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Mallorca & Costa del Sol

Issue 07 | april/may 2012 | € 4.50

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The Feelgood Factor… One of the key priorities of modern life is maximising the healthy aspects of our lifestyles. To that end, and bearing in mind that most of us already enjoy a pleasant outdoor way of life, this issue we take a look at holistic interiors and the aura of chromotherapy. Yellow walls in the kitchen are said to boost energy levels and aid digestion, always – of course – enhanced by a cup of aromatic coffee and some extra olive oil sprinkled on the mixed salad. In “Gourmet Corner”, we address the big issue of Beans versus Capsules and offer a tantalising tasting menu of Mallorca’s internationally renowned olivebased products. Then we step back into history to learn why the olive tree, that iconic symbol of the Mediterranean, is a harbinger of peace and prosperity. Another excellent way of enjoying some well-deserved tranquillity is to escape to the soothing surroundings of a “boutique hotel” and this issue we visit Santa Clara in Palma’s Old Town and Marbella Club on the Costa del Sol’s famed “Golden Mile”. Our featured designer, Miguel Adrover, made his name in the world of fashion, a Mallorca-born boy who dazzled New York with his creations; while Estefania Pomar has carved out her own celebrated niche in the art world, “reinterpreting nature”.

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Our “Stylish Living” section envelops us in the “soul” of a home, its rugs and carpets, from treasured objets d’art to contemporary chic; and, finally, in “Design Blog” we review the latest news and trends from around the globe.

CONTRIBUTORS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Sally Beale, Trish Dynes, Claudia Vanessa Fallis, Ursula Peer, Jenny Fung, Charlotte Hanson, Estefania Küster

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Avant-garde style and cutting-edge trends…

Miguel Adrover: fashion advocate for edginess

18 design blog Latest news and trends from the property world

24 design ideas Estefania Küster: texture as a decorative tool

26 STYLISH LIVING Rugs: re-inventing the “soul” of the home


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Holistic Interiors… and the aura of chromotherapy

50 GOURmET KITCHEN Sumptuous coffee… and tantalising olive oil


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Romantic charm… and champagne lifestyle

The olive tree: iconic symbol of the Mediterranean

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Reinterpreting the basic elements of nature

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In Vogue since 1 923 Perfect entertainment. Television and audio systems Loewe HomeCinema Set and AirSpeaker.

Floral Versatility

Colourful Support Creation of this monocoque chair arose from the notion of using Woodstock, a “cheap” material that is normally used in the automobile industry: 50 per cent material left over from woodworking and 50 per cent polypropylene. The chair‘s supporting structure, in painted metal, comes in seven different colour options.

The O-Nest armchair offers an enveloping shape that is reminiscent of a flowering bush. It is made from rotationally moulded polyethylene and is waterproof and fade-resistant for indoor or outdoor use. The embossed floral decorations are a hallmark of the Dutch designer Tord Boontje.

Loewe Home Cinema Set

TV Loewe Connect

Loewe equipment AudioDesign:

Objects of Desire

Loewe HomeCinema Set. The perfect home cinema system consisting of a MediaVision Blu-ray 3D player, two aluminium Satellite Speakers, the Subwoofer Compact amplifier (200W) and the Loewe Assist Multi Control remote, which can also be used with other TV sets on the market.

Conceptual Innovation


Loewe AirSpeaker. Two subwoofers, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers. Total power 80W. Compatible with the Apple AirPlay wireless system for listening to music from an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

A trend-setting collection that is designed for indoors as well as outdoors, Tokyo Pop is a series designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, a young creator and author of poetic structures for Issey Miyake.

Elegant Sensuality The new MIO from Rolf Benz is an incomparable joy to the senses, making every wish you can possibly have for a sofa come true: two-side piece heights, seating heights and depths, innumerable combinations from a single sofa to a room filling unit, in more than 300 fabrics and leathers.

Loewe AirSpeaker Loewe Soundbox.

Playful Chic A fresh interpretation on the classic ear chair, the Bunny’s cheeky and playful design is emphasised by tightly-strapped strings around its soft, upholstered body.

Loewe SoundVision.

All-in-one. The new AudioDesign systems: Loewe SoundBox and SoundVision. Loewe Sound Box. A compact audio system that draws music from all kinds of sources and can be connected to multiple devices.

Time Travel Rolf Benz’s Orlo is a true trendsetter with it’s rounded corners, made out of wonderfully soft New Zealand wool… Available in rectangular and round formats and over 50 colour variations.

Loewe SoundVision. You have never seen, heard or touched an audio system like this one! The high-resolution 7.5“ touch display can also be controlled from the remote so you can enlarge the image of the song that is playing.

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In Vogue Outdoor Convenience

Vintage Pleasure

Available in grey and white, brown and white, brown and black or multicoloured woven plastic covered in an aluminium structure, this armchair comes with a padded seat cushion and outdoor upholstery.

This comes with a “guarantee”: hang the red vintage wood board in your home and it will make everyone smile who reads it! Just right for evoking an agreeable feeling in the home.

Lighting Simplicity This unmistakeably Rolf Benz simple design lamp series Seka adds a very atmospheric light to your living room (or office). It comes with a dimmer and is available as a table, stool and floor lamp in four different colours.

Designer Comfort This family of chairs and sofas features a maxiweave of polyethylene fibre ribbon in white or bronze, in many typologies and variations of plain colour, mèlange and multi-coloured designs… designed by Patricia Urquiola.

Chilled-Out Comfort A hand-woven hammock made of cotton fibre, this is the perfect place to settle under a tree on a warm summer night – or to chill-out in the shade of a pergola when the heat kicks in.

Perfect Finish Baby-blue enamel bucket for your washing… it’s well worth changing back to powder detergent just for this great tool! It adds the perfect finishing touch to the perfect home.

Rich Sounds For those looking for something uncomplicated, the Loewe SoundBox is an audio system that plays everything and sounds as great as it looks. Whether it’s from the FM radio with RDS display, an iPhone, iPod or a CD, the rich sound is bound to get you moving. The fine fabric cover and interchangeable inset, which can be changed to suit your taste, also guarantee that the Loewe SoundBox will be the centre of attention.

Garden Cool Organically shaped and with vibrant colours, this exotically designed chair is a perfect complement to any garden or pool area.

Seaside Inspiration This canoe-inspired day bed will bring a touch of sea to your indoor terrace… Also available for outdoor use.

Pure Sophistication Your iPhone will not have sounded like this before... The Loewe AirSpeaker not only scores points in terms of puristic form and sophisticated function but also provides incomparable sound quality: two subwoofers, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers, and a total of 80W, guarantee an impressive audio experience.

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CERamICs ON THE wall Check out G Vega – their ceramic murals are designed and hand crafted to suit your personal taste and specifications. Suitable for in and outside adding beauty and charm to your home and garden.

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Designer Low-Energy

Plumen 001 is the antithesis of low-energy light bulbs as we know them. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, Samuel Wilkinson in collaboration with the London design company Hulgar has created a dynamic, sculptured form that contrasts to the dull regular shapes of existing low-energy bulbs.

