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CONTENTS WINTER 2011/2012
A L O N G T H E C OA ST 14
Company News and Updates
I N T HE T EC H 22 Pamper your Loved Ones
A T HO M E 26 Centre of Attention: The Most Important Piece
of Furniture for your Living Space 36 Winter Warmth: Sensational Fireplaces and Rugs 42 Gems of Nature: Semi-Precious Stones are Being Used to Produce Surfaces with Exquisite Appeal. 48 A House — An Acrylic Stone — A Vision 58 Amazing Glazing: State-of-the-Art Glass Extensions 64 Appliances of the Future with Intelligent Mobility
66 Featured Property: P&O Apartments S.L. 68 Preparation Months in Spanish Gardens
C UI S I N E 72 Restaurant Reviews: Le Petit Versailles 75
Cook it Raw
76 Restaurant and News Update 78 Home Entertaining: Warm-you-up Soups
I N V O GUE 82 Health and Beauty News 84 Exquisite Creations: Carrera y Carrera’s New Mediterráneo Collection 88 ‘Posh’ Hair and Beauty 88 Extreme Dream: Giuseppe Zanotti
LIFESTYLE 92 Twelve Floor and Ninteen Stars: The Hotel Puerta América Madrid
94 Good Karma: The 2012 Fisker 98 Art & Culture
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Variable Light & Shade
Ventilation & Insulation
Enjoy your terrace, every day...
...come wind, rain or shine Vergola’s unique automatic opening louvre roofing system not only looks stunning, but is robust enough to survive the harshest of elements; that’s why it comes with a ten year guarantee and is maintenance free. Solutions also available for restaurants, bars, pools and public buildings.
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FROM THE EDITOR >
Winter is the time to add warmth to your home by making sure your house is both comfortable and stylish. With this in mind, we take a look at the stunning new trends in home décor, from the most important piece of furniture for your living space, the sofa, to the newest sensational fireplaces to heat your home during the three coldest months of year. We suggest ways to add a touch of luxury and glamour to your bathrooms and kitchens by adding sparkle with semi-precious stone surfaces, including agate, amethyst, jade, turquoise and tigers eye. This issue also takes a look at one of the hottest architectural materials on the market today, HiMacs, a material that has been used throughout our featured Bauhaus style house in Bavaria.
If giving yourself a little treat isn’t out of the question, we recommend taking a weekend break at the Hotel Puerta América Madrid. You will enjoy a hotel that stands out for its originality, created by nineteen of the world’s best in avant-garde design. And for a look that is exquisite, Carrera y Carrera’s new jewellery collection, Mediterráneo, will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Whatever plans you have to revamp your home over the next few months we hope you will find some inspiring ideas in this issue of the Home and Lifestyle Magazine. On a final note, as we enter
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Light and Power Cyclone
Whether it’s a discreet lighting system or a flamboyant chandelier, a subtle highlight or a multi-coloured display, lighting plays an important role in converting good interior design into great interior design. With a combined experience surpassing 20 years, Nathan and Sonya at the Light and Power Shop in Gibraltar can help you create an impressive scheme in any part of your home, office, bar or restaurant. All their products are sourced from the UK, which means they can offer you a style and quality that is far superior, from names you can trust. The company offer a massive choice of styles from contemporary to classic in a range of finishes to suit every taste and pocket. Many of their completed projects include the use of a flexible LED lighting strip which offers fixed or colour changing options and can certainly give a WOW factor to a room. At home think… under wall unit lights or plinth lighting in the kitchen or highlighting an area such as around the TV in the living room. Commercially it could be to brighten a window, highlight a display or just create the right ambiance. Pop in and let them inspire you! 325a Main Street, Gibraltar. Tel: (+350) 200 62602 www.thelightandpowershop.com
People you can Trust TRUSTED TRADE ASSOCIATION The purpose of the Trusted Trade Association is to have a non-profit making group of reliable and professional businesses to whom we can pass clients to without commissions being passed between its members. The meetings are on a weekly basis and are organised in a way where members can give presentations on their business in detail, business updates, and have the opportunity to give and receive leads, creating a lot of business between the members in the group, and it really does work. If you are a customer, and would like to use or recommend one of their trusted members you can contact them, also if this concept appeals to your business, and you would like to be part of the group. Tel: 690 910 043 or feel free to visit one of our weekly Wednesday meetings at the Senator Hotel, Marbella, at 8.00 am. www.trustedtrades.es
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Underfloor Heating has become even More Comfortable ARCOS SP, A COMPANY BASED IN THE INLANDS OF THE CÁDIZ PROVINCE HAVE DEVELOPED A SYSTEM TO HEAT AND COOL YOUR HOME, MAKING IT EVEN MORE COMFORTABLE THAN BEFORE. Underfloor heating is by far the most comfortable way of heating your home, but did you know that you can also use it to cool your house as well? Arcos SP have been providing this system, SUELO CONFORT, for the past six years, especially in the inland areas as a good alternative to air-conditioning. “On the coastal area, with predominantly warm and humid conditions, cooling with this system may not be sufficient. Therefore, Arcos SP also started providing air-conditioning units in addition to the floor heating and cooling system,” says Roger Matthijsen, the Dutch owner of Arcos SP. “For those few days that are hot and humid, the additional air-con units can be used to lower the humidity which floor cooling cannot do alone. In addition, the air-con units help to warm the house quicker when returning to Spain during the winter season, whereas underfloor heating needs several hours to warm up the house.” Although Arcos SP clients are very happy with the system, Roger felt that it could be even better. He was able to obtain a grant from the Dutch government for new product innovations and used it to develop a special computer program which combined the air-con unit system with the floor heating and cooling system — the ARCOS CONFORT system. “Until recently, my clients needed to regulate the air-con units separately from the floor heating and cooling system. With our latest product, this is no longer necessary. There is just one thermostat in every room, which measures the temperature and humidity of the surroundings. It compares it to the temperature setting you want and decides on the most effective way to reach that desired temperature. It is programmed to use the floor heating and cooling system first because it is the most comfortable and economical way, and if necessary will start the air-con units. Furthermore, the system can be checked and adjusted from anywhere in the world with an internet connection available.” explains Roger. The ARCOS CONFORT system can also be extended to a complete domotica system including switching on and off lights, TVs and audio equipment and opening or closing blinds and curtains. For more information call 956 72 44 42 / 655 16 26 13 or visit www.arcos.nl
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Aesthetic Sense and Distinction OCEAN CLINIC MARBELLA, established in 2008, is the only clinic in the area that is run by its own cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kaye, unlike most other surgeons who rent space for their procedures. For clients this comes with its advantages. Dr. Kaye chooses all of his own staff so patients can receive the utmost in customer care with staff who are constantly working together with the surgeon. Dr. Kaye has built up a fantastic reputation in Spain and beyond and offers a complete range of plastic surgery, surgical rejuvenation and body shaping procedures. His state-of-theart clinic, equipped with the latest technology and the newest equipment is surrounded by established trees and is very discrete, but centrally located in the heart of Marbella opposite the famous Parque de la Alameda.
Vergola is now in Spain THE AWARD WINNING AUTOMATIC ROOF SYSTEM FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES.
With autumn and winter, comes changeable weather, coastal winds and rain; this normally means the end of Mediterranean outdoor living for a few months. Terrace furniture gets covered and we all move inside — yet it doesn’t have to be this way. With over 25 years of experience in taming the elements of Australia’s demanding climate, the award winning Vergola automatic opening roof system is now available in Spain. Created by engineers from the aeronautical sector, Vergola’s unique interlocking roofing louvres use aviation technology to intelligently control sunlight, airflow and ventilation into the home. Unlike fragile and vulnerable awnings, a Vergola strong automatic roof system can be opened at different angles, creating variable, adjustable environments — including full sun; partial shade; ventilation and protection from light showers; or fully closed for rain and storm protection. So not only is Vergola perfect in the hot summer months here in Spain when it
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Ocean Clinic will be holding a soft opening in December but will be officially opening their expanded facilities in January 2012. Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella T: 951 775 518 www.oceanclinic.net
can be partially adjusted to block the searing midday sun, or partly opened to allow in cool breezes; it is also perfect for these winter months. A Vergola terrace roof can allow in the full strength of the warming winter sun, or automatically close to provide protection from those seasonal showers. Vergola is a smart system, as it even includes a rain sensor. It can be programmed to automatically shut at the first signs of rain and then open again once the showers have passed. The Vergola award-winning adjustable automatic roof is professionally tailored and installed to suit a wide variety of residential and commercial outdoor environments from residential and commercial terraces; outdoor restaurant and bar areas; pools; and public spaces. Each installation is supervised by a Vergola architect. A Vergola automatic opening roof not only looks stunning, but is robust enough to survive the harshest of elements and that is why it comes with a ten year guarantee and is maintenance free; and the ‘Colorbond’ BHP steel louvres insulate against heat loss and sound. The unique and stylish Vergola louvre roofing system enables complete control over sunlight and airflow, making it energy-efficient and money-saving as well as adding value to homes and businesses. To find out more or to receive an on onsite consultation and quotation visit www.vergola.es or call 902 102 658
Elegant designs with state-of-the-art technology
Chimeneas, Fire and Design
Calle el Califa 564, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella 29660 - Tel: 951 275 693 - Mob: 617 649 583 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.pias-chimeneas.com HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES
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Quality and Design, Habitat’s Essence Formula “Made in Spain” Casasola’s professionals attended another year of the prestigious furniture Event “Feria Valencia Habitat” which offers you all the latest trends in the most exclusive area of design and interior decoration. “From Habitat Valencia we are seduced with the plurality of styles and multiple ways to combine, and the quality and design of the phrase ‘Made in Spain’, which is so close to our business philosophy” says Cati, C.E.O. of Casasola Furniture. “This rich display allows Marbella, the chance to select and bring closer the fascinating world of interior design.” Days after the event, the Casasola showroom is dressed with magnificent acquired galas, and an overwhelming array of lounges, dining rooms, bedrooms, sofas, lamps, custom frames, pictures and more… which you will fall in love with as you pleasurably walk through our exhibition. “
Shades of gold, red, mauves, beige, black or white blended within warm ‘Art Deco’ rooms full of personality, with classic Empire-style furniture in carved wood and upholstered in gold silk — exquisite pieces in different avant-garde design styles. Light, design, quality and colour… a bet in Casasola’s Furniture.
Casasola’s specialists extracted Feria Valencia Habitat’s finest pieces, its elegant and versatile world of furniture, decoration, household textiles and lighting. A spectacular ‘live’ catalog to sample the leading avantgarde interior design world, mainly in ‘classic pure’ style and its various combinations, with ‘art deco’ suggestive elements, bold upholstery in silk, daring decorative paints ... In summary: an exclusive party for the discerning palate. www.mueblescasasola.com
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The Future is Here CUSTOM DESIGN AUDIO, VIDEO, LIGHTING AND CONTROL SOLUTIONS Established in 2003 in London UK, FUTURE LIFESTYLE has worked with some of the most premier construction companies such as Laing Homes and Countryside & Linden Homes, designing and installing home automation and entertainment systems. From their offices in London, property owners were able to take the next step in in-house entertainment installation including home cinemas, multi-room audio systems, and home office computer networks with file and printer sharing functionality for work and play, and in the Summer of 2006 Future Lifestyle opened their Costa del Sol office after they were approached by an existing client to install a system in his Spanish property. “Today, buyers want next generation housing which are high in functionality and technology, so developers and private owners alike are installing integrated systems to add something unique and special to their properties. As custom designers, Future Lifestyle is able to offer a wide range of solutions for audio, video, lighting, environment and security management, bringing projects right up-to-date through their tube network design,” explains Jason Wild from Future Lifestyle Installations S.L. “Future Lifestyle understand that if the system is hard to use then we did not do our job. The key to this success is to understand the client’s needs and install systems that anyone in the family can use.” With a home network installed by Future Lifestyle you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of a connected home both now and in the future. In addition, home technology these days means seamless integration for cleaner lines and a more efficient way of life. Future Lifestyle takes everyday solutions like TV´s and speakers, thermostats and temperature sensors, light switches and dimmer modules, shutters and curtains, and integrate them under one easy solution control system. “A good home network means more cables are hidden away, solutions are more stable, less switch plates and control panels are needed, ultimately ridding your walls of the ‘acne’ for a better looking, functioning home.” Future Lifestyle offers a free consultation service where you can discuss all the various options a modern integrated design can offer. T: +34 902 107 227 - DL: +34 952 830 936 email@example.com - www.futurelifestyle.es
Dr. Kai O. Kaye Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgeon Fellow of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery EBOPRAS Full Member of the German Board of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery DGPRĂ„C Member of the Colegio de Medicos de MĂĄlaga (No.29/2909452)
Facelift Blepharoplasty Rhinoplasty Otoplasty Breast lift /reduction /augmentation Labiaplasty Abdominoplasty Liposuction Thigh lift Brachioplasty Scar correction Deep Peeling Botox - Filler Dental aesthetics Facial feminization
Thank You Dr. Kaye and the Ocean Clinic team thank all their patients who supported us during the past year and made it possible to be voted again as the most popular Plastic Surgery Clinic in Marbella. We are looking forward to 2012, when we are going to offer our awardwinning service in our extended, brand new installations where state-ofthe-art surgical equipment, beautiful patient rooms and a dedicated, bigger team will make your treatment with us memorable, whether you are considering reshaping your silouhette or a healthier, more youthful looking face.
