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Summer Living


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Avante-Garde Ellipse IN BARCELONA

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Company News and Updates

I N T HE T E C H 28 The Ultimate in Technology

A T HO m E 30 Tangerine Tango: Pantone’s Colour of the Year 32

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34 Love London 36 The Best of British: Timothy Oulton’s New Collection 38 Art meets Design: maison & Objet Designers of the Year 42 Trends emerging from iSalone 2012 46 The Best of Summer Living: Outdoor Entertaining Essentials 52 Lounging Around: Luxurious Lounges and Outdoor Furniture 58 Stock Up on Stackable Contemporary Outdoor Chairs 64 Innovative, Sustainable and Unique: London 2012 Olympics Architecture


68 Kid-Friendly Space: A Cheery Hangout with Colours, Pattern and Furniture 74 Home Tour: In Harmony with Nature 78 Healthy Gardens make Sense



82 Restaurant Reviews: La Sala & max Beach 86 Gourmet News 87 Love Sushi

IN VOGUE 90 Fashion, Health and Beauty News 92 Girl’s Best Friend: Diamonds, Gemstones and Precious metals 94 Everyone Loves Armani



98 The Adventure Begins in marrakech 100 Avant-Garde Ellipse in Barcelona

102 Wild Rides: The Ultimate Choppers 105 Events Along the Coast


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This edition of Home & Lifestyle Magazine marks our 4-year anniversary, and it’s incredible how much has changed since the publication launch in May 2008. The magazine first started as a smaller home décor publication for local businesses on the coast. Today, Home & Lifestyle is a full-sized magazine that has developed a readership throughout the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar and beyond. A big thank you to all our advertisers who have been with us since its launch and welcome to our biggest issue ever. In this issue we brilliantly capture the colours of summer, from burning sunsets to the cool hues of blue, enticing us outdoors with new understated and luxurious outdoor furniture collections, the bright summery hues of stackable chairs and the vivid colours of outdoor entertaining accessories. We also celebrate all things British with the much anticipated Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games this summer. From refrigerators to cool your cervéza to fabulous Union Jacks to decorate and adorn, plus we take a look at the innovative and unique architecture designed for London 2012. No matter what brilliant colour nature inspires in décor, in fashion diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and this issue sparkles with a perfect complement to the Armani Spring and Summer collection featured inside. For the more adventurous, a trip to Marrakech and Barcelona, plus a cruise down the highway on a custom chopper. This issue brings you a “feel good factor” — outdoor living, nostalgia and the ultimate thrill ride.

ABOUT THE COVER This issue’s cover “Flowers” are quirky and informal modern glass décor for every day living. Inspired by the colours of spring flowers, the “murano” plates are available in two different sizes: 30 cm or 19 cm wide. NasonMoretti, founded in the 1920s, is one of the leading glassworks on the Venetian island of Murano. The firm specialises in the production of drinking glasses and chalices manufactured in a wide range of styles. In these genuinely unique products the traditional skills of master glassmakers are integrated with modern concepts of design. Designers: NasonMoretti and Stefano Marcato

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Cortijo Las Flores classical elegance

Sometimes life steers us, as if by fate, into the positions to which we are most suited. It was in 1992, while assisting with the re-decoration of a friend’s villa in San Roque, that Linda Cockerell discovered her passion for home decoration. Her newfound creative flare and heartfelt joy for being part of bringing a beautiful home to life set the stage for a new enterprise. It began in a small garage tucked away in a picturesque Cortijo just outside Sotogrande, and has developed to become a bespoke home furnishing business, featuring over 1,000 books, 400 catalogues, and a full team of skilled and professional artisans. Linda very much focuses on the personal touch; “We like to become friends with our clients and to get to know their personal tastes and styles, so that we can create homes and living spaces that are more than just beautiful settings, but that also very much feel like home”. Over the years, the Cortijo Las Flores has flourished to become an established and trusted part of the Sotogrande community. Today, Linda and her team can boast a portfolio of stunning villa and Cortijo design projects, streaming from Gibraltar to marbella, and even with commissions from the UK. While the Cortijo Las Flores showroom certainly appeals to those who prefer the classic elegant country feel, reflecting Linda’s personal style, over the years Linda has been at the helm of a vast range of design projects; from classic and modern villas and designer apartments featuring brands such as Ralph Lauren. A highlight of the business has been the interior design of a palatial villa, decorated in the very finest silks, with

custom-made carpets running throughout, bespoke hand-made furniture highlighted with a gold leaf trim, and elegantly enhanced with highly decorative curtains and beautiful custom made trimmings. Not many people know this, but Cortijo Las Flores is the foundation from which many local and highlytrained artisans have been offering their services for almost two decades. This includes the creation of bespoke English hand-made curtains, furniture restoration, hand-made quilting, decorative painting, upholstering and professional pole fitting. This means that whether customers require a full home decoration service, are simply in need of some new curtains, or the restoration of an old favourite chair, Linda and her team take care to ensure the end product brings a content and happy smile. Linda and her team welcome you to the Cortijo Las Flores showroom to look through fabrics and brochures, to gain assistance with a specific home furnishing project, or to simply be inspired by ideas to help you enhance your home to your personal taste and style. Opening hours: 10-14 & 17-19 Monday to Friday. By Appointment Saturdays. C/ Las Flores 22 San Enrique de Guadiaro, Sotogrande. T: +34 956 615 143 m: +34 609 576 793

Security for your home WHEN WE THINK OF HOmE SECURITY WHAT AUTOmATICALLY COmES TO mIND IS SURVEILLANCE SYSTEmS AND ALARmS, BOTH A GREAT DETERRENT FOR BURGLARS, BUT SOmETImES THIS IS JUST NOT ENOUGH. Cristalería y Aluminios Villalba is a family-run business with over 40 years of experience who are experts in the fields of locksmith, iron works, aluminium, carpentry and glass. The company has been a pioneer in the locksmith business since the 1960s – one of the first of its kind in marbella – and the business and craftsmanship has been passed down from parents to children over three generations. Their experience in the industry has led them to gain a wealth of knowledge in securing homes to prevent theft. From the installation of armourplated doors and window bars, to security locks for doors and windows incorporating new technologies and modern ideas – all at a very small investment to bring peace of mind to your family’s safety. Cristalería y Aluminios Villalba also make bespoke iron structures such as pergolas, garage doors (including motorised large access doors), scissor doors, gates and roofs combined with an aluminium finish. Also, their artisans forge beautiful bespoke metal works for wrought-iron railings, fences, tables, chairs, headboards, barbecues plus much more. Glass and aluminium blinds are another specialised area of their business. From glass enclosures such as Louvre windows, doors, glass curtains, home safety entry gates and PVC windows to exceptional aluminium railings, cabinets, mosquito nets and wind protectors together with glass to protect you from the wind on your terrace. They also install all types of awnings (articulated arms, retractable, box, motorised etc.) and stock shower doors from famous brands including PABAÑOS, mATYBAN and DUSCHOULUX.


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For more information on the company and to view their portfolio, please visit Urb. Cerrado De Elviria, C/ Alcornque S.N. MARBELLA Tel: 952 831 177 M: 667 452 396 or 649 541 965

ALONG THE COAST > Evis and Alberto, World of Sofas

Shading with style

Artistic, creative, shapely and elegant Shade sails are a hot garden accessory, not only do they provide protection from the elements but they also inject style into your outdoor area. Developed in Australia 25 years ago, shade sails not only block out harsh heat and glaring light, but they also provide a very high factor of up to 97% UV protection from the sun’s rays. The custom made designs are appealing and practically perfect for any area around your home or business and can provide a cost effective solution to large areas such as swimming pools, playgrounds, car parking areas and tennis courts where minimal support is required. Durable, versatile and in striking contemporary design the sails are also an ideal choice to off-set your modern outdoor furniture and terraces to sprawling car ports, creating a practical and eye-catching area. Since 2007, The Shade Sail Company has been installing shade systems for satisfied clients all over Andalucía in Southern Spain. Based near marbella on the Costa del Sol, the company has taken on projects all over the province, including the main cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz and málaga, as well as the coastal region from Gibraltar to motril.

Sleek sofas, slick prices It is refreshing to be able to publicise the opening of a new store on the coast, and not just one, in fact World of Sofas Spain have recently opened three new shops in the past year with plans for further expansion in the future. The reason behind their success and continued optimism comes purely down to price and product. The World of Sofas have achieved a level of quality that is only exceeded by the constant ability to bring their prices in-line with customers best expectations, and there is no substitute for the price quality equation. All four stores offer a huge range of leather suites, sofas, corner units and unique designer pieces in a staggering array of material and design options, complemented with helpful, multi-lingual staff to assist customers in their choices. With many of their products available for immediate delivery and the constant introduction of new ranges from the best manufacturers and brands, if it exists in soft furnishings, World of Sofas can almost certainly get it for you. If you’re the type who loves discovering unexpected deals in a cosy store atmosphere, visit their stores and keep a sharp look-out for their special promotions, one-off discounts and their soon to be launched on-line store. To view their product line and prices, visit

For further information, please visit The Shade Sail Company website or call them on 952 930 959.



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Photography by DAVID TOmS

Everything including the kitchen sink

Bathrooms, bedrooms and of course… the kitchen room Established in 2004, The Kitchen Room in Estepona has stood its ground through a wavering global economy. Home & Lifestyle recently visited the showroom to gain an insight into their success and discovered that a large part of the business also specialises in bathrooms, bedrooms and total renovation projects. “I think one major reason our company is still here after more than 8 years, even in an economic climate that has hit this industry hard, is our staff, customer service and client satisfaction.” says Ian. “We’re a higher-end showroom for our product quality, but we’re structured to help people meet their budgets and with the assurance of guarantees and warranties. Our suppliers are well-established, internationally recognised brands — Symphony Kitchens, Nobilia Kitchens, Falcon Rangemaster, Neff, Bosch, Siemens and Franke to name a few — and our excellent relationship with suppliers enable us to give our clients not only the confidence they need in our business, but also reassurance that the products we sell have the backing of the manufacturer.” Rebecca provides the designing and planning

service and along with the personable and knowledgeable sales approach at The Kitchen Room, which ranges from new bathrooms and kitchens to major renovations, this friendly company is carefully structured to meet every client’s requirement. “Our job is not to impose our style on people, but to let individuals express their own style without making mistakes,” says Rebecca. “I regularly attend residential training courses with our suppliers to keep me informed on the latest products and developments in the market. During a recent major project in madrid, supplier Symphony were so interested in the scale of the project that their overseas export manager flew over to observe and report back on Symphony’s new product being used for the first time in Spain. The Kitchen Room’s commitment to excellence continues after the contract, planning and design stage. From the management of the building team and delivery to the timing and completion of the project, Director Andrew mitchell’s task is just beginning. “I quite often take my work home with me to ensure that I fully understand the client’s requirements and to scrutinise the finalised plans so that I

know where every nut and bolt is going. my standards, and those of my staff and suppliers are high, and when not on-site, I am constantly emailing clients with project updates, regular reports and photos of the work in progress. I believe that’s why virtually 99 percent of our business is word of mouth. I make sure our clients get fair pricing and the best quality for their money because they trust us to do that.” Success really does comes down to three things — customer service, client satisfaction and quality. Visit their showroom Avenida Litoral No 5, 12&13, Estepona T: 952 896 336

Proespacio21 an innovative firm with a

highly-qualified professional team and a wealth of experience in the construction sector. Proespacio21 is a company that extensively researches and introduces new cutting-edge product innovations to the construction sector, and offer the best technical and commercial advice available for their showcased products. marbreline is one such innovative product in their portfolio. marbreline is a seamless flooring and wall covering made from first-class, hard-wearing, rolled and treated marble chips mixed with high-quality Durline resins. The creator of marbreline, DSm, a company with over 20 years of experience and experts in resin-bond surfaces coverings are now working in partnership with Proespacio21 to introduce the product to the Spanish market (marbreline was only previously available in the UK, USA, France and Canada). marbreline is not only aesthetic, unique and innovative, but thanks to its non-slippery surface and self-draining features, it’s a perfect way to to upgrade your pool decks and outdoor areas. In addi-


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tion, it allows you to create a multitude of decorative visual effects, such as logos and graphics using nine different colours, and can also allow you to personalise your decor by creating your own colour combinations and patterns. Due to its robust characteristics: stain-proof, scratch-proof with a very good resistance to impact and virtually maintenance free, it is an ideal flooring choice for high traffic areas, inside and out. The product complies with DSm’s stringent demands in terms of high-quality and is labelled by certificated laboratories such as CSTB (fire, UV, traffic proof). For more information or to obtain a free estimate call Franck Thomas on 638 624 444, visit the PROESPACIO21 showroom Calle Alcotanes 40, Urb Carib Playa, Marbella.