Peanuts Revival

Everyone loves Snoopy, and Dover Street Market is happy to welcome back Peanuts by transforming Charles M. Schulz’s characters into limited edition all-black figurines, Loopwheeler sweatshirts and hoodies, Porter bags and wallets, and even an Eames chair by Herman Miller, which features a waving Snoopy.

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Social Kitchens

The kitchen is known to be the heart of the home; now it can also be known as the place to entertain guests. Italian kitchen pioneers Scavolini sign a new collection in collaboration with the Successful Living line from Diesel. The result? The Social Kitchen – an environment that merges modernity with comfort, and a kitchen environment not only to cook but a space to entertain friends

Translucent Concrete

Architect and designer Jurgen Frei has completely revolutionised the way we see concrete. Frei developed a way to create fine layers of concrete and fibre optic waveguides so that light and colour can pass through. Once the materials are sealed, it is just as strong as standard concrete. Luccon is available in various thicknesses from 10 to 500 millimetres, and any colour and finishing format.

Hong Kong Hotspot

Outdoor Comfort

The White Cube project in Hong Kong opened its doors to the public in March – with Gilbert & George having the honour of holding the first exhibition. The search for a suitable venue was not an easy task since Hong Kong is a city where space is a rarity. In the end, they chose a 550 square metre venue on Connaught Road, which reflects the essence and identity of the gallery back in London.

This inspiring outdoor Serpentine Chair is very easy to personalise: simply weave long cushion pieces through the frame. Since the cushion pieces are easily removable, you have the option of ordering a variety of cover prints and colours to suit your mood or the occasion, or simply due to the fact that you are tired of the same old look day in day out.

Danish Tradition

Milan Talent

Originally the typography printed on these mugs was designed by the great Danish architect Arne Jacobsen back in 1937. The letters were created for internal signage at the Aarhus City Hall in Denmark. Now these Bauhaus-inspired letters have been revived for daily use in the form of a porcelain mug.

Salone Satellite is a furniture trade show designed to bring together all the most promising young designers from all over the world, linking them to the most important players and talent scouts in the industry. One of the exhibitors, Nicole Tomazi, will present her new collection: Fractal. Salone Satellite runs from 17 to 22 April at the Milan Fairgrounds.

Revolutionary Plug

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Colour and Light

Functional Beauty

The folding plug prototype, which won the Design Museum’s Design of the Year award in 2009, subsequently went into production, and the first product released is the Mu Folding Plug. Min-Kyu Choi developed a genius solution after being “frustrated by the dimensions of the traditional plug… My idea was very simple: redesign the plug to bring it in line with the clean look and feel of today’s technology, without compromising functionality.”

Global colour authority Pantone has released Pantone Lighting Indicator Stickers to make it easier for designers and printers to ensure accurate lighting conditions for accurate colour evaluation, specification and matching. The stickers each have a peel-off adhesive back so designers can attach them to colour proofs, colour samples and references, ensuring accurate colour decisions are made throughout the production process.

COCO-MAT was born of an idea. “Why do men create beds with artificial materials when they can use what nature provides?“, asked Paul Efmorfidis, founder of COCOMAT, lying on his bed. The idea became a passion. And the words into action. Now the Greek-Dutch firm, which uses only natural products like coconut fibre, natural rubber, seasweed, horsehair and more, is one of Europe’s leading mattress manufacturers.

Roche Bobois is participating in the Young Designers: The Incubator of Les Ateliers de Paris exhibition at the Central de Diseño de Matadero Madrid. The exhibition, continuing until 30 May, showcases some of the finest French designs in Spain, featuring both renowned and emerging designers and products created in recent years covering all areas of design – graphic, digital, fashion, interior and product.

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Design Blog Ideal Home Show

Eco Trends of the Future

Do you?

We sleep. Visitors to this year’s Ideal

Home Show in London were able to visit a mock residential street providing a fascinating glimpse into future trends and environmentally friendly concepts. The Show Homes area showcased three purpose-built full-scale homes: the Prince’s Foundation Arts and Craft Eco House, the second in a series of designs built in conjunction with the Prince’s Foundation for the Building Community, which takes its inspiration from the Prince of Wales’s eco building concepts; the Santiago House, sponsored by Dulux, winner of the Telegraph British Home Awards as the town house of tomorrow; and the Gotenehus, sponsored by IKEA, a sleek and modern twostorey Swedish family home “with experiences above the norm – breathing international architecture with a Swedish philosophy in mind”. The celebrity ambassadors of the 2012 show, now in its 104th year and bringing together over 600 exhibitors offering a shopping

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experience for all areas of the home, included architect George Clarke, gadget expert Suzi Perry, food critic Gregg Wallace, garden expert Alan Titchmarsh, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and interiors icon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Among the other highlights were the Prince‘s Pavilions, featuring a range of British design brands and quality products, reflecting the ethos of The Prince‘s Foundation of “quality, sustainable technology and ethical production”; and the Ideal Home of the Future, presented by Virgin Media, showcasing groundbreaking new product launches and future innovations in domestic technology. Ideal Gardens, sponsored by Hydropool, featured six outdoor garden designs produced by a range of colleges from across the UK; while Love Your Garden was a partnership with the ITV series of the same name hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, recreating viewers’ favourite garden as featured in the recent series. Ideal Food and Housewares provided plenty of foodie favourites from across the world;

Welcome to the world of Hästens To make sure that not only your body but also your head gets the right kind of rest, only pure down and feathers are good enough for us. Nothing synthetic here. Down is nature’s own filling material, tried and tested for millions of years. It insulates and holds warmth from your body, and at the same time allows moisture to evaporate.

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Hästens Original Make the most of your Hästens experiences by tucking down in our Original linen Collection. Made out of 100% cotton and woven to attain great softness, the linens timeless design will complement your Hästens bed, whichever of the 21 colors you decide to sleep in.

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and the Celebrity Chef Theatre, sponsored by Siemens, showcased top culinary names in the industry. How to Theatre, sponsored by B&Q, provided advice on a new DIY or home improvement project; Ideal interiors offered everything home owners needed to know to dress up their home and give it a personal touch, including eco-recycled products for the home; and Ideal Shopping featured a treasure trove of home accessories, gifts, toys and innovative new technology in a dedicated area celebrating the best in British craft – 12 small producers and designers of craft techniques including ceramics and enamelling. The Ideal Woman section, sponsored by TENA, was the perfect place to take time out and be pampered at the various beauty

and cocktail bars; while the Celebrity Chef Restaurant was hosted by Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace. The 2012 show once again supported the Ideal Homes For Heroes appeal in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The Ideal Home Show annual portfolio comprises three events: Ideal Home Show Spring, Ideal Home Show Scotland and Ideal Home Show at Christmas. More information at:

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Design Ideas

Design Ideas


A decorative tool that adds another dimension to your design

Popular German TV presenter Estefania Küster moved to Mallorca in 2007 and has now opened a new design and art studio in Portals Nous with Claudia Vanessa Fallis.