Av. Ramon y Cajal, 7 - 29600 Marbella / +34 951 775 518 - Mob : 670 770 455 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.oceanclinic.net
Winner Marbella Awards for the Second Year
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Best of British Timothy Oulton brings luxury lifestyle furnishings to Marbella at El Corte Inglés El Capricho. With stores in major cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Beijing, the iconic British-originated luxury home furnishing brand, Timothy Oulton, has officially opened the doors of its new store in the El Corte Inglés El Capricho Home & Decoration boutique. Timothy Oulton is known for timeless designs reinterpreted with a fresh perspective, resulting in uniquely authentic and distinctive pieces that exude the perfect balance of tradition and modernity. View the latest collection in-store. El Corte Inglés Capricho, Blvd, Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 2, Marbella
One Destination. Unlimited Resources. All Under One Roof. Established in 1995 on the Costa del Sol, Spanish company Gavira has a combined experience of over 50 years in the furniture industry and three outlets strategically located along the coast — Casares Costa, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro (Sotogrande) and Sabinillas. Know as the GAVIRA HOGAR group, the company’s large professional team offers clients the best in customer service and advice. Their main goal is to achieve nothing less than total customer satisfaction — which is shown in their customer care and outstanding after-sales services. With over 5,000 square metres of floor space, Gavira is a one-stop destination for all your home décor, home design and appliance needs. Not in stock, then Gavira will process your order within a very short delivery time period, this is due to their large volume of sales which enables them to receive the delivery of goods from their suppliers on a daily basis. With its own in-house interior decoration department Gavira can also provide you with furnitures in all styles, decorative accessories, upholstery, curtains, lighting, carpets, mattresses, terraces and gardens, kitchens, electrical appliances, image and sound, air conditioning, plumbing, electricity, bathrooms, household items, and can create an exclusive package just for you. Trust them with your decorating your home. You won’t be disappointed! . Gavira Furniture’s main showroom is located on the A7 between Estepona and Sabiniallas. It can’t be missed! Open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 20:30, and Saturday all day from 10:00 to 20:00. Autovía A7, km 146. (0034) 952 890 586 Tel: 902 211 111 www.mueblesgavira.es
Sea insipired pieces include paua shell, sponge coral, and mother of pearl. Designs collected from the far flung corners of the Earth to enhance your wardrobe. An ideal gift for Christmas and Valentines Day. Available from … Chic Hair & Beauty Studio Av del Litoral 55 Playa del Angel Local 39, Estepona Tel: 952 806 490
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IN THE TECH >
Twilight by Pure The world’s first eco-friendly combined dawn simulator lamp and digital radio. Twilight combines the best in light therapy with the station choice and ease-of-use of digital radio to deliver the ultimate bedside experience.
BeoCom 2 BeoCom 2 has a shape so distinctive there’s no gift wrapping in the world that will disguise it. This tall, slender telephone is crafted from a single piece of aluminium. Bringing a dash of design colour to any room, BeoCom 2 is available in six colours including red, green and golden. www.bang-olufsen.com
Enjoy an unprecedented 80-Inch virtual screen, from approximately 7 feet away — with brilliant colours at the highest resolution available in it’s class of video glasses! The ITG-HQ3D can be connected to any multimedia devices with A/V output and will then function as a large-screen TV. Great for enhanced personal entertainment, unprecedented fun and enjoyment! itvgoggles.com
pamper your loved ones HI-TECH COMPLETE HOME SYSTEMS TO THE ECO-FRIENDLY AND STYLISH.
Stream all the music on earth wirelessly in any room Get ready for some floorboard rattling, heart thumping HiFi sound. Start with one Sonos® player, then expand wirelessly, wherever you want music. Now take control with your Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad and play whatever you want, wherever you want. Stream a radio station from Brazil in the bedroom, listen to the Top 40s in the kitchen, and play your favourite song from iTunes all over. Sonos connects directly to the Internet, so you can blast a universe of music in every corner of your home. Play a different song in every room or play the same song everywhere, in perfect sync. To find out more visit the Reece Electronics Showroom, Urbanisation Ricmar, Marbella. T: 952 835 633 M: 607 383 578 www.reeceelectronics.com
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Form 2 Headphones This striking, over-the-ear design classic, which is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, comes equipped with dynamic drivers to immerse the listener in truly superior natural sound. With deep bass and precise highs, Form 2 delivers as fantastic a music experience as the artist intended. Available in 4 new colours; red, orange, yellow and white. www.bang-olufsen.com
The H-racer 2.0 Discover the automative technologies of the future by building and driving your own hydrogen fuel cell car. The H-racer 2.0 is the new generation H-racer, featuring a construction kit of the scale model car, as well as remote controlled steering, and light emitting features within the car. The car will run faster, and longer than the original H-racer, while still keeping its signature style. Includes a solar cell, hydrogen station, remote control, hydrogen fuel cell car assembly parts, and an instruction manual. Recommended for ages 8 and above. www.horizonfuelcell.com
Livescribe Echo Smartpen Take the stress out of tests and meetings with an Echo™ smartpen from Livescribe. Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes a nd stay organized. www.livescribe.com
Control4 Smart Home Solutions - Energy It is fast becoming common knowledge that a modern home these days is an intelligent one. A house that knows when you are at home, out for the night or away for a longer period. Automated features like shut down of blinds and shutters, turning off the all TVs and audio systems changing them from on or standby into hibernation mode thus using no energy at all. Lighting control solutions that not only just activate on/off functions at certain times or when you walk in a room, but via daylight saving modes for example at dusk knowing that this differs dependant on the time of year. Managing climate control so you can monitor the unit usage over time and set levels using an automated system. Receive an email or text/SMS alerts that include usage and cost budget overruns, whole house and appliance level performance, and rate alerts such as when a rate tier is about to be exceeded. These applications allow monitoring of current, historical and projected energy usage and costs throughout your home, including solar production via touchscreens. This simply means consumers can reduce their energy usage and costs by controlling how and when specific devices in the home use power — particularly during peak pricing or load periods, and in a way that fits with their lifestyle and priorities. www.futurelifestyle.es
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Décor & Design Outdoor Living Architecture Property
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Centre of Attention BEYOND THE PERFECT COLOUR AND THE RIGHT SIZE AND STYLE, THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU’RE GETTING READY TO PURCHASE ONE OF THE LARGEST, AND MAYBE MOST IMPORTANT, PIECES OF FURNITURE FOR YOUR LIVING SPACE.
FLOFÁ SOFA - FLOFÁ COLLECTION Flofa… The design of this chair allows the user, the freedom of movement. To relax, read and rest. What object embodies the best ideas of comfort and natural style? Undoubtedly the flower, which inspired the design of this chair helped it to earn the title Winner of “ Winners Awards”. Result of the collaboration between the Cardenal Herrera University - CEU, Valencia and Latorre. Flofa chair by Latorre. Designer: Cristina Gorzanelli www.ascensionlatorre.com
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CONCORDE COLLECTION www.ascensionlatorre.com
Like hardly any other piece of furniture, the sofa represents the spirit and lifestyle of an era. In ancient Roman society, a triclinium (couch) was placed in the dining room. Typically, three couches were set around a 50cm high dining table (quite low by today’s standards). The couch had an elevated arm on one side, and a low back that tapered down to the height of its seat about midway along its length, much like today’s chaise longue. In the 19th century, a couch was intended for ladies to use. The stature of women in society evolved and the ladies took over these seats of leisure, while men were most often seen sitting in more masculine and heavy upholstered chairs. The term Recamier, or “fainting couch” was coined in the late 19th century. In 1717, the word “sopha” (sofa) took its place in the English language. It was originally from the Arabic word suffah, meaning a raised section of the floor that was adorned with cushions and rugs. It was a place where important officials would sit and meet, and was for the elite in private households. Thomas Chippendale’s designs in England showed the sofa becoming more symmetrical. His designs introduced upholstered arms on both sides, padded elbow rests, fully upholstered higher backs and seat cushions. Each of his designs was embellished with hand-carved wood frames. During the late 1800s, many new manufacturers of fine upholstered furnishings entered into the world market. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES
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Glamour Collection upholstery Model 1663, which allows you to develop different compositions with all kinds of measurements thanks to the complete range of modulation in which it’s made. Very comfortable upholstery seating, versatile and with a flawless finishing. CASASOLA MUEBLES. www.mueblescasasola.com
Sofa designs took on the names of their designer or manufacturer. Davenport and Chesterfield are two prime examples. The A.H. Davenport Co. from the US manufactured a large fully upholstered couch in 1887 that became its signature. You can still find an original Davenport at antique stores and auction houses. The Earl of Chesterfield designed a couch with arms as high as its back. This sofa is still referred to as a “Chesterfield.”In the 21st century, the terms sofa and couch are largely synonymous and widely used, but davenport and divan are nearly extinct. While the sofa of the 1960s was intended mainly for upright seating positions, designers in the 1970s started to create more opulent seating
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landscapes that were aimed at representing the spirit of this new era. In order to understand the needs of the target groups, the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec conducted an in-depth study on user comfort to accompany the design process of the Ploum sofa. “We tried to create a very comfortable settee of contemporary design,” said the designers, describing their motivation for creating this sofa. The Ploum sofa features a broad shape and soft forms, which are inviting and adapt perfectly to the user’s body contours. The combination of materials too offers a highly sensuous experience: covered by stretch fabric, the sofa’s soft foam material offers high comfort and the possibility to recline in very different ways so as
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This new generation sofa is inspired by chester style, an original re-interpretation of a model rightfully considered a furnishing classic. Available versions: 3 seater sofa, 2 seater sofa and armchair, in leather and leather-fabric mix. Armchair only available in leather. www.natuzzi.com “the entire body may be seated on a cuddly and soft space”. According to the designers, the innovative use of this stretch fabric for the upholstery represents “a symbol for modern lifestyles in which flexibility and comfort are considered essential. We conceived this sofa as a ripe and delicious fruit.” The aim of the Bouroullec brothers was to create a sofa for the diversity of life and the “special moments of the day” – the result is a highly organic unity of material and form. Today, no other seating calls out more than a luxurious, deepseated sofa that envelops you in comfort. Beyond comfort, the combination of fabrics, the quality of the manufacturing and construction can make or break the design. But consider where exactly it is to go—a sofa that’s too bulky for its space will make the whole room feel awkward. If space is tight, opt for a shallower model, with a footstool. Sofas on legs or with low arms occupy less visual space: B&B Italia’s Charles sofa is huge, but its slim steel legs make it float.
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The Charles sofa is designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia.
