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Oscar Wilde always said it best: “Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” It’s so much fun to do an issue dedicated to light and colour – there are so many different avenues to explore, so many different looks and styles to discover. You realise how drastic a colour scheme can change the look and feel of a space when you start using the same space to explore different schemes. Cheryl O’meara-Sims does all the dirty work for us and tries four entirely different schemes within the same room. A lot of painting and lugging back and forth later, and the results are remarkable. See how a room can go from calming to electrifying on page 58. The homes featured in this issue are truly significant for their use and manipulation of light. Bettina Vossberg, along with Architect Alberto Miceli Farrugia, converts the former Grandmaster Perellos’ Zejtun residence into a light and classical space, utilising the abundance of natural light as well as controlling artificial light to accent the gorgeous architecture (page 18). Architect Konrad Buhagiar writes about Architectural Designer Mark Pace’s play of light in a St. George’s Park apartment (page 30). Godwin Vella explores why light is so crucial to perspective, illustrated by a home converted by Architect Kenneth Zammit Endrich (page 40). Sometimes colour can merely be a craving; sometimes we want to try a colour but aren’t ready to commit to it for good. Anne Marie Quercia guides us through some disposable and inexpensive crafts, allowing us to add that colour without the pressure of permanence (page 48). Carlos Calamatta takes us through the ins and outs of colour in the garden (page 80), while Mona Farrugia briefs Designers Kenneth Tanti and Cheryl O’meara-Sims on her bedroom habits so that they can debrief her with what colour schemes will suit her bedroom best (page 90). This issue, Joe Vella talks to HOMEWORKS about poultry and all the things we need to know about it (page 68), while Bill Hermitage compliments that with the handling of red wine (page 71). To make this issue complete, we’ve added the results of last issue’s Readers’ Poll. The results were extremely encouraging and we have carefully considered all suggestions and comments. We hope to keep up the standard and the HOMEWORKS team extends their sincere appreciation to all you readers who took the time to write in. Keep the feedback coming and we’ll keep striving to make HOMEWORKS a hallmark for ideas, innovation and style... “The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”

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OUR READERS WRITE ON ISSUE 18 EVERY ISSUE WE INVITE OUR READERS TO SEND US THEIR COMMENTS AND OPINIONS ON WHAT THEY LIKE OR WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN HOMEWORKS... “I can’t start without congratulating you all on such a professional publication. Being a mother of two young children, I would really appreciate more ideas on how to balance a modern looking home with all these stylish, clean and contemporary looks as well as cater for a growing family in terms of storage, comfort and child friendliness! I look forward to your great ideas!” Claudine Zerafa

“I really loved the article “Rock & Roll” in the last issue of HOMEWORKS. I think it’s amazing how different people live and to see these innovative lifestyles inspires me to add bits and pieces to my own place. This is what I would like to see more of – innovation in homes.” Sandra Borg

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Congratulations to Ruth Borg Galea – our eighteenth Homeworks reader suggestion winner. Ruth has won the Lechusa Pot from Playmobil worth Lm40.00 Ruth wrote: " I moved to a farmhouse in Mtarfa about six months ago. Previously I lived in Attard, but unfortunately we had a fire accident. The cause of the fire was a short circuit in my daughter’s electric blanket. Luckily enough no one got hurt, but the house was a complete disaster – the aluminium

melted, the floor tiles cracked and we lost most of our belongings. What was not destroyed by the fire was ruined by the water used to put out the flames. I was one of those many people who didn’t have a fire blanket or fire extinguisher at home; if I did maybe the damage could have been minimised. This is why I would like to suggest that HOMEWORKS does a safety awareness article, maybe ask some firemen or people who can give some simple advice on the matter. Also, I would like to congratulate the whole team of HOMEWORKS for the amazing work. I own a stationery and it’s amazing how clients rush in to buy the Sunday Times when they know the magazine is being issued."

NEEDS YOU! WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! Please forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published within HOMEWORKS. The person submitting the most interesting idea/concept will receive a Football Fever Hamper from Living Interiors.

HOMEWORKS READERS are invited to submit interesting photographs and a brief description of their homes which may be distinct in their architectural design. Of particular interest are homes that offer outstanding elements of both interior and exterior living spaces. HOMEWORKS will select the best submissions for future features. Send a photo and information to the attention of The Editor, Writeon Ltd., P. O. Box 48, Msida, Malta or info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

Send your ideas to: HOMEWORKS Feedback, P. O. Box 48 Msida, Malta or email: info@writeon.com.mt

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THE LATEST INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS

GRANNY SMITH A new range of menu boards in various shapes, sizes and themes, including a variety of novelties. Now available at Granny Smith, St. Paul’s Street, Naxxar.