A Refreshingly New Decoration Shop in San Pedro de Alcántara

Fine Fabrics

Beautiful designs and prints from internationally renowned brands at Cort Idea Cortidea is a Danish owned interior textile and décor shop, situated in the small and cosy commercial centre “Centro Idea” on the mijas road. It was founded in 1995 and its owner, Henrik Stæhr Jørgensen, has a solid background with more than 25 years in the business. The shop has one of the most beautiful collections of hand-picked fabrics for curtains, upholstery and home furnishings from internationally renowed collections including Casamance, Designers Guild, Alhambra International, Saum & Viebahn, Sanderson and Christian Lacroix, and Henrik tells us that JAB fabrics designs has recently joined their collection. They also supply top quality custom crafted interior wood blinds by Shaftesburys, guaranteed to add warmth and beauty to any room, plus venetian, vertical, and roller blinds, Gradulux (Luxaflex) a division of Hunter Douglas who are experts in window treatments and coverings, with a guaranteed after sales service. The supply of wall-to-wall carpets or any size of rugs from the Danish manufacturer EGE Carpets, is also proving very popular. made-to-measure and re-upholstery work for indoor and outdoor cushions, is provided by Henrik in his own workshop. Henrik assures customers of a high quality of work and customer service which includes, advice and measuring, in addition to sewing and fitting to the highest standards. Spanish, English, German and Scandinavian is spoken. Visit their shop at Centro Idea Ctra. de Mijas km.3,6 Mijas, Málaga T: 952 461 221


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BbyU, situated in a funky warehouse in the San Pedro de Alcántara industrial estate spanning an incredible 250 square metres, offers fabulous new ideas in the world of decoration. Everything about BbyU is fun, unique and colourful from multi-coloured lamps shaped in the form of human bodies, quirky barstools with false human legs, poufs that look more like mini ice creams to animalprint crockery! Their products are funky and well-made and not like anything you would find in the novelty shops you come across along the coast, but it is important to state that BbyU should not be mistaken for a novelty shop. Their showroom is an eclectic blend of modern and classic furniture and accessories to cater for not just domestic homes but commercial properties too such as bars or restaurants. Owner, marisa is a qualified interior architect and offers free consultations with coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoons! Upstairs, there is an outlet furniture area where you can buy pieces at up to 80% discount so there is something for everyone no matter what the budget. BbyU, Calle Budapest 24, Polígono Industrial San Pedro de Alcántara - Tel: 952 782 621 - email:


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Micheal Jackson Sofa in Marbella To be displayed at renowned jewellers Gómez & Molina from 31May to 3rd June.

This colossal sofa, chosen personally by the performer for his comeback concert in London, designed by Italian designer and architect, Giovanni Malerba di Busca, is carved from the finest wood, with 24 carat gold leaf plating and exclusive crimson red velvet upholstery. This unique gem owned by Terraluz, an exclusive lighting and interior decoration company based in Marbella, have chosen the Marbella Luxury Weekend as the perfect setting to present this worldwide exclusive. This unique item, valued in excess of 200,000 Euros, was handmade by gifted craftsmen in the workshops of the exclusive Italian furniture manufacturer “Colombostile” whose creations are distributed in Spain by Terraluz.

The King of Pop commissioned the sofa as the stage centre piece for his concert, before his untimely death on the 25th June 2009 at his Los Angeles residence, and was then to install it at his British residence, Fosbury Manor on the outskirts of London. The sofa will be displayed for the first time in a worldwide exclusive presentation at the jewellers Gómez & Molina in Puerto Banús. Laura Alai and Cesare Savioni, management team for Terraluz, are proud to present this to the public. It is one of Colombostiles’s greatest pieces and they are honoured to be distributors for Spain for their products. This sofa epitomizes a commitment to creating a different and elegant way of decorating which they offer their clients through the best, most exclusive and prestigious Italian names in lighting and furniture. By way of example, Colombostile recently completed a furnishing project in the Kremlin. Terraluz showroom: New Golden Mile, KM 166 of the A7 motorway. More details are available at

La Niche Marbella Art Exhibitions High quality second-hand


furniture at great value La Niche, nestled between the 24-hour Farmacia and the Palacio de Congresos in Marbella, buys and sells good quality second-hand furniture with the aim of turning over their stock as quickly as possible. The shop is spacious and elegantly filled with beautiful pieces of furniture that you will never find anywhere else at greatly reduced prices. If you are on a tight budget and appreciate good quality furniture, La Niche should definitely be your first stop as they sell unique pieces that regular high street shops do not sell. Henrietta, the bubbly owner of La Niche, offers a very personal service seeking out furniture for her clients at the best prices possible if she does not already have it in stock. From sofas, chairs, tables, cabinets to pictures, this shop is filled with interesting pieces that appeal to an array of decorative tastes. Centro de Negocios Tembo Alhambra del Mar, Marbella Tel: 952 765 564 Mob: 622 206 891 email:


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“NÆRVÆR – PRESENCIA” to 24 May Montebello, Danish Clinica Benalmádena Pueblo, Av. Juan Luis Peralta, 30 Open seven days 11-13 h. and 15-20 h. Eleazar Galea, Malta, Roger Cummiskey, Ireland and Arcadio Cabrera, Cuba combine their artworks in this beautiful setting — a little piece of Denmark in Benalmadena! “SILENCE – STILHED” to 28 May Restaurante Galeria LUCIA Maestra Aspiazu, Fuengirola 12-16 and 19-21 h. daily M-F Sat. & Sun. – CLOSED. Exhibition by Diana Worthy (UK) and Roger Ayala Perez (Cuban)




New Offices for Carlos Lamas Architects Carlos Lamas Architecture Workshop, previously located in Guadalmina has relocated to the Golden mile, marbella. Renowned for their contemporary architectural style in the design of private villas, urbanizations and public buildings, Carlos Lamas offers a complete service, from advice before your buy a plot, design concepts to site di-

rection under construction. His work combines architecture and interior design and can been seen at prime locations such as La Zagaleta County Club, marina Puente Romano, Sierra Blanca, marbella Hill Club, Altos Reales, monte mayor Golf Club, Los Flamingos Golf Club, Santa maria Golf Club, Istan Lake, Hacienda Las Chapas and Sotogrande.

NEW OFFICES Address: Comercial Center, Urb. Marbella Real Boulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Local 25 & 26, 29602 Marbella T: 952 886 970 - M: 609 572 275

New Website for G.Vega Ceramic G.VEGA CERAmIC ART & DESIGN, located in marbella, are proud to present their new website, which showcases some of their works over the past 14 years, and would like to thank all their clients, friends and family for their support over the years. Since 1998, their team of artists and craftsmen have specialised in the bespoke elaboration of beautiful handmade ceramic products such as tiles, tables, murals, wall hangings, house signs and lots more. Creating beautiful things is their passion, often inspired by the ideas of clients, they have created hundreds of different designs and glazes, and can recreate contemporary and traditional ceramic products for your house and garden.



NEW BEOVISION 12-65” 3D Experience the new BeoVision 12-65’’. Combine elegant design with superior picture and sound quality. Precisely detailed to deliver maximum performance using Automatic Colour Management and Vision Clear technology that gives you the best quality ever seen before. Bang & Olufsen, Puerto Banús, Marbella. T. 952 81 72 50 AERODREAM ONE * The ultimate tower station for iPod, iPad and iPhone by Jarre Technologies. AeroDream One is supplied with its own ladder and is custom-made to order. Eleven feet high this dock will set you back a cool £300,000.

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PORSCHE DESIGN P’9981 SMARTPHONE FROM BLACKBERRY® * Innovative in form and function – and made in Europe. The Porsche Design Smartphone is a must-have partner for design-minded people. FOCAL GRANDE UTOPIA EM LOUDSPEAKER * Considered as one of the best loudspeakers in the world, and 6’7” in height, the speaker is hand-built to order and comes in bespoke colours to match your car! £121,999. * AVAILABLE AT HARROD’S NEW SUPERLUXURY GADGETS DEPARTMENT.

WWW.HARRODS.COM R1 DELUXE TABLETOP RADIO Given a highly coveted ‘Best Buy’ by Which? magazine, and described as ‘the Aston Martin of DAB radios’ by The Sunday Telegraph the R1 is the ideal companion for the beach this Summer. From £160, visit for stockists. GOOGLE’S AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES Talk to friends, send messages, take photos and record videos and access tools such as Google Maps. Is this the future of wearable computing? Currently in its prototype stage, the glasses are not yet for sale, but orders are already flooding into Google. Rumoured to be priced between $250 to $600.



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NEW OUTDOOR COLLECTION FROm JAB ANSTOETZ Perfectly timed for summer, JAB Anstoetz has launched its latest collection of stunning outdoor-only fabrics, called UV PRO. This fresh and stylish collection of upholstery fabrics offers a vast range of colours in pinks, blues and greens with contrasting stripes, plaids, plains and geometric prints. Ideal for covering cushions and ottomans, the advanced colourfastness and UV resistant technology means your fabrics will stay bright for years to come.


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1. ROCHE BOBOIS FLOWER CUSHION Available in six colours.

3. LE VERSHA CHAIR, ORANGE Inspired by the designs of traditional wrought iron fencing. £168 4. MOLTEN SPECTRUM KNOB, ORANGE FLOWER An expertly crafted, individually mouth-blown glass pastille for your dresser. €7


5. TRASIMENO OMBRIONE BY DESIGNERS GUILD A luxurious collection of superb quality jacquard velvet fabrics. The ever popular Trasimeno stripe and Ombrione damask patterns combine luxuriously soft velvet pile on a superb linen coloured ground.

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2. GAVIK TABLE LAMP FROM IKEA Small and easy to place, this orange frosted glass table lamp by Ikea will bring some cosiness and colour into your home. €14.99



ACRILA BAROQUE COLLECTION Founded by designer Jean Christophe Bernard, Acrila of France, produces attractive and unusual modern lines of decorative acrylic furnishings for both commercial and residential use. MAY � JUNE ����

Photo: Hall 5B côté déco ACTUEL, maison & Objet.








Making Waves with Ruffles

1. VASO CREATURE Resin vase white and black, collection Creature by Studio di NaN. CORSI DESIGN FACTORY

East that will provide a talking point in any type of project. The current range consists of 16 styles in twelve eye-catching natural stones. Available only in 6 x 6 m format.

2. FONDO LUCE NATURAL STONE WALL PANEL Waves and ripples with great styling, lightness and fluidity, created in large-scale by utilising modern technology. Lithos Design have created a unique range of wall tiles evocative of the middle and Far

2. LE KLINT PENDANT Designed by Poul Christiansen in 1971 this very popular model is available in many variations so you are sure to find a size to fit any kitchen and any assembly hall! From €265

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4. PIED A TERRE Pied A Terre pleated ruffle charcoal double duvet cover. A highly glamorous bed linen design with three to six rows of pleated ruffled edges in the same base colour. Available from 5. EMILE HENRY RUFFLED PIE DISH Pie dishes with an elegant ruffled edge and beautiful colour make a lovely presentation for fruit or meat pies. From £25

VIBIA RHYTHmS COLLECTION Designed by Arik Levy, RHYTHm is a hanging lamp capable of adopting infinite horizontal and vertical configurations. Each sticker can rotate on an axis and be positioned at the desired angle creating looks from soft waves to chaotic shapes.







Love London FLY THE FLAG FOR THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE. DESIGNED TO GRACE A TABLE, WALL OR ROOM 4 1. HUSKY LONDON MINI FRIDGE Featuring some of London’s most iconic scenes, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, a red telephone box and a black cab, this mini fridge is perfect for anyone with a patriotic side, offering a 50 litre capacity, holding up to 40 beer or soft drink cans or 12 wine bottles. £139.99 2. UNION JACK CUSHION A truly iconic piece by New Yorker, Jonathan Adler. Influenced in no small part by celebrated 20th century pop artists such as Sir Peter Blake and Jasper Johns. Double-sided design, hand-loomed alpaca


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AND OH, SO BRITISH. wool with full feather core. Large £150, small £90, available from 3. UNION JACK REVIVAL DAB/FM RADIO Originally created as a one-off, it has received an amazing response and so Roberts has put a limited amount into production. This fabulous combination of the latest technology and vintage styling comes complete with gold plated fittings and offers an amazing 120 hours of battery life. £200 4. DIAMOND JUBILEE CROWN Designed to hold sweets and other treats, the red

Special edition Studio Couch from Ercol. This iconic 1950’s sofa is revamped with digitally printed fabric using black and white photography from British photographer and design journalist Barbara Chandler new collection and latest book Love London.

5 and blue crown is part of a new Emma Bridgewater pottery collection to celebrate the historic event. Decorated with bright colours, corgi dogs waving Union Jack flags, lions, and the straplines “60 years a Queen” and “steadfast and true”. £100 Also available at John Lewis and Harrod’s 5. SCANDINAVIAN CANDLE PINS Add a designer touch to any pillar candle. Available in two designs, Crown and Jewel, a perfect jubilee accessory for any party table. £3.50-£3.95




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This year, Timothy Oulton has introduced a range of stunning new products to his collection. Highlights include the stunning Saddle Chair, inspired by the traditional horse’s saddle, the Boarding School cabinets – made of reclaimed pine sourced from old UK buildings - as well as the Slabby sofa, a modular system of ultra-comfortable leather pieces. Additionally, a stunning new range of kitchen furniture has been introduced including cabinets, a butler’s pantry, a solid oak island and wine racks. Inspired by timeless, classic design and artisanship throughout the ages, Oulton succeeds in creating pieces which combine his love of vintage, his knowledge of antiques and his desire to create innovative, relevant pieces of luxury furniture for the contemporary consumer. Driven by an ongoing commitment to traditional hand craftsmanship, timeless designs provide inspiration for a fresh perspective, resulting in uniquely authentic and distinctive pieces that exude the perfect balance of tradition and modernity. This perfect balance between tradition and innovation is evident across all collections. The celebrated mars chair is

a primary example of Timothy’s trademark style. Retaining a 1930s proportion, the chair is made more contemporary by the unexpected combination of hand-moulded metal and distressed, vintage leathers. The new saddle chair is another example: equestrian saddles provide the starting point for an altogether new design, which at the same time captures an authentic equestrian heritage. The craftsmanship that goes into achieving the unique luxury aesthetic that has become synonymous with Timothy Oulton designs is second to none. For example, each piece in the stunning Trunk collection requires a minimum of 72 hours to complete, while the Kensington three-seater sofa contains 1,700 nails which are all individually handapplied. El Corte Inglés Capricho Blvd Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 2 Marbella

The Timothy Oulton Trunks are a salute to antique luggage and travel goods used during a period of grace and romance. Each trunk requires numerous labour hours to complete, from nailing and polishing studs to exterior finishes and detailing and are a testament to everlasting charm and enduring beauty.