Texture is a design element often overlooked when decorating a home. However, it has the ability to add a powerful, albeit subtle, dimension to a room’s interior. In fact it is one of my secret tools to really make an impression on a space. Texture is not merely a tactile consideration – that is, requiring you to touch an object to feel it. Rather, when you see something your mind recalls all the times in the past when you have

I love pure design: my style is cool and simple but still elegant. I keep to subtle contrasts of textures in a limited palette of colours. On the project featured here I chose a serene combination of natural materials: natural elements such as Moroccan limestone flooring and river pebbles, big Italian sandstone slabs and river stone granite. The staircase comprises white cement and river pebbles with all-important integrated lights on each step, while the staircase balustrade is made from old olive logs found on the property, combined with glass.

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I love the combination of wood, glass and stone – the balance of rough and smooth surfaces.

touched it and in a small way you re-live those experiences. This means that texture has an effect not only on the way a room feels but also on the way it looks. To me the greatest luxury is in clean lines, elegance and quality of materials. Not only colour and layout are important when designing a space but also the right balance of materials and texture. Feel your home – no longer confined to visual elements such as line and colour. Now you can actually determine the way a space feels, making your artistic design that much richer. A well-used texture can increase the beauty of your design. Photographer: Nando Esteva,

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Rug Talk: Fair and Square

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The soul of the apartment is Edgar Allen Poe


Interior designers often recommend area rugs as the fastest and simplest design element available to totally reinvent a room or to revitalise existing décor, while at the same time providing warmth and depth, sound absorption and floor surface protection. However, rugs and carpets are much more than that. By Trish Dynes

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the carpet

as household essentials since the beginning of civilisation. Crudely woven reed rugs and animal hide rugs provided the first flooring, sitting and sleeping surfaces. For many families, the area rug was the household‘s most valuable possession. The oldest surviving area rug, the Pazyryk carpet, was discovered in 1949 by a Russian archaeologist during the unearthing of a Siberian burial site. Long frozen in ice, the carpet‘s fibre, colour and design were well preserved. Dating back to the fifth century BC, the Pazyryk carpet is considered an exceptional work of Scythian art, featuring exquisite details, symmetrical patterns, rich colours and a Turkish hand-knotted technique still in use today. Before the discovery of the Pazyryk carpet, the oldest known rug was the King of Persia‘s legendary carpet the Spring of Khosrows, an enormous hand-knotted area rug made of wool, silk, gold, silver and precious stones. Dating back to about 550 BC, it measured 400 by 100 feet (120 by 30 metres), and weighed several tons. The king is said to have strolled along endless, bejewelled carpet in the wintertime to savour its springtime scenes – birds in flight, flowers in full blossom, ripe fruits and a broad „green meadow“ border believed to have been

designed of solid emeralds. Today, the finest hand-made area rugs are treasured as prized objects d‘art and continue to play a significant role in the artistic traditions of cultures around the globe from the complex Ayacucho designs of Peru to the contemporary sisal rugs of Brazil, to the intricate floral motifs of Indian Kashmiri rugs and the world famous Persian rugs of Iran. The choice of rug for today’s consumer is limitless as world markets expand and internet shopping opens up a catalogue of styles, ancient and modern, and prices to suit all pockets: from the most expensive rug in the world – a Kirman “Vase” carpet, a rare 17th century Persian carpet, which fetched £6,201,250 at Christie‘s in London in 2010 – to a simple Indian dhurries. The sum is incredible even to experts, and there are rumours that the last word has not yet been spoken on this matter. Rug design has always attracted designers from William Morris’s arts and crafts designs to contemporary artists and designers such as Ron Arad, Tord Boontje, Michael Lin, Thomas Paul, Calvin Klein, Gene Mayer, Sarah Schneidman, Angela Adams, Marc Davidson and Spain’s own Gandia Blasco and Nani Marquinas. These design giants are producing contemporary rugs that are at the cutting edge of

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Social Commitment

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fashion, influenced by abstract art and the everevolving fashion trends. Besides reinterpreting design classics such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Fifties Modernism, Sixties Pop Art, Seventies Glamour, Asian, and Baroque, contemporary rugs brush away the traditional Persian curvilinear, pictoral and floral patterns, making way for understatement where texture shape and line are the form. It’s not the size of the knot but the texture that counts in these works of floor art. Designers are shaping and moulding the art to express their voice and signature. Transitional rugs cover a broad range of designs that fall in between the traditional Oriental and Persian rug styles and the contemporary rug category, where the saying “anything goes“ is

often an understatement. Transitional styles are fun yet stylish and fit right in with almost any type of decorating plan. Rugs with floral and botanical patterns, exuberant or subdued, are good examples of transitional rugs. But how do you decide what is right not only for you but for the people – sometimes whole families – who make a living weaving carpets in the time-honoured traditions? Many designers are making it easier for us to choose ethically through collaboration with such organisations as Fairtrade, Goodweave International and Care & Fair. So if you want to buy a rug and make a difference check the labels, ask the questions and read the reports so you can have the rug of your choice, fair and square.

The Kala project arose from the collaboration of nanimarquina and Care & Fair. This collaboration was the brainchild of the highly successful rug designer Nani Marquina, whose team organised a drawing competition among students from various Care & Fair schools in India. The winning drawing was developed by the design team and turned into the delightful carpet, Kala. Of each Kala carpet sold €150 is used to help fund the new Care & Fair school in Bhadohi (India). The ball started rolling in 1994 when several importers of rugs in the regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan founded the organisation Care & Fair with the aim of eradicating child labour in carpet manufacturing. They were able to improve living conditions and provide training and paid work and a say to families labouring in the carpet workshops. They also aimed to discourage cooperating companies not to buy any product which had been made in sociably unacceptable conditions or with the involvement of child labour. By leading by example and educating the industry they showed it was possible to improve the education, health care and rights of everyone in the weaving industry. More than 450 companies voluntarily cooperate with Care & Fair, allocating one per cent of the value of imports of carpets. Proceeds help fund schools, training, hospitals and health programs that Care & Fair place in these countries.


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THE KILIM’S origin lies in Anatolia where nomads had access to two things that helped create these unique woollen carpets: lots of wool and time. Kilims are nomads’ hand-woven carpets, each piece one of a kind, a people’s carpet versus the typical Persian carpet, where artists where paid to draft fancy patterns. Quality and value depend on the wool used (sheep’s wool from neck, shoulders or back differs in quality). All coloured threads used in antique Kilims (woven before the invention of aniline in 1834) had been dyed with natural colours. Some nuances which nowadays are widely used, such as a deep orange, clearly characterise modern Kilims.

A WORLD OF ITS OWN... FLOKATI area rugs are soft and very durable. The-

se hand-woven rugs have been made in Greece for centuries. They were an essential item for early Greek shepherds, who used the woven wool creations for clothing and bedding as well as a floor covering. In recent years, Flokati rugs have been used in casual and contemporary settings, often to provide a Mediterranean look. They are cosy and have a great texture with a pile that is three or four inches (seven to 10 centimetres) long. One big advantage with Flokati rugs is that they offer several options for cleaning, one of which is that they can be washed in commercial size washing machines.

