI A3 2.0 TDI 140 CV. *Sport-Paket *2008 *11.900€

AUDI A4 AVANT 2.0 TDI S-Line *Automatic *Navi-Plus *Sunroof *Leather *Xenon *Parktronic *2006 *14.750€

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Fairs & Exhibitions >

Design Showcase

THE INTERNATIONAL HOME, DESIGN, DÉCOR AND ART EXHIBITION ROAD SHOW CONTINUED IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WITH MAISON & OBJET IN PARIS, AND FERIA HÁBITAT VALENCIA, INCORPORATING CEVISAMA, IN FEBRUARY. UPCOMING SHOWS INCLUDE THE IDEAL HOME SHOW IN LONDON (14-30 MARCH) AND SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE IN MILAN (8-13 APRIL). 60

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Maison & Objet moves on to Asia in March following its latest edition in Paris, which showed “promising signs of renewed vigour and expansion”. The inaugural Maison & Objet Asia will be held in Singapore from 10 to 13 March; with further global expansion planned in 2015 (12-15 May) with Maison & Objet Americas in Miami Beach. In the meantime, more than 500 new exhibitors participated in the January 2014 edition of Maison & Objet Paris. According to the organisers, “This significant increase illustrates not only the proactive work done in keeping the show on the leading edge, but also the event’s undeniable appeal. This is particularly true for international exhibitors, who see Maison & Objet as the most effective platform for expanding their business. Maison & Objet Paris has become the European show at which the greatest number of Japanese décor and design firms choose to exhibit.”

Another positive trend was a marked increase in international visitors. “This steady trend has been evident over the past few years and was clearly confirmed in January with the return of European visitors, but also a significant increase in overseas-export visitors. This growth can be explained by the increased international promotion… (and) is also proof of the solid comprehension of the complementary nature of these events and Maison & Objet’s stature as the gold standard in this realm.” The January exhibition invited exhibitors and visitors to embark on “distant inner journeys”, with the main spring-summer trends theme of “Elsewhere”. The second biannual Maison & Objet in Paris will be held from 5 to 9 September, with Paris Design Week from 6 to 13 September. www.maison-objet.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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FERIA HÁBITAT VALENCIA

Positive Outcome for Exhibitors The 50th anniversary edition of Feria Hábitat Valencia concluded with a general sense of optimism and confidence for the future. Organisers reported that the four events held under the umbrella initiative of “See You in Valencia 2014” – Cevisama, Feria Habitat Valencia, Fimma and Maderalia – had exceeded expectations, “with a high level of business, a strong international component and a prominent influx of buyers”.

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Established and developed as a selection of “premium brands strongly orientated towards internationalisation and the ‘contract’ segment”, as well synergies with Cevisama, Fimma and Maderalia, Hábitat 2014 was the start of a “transformation cycle”. Exhibitors noted a steady shift of Cevisama visitors to Habitat, for example, and vice versa. Visitors who might initially have attended the fair to check out latest trends in ceramics also ended up viewing the furniture, lighting and textile exhibitions. Exhibitors were also pleased to be able to take advantage of the major purchasing power of buyers from northern Africa, Russia and Latin America, in particular. www.feriavalencia.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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CEVISAMA

Ceramic Trends for Upmarket Living Spaces

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Internationalism, innovation, design and quality were once again showcased at Cevisama – the International Exhibition of Ceramics for Architecture, Bathrooms & Kitchens, Natural Stone, Raw Materials, Enamels & Colours, Frits and Machinery – in Valencia in February. A total of 697 brands exhibited at the 2014 show, up on the previous year, and 218 of these were from outside Spain. Interestingly, the number of Italian brands exhibiting increased by nearly one-third. As Cevisama manager Carmen Álvarez explained, “More Italian brands have come to Cevisama because they were attracted by the abundance of buyers from markets such as Russia, northern Africa

and the Arab world. These visitors are professionals who are loyal to our exhibition, and more and more are coming each year.” Cevisama 2014 highlighted how ceramics are increasingly taking over the home, as well as the perfection achieved by digital printing techniques that create more personalised finishings and upmarket living spaces. As for latest trends, many suppliers maintained the Nordic look, with soft and natural colours and small reliefs and untreated finishes and natural varnishes. www.cevisama.feriavalencia.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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First Person >

TIARA FURNITURE & GAZEBOS: INTERVIEW WITH PETER TIAN

UNIQUE SUSTAINABLE INDONESIAN FURNISHINGS

Photos: David Toms Tell us something about your professional background and why you chose to set up a business here in Spain? My professional background is not really anything to do with furniture. Before coming to Spain I was working and living in London for 17 years in the import and export business as well as offshore financing. I decided that I wanted to live in a warmer climate and, as I used to have a restaurant in Torremolinos in the seventies, I chose to live in Marbella. My sister Josephine was living in the Puente Romano so it seemed an obvious place to choose. I then had to decide what I wanted to do... I didn’t want to go to back into the restaurant business and, though the real estate business was booming, it wasn’t really an option for me so I decided to choose the furniture business as I had many contacts in Indonesia. I figured that I could be involved in the active real estate market by furnishing properties with beautiful Indonesian furniture pieces. The Indonesian wood species is very hard and of excellent quality so I decided that I didn’t want to use new wood but, instead, reclaimed wood offering sustainable furniture from Indonesia using old wood from old bridges from the 17th and 18th centuries and railway sleepers made of iron and teak wood, for example. Once I had made this decision, I opened my workshop in Bali. The wood species comes from the island of Java and then I take it to Bali for finishing.