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The Kensington Collection evokes the Grand Gentlemen’s Club tradition with deep hand-tufting and rolled arms, 1,700 hand-nailed brass studs and upholstered in hand-finished leather.

made with the meticulous craftsmanship and materials, the Saddle Chair, inspired by a traditional horse’s saddle, is spectacular to behold. Complete with actual stirrups on each side and made of handfinished and hand-stitched leather on a wood frame, this chair is a stunning addition to any space.

One of Timothy Oulton’s most celebrated designs, the mars chair transports elements of Art Deco to the future of furniture design. Retaining a 1930s proportion, the chair is updated through its unlikely combination of hand-moulded metal with distressed, vintage leathers, while the chair’s curved, bevelled lines catapult the piece to the frontiers of design.



Tokujin Yoshioka, This “Crystallized project” was first started in 2007. Other new works include a crystallized painting series grown by the vibration of music by Frederic Chopin, Ballade n°1 en Sol Mineur, Op.23, Étude Op.10 n°12 and Fantasie - Impromptu, Op.posth.66.

Art meets Design



Tokujin Yoshioka Works which transcend the boundaries of product design, architecture, and exhibition installation, are highly evaluated also as art, and Tokujin Yoshioka’s creations are no exception. Representative works include the paper chair “Honey-pop”, “PANE chair”, “VENUS — Natural crystal chair”, Swarovski Crystal Palace “STARDUST” “Stellar”, Yamagiwa’s lighting “ToFU” “Tear Drop”, and “mEDIA SKIN” “XRAY” for au design project. “Water block”, a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in musée d’Orsay, Paris. He has collaborated

with various leading companies such as Swarovski, Issey miyake, Hermès, BmW, moroso, Toyota and Lexus. many of his works are displayed as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums including museum of modern Art (momA) in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design museum and Vitra Design museum. Selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the “100 most respected Japanese by the world.”


Hubert le Gall

A visual artist by training, Hubert le Gall designs sculptural furniture whose functional nature plays a supporting role to its narrative or abstract form. He uses materials as diverse as bronze, plaster, resin, wood, glass and ceramics to invent an original bestiary

of furniture to populate the most beautiful interiors. His flower tables have become icons, as have the baseless lamps that so effectively convey his liking for illusion and subversion. His is a taste that works with humour to celebrate the emotional relationship with objects he imbues with souls of their own. This is the free signature style of a truly independent designer who plays not only with whimsicality and subversion, but also with lines and colours, downstrokes and upstrokes, presence and absence.

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Hubert le Gall


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Favela Chair … a small armchair made from pieces of natural wood, glued and nailed together by hand. “Favela” refers to the ad-hoc shelters which are built out of mud, sand, scraps of wood, bricks and stones in the hills and on the fringes of urban expansion around Rio de Janeiro.

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Humberto and Fernando Campana

Few designers or artists have managed to capture the wild, chaotic, explosive energy of Latin America like double-act Fernando and Humberto Campana, and the furniture they have made over the last 25 years is a better evocation of multiculturalism, an environmental conscience and a sense of quirkiness. Humberto graduated with a law degree, but early on abandoned that path and set up a small studio of hand-made products in the early 80’s after attending terracotta and iron sculpture workshops. In 1984, he joined forces with Fernando, who studied architecture, to help him deliver a large order and launched Estudio Campana. Their first real collaboration was on two iron chairs, Negativo and Positivo, for a series called Desconfortaveis (meaning “the uncomfortables”), which they exhibited in 1989. Since then, they are among the most celebrated partnerships in contemporary design, recognised by their style — a muscular and complex blend which incorporates brash and dirty colour; natural, unusual and often recycled materials. Hundreds of metres of rope or fabric can go into producing one impossible-looking woven piece.

Located in an old two-storey warehouse in the central Santa Cecília neighbourhood, Estudio Campana in Sao Paulo, work with many international companies in industrial and interior design. In addition to designs for international manufacturers of furniture, lighting and home accessories, they have also designed for shoe brand melissa, collaborated with Lacoste on a redesign of the brand’s iconic shirt in 2009 and have designed jewellery for H Stern – as well as more “serious” artistic endeavours. The majority of creations coming out of their Sao Paulo studio consist of custom-made one-off objects for the home. The Campanas’ “Favela” and “Vermela” armchairs, both produced by the Italian furniture manufacturer Edra, the “Banquete” armchairs created by hand in small series in their Sao Paulo- based studio, as well as their inflatable table or the “Plastico Bolha” easy chair made of bubble wrap, rapidly became icons of contemporary design. Nowadays, their creations integrate permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the moma in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and the museum of modern Art in Sao Paulo. In 2008 they were honoured with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design miami.


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Collection Blow Up Bambou édition Alessi 2010 Designer : Fratteli Campana

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Konstantin Grcic’s “Pro” chair for Flötotto, designed for mass market such as schools, from purity of design to its ergonomic response to body movements, totally recyclable and is extremely low-cost.

massive wooden legs attached to the Cristalplant Beam table by Guatemalan designer Luis Alberto Arrivillaga for mDF.

iSalone Trends Design has had to grapple with a pretty swinging financial crisis over the last few years. In 2012, however, rather than giving in to doom and gloom, the sector represented by the 2012 Saloni has taken a design/production approach to the situation, adapting supply to a demand that has not only shrunk but altered. There has been a revisiting of past catalogues, with an intelligent reissues of enduring pieces that has turned into a real re-reading, in an attempt to make the pieces smaller, easier to transport. “Rappel à l’ordre” (Call to order) is clearly one of this season’s winning themes, almost as if a decision had been made to avoid what might, these days, be seen as morally unacceptable provocative designs, outweighing any aesthetic issues. One interesting consequence of this phenomenon is the reappraisal of the designer, no longer seen as a planner working for the good of his or her company, but as a “media star.” The great names of the design world were obviously present at the 2012 Saloni, but the emphasis has shifted from the person to the product. The new trends at the 2012 Saloni clearly evidence a sophisticated attention to material. Every project evolves in a specific material, respecting its intrinsic qualities and peculiarities, such as wood and lightness Fabric has reached an all-time high in terms of importance, not so much in terms

Homage to Le Corbusier in Doshi Levien’s small “Chandigarh” sofa for moroso. of patterns or graphics, but as a physical presence, and attention to material inevitably brings with it renewed attention to detail, which has ceased to be regarded as mere finishing but as a structural component in its own right. Recognising pieces of pure invention, not just in terms of form or material,

The “Isola” armchair by Swedish design trio Claesson-Koivisto-Rune for Tacchini.

“Bonnie” bérgère by Austria’s Polka for Wittmann, a re-reading of a bourgeois drawing room, yet tinged with Eighties spirit


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Comic strip irony: Elena manferdini’s “Tracery” table for Driade. but as a totally innovative typology and a few deliberately “neutral” and therefore universal objects, in terms of their potential use and interpretation. What other common factors are inherent in 2012 furniture design? One of the most obvious things has to be nostalgia. Nostalgia for a lost status quo. The strange thing is that, for every designer, this putative era refers to a different decade, the 40s, 50s and 80s. These are gentle reminiscences, inspiration for a personal take, unlike the actual reproductions of work by the great masters of the past, now a major furniture design sector in its own right. Still in a nostalgic vein, but as applied to intimate bourgeois settings, there is a wealth of proposals for beds, not just from companies specialising in furniture of this kind, such as Flou in primis with the Ermes collection by Rodolfo Dordoni, but from new outlets, such as the structured Flexform range of sofas. Generally speaking, it is probably true to say that there is a kind of literary take on furniture design. The objects are narrated in a vocabulary that ranges from comic strip irony to a nod to the history of architecture.

Vitra’s reissue of the Eames and Saarineen Organic reading chair presented at momA in New York in 1940.

Bois de rose by massimo morozzi for Edra. Simple geometric modules veneered with strips placed “with no regard for the rules of cabinet-making.”

The 56 chair by Fabio Novembre for Driade, an object, a sort of mythological animal, that has to be straddled.

Patricia Urquiola’s m.a.s.s.a.s. sofa for moroso, covered with fabric and shaped by asymmetrical lines of stitching.

Powerful 19th Century drama as represented by Francesco Binfaré’s Sfatto armchair for Edra

Artek’s re-proposal of Ilmari Tapiovaara’s essential “Kiki” collection, originally shown at the XII Triennale di milan in 1960


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Tulip outdoor light by moredesign



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A sinuous, flexible and soft leaf bending on itself: architect Giancarlo Zema was inspired by this vision to create his extraordinary design collection of living solutions - table and chair - for Avanzini Group.

French Bull shatterproof tableware. The link between the indoors and outdoors has never been more popular or practical. With the wonderful warm summers we are lucky to experience, outdoor rooms are essential when expanding your living space. No longer is the outdoor space a simple table with chairs under an umbrella. Today the outdoor space is an extension of the home, allowing you to walk easily between the two with walls, or lack of, being the major difference. Outdoor lounge rooms, dining rooms and even outdoor kitchens make sense. Having the choice to select from an indoor lounge room or outdoor lounge room ads flexibility to the way your home functions, which increases its value to you and your family. An outdoor kitchen and dining area can cater for a more informal gathering, giving all members of the family the opportunity to be together, while doing what they all enjoy best. manufacturers of outdoor products have fullyembraced the cocooning trend, making it possible to bring nearly every aspect of indoor living to the great outdoors, no matter what budget. Creating an effective outdoor room requires a little forethought, planning and research before you get started, but you’ll save money in the long run while getting the

look and functionality that you desire. Any fashion aficionado will tell you: It’s the accessories that make the outfit. Likewise, a well-chosen outdoor accessory, such as a fire pit, lighting and textiles, can turn even the most austere environment into an inviting outdoor oasis for entertainment, and there are more options than ever to set the stage. What’s more, you can add these stylish yet practical flourishes for a surprisingly small cash outlay. The main features of any outdoor room include a natural gas grill, a set of casual furniture and a natural gas heating product, such as a fire-pit, patio heater or a gas fireplace, to chase the chill from cooler evenings and create ambience. Natural gas fire-pits and fireplace sets have become a common choice for outdoor warmth — they burn clean, don’t produce the smoke or soot associated with wood, so no ash cleanup and you don’t have to wait for it to get hot or worry about sparking or popping embers falling onto your patio or deck. Fire-pits can have a traditional wood fire appearance or can be as elaborate as having fire surrounded by a water feature. Another popular heating option is the natural gas patio heater, which can be installed just about anywhere and can cast heat in a

wide radius. Fire-pits are good focal points to base your outdoor living area around. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a natural gas grill and some furniture. However, outdoor kitchens have gone upscale, with a dizzying array of features and options. Stucco, tile, mosaics and stainless steel are popular finishes and can be purchased fully-finished or partially so, depending on how much of a doit-your self person you are. Before the outdoor kitchen can be built, you’ll need to pick a grill for that space, and when it comes to grilling outdoors, you have five choices: natural gas, propane, charcoal, wood or electric. But after weighing the options, natural gas wins. You may think you’ll just be grilling bratwursts and burgers outdoors, but once you start enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, chances are you’ll be bringing more of the meal preparation outside, which will require a larger, more powerful grill. New grills have more bells and whistles, including items like hot-surface ignition systems, built-in lights, infrared burners, rotisseries, smokers and multiple styles of side-burners. At least one manufacturer even has a power hood that opens by remote control. A wide range of complementary products will help you imprint your sense of style on the

Posey Green & Berry Foam Placemats 4.00 EUR

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Designed for outdoor and indoor use. The collection shows the structural lines of trees made in cast aluminium.

Paying homage to 1950s architecture, this intricate light, with a concealed LED light source, is also suitable for outdoor use and is available in white, chrome and Corten steel.

Berlingot Cushions.


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OuTDOOR LIVING > outdoor room. To keep the sun at bay, umbrellas in matching or contrasting colours are popular choices. Like tables, umbrellas are getting larger and are available in octagon, square and rectangular shapes. Umbrellas can tilt to deflect the sun, and some even go up and down at the push of a button. Pergolas, awnings or shade sails over the outdoor kitchen or seating groups can define the entertainment area. Another relaxation option besides furniture is a hammock, with an optional stand that allows you to rock gently in style virtually anywhere. A water feature can add visual and aural excitement or serenity to any setting, while gaslights and torches add ambience. Wind chimes, gazing balls, statuary and extensive landscaping all should blend together to create the mood that you’re looking for — and a covered area can shelter you from the sun or rain. Completing the look is extensive landscaping to help the pool or spa flow to the outdoor kitchen, the outdoor dining room, the cosy seating area and the indoors. Carefully planted trees and shrubs can help create the illusion of a secluded environment, and plants can add splashes of colour as the seasons change. Define the entertaining space with a throw rug made from outdoor fabric and essentially you can create a mini living room right outside. Brightly coloured place mats on your outdoor table will create instant impact. Add contrasting napkins and brightly coloured plates and glasses for a beautiful table. Place small glass containers filled with brightly coloured stones, recycled glass nuggets and add an outdoor candle for dinner by candlelight. Outdoor living rooms, no matter how simple or well-appointed, become a magnetic spot for everything from the morning cup of coffee to an afternoon Sangria. make it a space you never want to leave.