This unconventional sofa below is the ideal central feature of a room, as it allows a 360-degree surround view. Watch television from one side, admire the view from another or create a corner to read or have a romantic tête-à-tête. Everything is possible, because Lax can be turned in any direction desired. The various components can be combined to give planning free reign. The unostentatious design captivates with sophisticated details such as the sofa’s elegant legs and versatile ledge. Intertime AG, Switzerland. www.intertime.ch
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Custom sizes with different finishings and features. Versatile backs and seats with fixed sitting, surrounding or super surrounding designs. These are just some of the distinctive features that make the “Collection of sofas 2012” in Casasola Muebles an exclusive treat for your body and soul. Pictured: Urban City Collection CASASOLA MUEBLES. www.mueblescasasola.com
Look for the following features when purchasing a sofa: CUSHIONS Feather cushions are the comfiest but need plumping, and not everyone can be bothered. Foam alone is more ejector-seat than cushion. Several high-end designers use foam with a feather wrap for clean-lined upholstery that recovers its shape when the sitter gets up. A combination of spring and down for best comfort. The cushion must have a spring unit encased in a high-density foam wrap, then insulated on all sides by a channeled high quality ticking bag filled with a down and feather blend. FRAME • A sturdy frame means a long-lasting sofa. Soft wood, such as pine, is low-cost, but it may warp or wobble after five years. Pricier solid kiln-dried wood such as alder, maple, ash or birch is more durable. Avoid frames made of particleboard, plastic, or metal; they may warp and crack. • The frame should be connected together using double-doweling, or mortise and tenon joinery; screws may be used for added stability, not nails. • Corner blocks should be used at all joints and glued. • Legs should be an extension of the main wood frame and not added separately, although this is not a strict requirement. • Have eight-way hand-tied heavy-gauge metal coil springs that are attached to the frame to create the sofa’s foundation. The springs are tied in place with waxed twine in a series of interlocking knots. This process allows the manufacturer to
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Jaan Living… this sofa shows cosmopolitan elegance for modern lifestyle. Boards in glass, or alternatively in saddle leather, are ultra-convenient for short spells of daydreaming or extensive reading sessions as the perfect place to deposit the Sunday paper, a glass of wine or your iPad. www.walterknoll.de
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control the firmness of the seat and guarantees a lifetime of use. • Jute or polyester webbing should be used below the springs, completing the sofa’s foundation. UPHOLSTERY • The deck of the sofa (the area under where the cushions set) should be covered in a high-quality durable lining. The fabric for the sofa’s main body should wrap onto the deck by at least 15cm. This is called “self–decking.” • The front edge of the deck should have adequate high-density foam padding so as not to create a hard edge. • Decorative nail heads are best when applied individually to a sofa (tacking) and not in pre-manufactured faux strands. • If you choose a patterned fabric for your sofa, make sure that the manufacturer centers the pattern within each cushion and on the body of the sofa, or that the pattern flows from one cushion to the other. LEATHER How do you go about choosing the type of leather that is best-suited to you? First select the leather class. Each class offers a variety of different leather types, which in turn are available in a wide range of colours, grain patterns and a variety of different thicknesses. Pure natural leather (Aniline) has a remarkably soft, supple feel and a beautifully refined appearance that retains all the natural and individual characteristics of the hide. Only the very best hides can be
Fabric Collections available from CORT IDEA, Centro Idea, Mijas. www.cortidea.com
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used to produce Aniline Leather as it receives no chemical treatment or pigmented finish. Slightly pigmented leather (Semi-Aniline), is a luxurious and soft top grain leather that combines the suppleness and classic feel of untreated hide while providing some stain protection through a light surface coating. Like Aniline, semi-Aniline Leather is dyed in a dyebath to acheive an even colouration. This careful process means that only a thin finishing layer is required, enabling the Leather to retain its soft feel and natural characteristics. Coated leather has a stunning high-gloss finish that is achieved from the application of a film of coloured polyurethane. This coating provides “the look” and also makes the leather particularly wellsuited for intensive use. Coated leather is budgetfriendly and low on maintenance. Choosing the right sofa is a big deal and a major purchase. A decent one measures several cubic metres, dominates the room, costs a four-figure sum and ought to last for years, so choose wisely … no one wants to sit on a mistake for years.
Timothy Oulton’s pieces strive to retain individuality, with irregularities welcomed and cherished, giving them a timeless, lovingly worn in feel. El Corte Inglés Capricho, Marbella www.timothyoulton.com
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JØTUL F 162 & 163 STOVES The two cast-iron stoves Jøtul F 162 & 163 have a compact form which combines tradition with individuality. The wood-burning stoves stand firmly on three legs and are reminiscent of highly successful Jøtul products from the 1970s, as well as Arne Jacobsen’s famous three-legged ant chair in particular. Their shape makes it possible to position the stoves along a flat wall and also in a corner. The Jøtul F 163 has large glass panes on the side providing a wide view of the fire. The glass stays particularly clean thanks to a reflective coating which raises the temperature on the inner side of the glass and prevents soot from being deposited. The stoves are very easy to use, as they only have one vent for ignition and primary air and are also available with an optional outside-air connection. The combination of an 80 per cent effectiveness with very low particle emission makes these stoves very efficient and clean. Jøtul AS, Norway. www.jotul.com WINTER ����/ ����
H35T STOVE With its oblong shape and soft lines this stove harmonises well with the pure Scandinavian living style. As a discrete piece of interior of high living standard it suitably blends into the room. The design reflects the high importance to performance optimisation, user-friendly functionality, and high energy efficiency. Thanks to an elevated combustion chamber with large glass panels the fire is widely visible. Its height makes it easy to put another log on the fire and discharge the ashes. This model has an efficiency factor of 80 per cent and allows for quick heating by radiation heat as well as stored heat. NIBE Stoves, Sweden. www.nibefire.eu CUBIC, SUN, MODIS FIREPLACES The aim of designing this line of modern fireplaces was to break with the traditional perception of marble, and find the essence of materials, their shapes and surroundings. Made of natural stone which extends opportunities for versatility, this fireplaces want to offer a simple, natural and innovative method of adaptation that breathes life into the star element, the fire. In the quarries the highest quality stones are chosen and taken to the factory where they are cut and modelled to create the individual finish of each fireplace. Arriaga Stone, Artesanos del Marmol SL, Spain. www.arriagastone.com
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Driftwood These castaway fragments, with their romantic and evocative associations, are simple and natural.
Fire Pebbles Solid, hand cast, fireproof and totally realistic — as though they have been freshly gathered from a windswept beach.
Riverstones Riverstones have an infinite variety of size, form and colour — mimicking rocks and pebbles from the bed of a fast flowing river.
Skimmers Playing Ducks & Drakes with rounded sea washed stones sparked the idea of a new look for fire pebbles. Individually cast in fire clay, each skimmer is, as in nature, unique.
Woodscape Inspired by the forest floor in autumn, this set includes highly realistic leaves and twigs. Each element is a one-off, made using a traditional process of moulding, colour glazing and firing.
Fire Gravel Simple and modern, Fire Gravel is modelled on white limestone chippings. It’s a minimalist concept which looks equally decorative whether unlit or with flames flickering through its many small stones.
Geologs® Manufactured in a set of six shapes: sphere, tetrahedron, cube, cylinder, cone and prism. Geologs are available in charcoal grey, primary colours and in miniature
Smartstrip A sleek, concealed burner which produces a single dancing line of flame.
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GABAAN FIREPLACE HEATER The Gabaan fireplace heater is a new way of experiencing an indoor fire which provides constant heat and is elegant to look at. A noticeable feature is its appealing and constant flame which is adjustable to exactly the level you want, thanks to the specially developed pellet-supply system. Just push a button to light or extinguish the fire. The stove also has a rotatable combustion chamber with large windows. This is set in a glass cube in grey or black which sits on an attractive base containing the hidden control equipment and pellet container. Gabaan AG, Switzerland. www.gabaan.ch
TUBE BIOETHANOL FIREPLACE Tube is a bioethanol fireplace designed for the installation in public or private space. It can be considered a real design furniture complement because it neither requires a chimney nor any construction measures. It consists of a circular burner made of inox steel, which generates heat by using bioethanol, a denatured alcohol produced by fermenting sugars. These are derived from agricultural and forestry organic products. In the combustion process no fumes are released. Tube can be incorporated into an existing fireplace or mounted on the wall. Acquaefuoco wellness mood, Italy. www.acquaefuoco-mood.it
Home DÉCoR > DIVINO STOVES The Divino series of stoves combines high-quality materials and finishing with innovative and sustainable technology. The standard, integrated fire-clay storage element ensures optimal energy use and a low wood consumption. Divino comes in three elegant shapes and three up-to-date colours. CERA Design by Britta v. Tasch GmbH, Germany www.cera.de
Mix layers of patterns and colours to create unique Floorfashion. Taking inspiration from the world of folkloristic fashion, Danish carpet manufacturer Ege Carpets presents a new and innovative carpet concept, Floorfashion by Muurbloem. The collection has come into being through close co-operation with the award-winning, Dutch design consultancy Muurbloem Design Studio. Twelve carpet designs in the collection offer a large span of patterns which adds a beautiful and striking expression to the interior. Since the 1950s, the Danish carpet manufacturer has collaborated with both internationally renowned and unknown artists and designers, among others Robert Jacobsen, Conran & Partners, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Marco Piva. Ege Carpets are available from Cort Idea, Centro Idea, Mijas. www.cortidea.com
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NURBS BY ALFOMBRAS VEO VEO At Hábitat Valencia Spanish rug company Alfombras Veo Veo launched the new funky NURBS Collection which uses handtufting, handknotting and handweaving. www.alfombrasveoveo.es
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CaesarStone’s inspirational new masterpiece collection, the unique Concetto anthology is an unmatchable compilation of extraordinary surfaces handmade from individually cut and set semiprecious stones. A harmonious blend of art, nature and technology, Concetto is created by fusing nature’s hues and designs with individually cut semiprecious stones to form the ultimate luxury stone surface- a dream for designers and architects alike. The Concetto Collection can be used for a variety of applications, including furniture, vanities, kitchen & bathroom surfaces, work surfaces, countertops, floors, walls, special features and more.
Gems of Nature EVOKING A SENSE OF QUALITY AND LUXURY, SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES ARE BEING USED TO PRODUCE SURFACES WITH EXQUISITE APPEAL.
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Stone and Marble Tables available from Feenix Furniture in Mijas (Fuengirola). www.feenixfurniture.com
This wall of onyx and walnut is part of a contemporary refurbishment of a house in Belgravia by architects and interior design practice Voon Wong & Benson Saw. At night, the onyx segments can be backlit to provide a warm glow throughout the bathroom. Stone by Tino. www.tinostone.com
Semi-precious stones are infiltrating the most uber-stylish of homes thanks to our growing desire to create unique and unforgettable interiors that make a decadent design statement. Gemstone surfaces offer unsurpassed luxury when it comes to decorative details. On first sight these materials look like modern paintings, with natural fossils, sparkle, luminescence and brilliance, which enchant and amaze. Agate, amethyst, jade, turquoise, lapis-Iazuli... once the domain of jewellery and artistic antiquities, dozens of types of stone are now available in a wide variety of shades and pattern formations. Some of these stones can be traced back millions of years; many are minerals that have been cut and polished while others are formed from rock, but each has its own individual appeal and its own story to tell. GEOLOGY CLASS To enhance a design for the high-end market, clients are often looking for something bespoke, the use of semi-precious stones inlaid into other natural materials fits the nature of these projects. Specifically in bathrooms, such stone is becoming the material of choice for the most discerning of homeowners. The wealth of selection in terms of texture and colour, and its lasting durability, provide exclusivity and uniqueness to any project.
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Home DÉCoR > Highly resistant to heat, stain and scratches, Concetto offers high quality and low maintenance. www.caesarstone.com
WIDE APPEAL These materials are suitable for diverse applications such as vanity tops and splashbacks, floors and walls, furniture and special features like pillars and panels. “We are finding the interest level in this type of surface is growing as it becomes marketed to top-end designers and archilects,” says general retail manager for Ebor Ltd, UK supplier of CaesarStone. “Clients increasingly want something original. However the fact that no two slabs are the same needs to be taken into consideration when designing your room.”
The appeal of stone is truly timeless… and these Transparete tile designs make the most of this transparent onyx, as light shines through highlighting the grain glowing from within. www.14oraitaliana.com
Majestic Gemstone specialises in exotic solid surfaces made of in-laid semi-precious stones and fossils, with stunning tables, mirrors, sink pededtals, countertops and baths on offer. www.pisani.co.uk
GET ENLIGHTENED Incorporating these materials into bathroom designs brings a dynamic edge and a lavish finish to any installation. Some of the semi-precious stones are surprisingly translucent and can also be backlit for added effect. The weight of stone might make servicing backlights difficult, so LEDs can make ideal fittings for such situations as they are reliable and long-lasting. Semi-precious stone makes a dramatic feature for an interior, especially in combination with well-designed lighting: the stone is often used best as underlit screens, partition walls and even as bathroom washbasins. MAKE THE CUT There are several companies offering a myriad of stones. The cost is generally in the cutting and fitting as it is a very skilled job as the stone can be brittle and difficult to work with. so experienced fabricators are a must. This is highly specialist work and requires a professional eye, not least In the selection and cutting of materials that are paramount to the final result. Masterful cutting is necessary not only to avoid fractures, say along the veins, but also to expose a stone’s natural beauty to best effect. For example, depending on how the stone is cut, pattern formations can be bookmatched to create amazingly intricate but symmetrical designs. Understanding the structure and inherent weaknesses of a block of semi-precious stone is of paramount importance when carving, especially with any technically de-
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The Michaelangelo bathroom was a commission by architects Zelijko Popovic and René Dekker of SHH Architects & Interior Designers. Stone of Destint designed and installed a basin, hand-made from a single block of marble, and clad the walls and floors in marble. www.stoneofdestinydesign.co.uk
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Concetto Surface Art is handmade from semi-precious stones. Be it from crystals or agates, the fact they are hand-made promises that each surface made is completely unique. Concetto is the ultimate in surface art. The surfaces possess powerful crystals known around the world for their unique holistic properties. manding bespoke designs - it is vital that the right stone is sourced for the particular project. For example labradorite is a mineral which is deceptively beautiful, but it can produce a colourful play of light across sliced sections called labradorescence. The colour display is from lamellar intergrowths inside the crystal and the effect is caused by a ray of light entering a Iayer and being refracted back and forth by deeper layers. If the layers are carved too thickly or too thinly or the light angle is incorrect, then the labradorescence is invisible. CAREFULLY DOES IT The beauty of the stones combined with their varlous natural properties means their uses are almost limitless. Their beauty also belies their strength and makes them perfect for use in the bathroom and kitchen. Semi precious stones can perform as well as rare marble - the care advice is to avoid strong acid or alkaline-based clean-
ing products. Each stone type will have specific requirements, so do ensure you get maintenance instructions or even a kit from your supplier. There are many types of semi-precious stones because theoretically most that occur in nature can be adapted to architectural use - budget and availability allowing, of course. The better known and used are petrified wood, labradorite, quartz, jasper and feldspar. There are also very beautiful onyxes and many of these stones can be mounted on fibreglass or acrylic for increased strength and reduced weight. Some delicate stones such as quartz or amethyst can be bound by a translucent resin matrix to create large slabs, which are then cut and processed to achieve the required bespoke product. So whether you like the shimmer of tiger’s eye, the opacity of malachite or the lustre of hematite, there Is a rainbow of exotic stones ready to dazzle and delight, bringing your surfaces to life. Sirena by Concetto is comprised of the semi-precious stone Tiger Eye whose meaning is especially powerful. The stone is said to bring calm and serenity. When used in your home this surface attracts good luck and protects you from the evil eye. It is also known to bring clarity of thought and to stimulate wealth and abundance.