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What are the basic principles behind Tiara? Selling directly to the public and being a retail shop… Tiara is named after my eldest child. She used to work in the shop but she is now a mother with a small baby. How do you summarise the market and how do you differentiate your business from others in your sector? Most of the furniture items in my shop are unique pieces. Once the item is sold, there is nothing exactly the same again in the shop. Everything is limited edition. People may not realise that we can actually furnish an entire home as we offer beds, curtains, sofas... everything. What inspires you in your work and what is your vision for your company? I always look for new ideas and wood species: for example, my latest collection will be made from wood from a sunken ship. They lift the wood that dates from the 17th or 18th century from the sea. Indonesia is rich in ingredients and is the hub of exportation of wooden furniture. I would love to expand. We have opened a concession in the garden centre in Estepona, Agrojardin. I chose Agrojardin because it is very popular and es-

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tablished and you can buy everything there, not only plants but also dogs and cats, so I decided to build an Indonesian house within the Agrojardin garden centre. We have also just opened a shop in the small designer district in Barcelona in Carrer Bilbao. Barcelona is a very fashionable and creative city and they are building a large project at sea which will be very interesting. Also, Barcelona is near to the Balearics and other large cities so it is a well-positioned city. In Barcelona I sell more to designers and architects, whereas here in Marbella I sell more to individual private clients. I would like to distribute my furniture to Madrid through my collaboration with Divatto. I already have furniture in Divatto’s showroom on Marbella’s Golden Mile. Dubai is also of great interest to me so I’m looking at options there too. What future trends do you envisage in your industry? We are intending to offer a package deal with developers. The future in our industry is to offer more ecological and reclaimed wood. How important is sustainability in the concept of Tiara Decoración? It is my whole concept. All of my furniture is sustainable and made from old teak wood and iron wood from bridges and railway sleepers. Tiara Furniture & Gazebos Main showroom: Avda. Juan Carlos I Nº 67, Estepona Tel. (+34) 952 929 273 Viveros Agrojardin: Parque Antena, N340 Km.164, Estepona Tel. (+34) 952 794 104 info@tiarafurniture.com / www.tiarafurniture.com

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THE PROPERTY DOCTOR >

More Confidence in the Market

By Sean Woolley

WHY THE BRITS MAY MISS OUT! There is no doubt that the real estate market is moving again. Most reputable real estate agents reported 2013 as their best year for sales since the heady years of the last property boom, and early reports indicate similar levels of interest and activity so far in 2014. It has been well documented that the Costa del Sol real estate market appeals to a broad range of nationalities but, whereas the boom years welcomed UK buyers as the vast majority of overseas investors, in 2013 there was much more of an even split, with the Belgian and Scandinavian markets particularly strong. Of course, UK buyers have been hit by a triple whammy of a tightening credit market, a lingering recession and a derisory exchange rate that saw sterling reach parity with the single currency. But it seems the British love affair with Spanish property never really stopped. Evidence from within our own business points to 60 per cent of enquiries last year coming from Brits, but UK buyers only accounted for 25 per cent of our sales. This would indicate a “frustrated” demand: i.e. the Brits remained interested in buying, but there were simply too many obstacles in the way. It seems that this is set to change in 2014, with the UK emerging strongly from recession and the pound now valued at around €1.20. Put very simply, it means there is more confidence in the market and British buyers can get 20 per cent more for their money than previously.

WHAT’S HOT! • San Pedro – that tunnel has made all the difference. • Home staging – a small investment for great gains. • Three-bed apartments for “two-

TOP SELLING TIPS • Invest in professional photography. If nobody likes your property’s photos, nobody will want to see the real thing. • Prepare your property for viewings, or ask your agent to help. Lights on, curtains open, blinds up….give your property that “show home” feel. • Invest a small amount in “staging” your property for sale. It needs to stand out from the crowd. • Be as flexible as possible with viewings. Your perfect buyer may only be here for 24 hours.

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bed” prices – bag one if you can.

…AND WHAT’S NOT! • Crazy layouts – those villas won’t sell. • Banks – they need to dress their repos. • Poorly maintained gardens – not great for business.

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Of course, this good news also works in other ways. Firstly, British sellers in Spain will be 20 per cent worse off once their funds are exchanged back to sterling; and, secondly, higher levels of demand naturally lead to a hardening in prices. Already we are seeing the margin between “asking price” and “sales price” getting smaller and, although there are plenty of well-priced properties out there, buyers who think they can get lucky with half-price offers are in for a rude awakening, particularly in the most highly-regarded areas of the Costa del Sol, where properties are in high demand once again. I fear that the thousands of Brits now ready and able to snap up a bargain on the back of outdated pricing “advice” they have read in the media are in danger of missing out. If 2012 was the year of the repo and 2013 was the year of the bargain, 2014 seems set to be the year of recovery. Sean Woolley, our resident property expert, can be contacted at Cloud Nine Spain: Centro Comercial Guadalmina 4, Local 88, San Pedro de Alcántara; Tel. (+34) 692 254 432; sean@cloudninespain.com

BEST DEAL This charming beachside bungalow on the New Golden Mile with private garden and pool is a steal

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Property Showcase >

Pure Sophistication Located in a cul-de-sac in Sotogrande, this property offers magnificent views over a natural park with centuries-old cork trees. Its stunning fusion of interior and outdoor areas represents the pure style of ARK Arquitectos – the company’s new state-of-the-art project for 2013-14. The tranquillity of the surroundings blends harmoniously with the fresh architectural style, all beating to the same rhythm and creating a living area that is ideal for interaction.

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IN A NATURAL SETTING

In short, a perfect example of contemporary architecture designed in tune with the elegance and majesty of classic proportions. Extending over a 8,954 square metre plot, with 2,576 square metres of built area, the nine-bedroom home features spacious gardens and terraces, two separate apartments, exterior barbecue area, gymnasium and fitness room, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, jacuzzi and sauna, as well as a jogging track, paddle and tennis courts, cinema room and games room – and covered parking for eight cars.