TIBETAN RUGS that follow the traditional designs

SHAG RUGS, a popular look in the

1970s, are making a comeback as a rug of choice for many people. The new shag rugs are made of better, longer-lasting materials. The soft, thick fibres offer great insulation from cold floors, and help to absorb noise when on hard surfaces in a room. Bright colours and unusual shapes are common characteristics of contemporary style rugs and can be designed specifically to match or to enhance the upholstery, soft furnishings or wallpaper in a room. Or it could be a one-of-a-kind design based on an artistic whim, limited only by the designer or rug maker’s imagination!


have a square “tiger” pattern. The Tibetan people have been weaving rugs for centuries and using them as bedding, saddle blankets and meditation mats in monasteries. Tibetan rug production in Nepal became that nation’s second leading industry during the 1980s. This was after political turmoil in 1959-1960 that caused thousands of Tibetans to flee their homeland and make a long trek through the Himalayan mountains and then settle in the Katmandu valley of Nepal.


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ORIENTAL RUGS have warmth and beauty and add an interesting touch and a sense of luxury to any room. They have excellent qualities of resiliency and durability and are able to hold up in high traffic areas as well as a more subdued environment. Oriental rugs woven from silk are the most expensive, while those made from wool are more affordable.

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Designer Profile

Designer Profile

miguel adrover

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s AD-rover It seems almost paradoxical that a man with such global awareness originated from our tiny little island of Mallorca. In fact, Miguel grew up in the miniscule village of Calonge, spending his early years working in the countryside on his family’s almond farm.

Fast forward 14 years and Miguel is living in the

I am trying to make a difference and open a window that you can jump through without fear of losing yourself

largest metropolis in the world – New York City. Not many people could tolerate such a massive shift in environment, from the idyllic tranquillity of the countryside to the manic squalor of a city, but Adrover seems to be an advocate for edginess and culture clashes, something that is certainly apparent in his work, which seemed to make this transition in his life all the more interesting. Adrover wasn’t the typical farm boy: after a trip to London in his teens he fell into the punk rock scene and the New Romantics, meaning on his return to the farm in Calonge he was already standing out from the crowd – armed with the latest music and punky clothing. After four years in New York, Miguel befriended Douglas Hobbs, a Native American tailor, and together they designed and created T-shirts. That same year the pair of them opened a boutique store called Horn – which became the playground for young designers from New York and even London, a place to showcase their deigns. Horn managed to attract some superlative talent; a few of the budding stars included Alexander McQueen, Bernadette Corporation and Bless. Miguel and his partner decided to close the boutique in 1999 to pursue his aspirations in women’s clothing. Although the success of Horn may not have been commercial, Horn did allow Adrover to make many friends in the industry and, with their help, he turned out his first collection, “Manaus-Chiapas NYC”, in the summer of 1999. Set in a Latin theatre in New York’s Lower East side, “ManausChiapas” depicted the journey of a woman, extradited from her surroundings and struggling in her life, but remaining focused and mentally strong. This complex message received some

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favourable press, but Adrover’s lack of funds ensured he couldn’t market or capitalise on the kind reviews. His second show, entitled “Midtown”, took place in a run-down theatre in the Lower East Side. The ethos behind “Midtown” was to highlight the contrast in the class of people walking the New York sidewalks. Using borrowed classics from past designers such as Burberry Macs, Louis Vuitton bags and even an old mattress (from his neighbour, writer Quentin Crisp), Adrover cleverly conveyed the irony of how so many different classes of people can share the same sidewalk and how even slight adjustments to clothing can completely distinguish these classes. The ‘Midtown’ show really propelled Adrover to the cutting edge of the fashion industry; described by Judith Thurman of the New Yorker as a “phenom”. Off the back of such success, his collection debuted to high praise and sold to stores worldwide. In February 2001, Adrover showed his fourth collection, “Meeteast”, an Egyptian-inspired collection for which he spent six weeks in Egypt developing his ideas. Adrover took his research seriously, spending 24 days with an Egyptian family located in the countryside. The collection, referencing third world politics, in-

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Designer Profile Designer Profile cluded harem pants, jodhpurs, layered printed tunics and jet-black robes, some of which had been soaked in the Nile to alter the colouring as authentically as possible. In September 2002 Miguel found support in his unconditional team and help from sponsors to present his sixth show, „Citizen of the World“, based on citizens from New York under a multi-cultural skyline. The collection was inspired by the New York immigrant experience. But from look one (striped trousers and fringed “ghetto” tank tops made of do-rags) it was clear that the clothes transcended the labels (“banker,” “hasidim,” “traveller”) and themes (a tarmac-styled runway) imposed on them. All this was presented to a soundtrack that morphed from take-offs and landings to a steady heartbeat. 

After four years out of the fashion limelight, Miguel Adrover returned to the runway in February this year – and as per usual he did it with unmitigated style, steeped in symbolism. He chose the Teatro Latea theatre on the Lower East Side once again, the infamous venue that watched in awe 12 years ago after Adrover had created a revolution from Quentin Crisp’s mattress. Whilst the venue was symbolic, it seemed the timing was also. The collection, titled “Out of My Mind”, debuted approximately an hour after commercial juggernaut Alexander Wang’s collection premiered in Midtown. The comparison was clear: whilst Wang can boast one of the most commercially viable supply chains with collections geared towards commercial practicality, Adrover has rather different ideas. “I don’t intend for this collection to be produced,” he said. “I am not looking for clients. In September 2003 Miguel presented the first of his annual collections entitled „The Surrealreal World“, where he expertly demonstrated the multi-cultural aspect of NYC.
Divided into nine sections, the show opened with a face and body-painted model who walked down a darkened runway to the sound of cicadas and the artificial lightning of a plethora of paparazzi. Adrover expertly blended everything from African Chic to the traditional Preppy American styles impeccably. Shortly after his eighth collection, entitled “The Americans”, in September 2004, Miguel decided to head back home to Mallorca, where he began to restructure his studio. In 2007 he signed up with German eco-organic textile company Hess-Natur. 
 In September 2008 he presented „Hidden in Nature“, a static artistic presentation to announce his comeback together with Hess-Natur.

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Designer Profile A Word from Miguel “I thought, how can I lose touch with what is going on? How can I not be affected? How can I see clothes in a perspective that I don‘t even know the meaning of or what kind of status they represent? I have been thinking about a plane flying over the Amazon, carrying luggage that drops down. And I think about the Yanomami of the Amazon finding the luggage but not knowing how to use it. I imagine how they put it together. I also envision someone from another world visiting earth for the first time, trying to make sense of the fashion they encounter, and then putting it all together without any knowledge of what time period, what social class it was from or represented.