Modular composition with elegant gold leaf engravings. Custom made coffered ceiling and in any product finishing from gold-leaf to silver or veneers with marquetry. www.mueblescasasola.com
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A House – An Acrylic Stone – A Vision A HOUSE WHERE PEOPLE CAN RECOVER FROM THE STRESSES OF EVERYDAY LIFE, SITUATED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PICTURESQUE NATURAL BACKDROP… THIS IS WHAT THE DREER FAMILY WISHED FOR.
AND THEIR WISH WAS GRANTED… A 1,200 SQUARE METRE PROPERTY WITH AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW OF THE GREEN FORESTS OF UPPER BAVARIA, IN THE DIRECT VICINITY OF THE AMMERSEE.
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FASCINATING CONSTRUCTION The house, designed in the style of the Bauhaus, stands in clear contrast to an environment where the traditional architecture of Upper Bavarian with its typical dark wooden windows and gabled roofs predominates. The structure, a plain rectangle in a timeless modern style, is augmented by two cubes placed on top of it. Here the straight lines and geometric shapes played a key role to achieve what the owners longed — minimalism and symmetry. The cube-like construction appears futuristic at first glance and represents the new generosity and simple elegance of significant basic architectural forms of the future. This house is one-of-a-kind for the Ammersee region – and, in terms of the future of global architecture, it is a further step towards a clear formal language.
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A PERFECT COMBINATION OF FORM, MATERIAL AND QUALITY Alongside the design-oriented building form, significant focus is placed on the materials used in this house. The ecological balance of their dream house was very important to the builder. The use of natural, breathable materials was very high on their list. The house is made of wood – but not in the usual sense. The complete shell structure was made from so-called cross laminated timber. This PEFCcertified wood is made from pine boards stacked crosswise on top of each other and glued together. Natural external bonded insulation from Inthermo was installed throughout the entire 395 square metres. The finest clear white mineral plaster provides the final finish to the exterior. The result: a villa which despite its cubic form is perfectly integrated within the natural environment. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES
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CONVINCING FEATURES If there is a material that stands out over others, both by its aesthetic appearance and its quality, it is HI-MACS ® which has been used generously throughout the entire house – from the parapet cladding to the terrace to the exclusive interior. The choice of HI-MACS ® for this project was clear from the start because its owner and builder is the owner of Dreer GmbH, a manufacturing company renowned for exclusive interior design, and an expert in the use of high technology materials. “HI-MACS® provides the opportunity of creating nearly any design in nearly any building - regardless of unusual weathering conditions, high degrees of moisture or enormous loads.
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It exceeds the standard material limits”, confirmed the builder. After the successful implementation of a wide range of HI-MACS® projects, Karl Dreer became convinced that he should also use the innovative properties and luxurious look of the material for his own private house. Outside, the use of HI-MACS® is found AlpineWhite at the main entrance to the house in the slats of the lattic with flank the oversized entrance door. The anthracite coloured pedestals are also made from this material. The grey coloured floor that frames the door main aspect help provide a sleek and contemporary. FINE DETAILS Once inside after entering the house through the electronically secured door, the enormous room as well as the long lines of sights and the large glass areas command attention. The bright, light-flooded atmosphere greets guests and allows the architecture to appear organically. The high walls reveal another highlight: The wall panels made from white painted MDF serve not only to separate the space but also to provide access to additional rooms and storage areas. The guest bathroom, hidden behind a wall, features a wash basin that distinguishes itself
not only through functional finesse, but also is able to impress with its non-porous, completely flat and seamless HI-MACS® surface. The opening for dirty hand towels has no supports or seams and the sink runs diagonally to the wash basin. The oversized mirror allows the bathroom to appear larger than it really is and the indirect lighting provides the room with a comfortable atmosphere. In this house, the theme of light plays a central role in every room and serves much more than simple brightness. LED illumination has been integrated within every room, thanks to suspended ceilings which hang freely in space without attachment to the external walls. The lights have no frames and are installed flush in the ceilings. Perfect illumination is also provided for the colour-intensive artwork of the builder. Extensive glass surfaces on both floors means that all rooms are light-flooded and enjoy a natural brightness. The desire for a bright, open and generous atmosphere with extensive glass surfaces, however, stands in stark contrast to the desire for the highest energy efficiency. In order to unify these two aspects, the builder installed triple insulated glass with 14mm of interim space throughout the entire house. Thanks to this glazing with integrated sun protection, the house achieves the maximum pos-
sible heat insulation. The decisive combination of energy-efficient construction materials allows the Dreer family’s house to be numbered amongst the low-energy houses which consume less than 40 watts per square metre of space. SETTING MALLEABLE ACCENTS The modern interior embodies generosity and elegance down to the last detail. The kitchen is located on one side with an array of sofas on the other. The dining room table is the central feature of the first floor — with a futuristic, free-floating form, it is not only the link between the living room and dining area, but also a true original. Thanks to the thermoplastic formability of HI-MACS®, Karl Dreer was also able to implement his creative ideas here. The material can be bent into practically any shape at 165 degrees Celsius - without losing the positive characteristics of the surface. The enormous dining room table consists of multiple HI-MACS® elements which were formed from 11 sheets. This piece of furniture also reflects the specialty of the Dreer company – complex furniture construction. The TONON chairs, synonymous with Made in Italy, complete the image of this extravagant design. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES
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GEOMETRY MEETS PERSONALITY In the kitchen, however, purism meets clarity. It begins with the HI-MACS® front milled to the mitre with servo drive (automatic drawer opening system), the retractable exhaust hood, the designer fixtures in stainless steel and the integrated HI-MACS® sink. The properties of the mineral material are also effectively applied here, the countertop work surface appears as a whole without visible joints. Even in the event of constant water penetration or moisture, HI-MACS® ensures a hygienic surface. Bacteria and mould do not have a chance. It is the “softness” of the material which is most useful in the kitchen
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since, in contrast to rock-hard marble, granite or tile, the material provides for shock absorbency and is more forgiving of accidents. High-quality kitchen appliances round out the appearance. While cooking and baking, the owners can also enjoy the free view of the horizon, thanks to the glazing: pure nature! A utility room, also hidden by wall panels, is located parallel to the kitchen. It includes a washing machine, dryer and a great deal of additional space. A table, work surfaces and storage areas are all made from the trend material – hygienic and easy to care for.
RESIDENTIAL OASIS WITH STYLE On the right-hand side of the living area, the builder found space for cosy togetherness. A German designer piece of furniture from PRO SEDA provides the foundation. An unusual kymo rug frames the cream coloured sofa area and provides a feeling of comfort. The clear white line is interrupted by matte lime plaster on the central wall. The brown colour nuances from light to medium-brown constitute a light, harmonic contrast to the white living environment and accentuate the large living area. The side tables next to the spacious array of sofas are also made from HI-MACS®, as is fireplace facing. The upper section is a special metal construction which contains the fireplace technology and provides the exterior frame for the pivotable 52 inch flat screen TV. The contrast of the black television, the black stones of the fireplace and the white mineral material continues the clear design and colour principles of the house. The desire of the builder to use to a strongly reduced colour portfolio for the entire exterior and interior also extends to the floors. The builder selected matte epoxy resin flooring for the interior. The matte, cream coloured floor, provided with a light grain, extends with absolutely no seams
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equally across the entire lower storey. In order to achieve a truly comfortable floor, the entire house has underfloor heating. For the subject of heating, of course, the topic of sustainability was at the forefront. The house is heated via an air/heat pump with regulated ventilation and heat recovery. The air outlets and plate valves, which are also integrated in the suspended ceilings and are thus invisible, also provide a healthy climate of comfort. The temperature, lighting and shading are all controlled via a BUS system – central, but individual. The operation and visualisation of all details takes place via touch panels which are installed in every room. . The house’s own vacuum cleaner system is another indication of its high end technology. The air is extracted via a sound insulated conduit system via connection points placed throughout the entire building, led through the dust collection container and the filter and then vented directly to the exterior air. This means that microorganisms and dust particles are wholly removed from the living areas. SPACIOUSNESS IS THE KEY The floors run perfectly into each other – from the bright epoxy resin flooring in the house to the HI-MACS® surface on the terrace. Only a large window front separates the two materials from each other. This detailed choice of materials makes the
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transition from inside to outside fluid and when the Dreer family sits at their dining table, it is like they are sitting outside in nature – right in the 1,000 square metre garden, surrounded by a countless number of trees. When the sliding doors are opened, a white shimmering HI-MACS® floor is revealed with a view of striking, square pool. The high-tech material was also used for the cladding here. 18 metres in length and 3 metres in width, the pool is a true swimming paradise. Thanks to the uniform material used for the terrace and the pool, the entire area appears like one large unit. In order to strengthen this perception, the upper edge of the pool is slightly bevelled. In the summer, the pool is heated by an environmentally friendly solar cover. In the winter, the building technology heats the water to 5 degrees. The water level in the pool is also lowered by 10cm to prevent frost on the terrace. Another highlight made from the mineral material is the outside shower. An open, white pool shower has been integrated to the left of the terrace with a view of the pool. Not only practical, it is also a fine detail. The stand-alone, 55 square metre independent apartment of the mother offers a second entrance to the terrace. The house is not only an ecological, economical and architectural highlight, it is also a 2 generation house.
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TOP QUALITY FROM THE FLOOR UP Light traps in the stairway to the upper floor of the right cube providing an enormous amount of light. Solid oak floor boards provide a cosy feeling to the high white walls, the large glass surfaces and the white interior. The upper floor also captivates with its overlapping spaces: Bedroom and bath – two connected rooms which are only separated by a creative room partition element. Invisible closets and an electric sliding door for separation of the rooms are also installed flush here – operated at the push of a button. The closet element opens to the bathroom side and the deep cross laminated timber wall element is upholstered with leather on the bedroom side. A spacious dressing room is integrated directly after the last stair – also hidden behind painted wall panels. The large bathroom also distinguishes itself with minimalistic colouring and interior design. A wash basin made from HI-MACS® is installed in the wall of the dressing room. The haptics of the material – a smooth, comfortable surface which is not as cold as stone but instead provides a pleasant basic warmth – was just as important as the optics here. An oversized mirror with indirect lighting completes the picture. A floor-flush shower is located next to the wash basin. The walls and floor of the shower are made completely from the mineral material. A free-standing bathtub on a pedestal made of HI-MACS® with a free view of the outdoors is located on the other side of the wash basin. Enormous window fronts provide a breathtaking panorama view. The decisive choice and placement of individual elements explains the lack of furniture – quality is much more important here than quantity. The entire living area of more than 380 luxurious square metres is marked by stringent interior architecture combined with just a few outstanding design elements.
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ONE CUBE – ONE DESIGN The fitness and wellness area and the family office are located on the upper floor of the left cube. A shower, wash basin, shelves and small seating options made from HI-MACS® are also included here. The neighbouring sauna has also been made completely out of the material - only the benches are made from aspen wood. Identical in construction to the upper floor of the right cube, a retracted, shortened wall unit separates the wellness area from the office – a flat screen television is located on one side and a picture panel is located on the office side. Extensive glass surfaces, a white interior and oak floors round out the room’s appearance. Wall heating in the shower and floor heating in each room continue to be standard here. The balcony area located between both cubes is filled with black stones and is also in conformity with the interplay of colour of the house. The parapet cladding, balcony railings and the roof edges of the entire exterior, from the windowsills to the balcony cladding, are also made from the mineral material.