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Redefining the Concept of Architecture, Landscape and Interiors

ARK is committed to ongoing research into different traditional materials such as iron, mortar and copper and the application of modern state-of-the-art techniques, meaning it is able to achieve eye-catching results with all its projects. The company is also closely involved with interior decoration, not in an isolated fashion, but creating the home as a whole, with the landscape, exterior design, architecture and decoration all coming together to ensure a harmonious finished home. With more than 10 years experience in the construction sector, ARK comprises a multidisciplinary team of technical architects specialising in the different fields of building and town planning. The company currently has two offices well-equipped with all the necessary resources and offering the highest quality standards. In designing spaces that are completely devoid of visual barriers, ARK achieves a perfect symbiosis between distinctive architectural styles to ensure maximum advantage is taken of Mediterranean light. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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An intelligent mix of light, shadow, warmth and freshness, finds its way into all the corners of an ARK home. Lofty windows let in as much natural light as possible and small strategically placed details provide intimacy and privacy. Committed to excellence, ARK pays special attention to materials, selecting them all meticulously, and also gives the same importance to landscape and surroundings as to the actual house itself – “since we are dealing with living things”. ARK Arquitectos Sotogrande. Tel. (+34) 956 793 166 Property featured here: (+34) 670 340 865 / 670 342 347 info@ark-arquitectos.com / www.ark-arquitectos.com

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Magical Luxury Haven

This villa located in the upper part of Sotogrande – set on a 4,000 square metre plot with magnificent views over the golf course and out to sea – was the result of a close collaboration between architect and client. Going against the trend for a minimalist aesthetic, the owners wanted to combine the essence of Andalucian design with a mix of natural and modern materials and to incorporate their diverse cultural interests and international travelling experiences.

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With accommodation over four floors totalling 975 square metres, the villa has taken full advantage of the 15-metre change in level across the plot and provides a variety of sheltered terraces, together with a secluded central courtyard to take advantage of the differing views, sun and shade. Combining six bedrooms, gym, leisure suite, wine cellar and top floor study/ sanctuary with large open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces, the layout creates an easy, free-flowing communication between all the living and family

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areas, with abundant light entering through large patio doors that lead out to generous terraces on each level. Some people might see the steep nature of the plot as a problem, but the owners were not put off. The design has taken full advantage of this with a dramatic infinity pool at ground floor entry level, together with a large lawn area, outdoor kitchen and covered entertaining area connected to the main house, giving down to a second large lawn area, ideal for a children’s play area and level with the leisure suite and family space. As with any individual villa project, it is the architect’s job, not to say the measure of his or her skills, to take the clients’ brief, matched to the plot of land, and create something unique and special from that starting point. It is safe to say that both the owners and the architect are extremely proud of the final result, which is both magical and a home. The property featured here is for sale. More information from: McLundie Architects Sotogrande Tel. (+34) 956 796 651 / Gibraltar Tel. (+350) 200 71913 www.mclundie.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Garden Landscape >

Real Salads

By Dick Handscombe

Reserve a corner of your garden or apartment terrace It has been a great disappointment over the last decade that the availability of a diverse range of fresh, tasty and chemical-free salad ingredients has been more difficult to obtain weekly, let alone daily. So eating a genuine healthy Mediterranean diet in which salads often feature in the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner does not always appear easy. However, the solution is readily available for every expat and Spaniard. How our garden evolved to enable us to live well is now described in the idea/information-backed booklet “Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean Style”. Before saying more let me illustrate what I regard as a tasty healthy winter salad, especially as it is just a few degrees above zero. For lunch today I wandered past our raised beds, container garden and odd corners of the larger general garden with a small wicker basket and pair of scissors. What ended up in the basket and on my plate of salad was as follows… Leaves from celtus, chicory, dandelion, parsley, rocket, purslane, alfalfa, Swiss chard and green and red lettuce plants, a wild celery plant, pineapple sage flowers and leaves, a hibiscus flower and two from nasturtium plants, together with a few leaves (a seed pod would have been added if available), two tiny carrots and their leaves, young garlic and onion plants and a couple of leaves cut off a garlic chive plant, a rue leaf, chopped rosemary, fennel, perella flowers and leaves, together with oregano, lavender, mint and thyme leaves, a young lemon leaf and a few flowers, a viola flower, rose petals, chopped almonds and walnuts, single succulent leaves from kalanchoe and crassula plants, plus a few olives and olive oil from our own trees. Ways of growing such a diversity of salad and other vegetables and edible herbs are fully described in our popular vegetable gardening book. If you live in an apartment you can also easily grow your own salad ingredients all the year round in space-efficient containers including window boxes, grow-

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ing tables and containers. A selection of productive methods is described in our book “Apartment Gardening – Mediterranean Style”. Incidentally, our drive to be self-sufficient was stimulated by passing through self-sufficient Pyrenean mountain villages and chatting to friendly and supportive villagers when walking across Spain to celebrate my retirement and recovery from two cancer operations. In our own valley, various generations of humanoids had taken 30,000 years to cultivate productivity and 30 years to destroy 90 per cent of traditional agriculture, which was what had tempted me to move to Spain in the first place. That amazing retirement odyssey in described in my latest and 21st book. Finally, do use your investment in Spanish property to live well, even when the short financial gains are disappointing.

Dick Handscombe is a holistic gardener, author and broadcaster who has lived in Spain for more than 25 years: www.gardenspain.com With the demise of many book shops and distributors in Spain it is often most convenient to buy the books written by Dick and Clodagh Handscombe from Amazon Books.

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Open sea >

For True Connoisseurs A LEGENDARY SPORTS BOAT

For years the runabout had been stored away in the corner of a boatyard, hidden under old tarpaulin. Enthusiasts were aware of the existence of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama but, after its owner passed away in 1993, the exact location of the legendary sports boat remained a secret. Then a Dutch Riva collector tracked it down and had it fully restored to original condition by Riva World, specialists in the restoration of Riva boats. Built 45 years ago for and commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of the Italian sports car brand, the fastest Aquarama in the world is now back on the water after three years of restoration work. Sandro Zani, owner of the Dutch Riva restorer, travelled to Italy on a regular basis, including visits to the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, in order to document all the details and elements of the original, before beginning the extensive restoration.