The Elle side table/stool is made of one massive piece of teak, making every piece unique.

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This successful re-interpretation of the well-known classical beer-garden bench with its asymmetrical lines evoke the traditional hop pickers’ habit of sitting at long tables to chat and enjoy themselves.

Design by Nathalie Timmermans Torche a real eye-catcher and burns bio-ethanol.

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OUTDOOR LIVING BBQs and Outdoor Kitchens for late Summer and warm Autumn evenings

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INDOOR LIVING Modern gas and wood fireplaces for Winter

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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING TIPS DECKING AND PERGOLA BY PÉRGOLAS INTERNACIONALES MARBELLA Food — Serve condiments in hollowed out red, green or yellow bell peppers. Simply cut off the tops and stems and remove the seeds from the inside of the pepper. Fill these unique containers with mustard, mayonnaise, salsa, guacamole, relish and more. Drinks — Freeze mint leaves in ice cubes to add to sparkling or still water for a cool, refreshing zing. To make the cubes last longer outside the refrigerator, set a bowl of ice inside a larger bowl filled with half ice and half water. Try carving out a watermelon lengthwise. Use the fruit for dessert and the watermelon shell as an ingenious ice bucket. Bug Control — Nothing spoils an outdoor party faster than an attack of mosquitoes or flies. Mosquito coils, citronella candles and citronella torches (that use oil) are cheap and effective methods of repelling mosquitoes, provided that conditions are not too windy. Herbs also keep the bugs away. Place small decorative pots or tied sprigs of parsley or rue on tables to deter ants. Create centerpieces of lavender or mint to discourage flies from joining the party. Décor — Create a more colourful setting by using fruit as part of your décor. Lemons and limes in a glass bowl or cylinder make an easy and vivid centerpiece. Finger bowls — Thoughtful touches such as finger bowls will be appreciated, particularly when finger-licking foods are on the menu. Fill small salad bowls with water and decorate with lemon slices and tiny flowers — that way the bowls also serve as individual floral arrangements.

Outdoor rooms range from affordable yet entertaining backyard areas featuring gas grills and firepits to luxurious, high-end cooking and dining rooms replete with stainless steel cabinetry and appliances. Photo courtesy of Viking Range Corp.

Centre of attention Sponge Vase by Marcel Walters.


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EcoSmart Cyl, a cylindrical shaped tea light fireplace -



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LINEA BY GLOSTER A strong industrial look with is teamed with versatility and exceptional comfort in this range of chunky modular lounge furniture. Working with soft-to-touch ash grey outdoor straps woven over colour matched, angular aluminium frames, Linea’s unique design offers flexibility through unlimited layout options for lounge units.

Soft furnishings in your comfort zone together with satellite television and a music system by Bang & Olfsen add the finishing touches that will make your home popular with all your envious friends. Over the past few years, the casual furnishings industry has embraced deep-seating collections, making outdoor furniture just as comfortable as its indoor counterparts but durable enough to withstand the rigours of the changing seasons. You have a wide array of options, including teak, jarrah and cedar wood furniture, wicker, tubular and cast aluminum,

and even high-quality recycled plastic furniture. You don’t have to blow your budget on furniture, but you owe it to yourself and your guests to find the most comfortable furniture you can afford. The casual furniture you choose for your garden, deck, patio or pool area is an important consideration. Do you want to throw weekly barbecues with family and friends, or want a quiet lounging and relaxing area. Work out how you would like to use your space before you shop. Some outdoor spaces are used as an extension of the home, with tradi-

tional living room arrangements and fabrics that mimic those you would see indoors. Other times, outdoor spaces are treated as rugged, natural and completely different from the rest of the home. Whatever you prefer, decide on the type of space you’re trying to create, how you want to use it and what your own personal decorating tastes may be. Owning the hottest, best-looking outdoor kitchen in your neighbourhood means nothing if you don’t have comfortable places for guests to gather, eat, converse and enjoy your hospitality. many outHOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES



Comfort in the sun - The perfect combination provided by this sofa through its elegant slim structure and plush thick seat cushions. AmBIENCE HOmE DESIGN.

door kitchens feature bar-height countertops and you should provide bar-height chairs where guests can visit and watch the master chef at work, but you still will need to provide comfortable dining and lounging areas. Higher dining and conversation sets also work well in places where railings, fences or balconies obstruct views. Some in the industry refer to this as “vertical living.” Choices in casual furniture have grown with the outdoor category, giving you myriad choices in furniture type, style, fabric and finishes. Don’t see what you want at your local specialty retailer? Special orders are easy and can help create the perfect look for your outdoor living room. Furniture prices can vary widely, so shop around to find the right look for your outdoor room — and your wallet. Quality furniture probably isn’t as expensive as you think. For poolside lounging, sling furniture remains your best bet. Sling furniture is lightweight, comfortable and available in a rainbow of frame finishes and fabric colours. Sling fabrics are designed to withstand repeated use while retaining their shape and colour. If you buy quality sling furniture, the slings are replaceable, so you can trade out worn slings or update the look. Although the trend in outdoor furniture definitely is toward larger pieces and more expansive seating areas, those with small patios and balconies haven’t been overlooked. Bistro tables with complementary chairs will fit perfectly on a small terrace or in an out-of-the-way garden spot to create a inviting, elegant atmosphere. The focal point of many outdoor areas is the dining set, but even the table and four-chair setup has undergone a dramatic transformation recently. Tables have becom considerably larger to accommodate more chairs, but considerate hosts know to keep a few extra comfortable folding chairs in storage for times when additional seating is required. You also can choose among many different tabletop options, from the formerly ubiquitous glass tabletop to faux stone, tile, granite, wood, wicker, solid aluminum, and wood and metal combinations. YOUR mATERIAL CHOICES There are many benefits associated with cast aluminum patio furniture. For one thing, it doesn’t rust, so you won’t have to run out and save your chairs in the middle of an impromptu rainfall. It also stands up requires little maintenance. A lot of cast aluminum furniture features a powder coating in an array of colour choices, although you will have to be careful not to chip it. Lightweight, sturdy and attractive, wicker is a popular choice for enclosed patios or outdoor spaces that are closed off from the elements. Wicker can be painted for a customised look and the seats of chairs and sofas are usually cushioned and very comfortable. However, because it doesn’t hold up well in


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Ensemble Lounge Tandem 5 EGO Paris

VERTEX… designed by Karim Rashid for Vondom. Ultra-contemporary sculpted outdoor & indoor furniture manufactured by rotational molding and 100% recyclable.

© Design2Chill B.V., The Netherlands

Swing away with this lovely piece which can be installed on a tree or pergola and is sure to give your garden a stylish yet relaxed look. AmBIENCE HOmE DESIGN.

© Design2Chill B.V., The Netherlands

24/7 … Frames in stainless steel, black or white.

BLOCK 90… custom seating solution for in- and outdoor use.



OuTDOOR LIVING > weather, you’ll have to bring it in every night to avoid damage. The ever popular wrought iron is heavy, substantial, gorgeous and expensive. However, if properly cared for it can last up to 30 years and only needs to be taken inside during winter, making it well worth its price. Chipping and scratches may become a problem and will require repair. Wrought iron outdoor furniture is a classic and will probably be a safe bet even years from now. Outdoor teak furniture not only looks beautiful, but is also strong and durable. This exotic wood changes colour over the years from weather and climate, but that’s part of its beauty and charm. Teak lasts an extremely long lime and doesn’t rot, mildew or warp from moisture and naturally wards off bugs. Teak doesn’t absorb heat, making it comfortable to relax in hot weather and you can leave it outside even during the winter.

Before you turn your nose up at plastic furniture keep in mind that gone are the days of the white plastic chair, plastic outdoor furniture is appealing on so many different levels. Very much en vogue it is everything it should be: futuristic, lightweight, compact comes in an array of neon colours and funky shapes thanks to molding techniques, plus not to mention durable. If it gets dirty, you can just wipe it down or give it a good washing with the hose, making it a low maintenance dream. Deep-seating pieces are popular, with a wide range of cushion fabrics, and many new and improved fabrics and materials are making it easier than ever to find furniture you’ll love. Synthetic materials are better than ever at mimicking the look of natural fibres without the upkeep. Today, it is possible to get an “a11-weather wicker” chair that is made from resin. Besides the tried-and-true water-repellent canvas, new beautiful plush fabrics are popping up onto the scene that are water repellent, mildew resistant and colour-fast. Created with revolutionary technology, these fabrics offer UV protection to resist fading, and anti-bacterial and anti-microbial characteristics to prevent the growth of mildew and fungi. Along with being stain-resistant, these new fabrics are much more durable than their cotton and canvas predecessors. It is one of the easiest ways to bring comfort, style and texture to your outdoor setting. With vivid, trendy hues, and lavish textures, it is easy to showcase your own personal style as you decorate your outdoor retreat.


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New Collection, mood Day Bed… pleated bands made from weatherresistant and environmentallyfriendly yarn.

TOP GARDEN’S new collection. Showrooms: Estepona and mijas Costa

Photography by DAVID TOmS

New Collection, Natal Alu Sofa.… [aluminium frame covered with wide, plaited bands of textilene, to support the cushions on the seat frame.



Colour me perfect with Asta, a breakthrough in outdoor furniture design with the freedom of choice to change sling seat colours to suit any design mood.


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Truly, it is unquestionable that stackable chairs have become one of the most useful piece of modern furniture in our society today, especially when entertaining guests can really be challenging when they come in big numbers and you only have a limited space. One of the first chairs, with the ability to stack, was the Bentwood stacking chair, developed by michael Thonet (1796-1871) which revolutionised chair production and became extremely popular, especially for commercial use, furnishing hotels and restaurants throughout Europe. But the benefits of stacking chairs became really appreciated in the after the Second World War, when Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen designed the series 7 model 3017 in 1955 and Robin Day created the very influential Polyprop stacking chair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an icon of 1960s style, and one of the most democratic modern designs of the 20th century, over 14 million chairs have since been sold 23 countries. Today the stackable chair is now available in an extensive selection of materials, colours, and design styles, very different from the worlds most popular chair in history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a single-piece, jointless, all-plastic, all-weather, inexpensive, molded stacking chair in white.

JUT, a series of different pieces specifically designed for outdoor and indoor spaces: a sun lounge, a sofa, an armchair, one chair, two tables of different size and an innovative extendable table, as well as some stools and a high table. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES



PUZZLE is a game.… a game with 9 pieces. Its organic shapes and comfortable materials are an invitation to relax during Summer, when Winter comes, the pieces can be put together to create an architectural piece. Design: Thomas Sauvage & Benjamin Ferriol.

JUICY, a comfortable stackable colourful chair inspired by the freshly squeezing of fruit juice. manufactured in gloss bicoloured recyclable polycarbonate, transparent coloured and mat, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

VILmAR Stackable Chair from Ikea. Seat shell covered with melamine, which gives a hard-wearing, easy clean finish. 34,99 Eur. IKEA málaga


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AREA 51 — This modern chair features a unique backrest design and is available in a variety of great colour choices. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use and the seat even features a water drain hole!


CLIP CHAIR Inspired by a small foldable basket from a Bulgarian market, this foldable lounge chair, when open, straight identical slats form a spacious seating space. The simple design not only makes the chair highly practical, but also creates a sculptural object. Designer, Blasius Osko & Oliver Deichmann.

SeaX by Dedon — elegant and modern. Taking inspiration from the sleek racing sailboats of the America’s Cup, SeaX comes in dining and lounge dimensions with a selected choice of characteristically innovative, weather-resistant DEDON materials: suitable man-made leather and state-of-the-art woven fabrics. designer: Jean-marie massaud.

KUBE — Elegant and surprising, comfortable and compact, SmART and mobile, Kube is can beome a lounger, chair, pouf and table. Design by Emmanuelle Legavre. TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE Aluminium frames. Clean with mild soap and water. For non-textured surfaces, apply an automotive wax every few months. On textured finishes, periodically apply baby or mineral oil. Occasionally spray oil lubricant on chair swivels or glides. Outdoor wicker. Vacuum gently or brush with a soft bri stle brush. Hose off and clean periodically with mild detergent and water. Rinse and air dry. Vinyl straps. Wash with mild detergent and warm water. To remove scuff marks, apply toothpaste or gentle abrasive and rub gently with a dry cloth. To remove mildew, use a solution of warm water, mild detergent, and bleach. Apply vinyl protectant to the straps.


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Cushions. Vacuum as needed. Clean with mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and air dry. For mildew, use a solution of bleach. Rinse and air dry. Test an inconspicuous spot first. Wrought iron and steel. Clean with warm, soapy water. To maintain the gloss on non-textured surfaces, apply automotive wax. On textured finishes. periodically apply mineral or baby oil. For rust, sand lightly then wipe thoroughly and apply touch-up paint. Hardwoods. Clean with mild detergent and water. Teak and Jarrah can stay outdoors year-round. Pine, oak, and cedar should be stored for the winter. Umbrellas. Wash covers with mild soap and water. Spray silicone on the joints of wire frames. Use wax or furniture polish on wooden umbrellas.



AQUATICS CENTER Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, the Aquatics Center features three concrete supports holding up a 3,000 ton roof and more than 850,000 tiles. The Aquatics Centre’s spectacular undulating wave-like roof is 160m long and up to 80m wide – giving it a longer single span than Heathrow Terminal 5.