With this one, my only goal is to make myself happy.” His first debut back certainly reinforced his reputation as the master of deconstructive design, his street style examples receiving the most praise… drooped, hip-hop redolent trousers and stacked baseball caps mixed in with beautifully luminescent burka dresses. Of course the tongue in cheek title, “Out of My Mind”, may still be fairly accurate for an idealist who has made his comeback in a commercially dominated industry with a collection designed to only appease his own happiness, but one thing is for certain: the fashion industry is a much more interesting place when Miguel is involved in it.

“I will never again take it for granted, the opportunity NYC gave me to express myself and share what I experience in my life. How very lucky I am that I can travel and participate in different scenarios that make me see life in a different perspective. As a venue of freedom… when clothes in some places can decide if you will continue to live or die. I cannot sit down and watch other people struggle just to express an idea and try to compromise in a superficial society. They are hunting for you to lose yourself. I am only hunting to share. I am not here for business but I believe that behind my shared experience we can build an empire of the real earth and that becomes an evolving excitement about starting once again without perspective.


“I am trying to make a difference and open a window that you can jump through without fear of losing yourself, where creativity becomes the best ally. I am continuing to do it because I cannot hold it inside myself. I cannot look at our spring chicken revolutions without seeing the possibility of clothing being connected to make the change. I never been a part of any radical movement or group that represses other people for the way they feel, but I take the responsibility to open my eyes to other cultures without regret of where I am coming from or where I am going forward. I am the luckiest person because I have a chance to share.”

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The Green Room

Clearly, the outdoor lifestyle that we all enjoy so much in Spain can do wonders to alleviate some symptoms of

Holistic Interiors

The Aura of Chromotherapy

By Charlotte Hanson

depression, stress and anxiety. But what about the interior design choices we make inside our homes? Could these also help us to live more balanced lives? Apparently so. Chromotherapy practitioners believe that colours are visible vibrations of the light spectrum. Each colour possesses its own “energy” dependent upon the frequency at which it vibrates. Practitioners, or colour therapists, claim to be able to identify physical or emotional imbalances in the aura of a person, as each colour also corresponds to different parts of the human body. To help a client restore wellbeing, they prescribe colour therapy – perhaps bathing in coloured water, using coloured light filters or wearing coloured crystals next to the skin. Similar theories can be applied to interiors. Colours are frequently used in hospitals, primary schools, hotels, restaurants, offices and television studios to influence our subconscious, making us feel welcome, calm, relaxed or inspired. When choosing the ideal decorative colours for your rooms, there are no hard and fast rules. You have to first consider your family’s personality traits and underlying emotional or health issues before deciding on your colour scheme. And, of course, you don’t want to end up with a rainbow-coloured house! If you’re not ready to paint the walls just yet, you can use accessories such as cushions, rugs and lampshades to introduce these colours little by little to your rooms. stylish and elegant but they are said to boost energy levels and appetite. Perfect for inspiring your guests to make fascinating conversation over lengthy dinner parties!

Conduct a survey of 100 expatriates living in your area, and you’ll be surprised by how many have moved to sunnier climes to escape from depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Master Bedroom Many people automatically assume that passionate red walls are the way forward in the master bedroom. Use of vibrant red can increase energy flow and may increase sex drive. But too much red could be a disaster for insomniacs, or those with a bit of a fiery temper. Stick to using red as an accent colour in cushions and throws, and may be even tone it down a little to pink or terracotta.

Entrance The front door to your home is what gives visitors their first impression. A bright and vibrant colour can be used to portray energy and confidence. Reds and oranges will inspire you and your visitors to feel alive and secure in yourselves. Inside, why not paint the walls of your hallway yellow to emphasise your sociable side and make visitors feel welcome in your home? Living Room Living rooms mean different things to different people. Generally, they are a social space for discussion and relaxation. Calming light blue walls will enhance your communication skills and artistic expression, promoting learning and self-empowerment. Combine with some yellow accessories to energise the room, build confidence and relieve any symptoms of depression.


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Dining Room Deep red feature walls have long been fashionable in dining areas. Not only do they look

Green, however, is a fantastic bedroom colour. Green walls will rebalance the energy flow while promoting harmony, communication, relaxation and healing. Ideal for increasing emotional stability, soothing anxiety, lowering blood pressure and promoting a sense of calm in the bedroom. Colour therapists encourage some use of green in every room of the house – a challenge that can easily be met with a few well-placed pot plants.

Office Many of the colours on the spectrum are ideal for use in an office or study. Purple walls are perfect for inspiring creativity and good mental health. Combine these with yellow accents to boost energy levels and increase intellect, problem solving, memory and concentration for the ideal working space. To save on expense and creative mistakes, why

not stick to neutral tones and just play around with different cushion covers and cheap throws. Most of all, enjoy experimenting by adding hints of colour to change your moods and inspire wellbeing. Kitchen

The kitchen is usually one of the busiest rooms in the house. Yellow walls will not only boost energy levels but also aid digestion while you’re doing the washing up! Beware: too much yellow can aggravate anxiety and hyper activity (especially in children) so it’s best to combine the brightness with cleansing white for some essential peace and purity. Child’s Bedroom A child’s bedroom should be a happy place and full of joy. Orange can stimulate creativity, enthusiasm and emotional expression as well as counteracting depression, lung and kidney problems. Too much orange can be tiring and confusing for your child so it’s important to balance it out with one of the more soothing colours such as blue or green if your child is ever to sleep again! One way to subtly introduce a soothing colour into a vibrant room is with a chromolight therapy headboard. Coloured LED bulbs are built into the wooden headboard to provide a discreet light at night-time to sooth an energised child. Indigo is said to have a sedative effect and would be the perfect counterbalance to orange.

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Style File

Outdoor Benefits of Ceramic and Porcelain These days porcelain and ceramic materials have become a valid alternative product to more traditional materials such as wood, stone and aluminium – with very advantageous qualities for both outdoors and home interiors.

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They can be used for technical solutions: for example, raised paving that facilitates the development of coordinated solutions in outdoor areas and around the pool, and provides a more elegant and modern aspect to spaces while reducing maintenance. This is an eminently practical solution for covering sloping surfaces and achieving a completely flat finish. Another technical solution involves applying ceramic or porcelain to re-coat a façade. A system commonly used these days, ventilated façade, can be applied on both new and renovation projects – offering interesting benefits in comparison to more traditional processes. Ventilated facades represent an authentic environmentally friendly “skin”, capable of providing comfort and beauty to buildings and adapting themselves to the dominant concepts prevalent in the most advanced architecture: sustainability, energy savings, acoustic isolation and easy maintenance. Pieces that have a simple geometrical definition as well as an elegant appearance enable us to create textured surfaces that offer great versatility and attractive design for facades.