KINETICO Kinetico now in Malta with a new show room. Directors, Chris Grech (Dhalia Investment) and Godfrey Formosa specialize in quality and after sales service for all kinds of water treatments. Kinetico, Upper Ross Street, St.Julians (Near Dean Hamlet).

THERMOWOOD Thermowood is an unusual wood flooring with a large scale production procedure. A lot of wood sorts tend to change their natural colour while heated and the heating process can be intensified with fuming. Most wood like Oak, Maple and Beech, will change into a warm brownish colour, which can be intensified. Hevea changes its natural colour into a warm yellowish tone. The wood gets harder and is therefore more stable with the result of less abrasion and longer lasting value. Discover more about this collection at GRF, Bellavista Street, San Gwann.

BANJU BOUTIQUE Sonia manufactures a floor-based collection of Tecno Project accessories. This consists of 12 adjustable items fit onto a floor base, offering numerous combinations to satisfy customers' needs. Sonia is always looking for innovation and that’s why Moving Collection is practical and versatile: all the elements are adjustable and can be positioned in different ways to perfectly fit in any bathroom. This collection can be viewed at Banju Boutique, Arcade Street, Paola.

GRECH & ELLUL DULUX In order to offer a better service to their clients, Grech & Ellul have refurbished their Dulux Decorator Centre to the Dulux standard all over Europe. Grech & Ellul have been the official agents for ICI paints division in Malta for 48 years. Grech & Ellul Dulux, Sir Paul Boffa Avenue, Paola

GALEA NAUDI ANTIQUES Galea Naudi Antiques & Fine Arts has recently opened in St. Julian’s. The shop is situated at the end of a row of 19TH Century Maltese town houses at the bottom of St. Julian’s Hill (Telgha tal-Kirxa) in Balluta. The proprietor, Julian Galea Naudi, has spent the last two years restoring the property that now houses an eclectic array of antiques and fine arts. This antique shop offers paintings, drawings, engravings, ceramics, glass, furniture and other items that are of interest to the collector, the curious, the interior designer and anyone looking for an unusual and memorable gift. 14, St Julians Hill, (Telgha tal-Kirxa), St Julian’s. 009

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THE LATEST INDUSTRY HAPPENINGS B&M B&M are launching TEMA occasional furniture. Tema offers multipurpose furniture with a contemporary style that combines simple forms and careful designs, helping create an extremely modern look. With a large selection in Wenge finish veneers one can create the living room of his dreams at very affordable prices and without sacrificing quality. View the range at B&M, B’Kara by Pass, B’Kara.

DCS LTD Villino Chapelle, the wonderful Art Nouveau villa at St Paul's Bay, owned by the Regent Group, has been brought back to its former glory by restoration carried out by DCS Ltd using specialised products in the Unilit Range. Six layers of paint were stripped with Removall, badly eroded stones were rebuilt?using Unilit 65 and the villa was painted with Corical Lime Paint, which is uniquely compatible with Maltese stone, avoiding problems of damp and flaking. Steve Ellis, In-Nixxiegha, Nigret I/o Rabat.

DESIGNERS GUILD Water repellent, rot and mould resistant, Teflon finish, weather proof, shrink and tear resistant fabric now available. Fast to light and washing at 30°C. It is suitable for marine/coastal conditions. The Bokashi Outdoor Collection has been produced to meet the exacting quality standards of the sunblind, parasol, boat/nautical and garden/poolside furniture market. The fabrics have excellent light fastness, are fully washable and water-repellent, rot and mould resistant, and are Teflon treated for ease of maintenance. It can be used for blinds, awnings , parasols and scatter cushions. Available at Design House, Dingli Street, Sliema.

FINO Fino Living Solutions are about to introduce a new addition to their vast range of products; lighting. Even though Fino currently already supplies decorative light fixtures, now Fino will be going a step further by offering complete lighting solutions, both decorative for the home and technical for medium to large projects. The service shall also include lighting design and planning department. The new division will house a dedicated lighting application centre that shall be open very shortly.