HI-MACS® is the New Generation of solid surface. It is composed of 70% natural stone powder derived from bauxite, 25% high quality acrylic resin and 5% natural pigments. Designed and produced by LG HAUSYS, a world technology leader, it is distributed across Europe from LG Hausys Europe headquarters in Geneva. www.himacs.eu Project: Private House, Germany Date of completion: May 2010 Design: Karl Dreer Fabrication: Dreer GmbH – Klöpfer Surfaces, Germany Project implementation: Felix Bembé & Sebastian Dellinger Material: HI-MACS® Arctic White, Concrete Grey Photographer: Dirk Wilhelmy
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This garden pavilion communicates elegance and transparency. It is made of self-supporting glass wall panels and its sliding elements, made of single-pane safety glass, allow a 360-degree panorama. The top and bottom are closed by a floor and roof structure made of hot-galvanised steel. www.glasmarte.at - www.pavillon360.com
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More and more people are opting to extend their villas or apartments with modern glass. The advantages are clear— an expanded floor area which pushes your living areas out into the garden to create a wow factor in your home. A room that can be used all year-round by opening up a dark room into a light and airy one which ultimately creates a large raise in value of your home. Construction companies, developers, and architects are increasingly using glass: skylights, atriums, interior glass walls, massive exterior walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, glazed balconies, staircases, and walkways are all increasingly being incorporated into new developments or added to existing ones. Instead of the wood, metal, or uPVC glass and technology have moved on so much that you can now have glass extensions that are entirely frameless, and the little amount of steel work required at the base and sides is hidden in the finished floor or original brickwork. It’s so popuwww.solarlux.com
lar now that although it costs a lot more than traditional materials like brick, it is easier to get planning permission “We are blessed in Spain with some excellent weather,” says Ray from Elite Glass Curtains, a company that specialises in frameless glass, “But in our extensions during the colder evenings and months you can sit inside and still feel like you’re outside, so you can eat al fresco all year-round. There are no restricted views.” Today’s generation of glass is tougher, more sustainable, and has greater thermal qualities, and can be used in ways previous generations could only dream of. Technologically, the possibilities have widened in the last century, and in the last 20 years double and triple glazing advancements mean less and less loss of heat. This creates a more comfortable environment. Because these extensions usually expand an existing room the extra space is enough to spread the heat around, and in winter it can be heated by your existing system. Underfloor heatHOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES
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ing is available too, useful if you pick stone or tile flooring. The advent of self-cleaning glass means there is less maintenance too. How does it work? The dual-action microscopic coating reacts with daylight to break down organic dirt. When it rains, instead of forming droplets the rainwater hits the glass and spreads evenly, running off in a “sheet” and taking the loosened dirt with it, also drying quickly without leaving streaks. Market leader Pilkington Activ™ range of products, combines both self-cleaning and solar control properties, making them highly desirable among homeowners looking for the ultimate in glass solutions. Another development is SmartGlass, where a flick of a switch puts an electric current through the glass so that it becomes opaque and can provide privacy or keep out sun. It’s very expensive, but the effect is amazing. Whatever you decide to go for, a glass extension is a relatively easy and cheap way to add more space and value to your home.
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NanaWall Kitchen Transition folding glass wall system makes any kitchen adapt comfortably for two or 20. www.nanawall.com
With triple glazing as standard, the new Solarlux folding glass door SL 97 achieves outstanding thermal insulation which satisfies low-energy house standards. www.solarlux.com
• Obtain proper planning permission. • Start by checking up what you will be allowed to build. Consider your particular situation. • Explore all the options. • You can use glazing to reclaim otherwise useless space, such as side corridors and light wells. • There are dozens of varieties of hi-tech glass out there these days – whether you want curved glass, patterned glass, or glass that can turn opaque with the flick of switch, if you can imagine it there is a good chance you can have it. • Consult with your team. • Glass is hard to correct if it’s wrong. So make sure you know exactly what you’re getting before you make any expensive mistakes. Consulting fully with the architects, the contractors, and the glass manufacturers will ensure success.
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Sous-vide Cell Cooker
Designer: Adam Miklosi School: University of West Hungary – Institute of Applied Arts, Hungary The Sous-vide Cell Cooker is inspired by the professional trend of slow food cooking. The Sous-vide helps you cook delicious healthy food at preindicated times. Personalised internet and smart-phone software helps you plan your food menu a week ahead (saving time) and aids you in buying the necessary ingredients, which are sealed in airtight plastic bags and held within a water bath (72 hours is not unusual as a cooking time)—at an accurately determined temperature and much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 60 °C or 140 °F. The intention is to maintain the integrity of ingredients and achieve very precise control of cooking.
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Designer: Enzo Kocak School: Monash University, Australia The Ribbon is a multi-purpose heater and cooler for portable use. Its unique shape and flexibility allows for wrapping around a vessel containing food or drink for heating or chilling. The black side provides heat, whereas the white cools. You can curl it up, take it with you, fold out and even puzzle together to use as a hotplate. Controls placed on the side facilitate easy use. The chargeable thermoelectric cell battery can also reverse the charging process – whilst not in use the cells convert excess heat back into electricity.
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Designer: Roseanne de Bruin School: Massey University, New Zealand The Smoobo blender is enjoyable and easy to use. Simply open the blender, put the ingredients inside and bounce. Each bounce activates the kinetic batteries, which in turn power the rotary blades to create a perfectly blended smoothie that can be enjoyed by opening the pouring cap. The Smoobo’s nodular exterior makes bouncing unpredictably fun!
Designer: Adrian Mankovecky School: Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Slovakia Whether you’re a backpacker or a business traveller you will love this small portable cleaner. Separate the two components, place on either side of the garment and choose the suitable cleaning program. Negative Ions and steam refresh clothing and remove stains. Powered with a sugar crystal battery, you can use it practically anywhere in the world.
Onda Portable Microwave
Designer: Matthew Schwartz School: California State University Long Beach, USA The Onda portable microwave oven is a very clever twist on an appliance that was first introduced to homes in 1955. Pre-prepared meals are placed in compatible food packages and warmed with microwaves. Specifically, the Onda is slid on to the packaging and the aluminum contained within the interior of the handheld device creates a circuit connection when the seal of the packaging is broken. Paper batteries are used to produce energy, making the Onda both smart and eco-friendly. The Onda also comes in a range of different colours for personal preference.
Robo TAP Cleaner
Designer: Gyu Ha Choi School: Handong Global University, South Korea The Robo TAP is a smart evolution of the robotic vacuum cleaner used to target an exact area for cleaning. An IPS system aligned with a simple remote control is attached to the shoe or slipper of the user. Two taps on a dirty spot directs the Robo TAP to the precise area for cleaning. Two more taps will cancel the order and three taps returns the vacuum cleaner to its automatic programme. It’s as fun as tap dancing, but much easier.
Salvé Bagel Toaster
Designer: Kent Madden School: Carleton University, Canada This portable bagel toaster is especially convenient for those who can’t find time to eat breakfast. Place a bagel in the toaster and it will automatically start rotating. When happy with the colour of the freshly toasted bagel, simply remove and enjoy. The toaster is very energy efficient being run on sugar crystal batteries or recharged on a ceramic dock using induction. Now there are no excuses for missing the most important meal of the day!
Mobile Induction Heat Plate
Designer: Tommi Moilanen, School: Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland This smart induction hot plate is a compact solution for those on the go. Place the heat plate wherever you want and pair it with your smart-phone to gain a child safe remote control. The smart-phone app is designed to be used with intelligent food packaging where NFC-tags provide instructions on how to heat the food properly. The smart-phone app also comes with a memory that intuitively remembers how you previously cooked. The induction plate is a glossy black and white design with a wooden handle that makes it easy to carry and store and can be hung on a wall when charging the battery. This heating plate is hot in every sense!
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PROPOGATION Warm winter and early spring weather is a good time to take cuttings for propagating new plants. Fortunately the winter garden cutback and clean-up produces plenty of prunings from which to take cuttings. Come the spring or next autumn home, produced plantlets often settle into garden conditions better than larger forced hot house produced garden centre plants.
PRUNING Winter pruning improves the shape and strength of plants and stimulates new flowering and fruiting buds.
WINTER PROTECTION Recognise that heavy rains, snow, frost and cold gales can cause havoc during winter months. Check all ties to walls, fences and stakes. Cover the most frost resistance by moving them into a green house or cold frame, or covering them with several layers of fleece or bubble wrap. We line a circular gazebo with a large sheet of plastic to house delicate succulents and other plants from December until March.
PREPARING GROWING MEDIUMS. Feed the soil and not the plants. Clodagh and Dick Handscombe have lived and gardened in Spain for 25 years both on the coastal plains and in inland valleys. They have collated many ideas and much of taheir experience in seven books to help both experienced and new gardeners with villas etc. including apartment terraces Five are currently in print as listed at the end of the article.
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When preparing compost mixes for containers or new shrub beds do spend time improving the soils including the addition of organic fertilizers before planting. We find that this stimulates stronger healthier plants than planting them up in poor soils or composts than relying on frequent use of fast acting liquid or granular fertilizers.
COVER THE MOST FROST RESISTANCE PLANTS BY MOVING THEM INTO A GREENHOUSE OR COLD FRAME, OR COVERING THEM WITH SEVERAL LAYERS OF FLEECE OR BUBBLE WRAP
PREVENTION OF SUMMER MOISTURE LOSSES
PRESELECTION OF PLANTS. Choose according to your microclimate not the latest imported fad from damp humid jungles. Calling into a garden centre to buy plants before asking yourself “What are the most realistic plants for the microclimate of my garden at its present state of development and the availability of water in mid summer” is a sure way of wasting money. For instance when we first moved into our property it was surrounded by two walls and two lengths of wire mesh fencing. When hot or cold winds blew everything suffered and regular water cuts occurred during the summer. We had to concentrate on creating a less harsh environment by planting boundary hedges and trees and await a more reliable water supply before fully planting up the garden even though drought and frost resistant plants were generally planted. This is why the plant lists and descriptions included in the books Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance, Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style and Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain clearly indicate drought and frost resistances. If you don’t experience white ground frosts you may well experience air frosts in the early hours when you are warm in bed. The surface of leaves can go down to minus 7.5 degrees if the thermometer shows plus 2.5 but there is a wind blowing at 24 km per hour.
PLANTING UP It is very easy to create a corkscrew root system that within a few years will strangle shrubs trees if root bound roots are not loosened and spread out when planting. Likewise it is often worth splitting large perennial plants into several smaller rooted plants before planting out. When planting in clay and sandy soils do prepare larger planting holes than the size of the plant pot of a purchased plant and prepare a crumbly, fertile, water retaining and good draining soil/compost mix for filling the hole under and around the plant.
POSTS FOR SUPPORT All trees and tall shrubs benefit from being staked as soon as planted. This prevents roots becoming lose, plants toppling over and trunks being snapped during storms and high winds. Buy stakes tall enough so that 25% of the stake can be knocked into the ground. If this is impossible use four guy ropes until the tree or shrub is established. Ensure that soft and loose ties are used to connect plants to the stake.
It is easy to forget about how quickly soil and compost in containers can dry out during hot summer days especially when dust laden gales blow from North Africa when planting up under cool autumn and winter conditions. But please do and mulch above roots with compost, bark chippings, grit, small rocks and rock slabs. The later can be covered with soil if you consider them unsightly. Newly planted plants can dry out and die in two days in the summer. But within a week on apartment terraces if in sunny positions.
PAMPER THE COMPOST HEAP The annual winter garden cutback and clean up will yield plenty of material for composting. However converting this to good compost is a art in Spain. There are long chapters in the first three books listed below which describe what is required to produce good compost in a Mediterranean climate situation. Success factors include retaining moisture and internal heat, layering the raw material and dampening each level, the use of ecological accelerators and turning the heap after three months. The compost heap will normally complete the process in six to nine months. In each book the effectiveness of several types of composters are compared. Happy winter gardening. Your spring and summer garden will show the benefits of your efforts.