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Style File Ambience Home Design

10 Years of

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SINCE ITS LAUNCH IN 2002 AMBIENCE HOME DESIGN‘S OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN “TO PROVIDE AN IMPECCABLE SERVICE WHILST MAINTAINING ABSOLUTE QUALITY”. THE COMPANY‘S FIRST AND FOREMOST PLEDGE IS TO ALLEVIATE THE STRESS AND WORRY OF DECORATING A HOME. From the initial concept to the addition of the last piece, Ambience Home Design is the embodiment of professionalism and creative brilliance. Ambience Home Design is on the frontline of innovative design and over the past 10 years has been commissioned to work on an extensive number of residential and commercial projects worldwide, focusing on luxury villas and apartments, developments and urbanisations, boutique hotels, bars and restaurants. One of the key factors for Ambience‘s prolific success is their philosophy of creating the perfect space through attention to detail and thorough a study of each project. They offer a wide portfolio and range of high quality products and luxurious designer names, as well as bespoke furniture, which enables them to achieve what their clients‘ envision. Equally important, their creative and multilingual design team pursue and provide consistent top quality service in interior design, refurbishments and project management, ensuring that all aspects of the project are running flawlessly from start to finish. With Ambience celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, founder Andrea Böck says, “It‘s great

to see how far we‘ve come and the diverse projects we‘ve been involved in. I‘m so proud to have an excellent team who are truly united and who really strive to put together fantastic projects, making sure to capture the essence of our client‘s vision, which is so important for the successful outcome of a fabulous home. The biggest reward of all is to have happy clients and receive great feedback and see they are truly satisfied with our services, entrusting us with second and third projects, which is what makes this job so special and inspiring. I‘ve recently returned from the design fairs, which I love to visit, and they have been great. We are currently working on projects in Mallorca, Marbella, Egypt, the UK and Germany and are very excited with more upcoming projects.”

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Boutique Chic

Boutique Chic The Regional Retreats Boutique Chic has previously aimed to provide you with a look at some of the best hotels in the world, be it near or far. We have looked at fashion hotels in Fiji, ice hotels in Sweden and even more obscurely, a hotel carved into a cave in Turkey. However, for this issue we thought we won‘t be journeying afar; instead we will look no further than our doorsteps. Choosing two hotels, one from Mallorca, and one from Marbella, this issue we will be looking at two of the most traditional and cultural highlights from each area. These hotels speak volumes of their surroundings; each example truly epitomising the glamour, tastes and luxuriance of their environments... Enjoy!!

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Romantic Charm in Palma A hidden jewel

tucked away in Palma Old Town’s cobble-stoned alleyways, Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break away from the madding crowd while having easy access to all the conveniences of a central city location. The hotel has just 20 exclusive and spacious rooms, offering a pleasant touch of rustic romance and blending historical traditions (high ceilings, stone walls and arches of a bygone era ) with modern comforts and cutting-edge technology (including Wi-Fi and iPod adaptor). The suites are laid out over two levels and incorporate an inviting jacuzzi. The solarium offers exceptional views over the majestic La Seu gothic cathedral, Bellver Castle and the Mediterranean, while Palma’s other main attractions are close by, including the 10th century Arabic baths and the emblematic Paseo del Born and other high street shopping areas. An “urban spa” is fully equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath, and offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments. The popular La Lonja area, with its many and varied restaurants and bars is a leisurely 15 minute walk away, and the beach and port just 10 minutes. But definitely not to be missed before setting off on the day’s excursion is Santa Clara’s incomparable buffet breakfast of typical Mallorca products together with more “international” treats, all with a friendly, personalised service while you look out over the meditative gardens of the adjacent monastery. For those travelling by car, public parking is available about five minutes way on foot.

Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa Tel. 971 729 231

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Champagne Lifestyle in Marbella Marbella Club Hotel’s venerable and glamorous

past dates to 1946, when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe acquired the 120,000 square metre Finca Santa Margarita estate by the Mediterranean and converted it into his private residence. The aristocrat’s definition of luxury was a “blend of privacy and gardens” and over the years his vision became a gloriously sybaritic meeting point for the wealthy and famous from around the world, transforming his family residence into an exclusive 20-room club and more recently the Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (one of The Leading Hotels of the World). Located in the heart of Marbella’s “Golden Mile” the hotel now comprises 85 luxury bedrooms, decorated by prestigious professionals with exclusive Mediterranean-style interior designs; 36 suites, offering tranquillity, nature and luxury; and 14 Andalucianstyle villas in a lush subtropical garden setting, faithful replicas of traditional Andalucian architecture and ideal for families and guests seeking to enjoy more space and privacy. Marbella Club offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including two outdoor heated swimming pools, seasonal water sports, 10 tennis and four paddle tennis courts and a fitness centre at sister hotel Puente Romano (just along the beach), a Lion’s Club for Children, a shopping gallery, an equestrian centre, a Dave Thomas-designed 18-hole golf course within the hills of Benahavís, and the state-of-the art Thalasso Spa. The hotel also features six bars and restaurants including the Beach Club Buffet, Grill Restaurant and avant-garde MC Café, as well as the newly refurbished Champagne Room, redesigned by interior designer Jean-Pierre Martel “to reflect modern luxury whilst evoking the ambience of a golden age” – when such early jet-setters as Brigitte Bardot, Gunther Sachs, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Ted Kennedy sipped champagne by the sea and danced the night away at the club. On April 19th, in association with sponsor Veuve Clicquot, Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa will host the third edition of the Marbella Club Spring Games, consisting of six challenging sports that take place over the course of just one day: alpine skiing in Sierra Nevada, motor racing, paddle tennis, golf, clay shooting and water skiing. Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa Tel. 952 822 211

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Gourmet Corner

Coffee Conflicts It wasn’t that long ago when – if you wanted a cup of espresso – you either ground up your beans or bought pre-ground coffee. Those times are now well behind us – making a cup of coffee has well and truly entered the world of cutting-edge design and technology. The main question these days is: Beans versus Capsules. For this issue’s Gourmet Corner, we looked into some of the top options available…

Jura J9 Impresa Bean The Home Couture favourite, the Jura has something for everybody’s tastes. Customise temperature, strength, size and even water hardness… this is less like a coffee machine and more like Aladdin’s lamp. Verdict – Completely customised coffee, just keep the manual handy

De‘longhi Nespresso Lattissima Capsule The De‘Longhi brand has become synonymous with quality in the coffee industry. The Nespresso Lattissima specialises in creating indulgent cappuccinos and lattes, without the arduous clean up afterwards. Verdict – The Cappuccino King

Illy X7 Capsule Combining state-ofthe-art technology with strikingly good looks, this easy-to-use espresso machine does not just produce cafe-quality espresso and cappuccino… it produces Illy quality expresso and cappuccino. Need we say more? Verdict – Illy quality with capsule convenience

Bugatti Diva

De‘Longhi ESAM3300 Bean The luxurious De‘Longhi is certainly for the coffee connoisseur. Sleek and stylish with a power output of 1150 watts, it specialises in super-aromatic flavours. At €600 you really have to ask yourself how much you love coffee… Verdict – The Rolls Royce of aromatic coffee

The Krups Citiz Capsule Voted best value for money in nearly all of its reviews, the Krups Citiz is sleek and spaceefficient and creates sumptuous coffee within seconds. Great for cortados or macchiatos. Verdict – Quick, Stylish and Economical

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Both The Bugatti Diva coffee machine boasts a really stylish design along with the capacity to use either ground coffee or ESE pods to create espresso or cappuccino coffees. Verdict – Looks great and… er…looks great!