VELODROmE The Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues in the Olympic Park, and the distinct double-curved cable-net roof has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track, and features 16 km of cabling and 1,000 exposed timber panels, covering an area of 13,500m2. After the Games, the legacy of the Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities. The 360 degree glazed concourse level in legacy offers spectators inside the Velodrome views out onto the rest of the Olympic Park and across the London skyline. The design team for the VeloPark is made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, and BDSP.


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David Poultney © ODA 2008

David Poultney © ODA 2008

Steve Bates © LOCOG

OCTUPUS — THE ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS The Royal Artillery Barracks is the temporary venue holding the Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting competitions, in addition to the Paralympic Archery. The enclosures are clad in around PVC membrane that gives the structures their unique appearance. Vibrantly coloured openings help break-up the white facades and create tension, in addition to providing natural ventilation and light picture shows.

Called ‘The Coca-Cola Beatbox’, Pernilla and Asif’s pioneering building also acts as a musical instrument. It takes inspiration from Coca-Cola’s global platform for London 2012 – move to the Beat. The creative concept will enable people to ‘play’ the Pavilion through interacting with sounds embedded within the architecture itself. Visitors will be able to create their own beat for London 2012 by remixing sounds of Olympic sports captured for an anthem that is being created for Coca-Cola by Grammy award-winning producer, mark Ronson.




© Nicky Crosby. Credit - Nick Crosby / LOCOG


BASKETBALL ARENA (below). The venue’s frame is made up of 1,000 tonnes of steel and is covered in 20,000m2 of a recyclable white PVC fabric that will form the canvas for spectacular lighting displays during the Games. The venue is just as visually impressive from the inside, with its black and orange seats representing the colours of a basketball.

© ODA 2008

© ODA 2008

OLYmPIC PARK PUmPING STATION Together with a new sewer network, the pumping station will collect, convey and discharge foul waste from the main venues and buildings in the Olympic Park in Games-time, and from the legacy venues and residential developments after 2012. Embossed images on the concrete exterior of the Olympic Park Pumping Station, depict the history of the London sewer network and its Victorian origins.

Picture by Dave Tully. © ODA 2008

WATER POLO ARENA (above) The temporary venue was built in just 13 months by firms from across the UK. Easily distinguishable by its silver-coloured wrap and an inflatable roof, made from recyclable plastic, it holds almost three million litres of water. The venue will be taken down, with elements reused elsewhere in the UK.


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< CENTRAL PARK BRIDGE Spanning over the River Lea at a focal point between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. The footbridge and artwork shown has been designed by Heneghan Peng Architects. The bridge features two permanent footbridges linked by a central bladelike walkway, creating a ‘Z’ shape clad in mirror-finish stainless steel. For Games-time, a multi-coloured temporary deck, inspired by the London 2012 brand colours, has been placed between the permanent spans of the bridge to increase the width, allowing it to carry increased spectator numbers.

HOME DÉCOR > Photo: BbyU, San Pedro de Alcántara



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A house where kids live is a house filled with energy, imagination, activity, and fun. Children’s spaces should celebrate that spirit of play, while addressing such practical issues as storage, safety, and kids’ changing needs, and creating an inviting, colourful and kidfriendly space is crucial to making their experience truly wonderful. There are projects that are especially fun. Ones which are designed with help from the kids themselves, the colourful preteen’s room that features furniture fashioned and made by the girl herself, and the bathroom where the walls are decorated with rubber stamps made from a little boy’s drawings. Rooms with secret compartments and kid-size features, such as a bed with a time capsule in the bedpost and custom-painted murals or premade scenes from books as wall art. Decorating your child’s space can be as much of an adventure for you as it is for your child’s enjoyment.

With today’s fabrics and leather options, it’s more than possible to put together roomfuls of furniture that can stand up to an active family life and still look fabulous with the following guidelines. Choose a style that is clean-lined and comfortable – Frills and tassels aren’t exactly practical for an active family room with little (often dirty) fingers, so whatever decorating style you choose, low-maintenance is a must. But low-maintenance doesn’t have to look cheap — think well-made, durable, and easy to clean. Choose furniture pieces that work overtime – Think multi-purpose when you shop for furniture — coffee tables with shelves and drawers underneath, or ottomans and consoles that open up for storage, and entertainment centers with lots of storage space and shelving for equipment and media. Look for durable materials – For upholstery, leather sometimes seems like a luxury, but it’s actually very durable — it easily wipes clean and ages beautifully (as long as no permanent markers are involved). For fabrics, you’ll want something that is soft, but also washable. Choose those with a flat weave, which will hold up better than lightweight or looped fabrics. Easy-care, practically stain-proof choices include vinyl, “pleather,” ultrasuede, twill, denim, velvet, wool, felt, and other natural fabrics with a touch of synthetic fiber woven in for added toughness. When purchasing upholstery, be sure to invest in a stain-resistant finish. Accessorise wisely – High shelves and mantles are great for dressing up a space while keeping little fingers at bay. Keep

Fatboy furniture has evolved over the last few years. This high end Italian fabric bean bag company offers many variations of their original including an outdoor option in rain, stain and UV resistant coatings. They also have some cool partnerships with Marimekko and even a line of metallic finishes.



< Adrenalina is an Italian furniture manufacturer who’s products are for big and little kids alike. These pieces are unique, colourful and entertaining and a great way to add playfulness and character to a childs space.




your nicer accessories up top (but do make sure your bookcases or display shelves are bolted to the wall). Dress up lower shelves with several matching baskets or boxes for papers, toys, DVDs, and games. Colour and patterns – Decorating a bedroom room requires merging function with style. You want to have child-friendly fabrics and furnishings while also ensuring you have sufficient space for play time. In bedrooms, there’s no such thing as pattern overload. Combine stripes, polka dots, and prints with chenilles and cottons for a lighthearted look. Pick a two-tone palette, such as green and blue, and use several shades of each hue. A child can transform the simplest space into the most fantastic and wondrous accommodation — a castle, a space station, a cave or a tea room — where nothing is impossible and all fantasies come true. Alhambra BAM BAM … a beautiful child collection that offers the best of classic childhood images in fabrics including patchworks and embroideries, in traditional colours and hand appliqués. The collection offers motifs such as little houses, boats, stars, Matryoshka dolls, numbers, flowers… without forgetting classic stripes and polka dots in many sizes, combining into similar shades, or breaking away with daring and cheeky colours.


IKEA — Málaga


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IKEA — Málaga


FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESIGN TIPS. • Choose a paint colour and finish that hides scuffs and stains. Semi-gloss finishes may be wiped down to clean off some items, like crayon or dirt. In a child’s room, consider painting one wall (or a portion of the wall) with chalkboard paint. This way you can deter drawing on other areas of the home. • Washable, fade-free fabrics, like Sunbrella, resist stains and moisture, so they’re perfect for curtains, covering chairs and floor pillows. • Buy durable items. It may cost a little more to buy a dependable brand, but it will pay off in the long run when Junior is using the sofa as a trampoline. • Keep spaces for the kids. It’s inevitable that toys will stray out of bedrooms and into other areas of the house. Build baskets and other storage devices into the design so there are places to quickly store items out of the way.

Internationally renowned fabrics brands are available from the following Interior design and suppliers: Ambience Home Design Blackshaw Interior Design CasaSola CortIdea, Mijas Costa Cortijo Las Flores Richard Lewis Interiors


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KUSINER storage basket IKEA Málaga

Around the World is a delightful new children’s collection of fabrics and wallpapers from Designers Guild. Gorgeous coordinating cushions, blankets and rugs. Little boys and girls can set off on a whimsical Grand Tour Around the World and meet all the friendly animals in My Best Friend. Little girls and young ladies can visit the Dolls House, tip-toe through the hand painted flowers of Meadowsweet and Daisy Patch and have a very grown up tea party with Tea Time.

Photo: BbyU, San Pedro de Alcántara TROFAST Storage combination with boxes in solid pine and plastic. IKEA Málaga

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Southern Europe has a unique style and way of life. In the middle of the Alcornocales natural park, the untainted beauty of this enclave and continued investment into the services and infrastructure has converted Sotogrande into an international benchmark of luxury, glamour and style. Golf courses, marinas, restaurants, polo, shops, international schools and much more define a lifestyle that Ark Architects has been able to convey architecturally in its purest way by actually living this unique way of life in Sotogrande. The architectural style of ARK is defined as a “fusion” between modern and classic architecture, looking back at traditional Andalucían architecture and adapting it to the times and needs of con-

temporary life. They have a sensitive conception of space in which all the senses are activated and acknowledged where there is a clear, open space with the inner and outer interacting symbiotically. Luminous inner courtyards with columns and fountains freshen and harmonize you with its sound and natural materials. The beauty of the imperfections of handmade work make these spaces unique, personal and intimate that scream more than just a lifestyle, but a place to live. There is harmony between spaces and communication between rooms. The inner ARK architecture perfectly defines the feeling of spaciousness and lightweight structures. Open spaces allow you to view everything as a whole, living within all of the

space without visual barriers with small details that differentiate each area such as horseshoe arches leading you into another room or carved handmade doors that reveal the beauty of the courtyards. The haughty windows flood the place with light and colour bringing the garden back inside the house. In short, it is a search for harmony between each existing living area.There is a spectacular combination of different architectural styles to distinguish the rooms, giving personality to each and every one of them without losing their vision and harmony as a whole. There is a perfect symbiosis between different architectural styles to make the most of the mediterranean light. Domes, glass, wood... anything goes to create spaces and unique surroundings.

If AndalucĂ­a could be characterized by something it would be for its light and ARK seems to have embraced this. There is an intelligent play on light and shadows, warmth and freshness that seep into every corner of these homes. Large windows allow maximum entry of light whilst small strategically placed windows offer intimacy and privacy. Both the interior and exterior lighting take a leading role that defines the spaces giving greater splendour and personality to the project. ARK controls the light perfectly internally and externally. Everything is natural but is perfectly worked-out so that under projected the light, beautiful shapes are created. ARK in its design process pays special attention to detail using carefully selected materials. They

have a classic and contemporary style mixed with a great sense of aesthetics, elegance and functionality giving their houses their own personality. Ongoing research into many different classic materials such as iron, mortar or copper, and the application of modern techniques make spectacular results achievable in every project. This achievement is reinforced because ARK also focuses on decorating and conditioning interior spaces, not in an isolated way, but by creating a house as a whole, where the landscape, outdoor design, architecture, decoration plus much more form, when everything is put together, harmony in the home. Iron, rust, mud and other natural materials that harmonise with the exterior space offers an elegant HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES


and original vision that comes with the home. Interiors with exquisite finishes with stuccoes and marbles combine with modern and sophisticated lines that make these houses represent the best of both worlds. The landscaping includes analysis, planning, design, management and monitoring of the natural and architectural environment achieving the full integration and sustainability that great architecture requires. For ARK, the landscape possesses the same importance as the house itself — all parts of the project therefore must operate and harmonise with the environment. The garden becomes an extension of the natural landscape, beautiful, solemn and peaceful, with the same natural elegance. NEW ARCHITECTURAL STYLES — NEW PROJECTS All ARK creations are modern and avant-garde with open spaces complementing the beautiful scenery and horizon that never forget the classic roots that bring elegance and sobriety to a project. A merger between the two concepts between modern and classic demonstrate a new vision in architecture. This fusion is reinforced when exterior and interior interact and harmonize to create a whole. ARK seeks out the best way possible for their villas to integrate with the surrounding landscape to form a unique and intimate home enhanced by the exquisite decoration within the home itself. ARK has a new division within their specialised studio in comprehensive interior design home projects. They present themselves as much more than a study of architecture as their projects go to another dimension. materials, structures and spaces are complemented in a symbiotic way with the interiors thus customising and integrating homes under the control and supervision of a single computer that will make your home perfectly habitable in every way. Their architects redefine the concept of architecture, landscape and your inner world. Also, they now offer ARK Interiors and ARK Landscape Division offering villas completely finished from start to finish.


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CORPORATE ARCHITECTS ARK, such as the study of architecture, offers high level of service and quality to the customer covering off all the professional aspects of construction, urban planning, landscape architecture and interior design. Building how they design, using advanced measuring and calculating tools for sophisticated 3D projects, the customer can view their projects before being built. In addition, they carry out all of the formalities required for obtaining the necessary building permits as well as for primary occupation, decennial insurance plus much more, so that the only things the clients need to worry about is when they will be living in their own homes. Centro Comercial Sotomarket, Oficina Nº2 Autovía del mediterraneo A-7, Salida 130 11310 Sotogrande - San Roque, CÁDIZ Tel: 956 79 31 66 Fax: 956 79 42 26 Email: Web:


Healthy gardens make sense

BY CLODAGH AND DICK HANDSCOmBE Holistic gardeners, authors and broadcasters who have lived and gardened in Spain for 25 years.