LIVING WELL FROM OUR MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN Dick Handscombe
Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s books can be obtained from high street bookshops such as Bookworld and Carrefour, internet bookshops such as Amazon UK and the website www.gardeninginspain.com. Autographed books for own use or personalised presents can be obtained from the latter. Each of the following books can be great help when designing, constructing, planting and maintaining your garden however small or large. • Your Garden in Spain • Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style • Living Well from our Mediterranean Garden • Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain • Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain.com December 2011
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Legal aspects of Home Improvements HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPANIES ARE NOT ALWAYS AS PROFESSIONAL AS WE WOULD THINK. SURPRISES CAN BE FOUND. By Miguel Ruiz Manz, VIP HOMES, www.viphomes.es
Kubic Design Solutions THE ROOM OF YOUR DREAMS KUBIC DESIGN SOLUTIONS S.L. is based in Estepona and can provide everything you need to create the kitchen or the bedroom of your dreams. Also known as Kitchen Design Spain, the company does not only provide kitchens and bedrooms to fit your personal needs, but are also experts in designing and building bespoke furniture such as cabinets, providing customers with one-off pieces which are made to suit their requirements. If you have fallen in love with a stylish kitchen or a beautiful bedroom you saw in a magazine and want it in your home, Kubic Design Solutions can make your wish come true, without you having to worry that it will cost you more than you could afford. You will not have to fit your layout to the standard measurements of mass-produced products, instead, the room will be uniquely made for you. The staff at Kubic Design Solutions have a combined experience of 50 years in the trade, with main man, Gavin, having 22 years experience of his own, including 14 as a joiner specialised in the kitchen industry and shopfitting. The company mainly covers the Costa del Sol area but also export their products throughout Europe, also offering excellent customer service after the job is done. They are manufacturers and the premises are also a workshop, so to visit the display area by appointment with Gavin or Daniel call 951 974 580 or 665 677 701, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you do come in without an appointment, the friendly and efficient team will be happy to help from Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm and answer any questions you may have. Bring in your ideas and the team will suggest the best options available to suit your needs, as well as giving you a free quotation. Kubic Design Solutions can guarantee the best prices on the best products all year round. Kubic Design Solutions can be found in Calle Edison 47 on the industrial estate in Estepona, in the same street as Murray Harper. Also visit their website at www.kitchendesignspain.com
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When searching for a construction company to refurbish our homes we usually compare several options before choosing the best one. This sounds very simple, but most clients do not realise some of the consequences this decision could have. Do we know where we are getting into? With many professionals on the market it is a tough decision. Varying quotations (presupuestos) for the same project only add to the confusion. Some companies enter with an interesting price prevailing many important and necessary legal issues and other companies go for an all inclusive offer which protects their clients in case the unexpected happens. But there are some issues clients need to be aware of when contrating a contractor. For example, a very regular case is when a neighbour calls to inform the police or Town Hall due to loud noise or inadequate street occupancy during your construction or reform. This usually results in a building inspection to ensure that the contrator has followed the correct procedures, building license, working permissions, workers papers. If any faults are seen, the job can be stopped until all paperwork is in order. Heavy fines could be applied, the job is delayed and everyone involved including the property owner is responsible. If “illegal” workers are contracted, and an accident occurs, or in the worst case senario, a death, the suitation can get very serious indeed. Although most people trust nothing will happen, the incident can result in police involvement and a delicate legal issue. It is necessary to be aware of the consequences when employing “illegal” workers. Inspections are made often, and the property owner has no protection. For this reason a cheaper contractor can be more expensive in the end. The safest option is to choose a company that is covered, including the legal aspects, so you are also covered which prevents undesired surprises. Any construction company needs to have all their paperwork on place, all workers should have their social security and taxes paid, and the company should have no open debts with “hacienda” or “social security”. Constructors that work with cash do not come with guarantees and self employed workers should have their “Autónomo” payment up to date. For your benefit, a technical support team should be used. Ideally an architect should have made a detailed study in order to advise. Something which most construction companies do not use, as they consider it unnecessary and saves costs. This is a very wrong approach. An architect is the person that will advise on what is possible to build and how it should be done, the type of license that should be requested and when a project has to be supervised from the Architects School. On major jobs this is used, but on smaller jobs this is usually not the case. No matter how small the project, it is highly recommended that an architect supports the job: walls are changed, pools are done, structure is moved or any major change is planned. Some Europeans believe that constructors can do this part of the job, but surprisingly this not the case, and “why should they”?. Then surprises happen, walls break down, cracks on the floors as just to mention some cases. Sadly this is not valued, or constructors just do not use architects as it takes their authority away. Many workers presume “I have 30 years of experience”, but have no technical background, or simply are not up to date with new and better building methods. A typical comment we could find is “I have always done it this way”. Times change and the foreign clients demand and require a different and more professional approach.
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EL PARAISO BAR & RESTAURANT Urb. El Paraiso, Patio El Alcornocal Ctra. de Cรกdiz Km. 167, Estepona (+34) 952 883 799 www.el-paraiso.eu Photography: David Toms www.davidtomsphotography.com
LE PETIT VERSAILLES A TRULY ROYAL EXPERIENCE DEFINING THE ART OF EATING Be prepared to be treated like a duke or duchess because now Le Petit Versailles is at your service. This resplendent restaurant, situated on the Golden Mile opposite the prestigious Marbella Club, is a unique and exciting concept in dining for the people of Marbella. Owner, Frederico, has dedicated his whole life to art. His flamboyance and charm emanates through the restaurant’s decor, music, table settings and menu, all of which exudes royal provenance. All of the fabric in the restaurant is made from the same design as the bedroom of the Queen of Versailles and the presentation plates, from the King’s shields. Everything you order will be served on beautiful antique silver pieces aging back 200 years or more with teapots, wine servers, beer tankards and shot glasses ornately engraved with the most intricate detail – even the chairs date back to Napoleon. The presentation plates date from a royal collection
in the mid 1800’s where they were served on the banquet tables of many celebratory and important historical occasions in London, UK. Frederico believes that royalty is within the human mind, and that blue blood does not pertain to the title but instead to spirituality and creativity. His belief is that art and regal spirituality is a way of life and this is why he has created a restaurant that gives people the opportunity to fulfil those dreams and aspirations by being served in a royal way at achievable prices. The menu is nothing short of hedonistic with a true sense of French influence throughout. The menu, which will change almost daily, already features the likes of pâté de caviar or lobster, terrine de fois gras with truffles on a bed of apples in a red currant coulis, fillet of sea bass on a bed of fennel with aubergine caviar, fillet of beef in Perigourdine marrow sauce, rolled sole with crayfish caviar
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and pearl of salmon in champagne sauce to dance across the taste buds. This exquisite menu is complemented by a collection of prestigious champagnes which were produced for Luis XV and the Tsars - some from just 49 Euros a bottle, with some interesting and rarely seen champagnes such as the Tzarina. An impressive array of primarily French wines can also be enjoyed such as Nuits Saint Georges, Petrus, Chablis, Cheverny, Pommard, Mouton Rothschild and Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru to name but a few with some starting from around 25 Euros per bottle. This gastronomic palace is not just open to evening diners but also for breakfast where you can dine on eggs, Italian coffee, orange juice and toast from just 8 Euros, and there is a fantastic lunch menu too. What is more Le Petit Versailles offers a takeaway and an unusual delivery service where, when you spend 50 Euros or more, a valet dressed in a tunic will deliver the food to your door. The takeaway menu includes many French signature dishes with fois gras, soufflés and terrines – all at very reasonable prices ready to go. The venue can also be hired for events turning a birthday party or celebration into something very special. Everyone is welcome to this sublime location to sample the delights of Le Petit Versailles.
Le Petit Versailles The Royal Touch for Everyone The Golden Mile, Marbella For reservations or to find out about upcoming events, call 693 687 820.
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Cook It Raw A GASTRONOMIC EXPEDITION THAT DISCOVERS THE WORLD THROUGH LOCALLY SOURCED RAW MATERIALS, UNIQUE SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AND THE MOST SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES Fifteen of the world’s most influential chefs took part in Cook it Raw, a landmark culinary event which was celebrated this year in Ishikawa Prefecture, on the west coast of Japan. René Redzepi, from Noma, in Copenhagen, and widely considered the world’s best chef, was present at the event together with Albert Adrià, from the legendary and recently closed El Bulli. They were joined by David Chang, of the Momofuku empire; Daniel Patterson, from Coi, in San Francisco; and Claude Bosi, of London’s Hibiscus. In addition to the above mentioned chefs, who have been present since the birth of Cook It Raw in Copenhagen, other key figures from the international gastronomic scene were in attendance. The new cooks participating in this edition were rising star Magnus
in August 2010, to cook using wild products which had spent a summer bathed in constant sunlight. The latest event in Japan was a culinary experiment where the chefs, using only the products of Ishikawa Prefecture, had to create a dish, and present it on a plate made by a local artisan from the famed Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, in Kanazawa City. After days of immersing themselves completely in local traditions - exploring the fish markets of Nanao, foraging in the Satoyama forest of the Kaga Hills, visiting a sake brewery and sleeping and dining in the traditional Ryokans of Yamashiro and Yamanaka Onsen-, the chefs then meditated their experiences and presented their discoveries on a dish at a gala dinner on the final night. The final dinner was titled “Shoku-do”, which translates as “The way of food”.
Nilsson, from Faviken, Sweden; Brazil’s celebrated chef Alex Atala, from D.O.M, in Sao Paulo; Yoshihiro Narisawa, from Les Creations de NARISAWA, in Tokyo; Ben Shewry, from Attica, in Melbourne; Mark Best, from Marque, in Sydney; recent James Beard award winner Sean Brock from Husk, in Charleston, South Carolina; French chef Alexandre Gauthier, from Le Grenouillere, at Madelaine-sous-Montreuil; and Takahiko Kondo and Tokuyoshi Yoji, from Osteria Francescana, in Modena, that just received it’s third Michelin star. The event is organised by Copenhagen based culinary consultant Alessandro Porcelli. Cook It Raw was born in Copenhagen in 2009 and was an experiment on low energy cooking. It then travelled to the Collio region of Italy in 2010, where it created a culinary exercise based on the effect of winter on food. Cook It Raw later moved to Finnish Lapland
Alex Atala presented a glittering plate called “Jewelousy”, a tartar of calamari served on a block of ice on top of a metal dish. Ben Shewry offered an emotional dish called “Dry your eyes, sweetheart”, with wasabi flowers, chrysanthemum petals and shrimp, and which was an ode to a phrase used often by a recently deceased fishmonger friend. “When Pigs Fly”, by Sean Brock, was a comic reflection on the unsuccessful duck hunt that forced him to use pork in his dish. The night ended with René Redzepi’s spectacular dessert called “Sake-Sake”, an ice cream based on the Japanese drink presented on a delicate glass bowl. For the Japanese diners present at the event it was a completely new interpretation of a flavour so familiar to them. Cook It Raw is currently preparing a spectacular new event at another exotic location for 2012.
La Fishita Bodegas Jorge Ordoñez de Málaga ONE BITE AND YOU’RE HOOKED... Do you remember the time when a trip to your local fish and chip shop was the highlight of the week? Those days are back again, thanks to the team at La Fishita! Enjoy traditional fish and chips in friendly surroundings, or order a tasty takeaway. All your favourites can be found here: the best Atlantic cod and haddock, plus handpicked potato chips. For a different experience, order smoked haddock, breaded plaice and lemon sole, scallops, calamari, prawns, whitebait and wholetail scampi. They also makes their own pies – choose from chicken and mushroom, pepper steak or fish. Or how about tender, marinated chicken or lamb kebabs with chopped salad, served in fresh pita bread? La Fishita prides itself on its homemade sauces – all the old favourites are available, curry, gravy, tartare as well as pickled ginger mayonnaise and sweet chilli dip. If you have room, there are also some wonderful desserts. A restaurant that the whole family can enjoy, with a special children’s menu and a full range of beverages, from popular soft drinks and jugs of homemade iced lemon tea to beer, wine and spirits for the grown-ups, not to mention the famous Ten Dollar Adults’ Shake! La Fishita offers the classic, family fish ‘n’ chips experience, but remember – one bite and you’re hooked! La Fishita is opened on 2nd of December and is based in Nueva Andalucía, Marbella behind the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. Parties catered for. To find out more call +34 952 813 589 or visit www.lafishita.com
TRIUMPHS IN “DECANTER FINE WINE ENCOUNTER” OF LONDON Fine Wine Encounter attendees highlighted the marked personality and the exquisiteness of the wines from the Jorge Ordoñez Vineyards, which are made from the most special vine of Axarquía, located in Almachar, 15 kilometres far from Vélez Málaga. They are very old vineyards, which produce a large and very aromatic grain Muscat of Alexandria grapes. Jorge Ordoñez is also distinguished because he has recovered the more traditional process of preparation of the muscatels, naturally sweet system that does not add alcohol to wine. In addition to the wines of Málaga, the event also introduced several wines from other Spanish bodegas — Avanthia in Valdeorras and La Cana in Rías Baixas: Avanthia Godello 2010, Avanthia Mencia 2008 and La Cana 2010. www.jorge-ordonez.es
Jorge Ordoñez was the only Malaga Winery present at the Fine Wine Encounter 2011 in London, event organised by the British publication Decanter, considered the Bible of wine in Europe, which gathers together the most exclusive wines in the world. Jorge Ordoñez Vineyards participated with its four naturally sweet muscatels: Special Selection, Victoria, Old Vines and Essence. As well as Botani, the first dry wine made from Alexandria’s Muscatel grape from Málaga in 2004, which meant a revolution in the world of wine and has set a new different way of production. The Malagueñan wines of Jorge Ordoñez Vineyards continue its long history of international recognition with a presence in the event that each year brings together in London the world’s best wines.