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“Il lusso è lento”… “Real luxury is slow”. WHAT’S TRUE FOR LOUIS VUITTON AND HIS FAVOURITE VIDEO ARTIST FABRIZIO PLESSI CANNOT BE WRONG FOR US, CAN IT? We believe that we all deserve the luxury of indulging good, healthy and wholesome food, and “Slow Food” is the best way to achieve this. A philosophy with Italian roots that has spread rapidly all over the world, “Slow Food” helps regain the luxury of authentic, healthy foods, supporting the re-cultivation of extinct species and acting as biodiversity’s local advocates. With that in mind, Slow Food Sevillaysur and Illes Ballears are logical partners for our Gourmet Corner. Because, if it is true that “we are what we eat”, it makes complete sense to elect our foodstuffs as carefully as we pick handbags, cars and design items. Why not simply use the best ingredients we can get our hands on!

FamIlY PIONEERs aNCIENT GOld Picked from centuries-old trees, growing on rocks, this olive oil called Ca‘s Colector from the Caimari family combines sweetness and bitterness… an exquisite taste of rustic ancient Mallorca, where green apples combine nicely with walnuts. It is only available at select outlets, including Coquinaria in Palma. We love it!

This is our first pick of food luxury – and it comes with a healthy conscience. Hmmm!

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mOUTH-waTERING TOUCH There is just one problem with this mouth-watering paté of black olives by Son Catiu: the jar is just not big enough. Spread it on toasted bread, give your pasta a special touch – or add it to a rack of lamb. There are endless possibilities for this incredibly delicious treat.

A wide range of “Gran Seleccio” olive oils is available from Cooperativa Sóller, this being our favourite.

The extraordinary Verge Extra olive oil has been produced by the island’s pacesetting olive oil producing family Solivellas for more than a century. The olives are cultivated on the Guinyent family estate in a spectacular setting between the Tramuntana mountain range and the sea. Superb olives are mechanically cold-pressed and bottled without filtration, to produce an olive oil with oleic acids below 0.1° and a wonderfully enjoyable mix of tastes: green apple, artichoke, tomato, almond, mint and green herbs. We absolutely love it!



Flor de Sal Olivas Negras is definitely one of our favourites! Flor de Sal is the purest and most precious of sea salts. After toasting the Kalamata black olives, they are gently crushed and mixed in with the salt. The characteristic flavour of black olives really does the trick with meat and all Mediterranean specialties. Try it on your mozzarella and tomato – and you will be unable to resist the temptation to lick your fingers!



TaPa TREaTs Mallorquin green olives, softly broken for a perfectly authentic bitter taste… these are wonderful to savour with tapas or a glass of wine – enjoy!

NaTURal PREsERVE An absolutely exquisite and surprising mix of sweet bitterness makes this olive jam our favourite discovery. Made from nothing else than organically grown green Mallorquin olives, orange and lemon juice from the Tramuntana mountain range (just recently incorporated on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and some sugar… it’s a must try!

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Ecologically grown hand-picked olives, immediately cleaned, washed and cold pressed, make this Nativ Extra olive oil a special treat. Full of vitamins and wholesome nutrients, this olive oil’s unique taste will refine just about every dish. Try it on top of your minestrone, pamboli or pasta or more.

Empeltre olives, a traditional Mallorquin variety, give this oil a unique flavour: perfect on bread, salads or in any dish demanding superb olive oils. Situated on a south-facing slope 300 metres above the Val D’en March, the olive estate has been producing olive oil for centuries in its own press. Pedruxella Gran is one of the most promising organic olive oils on the Island.

Olive Verge Extra Arbequina oil is one of the few pure Arbequina oils, extracted exclusively using mechanical processes (grinded, crushed, blended and centrifuged) at temperatures under 27ªC, with no treatments applied. The final product is pure olive oil, fruity and not containing any additives – completely natural and delicious.

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Seasonal Living

Seasonal Living

The Mediterranean Garden

Olive Tree

Iconic symbol of the Med and harbinger of peace and prosperity Olives have been known for about 5,000 years in the Middle East, the Phoenicians cultivated them in Syria and Mesopotamia and later it was the Greeks who spread the trees throughout the entire Mediterranean basin. Most historians agree that olive oil production began in Crete during the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, between 3,500 and5,000 BC. By Sally Beale

enormous consumer of olive oil, and the majority of its production was in Hispania, or modern day Spain. Olive oil was used for lighting and for food and as a body unguent, whilst the branches of the tree were fed to livestock and were seen as a symbol of peace and life. We all remember the olive branch brought back to Noah’s Ark by the dove as the waters of the flood receded. The cultivation of olive trees and the use of the oil were introduced to Mallorca by the Phoenicians, the Punic peoples developed the technique of grafting onto wild olive rootstock, the Romans improved cultivation methods and latterly the Moors developed and refined the processing of the oil. In spite of this, olive production was not generally organised until the 15th century, so most of the trees in the Sierra de Tramuntana date from this period, and are about 500 years old. These old trees render olives with a much different flavour from that of the young trees and the modern varieties, and the old farmers swear that there is no comparison to be made in the qualities of the two. From the 18th century onwards, Mallorca was a major exporter of olives and oil to northern Africa, mostly from the Port of Sóller, which traded them as a commodity against

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much needed wheat for flour. During the early 20th century the economy was largely based on olive exporting and production, but with the tourist boom in the 1960s came a general decline in agriculture, and this has only just started to be revitalised in Es Pla, with the planting of new olive groves, using new and different methods from the old days.

“Oli de Mallorca” The olive, Olea europea, is an evergreen tree belonging to the olecea family. It needs bright light and sun, and little water, flourishing on rough and stony, calciferous soil. It is a long-living, slow-growing tree, which will start to produce commercial quantities of fruit after about seven to nine years, and this will increase as the tree ages, reaching full production at around 65 to 80 years of age. There are two types of olive, Olea europea europea, the cultivated olive, and Olea europea v. silvestris, the wild olive which grows all over this island. The local denomination, ¨Oli de Mallorca¨, allows for the use of the following three varieties for olive oil production: Mallorquina, long, small, black, and asymmetrical in shape; Picual, eliptical and pointed at the end, originally from Andalucía and the most frequently used here; and Arbequina, Photo: short mcz.itand round, originally from Cataluña.