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During the work, the wooden hull was repaired and sanded, with no fewer than 25 coatings applied, the wooden interior was repaired and the seats were reupholstered in the famous Riva design. Lamborghini’s Riva also received “a new beating heart”: twin Lamborghini V12 engines from the first Lamborghini ever created, the 350 GT. As Sandro Zani explains, “One of the two original engines from the Riva can still be seen in the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum in Italy, but unfortunately wasn’t available for sale for this project. That is why we bought two other V12 engines… and converted them so they would be fully suitable for use in a boat. Thanks to the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum, we were allowed to disassemble and re-create various original parts of the original engine in the museum. In addition, Lino Morosini, who 45 years ago was head of the Riva engine division and one of the fathers of the Aquarama Lamborghini, provided us with additional information

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with which we were able to adapt the twin V12 powerhouses, water-cooled via specially designed closed circuit, so they were completely in line with the original specimens.â&#x20AC;? The late test driver and developer Bob Wallace provided the Riva World team with input for getting the two Lamborghini engines ready for maritime use, for the conversion of the engines so one would rotate to the left and the other to the right, for increasing the torque at low revs and for the manufacture of unique parts. The result was two roaring Lamborghini 4.0 V12s, each with 350hp and equipped with six twin Weber carburettors (12 in total) with a rev range between 700 and 5,000 rpm and a formidable torque that through various adjustments to the engines, including increased bore and longer stroke, is already available from around 1,500 revs. Together they give the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini a top speed of around 48 knots, compared to 40 knots for regular Aquaramas that Riva fits with twin V8 units as standard equipment. After test runs in the Netherlands last summer the Riva was transported to Italy, where it was given free rein on Lago dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Iseo under the watchful eye of Carlos Riva, the founder of the brand and the man who, back in 1968, was himself urged by Ferruccio Lamborghini to build the Aquarama in just three months! HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Travel & Getaways >

PEDRAS SALGADAS

Relaxing Eco Haven In The Midst Of Nature Once a holiday destination for royalty, the Pedras Salgadas spa and nature park has been transformed into a modern-day four-star resort for tourists seeking a tranquil and environmentally friendly getaway. The park is located in northern Portugal, one hour and twenty minutes by car from Porto, at an altitude of 580 metres. It extends over 20 hectares, with eight kilometres of paths blending in with the natural surroundings. Seven “eco houses” are situated in the heart of the park. Designed by architect

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Luís Rebelo Andrade, their modern amenities include cutting-edge technology, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a spacious outdoor deck. The thermal spa, renovated by architect Siza Vieira, offers a wide selection of massages, spa and beauty treatments, as well as an indoor pool with water circuits, sauna and Turkish bath; while the authentic delicacies of the Trás dos Montes regional cuisine can be savoured on the terrace of the Casa de Chá restaurant, with stunning views over the park.

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The path through Pedras Salgadas follows a natural course to the hot springs; and the resort’s imposing main avenue provides access to other facilities including an outdoor pool and bar serving snacks, miniature golf, a playground and paddle boat trips on the lake. Featuring high mountains and deep valleys, the region is one of Portugal’s most productive areas. Port wine, olive oil and honey are its most renowned products, and almonds, apples, cherries, chestnuts, potatoes, cereals and mushrooms are also produced in the region. The Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro region also offers a rich architectural and cultural heritage, just one reason why it was dubbed by novelist and poet Miguel Torag as the “Marvellous Kingdom”. TRIP FILE Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal Tel. (+351) 259 437 140 www.pedrassalgadaspark.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Travel & Getaways >

JUMEIRAH PORT SÓLLER

Picture-Postcard Luxury on Mallorca

It would be hard to find a more dramatic setting for a luxury holiday in southern Europe. Perched on a cliff overlooking the serene fishing village of Port Sóller, on Mallorca’s picturesque north-west coast, Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range – a UNESCO Heritage site. Re-opening in March after winter, the hotel’s 120 sea or mountain-facing rooms extend across 11 low-rise buildings covering 18,000 square metres, all connected by scented garden walks and internal passageways, and surrounded by natural rock and native vegetation. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury, the superior room offers a harmonious sense of spaciousness, with its comfortable interior, expansive outdoor area, eye-catching mountain views and luxury details including Bvlgari bathroom amenities.

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The architecture has been designed to take into account the natural surroundings, with the result that the integrated building appears to blend into the mountain, landscape and forests. All flat roofs throughout the property are planted with vegetation and tall grasses in order to provide subtle movement on windy days. Jumeirah Port Sóller’s communal amenities include al fresco restaurants serving Spanish cuisine, bars and lounges with magnificent views across the Mediterranean, swimming pools (two heated all year round and including an infinity pool), and the sumptuous Talise spa with 10 spacious treatment rooms. The hotel’s art collection has specifically been created and curated “to reflect

Mediterranean soul, the values inherent in the Sóller valley, and the very essence of Jumeirah’s ‘Stay Different’ philosophy”. Entitled “The Art of Experience”, it comprises 400 artworks produced by a dozen local artists, including paintings, watercolours, collages, photographs, sculpted stones, ceramics, glasswork and even ropes. The wooded area around beyond the hotel is ideal for outdoor activities, including trekking, hiking, mountain biking and climbing. Private yachts are available to hire for day excursions, to visit beaches and hidden coves, and for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving, and the islands of Menorca and Ibiza are within a short sailing distance. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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The hotel is 35 kilometres from Palma International Airport (just over 30 minutes by car), with Palma city also able to be reached by a scenic one-hour long train ride direct from Sóller train station. The Port de Sóller village is a short walk away, and a frequent shuttle bus service to the village and beaches is available from the hotel. Located three kilometres inland, the town of Sóller is best visited by taking the century-old, wood-panelled tram that meanders from the coast through verdant countryside and olive and orange groves, stopping at various key places en route during its 30-minute journey. TRIP FILE Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa Tel. (+34) 971 637 888 jps@jumeirah.com www.jumeirah.com/mallorca