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Spanish traditional cider As in many other European countries, sweet, carbonated cider is drunk in Spain. However, for any cider lover the real hidden gem is traditional cider, produced in Asturias and the Basque Country in the north of the peninsula. Traditional cider is perhaps closest in character to the French Cidre Brut, or to a light, crisp English scrumpy. What makes it stand out from both of these, however, is its unique freshness and a light, almost imperceptible carbonization, with dry, aromatic fruit in the mouth and a beguiling balance of acidity and bitterness, often followed by a pronounced dryness at the end. A hearty yet subtle product, to be drunk by the mouthful, not sipped. The best Asturian cider now has its own Protected
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Designation of Origin recognition (PDO Sidra de Asturias). Only producers who use fruit from a list of 22 approved native Asturian varieties of cider apples can carry the PDO label. These are all cider apples, not eaters, and range from acidic (Durona de Tresali) to sweet (Verdialona, Ernestina), and the whole range of basic taste groups in between: bitter-acidic, bittersemiacidic, bitter-sweet and semiacidic. With such close scrutiny of quality, the production of high-quality traditional cider is moving ever closer to the kind of standards seen in the wine industry. The Trabanco company’s Cosecha Propia, for example, is a gourmet cider made exclusively from native Asturian apples from the company’sown plan-
tations, and this year it became the first cider in Spain to be granted the Manzana Seleccionada (Selected Apple) seal following the results of an independent tasting panel organized by Bureau Veritas. Over in the Basque Country something similar is happening. This year 20 Basque cider producers have begun selling traditional cider under the Eusko Label banner, a mark of quality established by the Basque regional government. Once again, only traditional, local varieties of cider apples are permitted (Errezila, Goikoetxe, Mozoloa, for example). www.sidradeasturias.es www.sidraeuskolabel.net/es/productores.htm
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Warm-you-up Soups Tomato Basil Soup with Basil Cream For the Soup 1 1/2 kg of tomatoes (about 6 medium), cored 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 kg of yellow onions (about 3 medium), sliced Salt and pepper 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth A few basil leaves for garnish For the Basil Cream 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowlwith ice water. Gently drop tomatoes into boiling water and cook for about 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in ice water. Using a small, sharp knife, peel the tomatoes. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside. In a large pot, heat the oil over low heat. Add the onions, salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring well. Add half of the chopped basil and raise the heat to high. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes. To make the basil cream, puree basil, cream, and salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. The basil cream can be made several hours ahead of time; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve cream at room temperature. Add remaining chopped basil to the soup and, working in batches, puree soup in a food processor or blender. Taste for seasoning. Return the soup to the pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. When hot, pour into bowls and swirl about a tablespoon of the basil cream into the soup. Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.
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Pasta E Fagioli 2 tablespoons flour Salt and pepper 350 gms boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1 cm cubes 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup dry white wine 1 large onion, diced 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 medium carrot, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh parsley leaves 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 6 cups chicken broth 1 x 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 3/4 cup small pasta (conchigliette, ditalini, and orzo work well) 2 x 15-ounce cans cannelini beans, drained About 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Season flour with salt and pepper, and lightly coat pork. Heat a large pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and brown pork in batches, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer browned pork to a bowl. Add wine to pot, raise heat to high, and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring to release any bits clinging to the pan. Pour wine mixture into bowl with the pork and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and add remaining tablespoon of oil. Add onion and garlic to the pan, and cook, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, half the parsley and half the rosemary, season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth and tomatoes, and bring mixture to a strong simmer. Stir in pasta and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add beans and browned pork with wine juices, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Just before serving, stir in remaining parsley and rosemary. Serve soup piping hot in large bowls, topped with grated Parmesan.
Roasted Vegetable Soup 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 cm pieces 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 cm pieces One 2lb squash, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes 3 stalks celery, cut into 1 cm pieces 1 medium celery root, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes 3 leeks, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1 cm pieces 2 shallots, quartered 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 2 teaspoons dried 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 bay leaf 3/4 cup dry white wine Pesto for garnish, optional Place rack in the centre of the oven and preheat fan oven to 170°. Toss parsnips, carrots, squash, celery, celery root, leeks, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and olive oil together in a large, shallow roasting pan. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Raise heat to 190° and roast for another 10 minutes. Combine the broth in a large pot with the bay leaf and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove vegetables from the oven and deglaze the pan with the wine, using a spatula to loosen any bits clinging to the pan. Pour vegetables and liquid from the bottom of the pan into the pot with the simmering broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, partially covered. Serve piping hot with a spoonful of pesto, if desired.
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Get Red That Lasts NEW LASTING FINISH LIPSTICK, THE FIRST COLLECTION CREATED BY KATE MOSS Developed by Kate Moss in collaboration with Rimmel, Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick with light-reflecting Black Diamond captures the essence of Kate’s oh-so-effortless glamour with 15 mesmerizing shades in cool matte black packaging signed by the supermodel. The rest of the Rimmel Winter 2011 Collection takes inspiration from Kate’s hip London style for three cuttingedge products: Union Jack Eyeshadow, Extra Wow Lash Mascara and Instant Art Press On Colour, the hot new trend for nails.
British Psychologist and author Susan Phoenix and German Christine Heckel, light worker and Tibetan singing bowl expert, recently joined forces with Line Lyster, the Danish founder of Gratitude Art, to create an innovative meditation CD. The philosophy behind this new collaboration is the desirability of adopting an “attitude of Gratitude” towards one’s life, a mindset that encourages the participant to live in the present and to identify the opportunities in any given situation, however unpromising it may initially seem. The three women all live and work on the Costa del Sol and decided to pool their talents to produce this CD, which has already sold well at various events on the Costa del Sol. The three meditations on the CD are enhanced by the sound of Tibetan singing bowls, which are used in Buddhism to help listeners to maintain an intense focus. The CD can be purchased online either as a hard copy or as mp3 files by visiting the Gratitude Art site www.gratitudeart.com
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‘Posh’ Hair and Beauty LOUISE MARRIOTT AND BARBARA FAWCETT ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF THEIR HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON ‘POSH’ IN THE HEART OF SAN PEDRO Posh and Barbs, as they are fondly known as on the coast, have joined forces to open a spectacular hair and beauty salon, here on the Costa del Sol. Aptly named ‘Posh’, their concept is to give the ‘Posh’ factor to all at affordable prices. Their clients can be rest assured that the days of having to save three months for the latest hair and beauty, are now well and truly behind them. They are using top end products, Redken for hair, Clarins and Decleor for body and beauty, hands and nails. ‘Posh’ offer everything in the shop under one roof — facials, body massages, body treatments, waxing, eyebrow shaping, professional make-up, spray tans, every Redken treatment available on the market, and makeovers for couples for that special night out or for their wedding day. They have five top stylists, two highly-trained beauty therapists, aromatherapists, reflexologists and nail technicians. They also have a Power Plate for accelerated training, where clients can drop a dress size in one month, if they come three times a week. ‘Posh’ also have an in-house Princess Parlour, a salon devoted to little girls from ages 3 to 10. From ages 10 to 16 ‘Posh’ offers the very latest styling advice, to get them on the right track. Clientele will also be Photo by Simon Bayne Photography shown the full ‘Posh’ hospitality on arrival. In the morning they will be treated coffee and pastries and in the afternoon a glass of champagne. In a nutshell, they are offering every conceivable hair and beauty treatment for men, women and children alike, at rock bottom prices. Their clients are 100% guaranteed the ultimate ‘Posh’ experience at half the price of any other salon. POSH Hair & Beauty Salon 31 Calle Antequera, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel: 951 508 179
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Sneakers are a come-back to reality as an urban product which crosses every group.
Extreme dream FROM SYMBOLISM TO THE ‘70’S Giuseppe Zanotti Spring/Summer 2012 collection tells an underground story, creates an extremely poetic abstraction, invents new rhythmical “jazzy” steps, but most of all, invent a new happy decadence. It is a new form of Symbolism, of abstract representations as it was in visual arts from 1885 to 1910. The new memory is the wake-up, the transformation of a woman who lives the 70’s with a constant poetic licence. www.giuseppezanottidesign.com
Bags play with ornamental elements like fastenings, handles, and proportions. From the small jewelled clutches to the maxi-bags. From Symbolism to the ‘70’s, bags are also a form of culture, a message and a frivolous obsession!
T-shirt, jeans, sneakers … every season Giuseppe Zanotti introduces the same styles, but with different colours and materials. “After jeans, sneaker is the real invention of costume.”
Colours, from water green to deep blue, to cobalt, and yellow — “pastiches” of green which give the idea of water.
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Marmo Bar, designed by Marc Newson, is based on a very American concept: to see and to be seen. The whole bar can be seen from the reception area thanks to the giant glass entrance door. The bar is a single 8.25 metre long unit made of white Statuario Venato marble from the Carrara quarries, the original piece weighting at around six tonnes.
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A stimulus of colours. Italian architect, Teresa Sapey, designed the underground car park using a fascinating play of colour and line. A simple iconographic code on the walls leads the guest through the garage. The motifs are a finger pointing to the exits, people running with a dog, a person in a wheelchair… all of which have been rendered by mixing words from Paul Éluard’s poem Freedom.
Twelve floors and nineteen stars A UNIQUE VISION OF AVANT GARDE INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE. Photos © Rafael Vargas - www.hotelpuertamerica.com
The Hotel Puerta América Madrid is a never beenattempted-before project that has brought together nineteen of the world’s best in avant-garde design and architecture from thirteen different countries. In short, it’s an eclectic, daring space that does not sell comfort short. Rooms with luxury in their finest detail that entice guests to search for new forms, to interact with them, to touch, to see, and even to breathe and smell. In short, to utterly enjoy a unique space that stands out especially for its originality and innovation. Each floor showcases a play with different materials, colours and shapes to create a space which is a unique work of art and portrays the designers work, culture and way of viewing the world.
The entire structure of the Hotel Puerta América is the work of SGA Estudio, with Felipe Sáez de Gordoa at the helm.
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FIRST FLOOR: ZAHA HADID
Sinuous lines and fluid spaces Exit the lift and guests discover a space that stands out for its fluidity and sinuous, curved shapes. The “Vortexx” lamp that seems almost like a liquid changes colour every so often and benches protrude from the wall. In the rooms, the most outstanding feature is the spaciousness and clean lines conferred by the white colour of the floor and walls where the guest is submerged in a world somewhere between Baroque, Modernism and Minimalism. One of the most noteworthy elements is the lighting created for the doors. A strip of LEDs illuminate messages on the doors. From the inside guests can indicate whether they want breakfast to be served, the room to be tidied, not to be disturbed, or any repair to be made. The bed, the desk and other furniture seems to come out from the wall and gives the impression that, at the guest’s orders, it could be stowed back
In the hallway the “Vortexx” lamp dominates the space
1 SINUOUS LINES AND FLUID SPACES First Floor by Zaha Hadid — white, clean, provocative. The rooms almost seem to be liquid rather than space. into the wall. The toilet, a piece by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi, fits in perfectly with the rounded, futuristic lines of the bathroom which changes colour according to the room. The waste basket is a deluxe design created exclusively for the hotel, an utter challenge for guests with imagination, because it’s not so easy to find!
Second Floor: Norman Foster. A large swath of backlit onyx, which also encompasses the sink in the bathroom, spans the space wall to wall. In the bedroom, it morphs into the desk, thus elegantly joining together bathroom and sleeping area.
SECOND FLOOR: NORMAN FOSTER
Elegance and flexibility Two highly creative spirits, British architect, Morman Foster joined forces with Basque sculptor, Eduardo Chillida, to create a provocative and highly subtle design that blends high-tech materials like glass with the warmth of carpeting and leather. In the lobby, a Chillida sculpture welcomes the guests. The walls, which are covered with off-white leather, become the central element of the design and act as a nexus between the hallway and the rooms by penetrating into the rooms and the bathrrooms. One has the feeling of bathing in a bathroom out of a science fiction novel, rather than being in a hotel in the middle of Madrid. What’s more, the bathroom ceiling is made of stretched canvas that is backlit, as if the guest was in a tanning booth! Foster always avoids clutter.
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THIRD FLOOR: DAVID CHIPPERFIELD
Luxury and privacy The hallway, painted totally black, gives a feeling of being in a time tunnel, achieved by the play of light and triangular bundles on the ceiling. In the rooms, which are based on a geometric concept of space, the floor is covered with pieces of terracotta measuring 7 x 21 cm and continues in the desk, which is made of a single slim piece using the same proportions as the floor tiles. The bench and headboard are covered in black leather, making for utter simplicity. Over the bed is a piece of lacquered blue DM which constitutes a unique feature in the room. The contrasting colours, mainly black and white, and the simplicity of the space give the guests supreme relaxation and achieve a very well-lit space. FOURTH FLOOR: PLASMA STUDIO
An exercise in geometry This is a young studio which managed to participate in this project upon winning a contest. Plasma Studio, made up of Eva Castro and Holger Kehne, has shown that it is in the vanguard of architecture with a bold project based on geometrical lines and cool materials such as stainless steel. The lobby and hallway is a three-dimensional space that will leave spectators astonished. Both the space and the hallway use large pieces of stain-
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4 AN EXERCISE IN GEOMETRY less steel and geometrical shapes reminiscent of a spaceship. A play of different coloured lights from LED strips create a sensorial tour where the only thing that counts is the guest’s intuition. In the rooms the same steel from the hallway gives shape to the shower, the bathtub, the headboard of the bed and the desk, which unfold one after the other, all arranged along the same wall. It is all one single gigantic piece which flows naturally despite the apparent aggressiveness of its shape. The bathtub and the glass divider separating the bathroom from the room is a young, dynamic space which challenges the guest to touch it and to discover every nook and cranny.