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Rose Geranium

Portulaca Oleracea

Aeonium Arboreum


PLANT HEALTH When considering healthy summer plants there are seven important issues. 1. Ensure that you purchase healthy plants in the first place. Unhealthy plants include those already affected by bugs, such as geraniums attacked by the geranium moth, plants with burnt leaves from cold spring winds and forced plants susceptible to insect and fungal attacks. 2. Ensure that the microclimate of your garden, apartment balcony or terrace is suitable for the plants. We have seen some wonderful spring gardens which are a dust bowl with few surviving plants by the end of the summer. 3. Do not co-plant drought resistant and thirsty plants. If you do the watering required by the thirsty plants can waterlog or attract fungal spores and insects to the drought resistant ones. 4. Do not over water and feed plants. Naturally grown plants tend to be healthier than the forced growth of over watered and fed plants. 5. Plant plants that have natural insect control properties or heath benefits for the family. For instance plant a lemon or rose scented geranium graveolens amongst pots of other varieties of geraniums to deter the geranium moth. Each of our books includes herb based insect and fungal solutions safe for the family, neighbours, pets and passing beneficial wildlife. 6. Use an ecological snail and slug killer such as Neudorff’s Ferramol Antilimicos to ensure that leaves or entire plants are not disfigured or totally lost. Recognise that snails and slugs can appear on apartment terraces having been brought in from the compost in pots or bags, or attached under leaves or on the sides of pots. 7. Purchase plants that are attractive as well as having human health benefits.

Perilla kalanchoe




There are five main groups of summer plants to be considered, and used or not used in villa and apartment gardens. These are reflected in the practical and sensible plant lists and descriptions included in Your Garden in Spain and Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style. 1. Plants that love the sun and are not thirsty such as succulents and cacti. 2. Plants that can survive in full sun but are thirsty and therefore need watering daily or several times a day in the summer — the type of plants that wither when scorching winds blow from north Africa. These include begonias and celosias. Plants that do best in semi shade including some of the plants that you used as house plants in northern Europe such as spathiphyllum and dieffenbachia. 3. Plants that can survive in shady areas provided there is some reflected light. Such as aspidistra and tropical ferns. 4. Salt resistant plants for front line villas and apartments such as aeoniums and portulacas. We often pass a villa which has replaced a small lawn with a mass planting of colourful portulacas. The number of plants suitable for your own garden, terraces and balconies can be expanded by planting boundary, internal hedges and trees, and fitting blinds and awnings.

In our latest book Living Well from our Mediterranean Garden we describe a diverse range of edible flowers, leaves, herbs, vegetables and fruit with wellness benefits that can be harvested from Spanish gardens. Amazing crops can be grown in just a few metres and apartment dwellers can do just as well as those with large gardens. The A to Z of containers included in Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style opens up a wide range of possibilities.


SOmE ESPECIALLY HEALTHY PLANTS many herbs can be used for making tasty and beneficial infusions as alternatives to tea and coffee with no chemical insecticides. In Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style we list our 10 favourites, which range from mint: a tasty digestive, morning awakener and hangover cure, to a garlic infusion to control insects. In recent years, more and more expatriates and Spaniards are obtaining the collection of plants available from (info@, a charity focused on making plants, with significant health benefits, available to gardeners who have an interest in natural solutions to potential and current health problems. The plants available include: • Stevia — a sweetener alternative to saccharin and sugar and beneficial to suffers of diabetes.

• Perilla — used in Japanese Shiso raw fish dishes. Useful in preventing food poisoning and combating allergies to pollens etc. • A collection of three large leaved kalanchoes — interesting in salads and said to have anti-cancerous properties. The website gives more information and a list of regional sources of plants. The plants do well on apartment terraces as well as in gardens.

GO ECO Even if you decide not to grow edible plants do go eco in the garden. Ecological insecticides, fungicides and fertilisers are now widely available, so there is no need to resort to potentially hazardous inorganic chemical products. The benefits are cleaner air, less smelly garden sheds and garages, food without chemical residues and more resident wildlife ranging from birds to geckoes, that do a good job eating mosquitoes and other flying insects on balmy evenings. Prepare now for a great summer in the garden. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe,, march 2012.

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Mediterranean buffet mAX BEACH RESTAURANT & BAR Carretera N340 Km198, Riviera del Sol Tel: 952 932 780

Photograph by David Toms

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IF YOU ARE IN SEARCH OF A PERSONALISED CUSTOmER SERVICE, A VIBRANT AmBIENCE AND EXQUISITE GASTRONOmY, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN LA SALA. Famed as much for its effervescent milieu as for its delectable Chateaubriand, this celebrity haunt has welcomed everyone from premiership footballers, Ashley Cole, Peter Crouch and David Bentley (who also happens to be one of the owners,) to the cast of The Only Way is Essex and A-list actor, Antonio Banderas. Situated adjacent to the bullring and within walking distance of Puerto Banús, La Sala has fast gained a reputation for being one of the busiest venues along the coast. Renowned as the ultimate social and dining experience, La Sala boasts live music seven nights a week with eight areas in which to drink or dine, so whether you desire an elegant dinner for two, an early evening drink or a celebratory private party, you can guarantee La Sala can accommodate all your requirements. The varied a la carte menu features an array of international and Spanish favourites including chicken milanese complemented by the essential spaghetti accompaniment; Iberian ham nestled on a bed of sautéed

potatoes and topped with soft fried eggs and the infamous smoked haddock, crushed potatoes, soft poached egg and mild grain mustard sauce. Furthermore, each day sees a new set lunch menu priced at €15, a perfect example of the excellent value for money offered. The tempting dessert menu also deserves a mention, filled with mouth-watering selections such as warm white and dark chocolate fudge brownie with mars Bar sauce and vanilla ice cream, La Sala sherry trifle, a trio of crème brûlée and the decedent sticky toffee pudding coated in a sweet caramel sauce. In addition to the exceptional cuisine, the vibrant central bar combined with a teeming drinks menu ensures an effervescent aura at all times. An intriguing variety of select vintages grace the ceiling glass cabinet along with the visually striking wine rack stocked full of La Sala’s signature house wine. The continuous parade of beautiful people absorbing the atmosphere and celebrating the marbella vibe, complete the alluring prestige that La Sala embodies. The new private dining room, neighbouring the main restaurant features a private bar and exclusive terrace making it ideal for private functions, birthday parties and corporate events. Completely soundproof, this private venue provides the perfect opportunity to entertain guests with everything from live music to your own personal DJ. On a Friday evening this exclusive spot is transformed into a spectacular piano bar and filled with the sounds of the coast’s legendary Paul maxwell, The Piano man. Whatever the occasion, you can be sure La Sala is the place to be. La Sala Restaurant and Bar Calle Belmonte, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Tel: 952 814 145


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MAX BEACH ELEGANT AL FRESCO DINING NEXT TO THE mEDITERRANEAN SEA max Beach Bar and Restaurant in Riviera del Sol, affectionately named after an abandoned dog found by the restaurant’s owner, is an idyllic location to enjoy incredible views out to the mediterranean whilst enjoying the gastronomic delights of this beautiful beach restaurant. Belgian owner, Carl Creemer seems to have got everything right at max Beach. Attracting a mature and sophisticated crowd, the restaurant is located right by the seafront with a huge exterior wooden terrace that has a resemblance to the deck of a cruise ship giving uninterrupted panoramic views out to sea. There is an elegant inside dining area with a separate area at the rear called “mini Club”, where children can play in a fun and safe environment with a bouncy castle, assault course, ball pit plus much more to keep the kids amused whilst the adults soak up the relaxing atmosphere on the terrace. There is a buzzy and refined feel to this venue with friendly and helpful staff and upbeat music (often live) in the background to keep the mood fun and light-hearted. The menu shows a wide range of mediterranean plates with cold and hot starters, an array of fish, meat and salad dishes and some delectable homemade desserts. The prices are very reasonable and the quality is impressive. The wine menu is interesting with Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Sancerre amongst the white wines, and a variety of Ribera del Duero wines amongst the reds including Brouilly DuBoeuf which is usually served cold. For those with a more discerning taste, there is a prestigious wine list that includes Neo Punta Esencia, Veuve Clicquot, Don Perignon and Cristal 1997 amongst others. Every Sunday (except in July and August) max Beach puts on an impressive mediterranean buffet where you can choose from a huge selection of cold dishes including lobster, Gravlax, salads and cold meats followed by a hearty hot meal and dessert – all this for just 25 Euros! Also, every last Wednesday of the month, there is a typical Belgian evening where you can enjoy delectable dishes from this gastronomically renowned country. Max Beach Restaurant & Bar Carretera N340 Km198, Riviera del Sol. Tel: 952 932 780. Web:


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Early Bird Special at Passion Café A GREAT DEAL FOR THE mONTH OF mAY The Early Bird Special Offer – which runs from Tuesday 1st until Thursday 31st of may, allows customers to enjoy two delicious courses for only 15 Euros. Arrive between 7-10pm on any day of the week and take advantage of either a starter and a main course, or a main course and a dessert for only 15 Euros. Couples are welcome to order creatively: if one party opts for a starter and a main course and the other a main course and a dessert, it’s easy for both to experience a three-course meal if they are prepared to share! Passion Café also has an extensive breakfast menu and their in-house homebake bakery allows clients to take home a little bit of the magic with

them, since fresh bread, pastries and spectacular cakes are produced every day. The Early Bird Special Offer was very successful in march and owner malcolm Spendlove hopes that it will be equally popular in may: “The lighter spring evenings should ensure that people are more inclined to consider dining out. march was a bumper month, so we’re looking forward to may being even more successful.”

The elegant Finca Cortesín Beach Club, inaugurated in 2011 and located on the beach of Casares just 5 minutes from the hotel, opens its doors to become, once again, the ideal meeting place to wind down with a refreshing cocktail and watch the most serene sunsets on the coast this Summer. This stunning location, designed in simplistic elegance with organic teak hard-wood floors, splendid gardens and balinese sun beds overlooking the 35 metre infinity pool. Enjoy a selection of delights from their Beach Club restaurant, featuring a mediterranean concept including the freshest fish and seafood as well as traditional tapas, rices and grilled meats… all with Finca Cortesín’s impeccable service. FINCA CORTESIN HOTEL GOLF & SPA Carretera de Casares, Km. 2 España 29690 Casares T. 952.937.800 - FINCA CORTESIN BEACH CLUB

Open seven days a week from 9am - 11pm Passion Café is located in Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella. Tel: +34 952 781 583 -

Nikki Beach opens in Mallorca

Getting the Party Started Nikki Beach marbella is famed the world over as one of the best venues in Spain in which to spend lavish, luxurious afternoons in the sun as well as sexy, sophisticated champagne nights under the stars. This summer promises to be no different as the club’s glamorous clients get ready for a long hot season of the best parties in town. GRAND OPENING WHITE PARTY: Thursday 31 may 2012 from 7pm. Get booking quickly to avoid disappointment or prepare to miss out one of the coolest, classiest events of the summer. RECOVERY WHITE PARTY BRUNCH: Friday 1 June from 12 noon. A brunch that will take you on a trip roundthe-globe, with sushi, seafood, pasta, omelettes, meat and amazing desserts. NIKKI NIGHT CLUB: Friday 1st June from 10pm. Bang-up-to-the-minute beats from celebrity DJs, entertainment from dazzling dancers and performances from the coolest live musicians around. WORLD TOUR CHAmPAGNE PARTY PART 1: Saturday 2nd June from 4pm. An afternoon of showing off with sexy bodies and champagne spray with internationally renowned DJs spinning the hottest sounds. OPENING WEEKEND AmAZING SUNDAY: 3 June from 2pm ‘til sundown. NIKKI BEACH MARBELLA Playa Hotel Don Carlos, Carretera de Cádiz Km. 192, Marbella. T: + 34 952 836 239


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Summer 2012 sees the opening of Nikki Beach mallorca, while the brand is preparing an entertainment extravaganza in London coinciding with the Olympic Games in July.


edible art

BEFORE YOU START Always freeze the fish or seafood for at least 24 hours, in order to kill any possible Anisakis (a parasite which has a life cycle involving fish, squid and crustaceans). Anisakiasis can be easily prevented by adequate cooking at temperatures greater than 60°C or freezing. The FDA recommends all shellfish and fish intended for raw consumption be blast frozen to -35°C or below for 15 hours or be regularly frozen to -20°C or below for seven days. Recipes and photos courtesy of

SUSHI ISN’T JUST EDIBLE ART, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! The Japanese are renowned for doing things beautifully, and the principle of taking something simple and turning in to a form of visual art most certainly applies to the Japanese method of taking a little rice, decorating it with a thin slice of colourful raw fish, wrapping it with a strip of seaweed, and evolving it into the masterpiece we have come to know (and love) as sushi.

Sushi Rice

Sushi rice is sweetly vinegared, and the delicate taste goes so well with raw fish. Use short/medium grain rice and steam in a rice cooker is easiest. Wash the rice to remove the starch, and soak for at least 30 minutes before steaming.

Futomaki Sushi

Uramaki Sushi

INGREDIENTS Can of Salmon roe 50 grs of fresh Tuna 50 grs of fresh Salmon Half an avocado 3 or 4 nori algae (seaweed) Soya sauce

INGREDIENTS 100 grs of fresh salmon or tuna (or half of each) 1 avocado Crab meat 2 cans of flying fish roe or any other similar product (the black one is avruga) Nori algae (seaweed) Soya sauce

4 servings INGREDIENTS 4 servings 350g uncooked rice (Blue Dragon Japanese rice is recommended) 420 ml of water 5 tablespoons of rice vinegar (available at local Chinese supermarkets) 2 tablespoons of sugar Pinch of salt Mix the rice vinegar (use only rice vinegar), sugar and salt in a saucepan and heat to dissolve solids. When the rice is cooked, place in a hangiri, or unfinished wooden bowl and mix in the vinegar mixture. Use a spatula to mix in the vinegar with a cutting action so you don’t squash the rice grains. Fan the rice to make it shiny. Leave to cool covered with a wet cloth.