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Gourmet Cuisine

Restaurants: Swedish Cuisine On Iceâ&#x20AC;Ś and Vegetarian Delicacies in Fuengirola Wine Notes: La Manga Bodega Leads Leap Into Quality Rankings

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Gourmet Harmony When architects Murman Arkitekter were commissioned to design the Tusen restaurant, their main objective was to create a building that harmonised with the landscape’s character, in shape and material. Situated in the Ramundberget ski resort on a small hill where the tree line meets the mountains,
the building – a category winner at the 2009 World Architecture Festival – sits 1,000 metres above sea level between slow-growing birch trees, brooks and rocks, with expansive views over the Helags and Skars mountains in central-western Sweden. “Our ambition,” explains Murman Arkitekter, ”Is that the interior is both intimate and spacious. The façade material is provided by the surrounding nature, and birch logs stand like a huge protecting screen towards the icy Nordic winds. We used the same material for the restaurant in the exterior as well as the interior. The round shape is natural in the exposed situation and it allows the snow to stay on the façade. It lets the cold winds pass and offers maximum visual contact from the inside, opening its embrace and forming a protected outdoor

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space where you can sit in the sun and look towards the white mountains. In one way it is a mini society, with its own mountain water and mini sewage treatment works.” Providing a cosy, delightfully quirky haven for mountain visitors, both après ski in winter and post-hiking in summer, Tusen serves a mix of contemporary and classic Scandinavian cuisine, in a dining room with capacity for 125 guests. The restaurant uses eco-friendly products and contemporary sustainable designs such as Planika’s bio fireplace Totem Commerce, which can be placed both inside and outdoors. The Commerce burner technology used in the product makes it safe for luxurious commercial areas, such as restaurants and hotels and spa resorts, as well as for gardens and patios. The burner is filled with highly absorbent ceramic fibres that keep the fuel inside even when the product is pushed over. It weighs only 26 kilograms and can be transported conveniently. (Photos supplied by: www.planikafires.com)

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VEGETALIA

Wholesome, appetising … and delicious desserts

Photos: David Toms

One of the misconceptions about vegetarian restaurants is that they are, essentially, for vegetarians – and vegans. The reality is that, while many people might still enjoy steak and seafood at home or when visiting other restaurants, an increasing number of diners are opting for vegetarian alternatives. This is especially the case at Vegetalia in Los Boliches (Fuengirola), where diners have discovered that vegetarian fare isn’t just about raw carrots, lettuce leaves and lentil burgers – or plain omelettes. It can be just as nourishing and flavoursome as any other cuisine. Katja Gilan, who moved to the Coast with her family from Finland in the mid1980s, opened Vegetalia in 1997 after noting the absence of any purely vegetarian restaurant between Marbella and Málaga capital – not to mention limited vegetarian options at many of the Coast’s restaurants. She initially expected the restaurant to appeal more to international residents and visitors accustomed to a more developed vegetarian culture back home, but the opening coincided with the outbreak of “mad cow disease”, and the restaurant quickly became a popular establishment for Spaniards seeking nutritious and creative alternatives to their customary cuisine – even if only a small percentage are actually vegetarians. Using the freshest ingredients and avoiding food additives and artificial flavourings, their emphasis is always on taste and quality, offering ovo-lacto-vegetarian cuisine in a cosy and relaxed ambience. They also cater for vegans, celiacs, lactose intolerants and other food-allergy sufferers.

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At lunchtime Vegetalia offers a self-service buffet from Monday to Saturday: €8.25 for adults and €3.50 for children under 12 years, not including drinks and desserts, consisting of a selection of salads, cold dishes, dressings, breads and four different hot dishes. Both the cold and hot dishes change daily. Dinner, served on Friday and Saturday, is a la carte with a varied international menu including starters such as fried goat’s cheese salad, soya croquettes with sweet chilli sauce, and grilled tomato and mozzarella skewer; and main courses such as seitan cutlets with French fries or baked potato, vegetable curry, filled crepes au gratin, lentil burgers, pasta dishes and stir-fries. In addition, they offer home-made desserts, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, and an extensive drinks menu including organic wines and beers. Take away is also available. Vegetalia is located in Los Boliches in Calle Santa Isabel: approximately 200 metres towards Fuengirola from the Los Boliches train station, second street on the right parallel with Avda. Jesús Santos Rein. VEGETALIA Opening hours: Monday-Saturday for lunch (12.30-4pm) Friday & Saturday for dinner (8-11.15pm) Closed Sunday Tel. 952 586 031 / www.restaurantevegetalia.com www.facebook.com/vegetaliafuengirola

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La Mancha Makes Its Mark

By Ana Gil Peña

Winemakers know what sells, or rather what does not sell. The denomination of a wine that included the words La Mancha or Valdepeñas was until comparatively recently the kiss of death, unless you were on a tapas crawl in Madrid where you would always order “un Valdepeñas”, which is really any wine that comes from La Mancha – much as one asks for “una caña’ (beer). La Mancha is Europe’s largest wine-growing area. In the 18th century, Carlos III imposed a tax on the wine that paid for the building of the Puerta de Alcalá and the Puerta de Toledo, two of Madrid’s landmarks. When the railway line linking Madrid to the region was completed in 1861, the “tren de vino” hauled 20 wagons to the capital every day. Wines from this area are now more likely to be referred to as coming from Castilla, and the change of reference has fortuitously gone hand-in-hand with a huge improvement in quality. Just as other Spanish wine-producing zones that were rated poorly have, using modern technology, made the leap into the quality rankings, so has La Mancha become acceptable. But there is one wine that is even more exceptional than the rest and, to prove it, it even has its own classification. This is Finca Elez, home to the Manuel Man-

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zaneque brand, and classified as a Grandes Pagos de Castilla. It is planted with Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay, alongside the native Tempranillo. When Manuel Manzaneque, ex-theatre director and producer, came home to his native La Mancha region to make wine, the area he chose for his 40-hectare vineyard was El Bonillo. The first vintage was in 1992, and straight away it was obvious that some great wines were going to come out of this bodega. Nor does it cost a fortune to drink these unexpectedly fine wines. The young Chardonnay costs only €5.50 and the excellent Finca Elez Crianza 2006, €9.50. The Selección 2005 (€15.50) and the Syrah 2006 (€17.50) are both outstanding wines by any measure, and if you can splash out on the Escena 2006 (€30) you will not regret it. Manuel Jr. is now in charge of things, having undergone extensive training in France and at various national wineries, and there is little doubt that, although these wines are not in every store, time spent searching them out is time well spent. The local distributor is: marberioja@hotmail.com, Tel. 650 598 120 – or direct from the bodega.