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seasonal living Chicos y chicas que podrían ser modelos… Boys and girls who could be models... Organic Protection The chief enemy of these fruit is hot, dry wind, and elevated temperatures during the flowering season, which can prevent fertilisation. Olives are salt-tolerant, and very resistant to drought, easy to cultivate and tough, happily growing on narrow, stony terraces with no help at all, though they will not cope with temperatures below minus 10ºC. Commercial reproduction is either by grafting or the planting of a desirable shoot. Once planted, the young trees or grafts do require fertilising with a chemical compound or organic matter, and a small amount of watering until they are established after one year. Historically the ancient trees were never fertilised or watered, grew very slowly and lived for many hundreds of years, but modern methods are faster, requiring the tree to be commercially productive in a few seasons. Trees should be pruned every two or three years to allow light to enter the heart of the tree, and to remove vertical shoots, which will not bear fruit. Traditionally, olive pruning star-

ted on Mallorca on 2 February, the Festival of Candelera, after all the fruit had been harvested. The most troublesome pest is the olive fly, or Bactrovcera oleae, which must be controlled if there is to be a fruiting. Its presence can be detected in olives with holes in them. If the infestation is seen early enough only one long branch of the tree need be treated with pesticide, but if more than five per cent of olives

are affected the entire tree must be sprayed immediately, or the crop will be useless. Organic treatment can be used, consisting of a spray of biammonia phosphate every six weeks. As well as the olive fly, moths and caterpillars will damage the crop, and these must also be dealt with in a radical manner. Look out for black stains on the leaves, pitted fruit and mildew, as well as lumps or scars on the trunk, which may indicate the presence of tuberculosis. Harvesting begins in October for green (unripe) fruit, and is carried out by hand, or with a stick, knocking the fruit to the ground and collecting it in nets. Fruit for oil is collected a month or so later, once the olives are ripe and black.

Traditional Production Olive oil production is carried out in several mills on the island exactly as it has always been, cold pressing the fruit between enormous stones and then extracting the virgin oil

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„The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven“ Thomas Jefferson

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with the use of hot water at 90ºC. This produces a hearty, fresh-tasting, green oil, ideal for salads and cooking – or pouring onto bread. There is a wonderful mill in the old heart of Sóller town where one can watch this ancient method during pressing time, usually November through to February. Ca´n Det has been pressing olives uninterrupted for over 400 years, and is still run by the same family who started it. A visit to this ancient factory is an experience not to be missed, and so is the oil one can purchase in the shop, still warm off the press. Modern crushers use stainless steel machinery to process the olives, and can produce far more oil per hour than the old method, but without the charm! Oil extractors can be bought in cooperatives for home use, either the old way by cold pressing, or the modern way by centrifuge, but it seems rather a lot of trouble unless you have an awful lot of olives to process.

Family Nutrition Traditional Mallorquin cookery makes much use of the olive, a cheap, nutritious way to feed the family – and delicious too! Here is an old family method for curing them, using green olives, to be found in all the local shops and markets from late September… Clean the dust and leaves from the olives, and hit each one with a wooden mallet to split the flesh in order to allow the flavours to penetrate. (Do not wear your new designer clothes

for this job, which is very messy.) Soak the split olives in a bowl of cold water for one hour. Meanwhile, prepare your brine, using a wooden spoon to stir coarse salt into water, about 110 grams to one litre of water, until it dissolves. Drain the olives, put them in a glass or porcelain container, and over with the brine and sprigs of fresh fennel, which grows wild all along the sides of every road, and throughout the countryside. Add fresh thyme, lemon leaves, bay leaves and whole garlic cloves, as much or as little as you like. Top each container with a layer of fennel, thyme and lemon leaves, and then wedge a cross of thick twigs over the leaves to ensure that the uppermost olives are held down in the brine. Do not cover the container: the olives must breathe.

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Sample after 21 days, but it is best to leave them to mature for about six months. Always use a wooden spoon to remove the olives from the brine, never your hands, as these will introduce bacteria. If greyish patches appear on the brine simply skim it off; it is harmless oil from the olives. Black olives, which are simply ripened green olives, are available from November. These need only be sprinkled with salt and good olive oil, and left to marinate with a few garlic cloves for several hours before eating. However, a week or two in the marinade will improve the flavour. Bon profit!

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art File Her work is based on “a reinterpretation of

after which the colours are just another part of the process that seeks to add depth to the work.” In her own case, Estefanía collects papers from shops then recycles them in her studio, giving them a second life.

a footprint in the sand. After a period focusing on elements of the earth, her attention has now turned to the sea, as an essential element of Mediterranean culture. As she asks, “Who has not been for a moment absorbed by the immensity of the sea? Who has not relaxed watching the serenity of the sea? Or who has not felt part of the waters? The sea is a very strong, and from the beginning of time has reigned over all the Mediterranean cultures.”Through her work Estefanía seeks to not only capture the viewer‘s attention but also to “absorb” them, looking for a “meditative contemplation” of the work.

She says she doesn’t suffer from an artist’s typical crisis when facing a blank canvas, as the actual preparation of the canvas is part of her creative process. The result is a fresh work that “seeks to be a window into the sea through which the viewer can escape no more… seeking a point from which simple and universal ideas depart”.

nature trying to absorb the viewer’s attention through a new look at the basic elements of nature”. With this in mind, she evokes such simple images as the germination of a seed or


The Art of Reinterpreting


As Estefanía explains, “The creative process starts when an artist is faced with canvas or paper, giving them a first coat,

This is developed in her current study, closely connected to the sea, “in which the entire creative process is in no hurry, leaving the materials to form into a shape and the pigments to dry at the pace they see fit.” This ties in with Estefanía’s philosophy of letting things move at their own pace. Or, to paraphrase one of her favourite sayings, „We have the watches but we do not own time.“

In this interview with Home Couture, Estefanía Pomar Aloy explains more about her art, work and career… why did you decide to become an artist? It‘s not something that is decided: it’s an attitude. have you worked much with other general art forms, or mainly painting? Mainly painting but I also do sculptures. was there a mentor or artist who inspired you in your early years? There are many artists who I admire, but if I had to highlight two styles that have influenced my early painting they would be abstract expressionism, represented by artists such as Jackson Pollock, and the material informality of artists such as Tapies and Guinovart.

continues to evolve with the application of new technologies to art but also a tendency to transmit, through art, values of respect for nature and neighbours that has been lost in our society. what work are you are most proud of? I have no one in particular. I have some little sketches I do not want to ever release since a piece mural. five meters long what is your next project? An exhibition of paper only, with subtle and surrounding colours, to help viewers forget the atmosphere of pessimism that currently pervades Spain.

how would you define your style? My style is dynamic and fresh, within what is called gestural art. Is there any particular element in your work that characterises the Mediterranean lifestyle? All my work is influenced by the Mediterranean lifestyle. The main theme of my paintings is the sea; in short all my work and attitude is influenced by this. It couldn’t be more Mediterranean! what importance do you give to latest trends? I love attending art fairs, and over time I’ve become more and more interested in new technologies applied to art, but I try to combine this with the use of natural pigments and recycled materials. which currently active artist interests you most? The living artist I most admire is Anselm Kiefer how is art evolving? Art is the language of the artist; it is constantly transforming, evolving with the times. It is impossible to isolate new technologies or what happens to your country. I think it

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reADer CoMpeTIToN Estefanía Pomar Aloy has given Home Couture one of her art works for a special readers’ competition: the mixedtechnique on canvas “Mar i xarxa“ (30x30cm) is taken from her “Personal Memories of the Sea“ series. For a chance to win this great prize, send an email to:

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