• Extend the bamboo mat over the clean counter. Place a nori algae on top with the shinny surface under and spread a thin layer of rice over it. Remember to leave the last space of algae free of rice (1 cm. approx). Use your finger to moisten this part to seal the futomaki later. • Cut the tuna and salmon in sticks of 1/2 cm. approx and place over the rice from right to left. Do the same with the avocado. • Roll the mat and close the futomaki sushi. Cut in slices and reserve in the fridge until serving. • You can play with the ingredients and make some out of shiitake mushrooms, omelette, cucumber (thinly sliced sheets, spring onions. • Place soya sauce in small bowls for dipping.

4 servings

• Extend the bamboo mat over the clean counter and place kitchen plastic film over it, on top put the nori algae. Spread the rice all over (wet your hands so that the rice doesn’t get sticky). Turn the algae and the rice upside down (now the rice is facing the plastic film). • Cut the avocado, salmon, tuna (all you want to use in the roll) and place it more or less in the middle of the algae. Roll it with the help of the bamboo mat, pressing carefully. • Take a small tray and pour the roe on top. Roll the roll over the roe so that it gets stuck to the rice. Cut in 8 pieces each roll. • Place soya sauce in small bowls for dipping.



Wasabi is difficult to cultivate, and that makes it quite expensive. Wasabi also loses its flavour within 15 minutes of being made into a paste. A common substitute is a mixture of horseradish, Colman’s English mustard and green food colouring. Mix according to taste.

Use a fishmonger whom you trust to buy the ingredients fresh. Always freeze for at least 24 hours if eaten raw. Use expensive seaweed which is darker in colour, and is less likely to break when folded or rolled. Use Kikkoman or Yamasa branded soya sauce. Cover the bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap, so that the rice will not stick to the mat. Hot, fresh, green tea is an excellent beverage to drink with your meal, as is beer or plain water. Once you make sushi or any dish that involves raw fish, consume it as soon as it is prepared, and do not refrigerate it longer than 24 hours. If refrigerating, cover with cling film so the rice does not dry out. HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES




Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 500 grs of fresh Tuna fish 1 mango 1 avocado 1 fuji apple 1 green pepper 1 red pepper 1 not too ripe tomato 1 green onion 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard 1 spoon of honey 1 lime 75 grs can of salmon roe 2 teaspoons of black sesame seeds extra virgin olive oil apple vinegar salt • Ask your fishmonger to cut the tuna in 2 or 3 pieces and remove the skin to make it easier to freeze and defrost. Once at home, wash it, dry it and freeze it for 24 hours to kill all anisakis. • Defrost the tuna inside the fridge. Peel the mango, apple and avocado and cut into small dices, reserve inside a big bowl and squeeze the lime over it. De-


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seed the peppers and cut the tomato and pepper in small dices and add to the bowl. Dice the onion and stir the mixture. • Add the mustard, honey, 1 teaspoon of the sesame seeds, one small glass of vinegar and 2 1/2 of extra virgin olive oil, and mix. • Cut the tuna in dices and add it to the vinaigrette. mix all ingredients and keep in the fridge for 1 hour. • Present the dish by making a timbale with a mold’s help and crown it with the salmon roe and the rest of the sesame seeds.

Marinated Salmon Cubes INGREDIENTS: 400-500 grs of fresh salmon — purchase day before and freeze whole mARINADE: 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons of soy sauce 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. • Defrost salmon at room temperature and remove bones and skin. Cut in little cubes. Reserve. • Prepare marinade and marinate the salmon for 1 hour in the fridge. • Cut 2 medium potatoes into cubes and boil in salty water. When done, let them cool down. • Present the dish over some chop sticks and top with canned salmon roe and lumpfish. Tuna is also a good idea.

Marinated Sardines: The Poorman’s Sushi Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 450 grs of fresh sardines Juice of half a lemon 1 clove of minced garlic clove 1 tbsp of dill or parsley 1 tsp of smashed red chili pepper Extra virgin olive oil Salt and ground black pepper 1 big red roasted pepper French bread • Remove fish scales, head and guts of sardines and clean under water. Fillet the sardines. • Place the sardines on a plate with skin down and pour the juice of half lemon on top. Let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. • Rinse the sardines from the lemon juice, sprinkle the minced garlic on top, dill (or parsley) and the smashed red chili pepper. Add salt and black ground pepper and pour over olive oil until covered. Protect with transparent film and refrigerate for 24 hours. • Bring the sardines back to room temperature or until the olive oil returns to its normal texture. • Place a piece of red roasted pepper on top of slice bread and using a toothpick top with a sardine.

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Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress for The Brits in 1997 is one of the most iconic dresses of our time. To celebrate 2012 Geri and Next have exclusively created a new collection of Union Jack pieces. The range includes a host of printed items including a stunning bikini, bold vests, T-shirts, a maxi dress and not to forget the stand out, fully-sequinned mini dress. Cowl back sequin dress 65 EUR




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Beauty with Heart

The Body Shop, one of the 21st Century’s most iconic and pioneering brands, recently launched a new beauty movement called Beauty With Heart that will inspire individuals everywhere and transform the boundaries of beauty. Beauty With Heart places emphasis on a beauty experience that is more than skin-deep, putting a human stamp on beauty and empowering people the world over to “Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good”. The movement will spring to life through a new store experience called Pulse, as well as through the active support of the first global brand advocate for The Body Shop, Lily Cole. Activist, model and actor Lily Cole is the embodiment of the brand’s strong values and the first of a community of inspiring young activists. Beauty With Heart will be rolling out in the UK from 3rd may, with global roll-out to follow from 15th may onwards.

Dr. margarita Taylor-Schleppe, a Doctor of Dentistry and a Reiki master, was the head of a consultancy in Germany and moved to Spain in 2007. She has since worked as a Reiki therapist in Hotel INCOSOL marbella, Hotel VILLA PADIERNA Estepona and in the homes of patients (for both humans and animals). She has now opened her own Reiki practice in the School of Equestrian Art Costa del Sol in Estepona, where she can combine all her work under one roof and provide treatment for both humans and animals. Dr Taylor-Schleppe is a Tellington-Touch therapist, a trainer and educator of pets. She has trained in acupressure in the treatment of humans and animals, and also as a therapist for horses. She is certified in first-aid for animals, with homeopathy and homeopathic treatments, has attended a course in relaxation and respiration techniques in yoga, and is fully-licensed, registered and insured to practise here in Spain. The Andalusian Institute of Reiki offers a haven of peace and tranquillity here on the Costa del Sol where you can leave all your worries at the door. For an appointment, please call 648 141 889 or email:

‘Britify’ your beauty bag!

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JUBILEE CRYSTAL COLOUR Red, blue and silver glitter £15.00








1. LA PRAIRIE CELLULAR CREAM PLATINUM RARE A silvery-hued soufflé of a moisturizer that contains the prized material better known for its use in multi-carat engagement rings.



Newly developed peptides join Gold, suspended in a colloidal gel, to improve elasticity and firmness. La Prairie claims that with one single drop, it diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and helps regulate discolouration, while re-vitalizing and illuminating the skin with a stunning radiance.

3. CRÉME DE LA MER BODY REFINER The Crème de la mer body refiner contains 1.75 carats of diamond dust, fermented acidic sea muds harvested from a natural marine source to detoxify and purify skin for a bright healthy appearance, tourmaline and sea quartz. £73.40

4. JADE BEAUTY BAR With unique ingredients, including Nephrite Jade, together with pure oils from apricot, olive and jojoba, the Nephria Jade Beauty Bar cleanses, revitalises, rejuvenates and reinvigorates the skin and complexion, reducing the signs of ageing. Also contains vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, protecting the cells from free radicals and helping the skin to look younger. £25

ESTÉE LAUDER RE-NUTRIV ULTIMATE LIFT AGE-CORRECTING COLLECTION Cleanser, serum, eye creme, contains black tourmaline, South Sea pearls and colloidal gold.


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3 DIAMONDS, PLATINUM, GOLD, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND QUARTZ ARE ALL POPULAR INGREDIENTS According to some dermatologists, certain metals can have an antioxidant, anti-aging effect by neutralizing free radicals, while others have antiinflammatory and antibacterial qualities to fortify the skin’s defences. JADE AND TOURmALINE. Korean scientists have studied the infrared radiation these two gems emit and found promising results. Infrared radiation may protect skin against ultravioletlight-induced aging. COPPER. One of the most frequently used metals in skin care concoctions, copper supports collagen repair and evens out discolouration. AmBER. In Baltic countries, people use amber in cosmetics to smooth, nourish, and add elasticity to the skin, as well as protect it from the sun’s damaging rays. GOLD. A study with arthritis patients found that gold has strong antiinflammatory properties. Known to have the ability to repair and revitalize skin. QUARTZ. This relatively common stone works to repair broken veins and reduce stress, a common culprit behind skin conditions such as acne and eczema. SILVER. Speeds cell repair and also fights numerous types of bacteria, which has led some companies to use it as a preservative in cosmetics.


AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FOUR C’S Gemologists and jewellers assess the physical attributes of diamonds using the four classification system – CUT, CARAT, COLOUR and CLARITY, which enables the comparison and valuation of diamonds. CUT — The angles and proportions of a diamond. It is the only one of the four that is influenced by the human hand to cut a diamond perfectly. A craftsman will often need to cut away more than 50% of the rough diamond. The facets, when arranged in precise proportions, will maximise the fire, life and brilliance of a diamond. Cut also refers to the shape of a diamond – round, square, or pear, etc. While most of a diamond’s qualities are defined by nature, it takes a master craftsman to unlock the diamond’s true brilliance, fire and beauty. CARAT — The weight of a diamond. Often mistaken with size, carat is actually a measure of weight. Carat is a derivative of the word Carob. Carob seeds, which are surprisingly uniform in weight, were used as a reference for diamond weight in ancient civilisations. One carat can also be divided into 100 ‘points’. CLARITY — The presence of inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are natural identifying characteristics such as minerals or fractures, occurring while the diamond

was formed. They appear in different shapes, such as crystals, clouds or feathers, most not visible to the naked eye unless magnified. The position of inclusions can affect the value of a diamond and you should consider the number, size, brightness, nature and position of inclusions. Flawless diamonds found in nature are rare, making these diamonds much more valuable. COLOUR — The degree to which a diamond is colourless. Diamonds can be found in many colours, however, the nearer a white diamond is to being absolutely colourless, the more rare and valuable it is. Graduations in colour are so subtle that intricate international grading scales have been devised to categorize these gems. Truly colourless stones, graded D are treasured for their rarity. Nature has also created diamonds in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink. Red ‘coloured fancies’ diamonds being the rarest, extremely scarce and highly treasured. For as long as diamonds and gems have been bought and sold, people have found ways to increase their value and make them more desirable through artificial enhancement. Diamonds are routinely subjected to treatment processes to improve their colour, clarity or both. When purchasing a diamond request the diamond grading report or Certificate (aka the 5th C) to know what you are really buying.


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Giorgio Armani

Geometric motifs, dynamic, in micro and macro scal es, this is the theme that d efines the new Giorgio Armani coll ection for men.

On March 15, Emporio Armani re-opened the doors of its new store in Puerto Banus. With the re-opening of the boutique, the store will offer the complete Emporio Armani collections for men and women, accessories, watches, jewellery, sunglasses and underwear line.




Black and white, pal e shad es of green, sky blue and pastel pink … framed by l eather, knit or silk trims.

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NEW HOTEL > At the centre of the mansion is a large round patio with niches offering seating that invites you to stay for a while. All rooms open onto this open space, which offers a free view of the sky above marrakech.



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The “Saffron Suite”

Owners Christian and Ina Krug first teamed up with acclaimed German architect moritz Theden for The Great Getaway Marrakech Hotel & Spa to open on the outskirts of marrakech at the end of this year. Their second venture has transformed a traditional moroccan riad into an intimate six-room hotel for world travellers. Here, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the medina’s community, thanks to Ina Krug’s close relationships with the locals. Located in the heart of marrakech’s historic Sidi Ben Slimane quarter, the palace has been painstakingly refurbished to preserve its traditional architectural style. It is filled with an elegant mix of exquisite furnishings handmade by local craftsmen from the souk that surrounds the property. Immediately upon entering the property via the grand circular courtyard with its intricate carvings, flowing sheer white curtains, subdued lighting and star-shaped fountain, guests are enveloped by a sense of warmth and mysticism which is unmistakably moroccan. The interiors are a celebration of traditional design, from the walls plastered in the silky Tadelakt style to the custom-made furnishings sourced from local artisans and cabinetmakers. The public spaces of the hotel are dotted with intimate alcoves and stone fireplaces, and illuminated by flickering candles and lanterns. Each of the four deluxe rooms and two suites is named after fragrant scents that linger in the air: lavender, mint, saffron, pomegranate, cinnamon and ginger. The design palette pays tribute to the colours of the city, such as desert sand and ma-

jorelle Blue, the same colour chosen by Yves Saint Laurent for his marrakech house. ROOm WITH A VIEW For all the splendour of the property’s interiors, perhaps the most captivating space of all is to be found on the rooftop. The Great Getaway medina boasts a terrace where white sun loungers provide the perfect perch from which to drink in the panoramic views over the Koutoubia mosque and surrounding Atlas mountains. In the evening guests are invited to indulge in homemade moroccan delicacies to the backdrop of the magnificent sunsets for which marrakech is famed. WELCOmE TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Since moving to marrakech, Ina Krug has cultivated strong friendships with many of the local tradesmen and souk owners and is thus perfectly positioned to offer truly authentic experiences. She works exclusively with handpicked local guides in order to provide her guests with an unparalleled glimpse into the real marrakech, far removed from the standard tourist fare. From bargain hunting in hidden spots of the souk to motorbike tours in the Atlas mountains, The Great Getaway medina offers a level of personal service which leaves no wish unfulfilled. LOCATION AND RATES The Great Getaway medina has a prime location that enables guests to lose themselves in the historic, winding alleyways of the souks. The marrakech museum, Jeema El Fna Square and the Koutoubia mosque are all within walking distance.