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Fashion, Health, Beauty … and Leisure

Catwalk Chic: Free Spirit from Esprit… and Eastpack Floral Profusion Off the Fairways: Parisian Reflections from Marbella golf star Azahara Muñoz General Health: Reducing Risks of Breast Cancer… and Benefits of Nuts Art & Culture:Music, Theatre, Films, Books and Photography Sound Bytes: New Album Releases… Kylie Minogue, Kaiser Chiefs, Pharell Williams The Final Word: Specialist Advice on Financial Markets

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ESPRIT SPRING-SUMMER COLLECTION

Free Spirit Since the brand’s launch in 1968, Esprit has consistently paid a highly individual tribute to free spirit and relaxed attitudes in its collections, and the new spring-summer 2014 range follows this line, once again showcasing a vision of harmony and laidback lifestyle. Feminine, contemporary and comfortable designs feature soft fabrics such as linen, cotton, cashmere and silk. The tops are embroidered and crocheted, with washed effects, and drawstring pants are combined with feminine blouses to provide style and personality. The jeans, tightly cut with partings (one of the collection’s “must-haves”) and other gently deteriorated boyfriend styles, add a cool and urban touch to complete the ideal look for this summer season. For latest fashion trends, visit: www.trendis.es HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Floral Universe

SPRING COLLECTION FROM EASTPACK

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The inspiration for Eastpack’s new Authentic Flowaroid collection was born from the idea of immortalising perishable flowers in a Polaroid. Formerly a manufacturer of military backpacks and naval bags, the legendary company has been transformed into a leading player in the world of urban functionality. This latest collection of rucksacks, bags, belt pouches and suitcases features original “made in” Eastpack patterns and an explosion of colour and vibrancy – ideal for travelling around the city in style. For latest fashion trends, visit: www.trendis.es HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Azahara Muñóz

FROM MARBELLA TO INTERNATIONAL STARDOM

SIX WEEKS AFTER HELPING EUROPE WIN AN HISTORIC 2013 SOLHEIM CUP (THE WOMEN’S EQUIVALENT OF THE RYDER CUP) ON US SOIL, MARBELLA-BORN GOLFER AZAHARA MUÑOZ WON HER SECOND LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT, THE LACOSTE LADIES OPEN IN FRANCE. IN AN INTERVIEW ON THE EVE OF THE TOURNAMENT, SHE WAS ASKED TO GIVE HER TAKE ON “FRENCH UNCONVENTIONAL CHIC” (LACOSTE IS ONE OF HER MAIN SPONSORS).

When you think of Lacoste, you think of… Classic! I love being classic on the golf course and Lacoste represents that to me. Your favourite Lacoste accessory? I love their handbags. Your favourite Lacoste garment? Love their sweaters... and their shoes. Your make up? I don’t use much. When I go out I use a bit of mascara and blusher. Colour? Blue And day cream? I use Nu Skin products: ageLOC Transformations day cream. Your favourite French expression? C’est la vie! Favourite French tradition? Not really a tradition... but I love the French Open at Roland Garros. And French food? Wine and cheese. Your favourite place in France? Paris… it is a wonderful city. Your petit-déjeuner? Poached eggs, ham and bread. And dessert? Crepes Your hero? Rafael Nadal… Looooove tennis! Your music? I love listening to Spanish music. Alejandro Sanz, Antonio Orozco... but I like anything commercial. Your best trip? Every time I get to come back home in Spain... I love being here with my family. Your perfume? Coco Chanel Your ice cream? Mint chocolate Cocktail? Margarita And snack? Yogurt, nuts, fruit. Your inspiration? My parents… I really want to make them proud. They have done so much for me. The best thing you have done so far? Winning my first LET event, LPGA event, and both Solheims. Your dream? Winning many more tournaments!

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Medical Minutes CUTTING-EDGE ADVICE FOR HEALTHY LIVING

By John Schieszer

Grab Your Walking Shoes

A new study has found that women between the ages of 50 and 74 who walk several days a week may have a significantly lower risk for breast cancer. Researchers looked at 73,615 postmenopausal women. All the women were recruited for the study back in 19921993 and tracked by researchers in terms of their exercise habits. The researchers found that women who engaged in at least an hour of vigorous physical activity every day had a 25 per cent lower risk for breast cancer. The study also showed that those women who walked for at least seven hours a week had a 14 per cent lower risk for breast cancer. “We examined whether recreational physical activity, specifically walking, was associated with lower breast cancer risk. Given that more than 60 per cent of women report some daily walking, promoting walking as a healthy leisure-time activity could be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity among postmenopausal women,” said Alpa Patel, who is an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta (Georgia). “We were pleased to find that, without any other recreational activity, just walking an average of one hour per day was associated with lower risk of breast cancer in these women.” This is the first study to show a lower risk for breast cancer specifically with walking among women ages 50 to 74. The current guidelines recommend that adults should strive for a least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity activity. Patel said this study suggests that higher levels of activity may provide greater benefits for breast cancer prevention in women over the age of 50. Adding Nuts to Your Diet May Have Hidden Health Benefits

It’s time to starting acting a little nutty. A new study shows that just eating a handful of nuts daily may help you live a longer and possibly healthier life. In the largest study of its kind, people who ate a daily handful of nuts were found to be 20 per cent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than those who did not consume nuts. The study also contains further good news. It found that the regular nut-eaters were more slender than those who didn’t eat nuts. The report looked at the protective effect on specific causes of death. It was conducted by scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health. “The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 per cent in deaths from heart disease,” said senior author Dr. Charles Fuchs, who is with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (Massachusetts). “But we also saw a significant reduction, 11 per cent, in the risk of dying from cancer.” Whether any specific type or types of nuts were crucial to the protective effect could not be determined. However, the reduction in mortality was similar both for peanuts and for tree nuts, including walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans, pistachios and pine nuts. The new study findings are based on data from more than 110,000 men and women who filled out detailed food questionnaires and were followed for approximately 30 years. Several previous studies have found an association between increasing nut consumption and a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, and diverticulitis. John Schieszer is an award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster of “The Medical Minute”. He can be reached at medicalminutes@gmail.com.