FIFTH FLOOR: VICTORIO & LUCCHINO
Fashion which bedecks an interior Inspired by their work in the field of fashion, the design team from Seville achieve a truly welcoming, warm space where the guest feels virtually embraced by fabrics and colour. In the hall, walls are lacquered in black, armchairs are upholstered in velvet and the floor is covered in distressed black stone. Two white marble sphinxes rise hieratically in the middle of the lobby. The designers offer their unique universe to the guests, they take them by the hand and lead them into a court-
Victorio & Lucchino have left out no detail, and every single one bears their signature.
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6 THE LUXURY AND COMFORT OF SIMPLICITY
7 AN INTERPLAY OF SHAPES
yard in Córdoba. The hallways are lined with black carpeting which contrasts with the beige velvet on the walls. In each room where the headboard is located hangs an exclusive, one-ofa-kind work crafted by the artist Sergio Cruz. The most unique feature in the rooms are the textiles. Linen, velvet and cotton have been used to create elaborate two-toned bedspreads, curtains and cushions, red velvet bases anchored with tacks, a red velvet screen with a gold interior, and red and black Chinese-inspired armchairs. In the bathroom, finishing touches include red or beige candles, as well as custom-designed ceramic receptacles and pots. SIXTH FLOOR: MARC NEWSON
The luxury and comfort of simplicity In the lobby and hallway Marc opted for wood lacquered a brilliant red and the floor alternates wool carpeting with marble. In the rooms Newson’s major pieces include the Felt Chair for Capellini, the Lockheed Lounge and the island type bed. The floor is oiled oak parquet made of wide panels that provide a touch of warmth to the interior design. In the bathroom Statuario Venato marble from the Carrara quarries.
SEVENTH FLOOR: RON ARAD
An interplay of shapes It has been said of Ron Arad’s work that it has all the energy of modern art and is one of the inevitable benchmarks in current design. On the seventh floor, he has designed a highly provocative and imaginative space with eminently luxurious details. Arad’s rounded, sinuous shapes can be glimpsed in the lobby, which boasts a circular sofa made of reflective fibreglass, foam and Alcantara in anthracite grey. A curved, continuous wall, white in some rooms and bright red in others, acts as a central divider separating the different uses of the space. Arad creates a circuit in which guests gradually discover each of the spaces: first the entryway, then the bed, then the bathroom, the sink, the toilet. The round bed is by the Italian design firm Capellini and the TV is actually a large screen that unfolds from the ceiling. There is no doubt that for many people, the luxury of having a gigantic screen right in front of the bed will be the best feature of Arad’s design. In the bathroom, the shower and toilet have stainless steel ceilings, achieving an extremely modern space with a touch of high technology.
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8 LIGHT IN MOTION
9 BOXES OF COLOURS The fibre optic panels called “Memory Wall” captures the guests’ movements only to later project a distorted image of them made with points of colour.
TENTH FLOOR: ARATA ISOZAKI.
EIGHTH FLOOR: KATHRYN FINDLAY
Light in motion In collaboration with interactive designer Jason Bruges, Scottish architect Kathryn Findlay barely separates the spaces using white curtains in order to achieve a highly feminine space, even the closets don’t have doors. Fibre optic panels have been designed for the lobby which features a bench in the shape of a small maze. In the hallways, the designers have created what they call Flock Wallpaper, which reacts to the movement of whoever is walking down the hall. The most singular feature of the rooms is that there are no dividing walls or doors. The separation between the spaces is made through simple, sweeping white curtains. In certain cases, the architect has placed a single bed that does not touch the floor, as it is suspended from the ceiling via a steel structure. At the foot of the bed in the window looking out onto the façade, the architect takes advantage of the space for designing a divan with cushions that span the entire window. The bathtub, round in shape, entices guests into sensual, relaxing baths.
Arata Isozaki has brought the customs of his culture to the tenth floor with a clear Japanese influence. The lobby is a decagon painted with a special white scraped paint and tiled in marble, in stark contrast with the dark grey paint used along the hallways, and the black wool carpeting. In the rooms dark colours predominate. Wooden panelling, known as shoji, crafted of stained oak and covered with a white gossamer fabric, is clearly reminiscent of the screens used in traditional Japanese houses. A copper sheet inserted between two glass panels, visually separates the bathroom from the bedroom. The cool materials and colours contrast with the brightness and warmth of the bathroom. The bath and shower made of hinoki wood is a clear reference to the Japanese custom of having a shower before a bath, and the floor is finished in white marble. As a curious note, it is worth noting that in each of the two junior suites there are two kimonos on display, but are not for use by guests. In the normal rooms there are yukatas available for guests – robes similar to kimonos.
NINTH FLOOR: RICHARD GLUCKMAN
Boxes of colours Inspired by the “box within a box” concept this floor stands out for its orderliness and feeling of lightness and neatness. Industrial materials such as aluminium, plastic and glass are used in quite unfamiliar ways. The rooms have a simple decor but with a touch of colour, blue and grey. The most outstanding feature is a wall of translucent glass containing four methacrylate niches, which houses the television, the telephone and writing desk, and storage area. The first thing you see when you enter the bathroom, is a large glass box, with a sliding door separating it from the bedroom by means of a white metal curtain. The floor and one of the walls of the bathroom are finished in Spanish granite. It’s like taking a shower in the open air. Lastly, he has chosen the Sunset chair by Christophe Pillet for Capellini, upholstered in red or blue velvet, with a comfortable, simple appearance.
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10 JAPANESE TRADITION
The rooms reflect the Japanese tradition in the home, featuring minimalism, tranquillity and well-being.
11 GOOD VIBRATIONS ELEVENTH FLOOR: JAVIER MARISCAL AND FERNANDO SALAS
Good vibrations As soon as you exit the lift, Mariscal’s Cactus sculpture, made out of coloured Corian appears in the lobby. The walls are covered with striped Formica and the orange carpet of the lobby contrasts with the green chosen for the hallway, whose walls are covered with striped Formica. Inside the rooms, the bathroom reigns supreme. The only enclosed area is the toilet booth, isolated by means of an ash wood trellis, which also serves as a large lamp as it is backlit. Large-scale colourful flower prints predominate in the bedroom, covering the headboard and closets. The bed is located against the window so natural light hits it from behind and permeates the whole room. One of the sides of the bedroom is finished with a backlit wooden trellis, giving guests the feeling of being outdoors. Outstanding features of the living space, are the Coconut armchairs by George Nelson for
Vitra, as well as the Swiss table by È for Padova, the AJ lamp by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen and the Stone carpet by Diego Fortunato for Nani Marquina. TWELFTH FLOOR, FAÇADE AND PENTHOUSE
Jean Nouvel The terrace and bar prevail on the hotel’s penthouse floor, as do a small pool and spa. But there is no doubt that this floor’s true standout is its impressive views of Madrid. Nouvel incorporated a glass walkway that connects the different spaces, although it is not recommended for vertigo sufferers! A semi-circle with a glass floor, it reveals the whole façade (designed by Jean Nouvel) of the hotel right down to the ground. Guests can enjoy the changes in colours provided by the awnings and the poem Freedom by Éluard, which covers the façade in various languages. On the twelfth floor, the French architect has designed twelve suites where two names are of particular importance to the concept and design: the
photographers Araki and Fleischer. As the original idea is that this floor be devoted to pleasure, the French architect has decided to use the walls to display the work of these two photographers, who play with interesting images of the human body and nature. Araki’s photographs, which cover the rooms on the western side of the hotel, are notable for their expressive force. Those by Fleischer, which are completely abstract, cover the eastern wing. The larger suites have a guest room boasting views of Madrid, with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall looking onto the street. All the rooms feature a system of sliding panels with rails on the floor and the ceiling to allow guests to organise the space as they wish. In fact, the most individual feature of the rooms is that the clients themselves can act as the architects, reorganising the area to suit their own tastes. The Hotel Puerta América will undoubtedly become renowned as one of the great five star luxury hotels. www.hotelpuertamerica.com
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The Fisker Karma may be the new kid on the block, but its designers are no strangers to luxury automotives. Co-founder Henrik Fisker is responsible for designing such iconic vehicles as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Partly inspired by actor Leonardo Dicaprio arriving in a decidedly unsexy but fuel-efficient Toyota Prius to the Academy Awards, this four-door, plug-in sport sedan is the first eco-chic car of its kind that’s easy on the environment, exudes elegance and strength and has a striking presence.
The Fisker Karma is a packaging marvel. A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 175 kWh generator. The hydroelectric power steering system is lighter than a hydraulic system, which means superior road handling.
Fisker’s “Horizon” logo represents a California sunset over the Pacific Ocean and pays homage to the company’s Southern California roots. The line symbolises the joining of the unique Californian lifestyle with concern for the environment.
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You won’t find expensive headlight angle adjusters here, as the long wheelbase and self-levelling rear shock absorbers eliminate the need for them.
The Karma is the first production car to have 22-inch wheels as standard, with vehicle-specific front tyres manufactured by Goodyear for close tyre-to-fender clearance and amazing handling.
The Karma’s signature solar roof is a wonder of art and engineering. The world’s largest and most powerful solar roof is a matrix of photovoltaic cells in a dynamic splayed pattern. It is the visual centerpiece of its environmentally conscious design, that not only captures a 1950s retrogeometric pattern but also captures the sunlight at different angles.
Suggested retail price 85,500 Euros www.fiskerautomotive.com
Many of the chrome accents on the vehicle are not just decorative but functional. Behind the front wheel arches are actually heat extractors and the chrome buttons on the inside of the front headrests are coat hangers.
In an effort to conserve power wherever possible, the Karma uses low-voltage LED exterior lighting, including the car’s reverse, rear fog and side marker lights.
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Art Exhibitions PICASSO MUSEUM — MALAGA THE SERRA COLLECTION UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2011 Exhibition of 25 Picasso ceramics, temporarily transferred to the Foundation by one of the most important collectors in the country, Pere A. Serra. MANOLO VALDÉS — PICASSO AS A PRETEXT UNTIL 12 FEBRUARY 2012 Manolo Valdés (Valencia, 1942), has become one of the most renowned artists on the current art scene. This exhibition brings together a selection of 42 pieces made between Manolo Valdés: “Jacquelin”, 2000 and 2011 of how 2011 Ólea sobre arpillera Picasso is a starting point in the work of Valdés in various media: sculpture, printmaking, collage and painting. PICASSO — LATEST ADDITIONS UNTIL 19 FEBRUARY 2012 Twelve pieces comprising a ceramic, a picture book, six prints and a folder consisting of four lithographs. These works cover the period 1923-1962 and are characterised by their wide range of topics and techniques. PICASSO MUSEUM — MALAGA PLAZA DE LA MERCED, 15 Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 20.00 Closed holidays
100 people 1,000 trees Marbella charity Arboretum recently achieved its goal of getting 100 local residents to scrub land behind Marbella bus station to plant 1,000 trees. In just two hours enthusiastic volunteers dug holes and planted olive trees in the beautiful winter sunshine. It was very much a family affair with volunteers from one to seventy years old which brought the whole community together to do something enjoyable and positive for the environment. After the main tree planting, the younger members of the group were shown the Nendo Dengo planting technique and planted hundreds of seeds. This event is an important step in creating a “people’s forest” planted with thousands of plants and trees, native to the Málaga area. The project is making use of deserted scrub land and turning it into a beautiful nature reserve. When finished, the 45,000 square meter plot will be a stunning green space open to the public and will offer training and education in the field of ecological agriculture and sustainable land management. This is a fantastic way of restoring the lost woodlands of the area, and conserving the native species of trees and plants in Andalucía, while creating a lovely public green area for residents and visitors alike. Arboretum Marbella is a charity which is creating a people’s forest in Marbella made up of native species to the region of Malaga including trees, shrubs, grasses and vines. This forest is being planted using the concept of permaculture and will be sustainable and organic. It will also play an important role in protecting some of the native species of the region which are being endangered such as the Andalusian Cork Oak. As well as creating a beautiful public park on deserted scrub land, an important part of the project is to educate people on the environment, trees and sustainable land management. For more information or to become a part of this project visit: www.arboretummarbella.org
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FUENGIROLA JULETID - YULETIDE UNTIL 7 JANUARY 2012 Featuring 10 paintings and drawings by Mette B. Madsen, Denmark and Roger Cummiskey, Ireland. Mette B. Madsen was born in 1980. She is a trained psychologist and continuous to study art at Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. Roger Cummiskey was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944. He studied art at the National College for Art and Design in Dublin and has exhibited extensively around the World representing Ireland at the Florence Biennale and in international exhibitions in Stockholm, London and New York. Cummiskey’s paintings take their themes and titles from the wanderings and writings of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Miguel de Cervantes. This Exhibition is supported by Blevins Franks, Financial Advisors. Galeria of Restaurante LUCIA, Maestra Angles Aspiazu, 17, Fuengirola. M-F 12-16 and 19-21 h. daily; Sat. and Sun. Closed.
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