6, Rue Bin Touahame, Sidi Ben Slimane 40000 marrakech-medina, morocco (opened 2012) Rates range from EUR 150 to 210. For reservations, please visit or call: 00 800 37 46 83 57 HOMEANDLIFESTYLE.ES



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This the fourth hotel that Barceló Hotels & Resorts operates in Barcelona, construction of which has entailed investment to the tune of 35 million Euros. The Barceló Raval, with four stars and 186 bedrooms, is particularly noteworthy because of its unique oval structure, elegant avant-garde design, minimalistic interior and the spectacular panoramic views that it offers over the whole of Barcelona. Strategically located in the Rambla del Raval, the most fashionable area in the centre of Barcelona, the singular and modern hotel project was managed by architects Josep maría Blanco and Bartolomé Cursach (Construction and Development of Barceló Hotels & Resorts) in collaboration with CmV Arquitectes, and is an excellent example of the urban transformation and economic revitalisation of one of the most genuine areas of the ‘ciudad condal’. Touted as the “central gem of the city,”

Barceló Raval striking elliptical floors are built around a concrete core which stands 37.5 metres high, crowned with an outdoor terrace with a solarium and pool, and encased in a light reflecting stainless steel wire mesh over a façade of insulated glass which limits the sunlight and noise pollution. One of the hotel’s main attractions is a splendid 360 degree view over the whole city of Barcelona, which allows the viewer to make out the perimeter of the city, at four cardinal points. The interior space of the Barceló Raval is the work of renowned designer Jordi Gali, and is characterised by minimalism and contrasts, a play of wallpaper and the colours fuchsia, green, white and black, and incorporating some of the best designer names in one space such as Jaime Hayon, marcel Wanders for moooi and Vitra. The open plan ground floor lobby and B-Lounge reflects an urban and cosmo-

politan concept, a riot of colour, shapes, and sizes to create an environment of surreal playfulness — paired furniture in pinks and reds with madcap lamps, flocked wallpapers, and Bisazza-covered feature walls. The elevator core integrates a small and colourful reading room (a library full of books on the past history and present day of the neighbourhood) with hot pink padded walls combined with an upholstered couch that completes the space. Centrepieces of pink flowers on clear acrylic stems, that seem to float, by local design firm Wanda Barcelona adorn the tables. The floor is coated with silver triangular ceramics which reflects the LED lighting hidden in the ceiling. The ceiling of the lobby area features 2,200 Basotect® ceiling cylinders made from BASF’s exible melamine resin foam. Basotect® is exible, open cell foam made from melamine resin and has multiple design worthy properties, including high sound-absorption capacity, flameretardant characteristics, high-temperature resistance, low weight and thermal insulation. On the above floors, 186 rooms are arranged around interior corridors that surrounds the core and the eleva-

tor. Clearly laid-out, the bedrooms boast wide, large windows with motorised curtains so that guests can contemplate the city. The bathroom has been taken from its traditional concept, and made into a unique sculptural element. This piece with the multiple function of shower, sink and counter top to cabinet and fridge made entirely of white Corian, visually separates the bedroom from the bathroom but allows visual transparency. The lighting is resolved throughout the hotel with RGB LED technology and luminosity is increased in the corridors with large mirrors. Like the Barceló málaga, the Barceló Raval boasts an original B-Lounge, the concept of a lobby open to the city, introduced by Barceló Hotels & Resorts in some of its best designer hotels, which has a capacity of 125 people inside, and also a terrace that overlooks the square manuel Vazquez montalban square, and is one of the coolest places in Barcelona. Furthermore, the hotel collaborated with Antonio Bellés Vidal, current Chef and owner of the prestigious restaurant ‘Lola Rojo’ in London, as gastronomic consultant, in order to offer the most innovative and delicious tapas in the B-Lounge.

Rambla del Raval 17-21 08001 Barcelona Spain Telephone: +34 93 320 1490




Honda Fury: from 16,100 EUR For your nearest showroom visit



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Wild Rides

Dyna Wide Glide: from 16,800 EUR For your nearest showroom visit

THE WILD SIDE: HONDA FURY Choppers have been a part of the motorcycling scene for decades, but for the most part they’ve occupied a small niche on the farthest edges of the sport. The first such machines were cobbledup home-builts with a reputation for being crudely wrought and uncomfortable to ride. Since then choppers have evolved into rolling art, with true customs commanding a very high price. The stunningly creative Honda Fury is a machine packed with radical lines, pure undiluted chopper essence, and a genre of motorcycle that simply feels right, looks right, sounds right and goes straight to the heart of core enthusiasts. Long, lean and mean, stretching nearly six feet from axle to axle, this machine is a real head-turner. And once you settle into the saddle, turn the key and fire up that big 1312cc V-twin, you’ll know this is the bike you’ve been dreaming about. The most obvious attraction to the Fury centres on its raked-out chopper styling: high-mount

steering head that gives the frame a see-through, open-air look with plenty of breathing room between the tank/upper frame and the front cylinder head; slim and long fuel tank perched up high; ultra-low 26.7 inch seat height; big-time rake; fat 200 series rear tire paired with a slim 21 inch front wheel; a condensed, hard-tail look to the rear end; and a stretched wheelbase. Perhaps equally important is that a close-up inspection of the Fury reveals remarkably clean lines, a Spartan return to basics plus superior attention to detail that together create the distinct impression of a full-on hand-built custom bike, but at a mere fraction of the cost. Although stunning and daring in its visuals, the Fury is great fun to ride, with a feel and sound that place the rider squarely in the chopper domain. LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE: HARLEY DAVIDSON When you think of Harley Davidson, what comes to mind? Well, motorcycles for sure. But if that

wasn’t your first thought, we’d argue that it was probably an open desert highway, leather boots and gear, and a rumbling exhaust that could make a jet engine seem all too meek. We’d also argue that Harley Davidson symbolises rebellion, youth, freedom, and open possibilities. It’s an image created by the people. The riders. When you buy a Harley Davidson it’s not just the bike you’re buying into it’s the experience, a result of enthusiasts that made Harley Davidson one of the most recognisable and mythological brands in the world. Low-down and beefy, the 2012 Dyna® Wide Glide® Harley Davidson motorcycle is all about attitude, with old-school chopper looks and the comfort of a modern ride. Its tough, dark styling and retro feel, along with a retro price tag, give riders the confidence to sit low and stretch out. The Wide Glide® is raw and true to its roots with a chopped rear fender, black rims on 40-spoke laced wheels, a black tank console, “Tommy Gun” exhaust, beefy, raked-out forks and a swept back




Ducati Diavel: from 17,195 Eur For your nearest showroom visit sissy bar. Throw in the old-school flame paint scheme and heads are sure to turn. The lowered suspension, internally-wired handlebar with 4-inch riser and forward foot controls offer an awesome ride and the sticker price provides amazing value. THE SHAPE OF POWER AND STYLE: DUCATI DIAVEL The Ducati Diavel was first introduced to an excited public at the 2010 Milan International Motorcycle Show and since gone on to amaze motorcyclists the world over, collecting awards along the way and becoming one of Ducati’s top selling models. Custom shop beauty, state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and extraordinary riding pleasure are masterfully blended into the Diavel, a motorcycle that has now set a new benchmark in the sport cruiser segment, just reward for the innovative designers and engineers that created it. Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile like all Ducatis, the Diavel takes the man-motorcycle


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relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication while stunning looks, 162hp and 207kg (456lb) of authentic Ducati performance drives a comfortable sport lifestyle that could only be dreamt of before. Merging the worlds of power and style has never been achieved with such convincing precision. A specially engineered 240 section rear tyre combined with famous Ducati chassis technology serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics, whether carving through curves on your favourite road or just riding out for a night on the town. The ground-breaking Ducati is available in four exciting versions. The standard Diavel, and the Diavel Carbon with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components now stand alongside the brand new and stunning Diavel Cromo and the exclusive Diavel AMG Special Edition.

IV Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella 21- 24 June 2012 A bright and colourful showcase of artistic talent in diverse expressions, the Festival will represent around 80 artists of approximately 25 nationalities. As in previous years, the Festival will take place in a row of attractive white tents leading down to the sea, in which artists will display a wide range of original works including painting, photography, sculpture and digital art. The bustling outdoor festival is located in the Avenida del Mar and this year will comprise both individual and collective tents that the art-loving public are free to browse at their leisure. FESTIVAL STAGE (12 NOON - 11 PM) BROADWAY MUSICAL, FUNKY VOCALS, DUO SOUTHERN IMPACT, DIVALICIOUS, STEVE SHAPPELLE, ARRAN HARDING, THE MIGHTY PIMPS AND MUCH MORE

All interested sponsors, collaborators and volunteers are welcomed by the President Caroline Bowley on: CURRENT SPONSORS: Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga - CEROArte - Gomez & Molina Jewellers


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Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Flotilla There may be over a thousand miles between them, but Gibraltar isn’t going to miss out on London’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and is instead bringing its own version to the Rock. Taking place on monday 4 June, a day later than the London event, hosts Ocean Village marina are aiming for 100 participating vessels to make the event a patriotic and fitting celebration of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Ros Astengo, Event Organiser from Ocean Village, explains, “When we learnt that there was going to be a flotilla up the Thames on 3 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we thought - why not do the same in Gibraltar? The idea was touted amongst boat owners here in Ocean Village marina and then, after a positive response, we took the proposal to the Government and the Governor’s office who offered unanimous support. Aside from enthusiasm on the Rock, we expect plenty of Brits and other nationalities along the Costa to come and join in the Jubilee pomp and circumstance.” Ros continues, “Apart from the spectacle at sea, with all manner of vessels dressed in streamers and Union Jacks, we’re also encouraging as much onshore support as possible with horn-tooting and flag-waving most welcome. The bars and restaurants within Ocean Village will be laying on special meals and cocktails and there will be a live band and DJ chill-out music in the evening. For crew members taking part in the flotilla, the soon-to-be-opened Champagne Bar on Leisure Island will host celebration drinks. Then, as the sun dips beneath the horizon, the beacon on top of the Rock will be lit up – a magical end to a special day.” The Flotilla will depart from Ocean Village marina at midday on monday and sail from the western side of the runway to the eastern and then make the return journey. It is free for all vessels to participate and there is no competitive element to the event, simply a wonderful way to show our appreciation for the Queen and enjoy some of the London spirit down here in the Gibraltar sunshine. If you don’t own a boat, or indeed fancy making a day of corporate hospitality for your colleagues, why not consider a yacht charter from one of Gibraltar’s many licensed operators. For a list of these providers, along with a full schedule of music events, food and drink offers and the timetable for the all-important skipper’s briefing — keep an eye on our Facebook page To register your yacht for the event fill in the form here - or to reserve a berth for an overnight stay at Ocean Village call the Pier Office on +350 200 73300 or email


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With Russian, Georgian and UK music industry connections, Reality Star is all set to fan the flames of the fame game, giving international talent a chance to shine in Marbella this summer. The first annual edition of the international talent show, Reality Star, is inviting all talented singers aged 8 to 50 to take part in a dynamic contest put together by a high-powered international panel of show business experts, along with representatives of Marbella Town Hall. With lucrative prizes awaiting the winners, including 1,500 Euros in the pot, a professional recording session and music video, the winner will also be promoted at other talent shows around the world, with the opportunity to perform in other countries. TAKING CENTRE STAGE With contestants already entering from a number of countries, Reality Star is open to all singing talent – within the stipulated age range. Contestants will be pre-selected for the semi-finals by 20th May and the live semi-finals and finals will take place at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel on 15th and 16th June. Full details of the application procedure are featured on the website. Included in the founders and judges panel are Giga Kukhianidze, producer of the Eurovision song contest in Georgia, Natalie Stuart Fox of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce, multi-talented media mogul Roger Cook, and son Adam Cook, recording artist and producer, and Sergay Krisitivsky from the Russian band Uma2Urman.

La and Veronica are among the Reality Star hopefuls.

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en September 2011

The editorial backbone of our publications is based on current events, news, reviews, politics and finance, while other sections cover in-depth and topical information on subjects that concern readers living in Spain. We also offer refreshing and interesting features on health, food and wine, sport, travel and dĂŠcor, designed for the many Scandinavian-speaking residents and visitors to southern Spain.

S PA N I E N F Ă&#x2013; R S V E N S K A R

BIJAN Perser i Spanien, en forskare med en fÜrkärlek till Bergman

NORRBOM MARKETING MAT Stora smakupplevelser frĂĽn Asturien

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RESA En annorlunda kryssning, om hytter och salonger som pĂĽminner om Titanic

FOTBOLL MĂĄlaga CF, den mest aktiva aktĂśren pĂĽ transfermarknaden i hela Europa

INTERVJU En Sueco har träffat Blondinbella fĂśr ett samtala om att vara ung och rik â&#x20AC;&#x201C; med fokus pĂĽ vidareutveckling av hennes bloggverksamhet


- nĂĽr La Danesa reprĂŚsenterer Spanien pĂĽ messen Bolig i Udlandet i Danmark i denne mĂĽned.



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