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ART & CULTURE >

Aladdin Sane, 1973 (©Duffy Archive)

LA TÉRMICA

Rediscovery of Duffy’s Iconic Bowie Images Brian Duffy is, together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, recognised as one of the photographers who helped create the “Swinging London” of the 1960s. Dubbed the “Terrible Three” by the British press, they redefined both fashion photography and the place of photographers within the industry and the culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. They socialised with royalty, musicians and actors, becoming celebrities in their own right. “Before 1960,” Duffy once recalled, “a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual.” Philippe Garner, international head of photography at Christies, remembers Duffy, who died in 2010, as being “an anarchic, abrasive, provocative young talent in ‘60s London, who precisely sensed the seismic shifts in British culture that could allow him to invent himself as one of the most successful of a new breed of fashionable photographers.” Duffy went on to have a 10-year working relationship with David Bowie, shooting five key sessions over this period and becoming the creative force behind

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Left: Scary Monsters, 1979 (©Duffy Archive) Right: Duffy, 1986 (©Trevor Leighton) the sleeve art for three album covers: Aladdin Sane (1973), Lodger (1979) and Scary Monsters & Super Creeps (1980). Duffy’s input is credited with having a significant influence on the creation of Bowie’s public image. Now, that work can be rediscovered in a photographic show, “Bowie Series”, at the Diputación Provincial’s La Térmica exhibition hall in Málaga (Avenida de Los Guindos) – continuing until 23 March. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm; Sundays and public holidays, 12 noon-3pm and 4pm-7.30pm. www.latermicamalaga.com

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Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show – A Retrospective

Morning Beams / Riverbed 1996 (Photo by Oded Löbl-©Yoko Ono)

Cut Piece 1965 (Photo by Minoru Niizuma-Courtesy of Yoko Ono)

Yoko Ono and John Lennon performing Bed-In for Peace (©Yoko Ono)

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is celebrating Yoko Ono’s 80th birthday (in 2013) with a retrospective that highlights the avant-garde artist’s contemporary art, music and experimental film works. Running from 14 March to 1 September, the exhibition includes nearly 200 pieces throughout the entire third-floor of the museum. Visitors will discover more than five decades of creativity, from the mid-1950s to the present, in the multi-faceted artistic universe of Yoko Ono. The exhibition includes some of her most recent creations, as well as a new version of the installation and performance Moving Mountains. www.guggenheim-bilbao.es TATE MODERN

Henri Matisse:The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse (1869-1964) The Snail 1953 Tate (©Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013)

Henri Matisse (1869-1964) Blue Nude (I) 1952 (Photo: Robert Bayer, Basel ©Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013)

The most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs, this major exhibition at Tate Modern brings together around 120 works. Many will be seen together for the first time, in what has been described as a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works. Matisse’s first cut-outs were made between 1943 and 1947 and were collected together in Jazz 1947 (Pompidou, Paris). Other major cut-outs in the exhibition include Tate’s The Snail 1953, its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 (MoMA, New York) and Large Composition with Masks 1953 (National Gallery of Art, Washington). The show will include the largest number of Matisse’s Blue Nudes ever exhibited together, including the most significant of the group, Blue Nude I 1952 (Beyeler Foundation, Basel). The exhibition opens at Tate Modern on 17 April and continues until 7 September. www.tate.org.uk HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES

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Agenda CARTOONS, EXHIBITIONS, MUSIC, THEATRE AND BOOKS

Moclinejo Exhibition

Picasso in Paris John Mayall PICASSO FOUNDATION

The exhibition room at Málaga’s Fundación Picasso, Museo Casa Natal, will be displaying over 100 works from private collections, titled “Cartoonists with Paris in the background: Picasso and illustrated magazines”, until 18 March. www.fundacionpicasso.malaga.eu MOCLINEJO

Forty artists and sculptors are exhibiting their work until 30 March at the Moclinejo exhibition hall as a tribute to Antonio Segovia Lobillo, recognising his contribution to culture, especially the world of art. facebook.com/exposicionesMoclinejo CERVANTES THEATRE

Legendary blues musician John Mayall is celebrating his 80th birthday with a series of concerts on both sides of the Atlantic, including at Málaga’s Teatro Cervantes on 5 March. On 10 March, Ray McVay will conduct the Original Glenn Miller Orchestra, also at the Cervantes. www.teatrocervantes.com

“In The Spirit Of Seville”

“IN THE SPIRIT OF SEVILLE”

In this in-depth volume, author and photographer Antonio del Junco transports readers with stunning illustrations exploring the city’s most sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions, from the opulent Alcàzar to the sensual rhythms and movements of flamenco. Published by Assouline and available from www.assouline.com AIA ART GROUP

Four members of the AIA (Artistas Internacionales en Andalucía), Dolores Cummiskey, Enrique Linaza, Roger Cummiskey and Richard Wood, are exhibiting “Winter Full Moon” at La Cala Cultural Centre until 24 March. www.aia-artgroup.com

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SOUND BYTES

New Album Releases

By Alex George

Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once

Having split with her manager of 25 years and signed a new deal with Roc Nation, “Kiss Me Once” – Kylie’s 12th album – was mooted as a departure from her staple diet of radio-friendly electropop. As if to prove the point, there were early rumours that the album’s lead single would feature rapper Brooke Candy, while collaborations with fellow Voice mentor Will.i.am were also said to be in the offing. Thankfully, neither of these have come to fruition. In fact, “Kiss Me Once” acts as more of a hybrid of Kylie’s recent albums, particularly the exuberance of 2010’s “Aphrodite” and the harder-edged electro of 2007’s “X”. It’s a blast of day-glo dance, of-the-moment collaborations, a lesson on how to be sexy and still polite – oh, and a bit of Enrique Iglesias, too Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education & War

Due to be released on 31 March, “Education, Education, Education & War” is Kaiser Chiefs’ first album since the departure of principal songwriter Nick Hodgson. Although it was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, “in a weird way… I think it’s solidified how British we are”, singer Ricky Wilson said in a press release. The record gets most of its title from a 2005 speech from Tony Blair, in which the then-prime minister called education “the key to the door of Britain’s future success”. Handily the new album is coming out just as frontman Ricky Wilson is on Saturday night screens as a judge on BBC One’s “The Voice”. A shrewd move to sell more records if you ask me, and why not? Pharell Williams – G I R L

In a statement, the singer-producer said that he wanted the album to feel “festive and urgent”. No word yet on which tracks will be included in the album, but expect to hear lead single “Happy” a lot over the next few months. The Oscar-nominated song, first featured on the soundtrack to “Despicable Me 2”, has reached number one in more than 75 countries. It’s still unclear, however, how much rapping Pharrell will do on “G I R L”. Late last year, the producer said his next album would be rap-free, saying, “That’s the difference between 30 and 40. ‘Cause I was 30, now I’m 40 – and I’m not rapping.” One week later, he said, “There was a misunderstanding. There’s just things that I just can’t talk about at the moment that won’t have any rap in it. But I will be rapping.” Despite being one of the most prolific producers in music, G I R L will be Pharrell’s first album in eight years. “In My Mind”, released in 2006, peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, but received mixed reviews.

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Specialist Advice. The Final Word >

Uncertainty Eases in US

By Stephen Tiley


Rates during the period 18 January to 17 February, with the pound the winner: £ to $ £ to € € to $

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of the housing market, particularly as house prices rose around 6.9 per cent last year. The growing consumer confidence was seen in the growth of credit card borrowing and personal loans. At last it also appears that lending to SMEs increased during the last quarter, hopefully reflecting improved lending conditions for 2014. Mr. Carney provided a further insight into his forward guidance and confirmed interest rates will not be “adjusted” solely by using unemployment as the factor. That is good news for the Bank of England as the unemployment rate continues to drop and is expected to record around seven per cent with the latest numbers. Whilst the recovery is on line, Mr Carney wants to make sure that it is not taken for granted and, of course, again the interest rate was held at its present low level. With another month of satisfactory PMIs (purchasing managers indices) house building and commercial construction meant construction was the star turn, recording its highest level since August 2007. The next big step on the recovery path will be linked to the budget due in March, and what additional cuts will be required, although in fairness most tax increases have already been implemented. Ongoing Focus on European Banks

This issue we start with news from across the water, and I am delighted to say a crisis has been averted. The US congress finally agreed to raise the debt ceiling until March 2015, which means the US will not default on its debt. Raising the ceiling is the only way at present that the US government can pay its debts. This issue has been around for about three years, and in the past had created a considerable amount of uncertainty in global markets. However, and without much fuss, on this occasion both parties managed to agree on the way forward. I guess it’s something to do with the mid-term elections later this year. With Ben Bernanke chairing his last meeting of the Federal Reserve, an additional $10 billion was cut from the QE programme in place. His successor, Janet Yellen, has suggested things will remain steady as she is likely to follow the course already plotted, so you can also expect interest rates to remain low for some time. The housing market continues to expand, with prices increasing around 0.9 per cent month on month fuelled by improving consumer confidence. With the economy around 6.5 per cent bigger than before the crisis began it’s no wonder the Americans are feeling quietly confident. Growing Confidence in the UK

The UK continues its path to recovery as it registered its best result for some time and grew by 1.9 per cent. That solid growth was seen across most sectors. However, it is the services sector that takes the gold medal. Bank of England governor Mark Carney has also suggested the economy will grow at around 3.4 per cent in 2014 so confidence within the central bank remains high. Mortgage approvals also hit a high of 71,600 in December. That’s up about 29 per cent on the year and contributes to some worries about the possible overheating

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Across the euro zone, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi continues to face a difficult task, as falling inflation is still around. Prices across the zone continue to fall and stay well below the ECB’s target of two per cent. Unemployment remains a considerable issue as it stands at around 12 per cent. However, with interest rates at 0.25 per cent it’s not easy to cut again. Going forward, another big task for the ECB head is galvanising banks to focus on creating the banking union and creating the urgency for a common pot of money to be used for bailing out banks. Mr. Draghi wants to see a five-year plan and not, as proposed, take 10 years for it to be resolved. In mid-February there was better news for the eurozone, with the last quarter of 2013 recording 0.3 per cent growth. Better than expected growth from Germany, France and the Netherlands was supported by growth in Austria, Belgium, Spain and Italy, which all helped boost confidence. Downsides still remain in Greece, and Finland joins the “sick” list. However, the hope is that 2014 will see a continued composite figure. Since the turn of the year, however, a different threat has emerged to the global recovery – and, of course, the eurozone – as the emerging markets now account for a higher slice of global output, so any impact becomes greater. We are not expecting to see a similar situation to the 1990s, however. We all know what complacency can bring. Stephen Tiley is regional manager of Moneycorp. If you want to see how you can make more of your money transfer, irrespective of the amount or frequency, contact our preferred payment specialist Moneycorp, on Tel. (+34) 952 587 657. When you contact them please let them know you saw this article in Home & Lifestyle.

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