CORE Core is broadening its range of top contemporary brands, introducing Désirée designer sofas and armchairs and Grattarola 100% solid wood living and dining areas. An innovative selection of the above may be viewed at the newly expanded Core Gallery in B’Kara, in addition to a wider range of Grattarola kitchens in 100% solid wood. The Core showroom is situated in the upper part of Valley Road, leading to Mannarino Road, B’Kara.

FABBRICA DEL VIGNOLA The ”Vintage” concept perfectly reflects the current trend of re-using something antique and valuable in a new and modern context. When you enter a place tiled with Vintage Wood, you feel you are going into a room that is “lived in”, one that is chic and yet well-loved, with a rustic yet elegant style, adapting perfectly to contemporary décor. Now exclusively available from: The Tile, Bella Vista Street, San Gwann.

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The contemporary porcelain and stainless steel table top collection includes matte stainless steel trays with removable porcelain bowls, ideal for serving nibbles, nuts, olives, pickles and sweets. Matching stylish cruets and oil and vinegar sets complement this range. Prices from Lm1.34. Kymono, 6 Triq l-Uqija, Ibrag (Opposite BOV Branch), Tel: 2137 8330.

White black diner collection Luminarks' latest irrestible collection, featuring matching cutlery tumblers wine glasses, tea cups and saucers. All items are oven & dish washer safe. See also luminarks full collection of cutlery & tumblers available in 10 different colours now available at Contemp Naxxar Road, B’Kara Tel: 2144 2116

Guzzini are known for there durability and practicaliity. The range comes in a variety of colours and can be used indoors, ourdoors or by the sea. To view the full range of products visit the Domestica showroom, Valley Road. www.domestica.com.mt

A range of Leornardo Caio Wine Glasses, starting from Lm5.00. Exclusively available from Junction 66, Tower Road, Sliema and Arkadia, Gozo Tel: 2133 4451

Bodum's Yukon table grill has a large grilling surface for grilling meats and vegetables, a stainless steel drip pan and cool touch handles for safe operation. Exclusively available from Living Interiors, Luqa Briffa Street, Gzira. Tel: 2134 1166

A variety of stainless steel accessories, ranging from drip collars and wine pourers to shakers and bar trays, starting from Lm2.42. Kymono, 6 Triq l-Uqija, Ibrag (Opposite BOV Branch) Tel: 2137 8330.

A full range of enameled kitchenware can be found at Ambiente, San Gwann. Starting from Lm4.00. Tel: 2137 6481.

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Create a contemporary yet elegant office with a selection of stylish stainless steel accessories ranging from pencil holders and business card cases to memo boards and picture frames. Prices start at Lm4.19. Kymono, 6, Triq l-Uqija, Ibrag (Opposite BOV Branch) Tel: 21378 330.

Give a smile to your home with pretty gifts from Sia, found at Ambiente, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 6481. Starting From Lm3.95 View over 50 new designs of Sandra rich clear vases, all decorated to your own requirements. Square vases 70cm Lm 18.25, tapered vase 55cm Lm 14.50. Truly affordable luxury now available at Contemp, Naxxar Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 2116.

Traditional maltese patterned tiles in ceramic. Plain colours as well as borders and corners, starting from Lm6.00 per sqm. Available in colours as seen above (green / yellow / red / beige) now also introducing blue and grey from Vella Falzon Bathrooms. Tel 2144 5165

A gorgeous collection of stunning Typhoon kitchen classics, finely engineered and hand finished, all with unique features. Available in mirror gloss white, black and red, all exceptionally well priced. Available at Living Interiors, Luqa Briffa Street, Gzira. Tel: 2134 1166

Typhoon Magnetab linens offer a unique patented soft silicone magnet and tab in one for attaching to fridges, cooker doors and metal kitchen surfaces. View the complete range of kitchen linens and barbecue accessories at Living Interiors, Luqa Briffa Str., Gzira T: 2134 1166

Magazine Rack. Store your magazines in this beautiful walnut magazine rack from a variety of styles for Lm19.95 at Gifts&More in Topline St.Andrew’s Tel: 2137 2256

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ARCHITECTURE PROJECT DOES IT AGAIN. BETTINA VOSSBERG'S, PALAZZO PROJECT IN ZEJTUN IS AN ACCOMPLISHED EXAMPLE OF HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHT.

PHOTOS KURT ARRIGO STYLING CHERYL O'MEARA-SIMS WORDS LISA BORAIN

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“EVERY TINY DETAIL OF THIS HOUSE HAS A RECENT ANECDOTE,” BETTINA VOSSBERG TELLS ME, “AS WELL AS A HISTORICAL ONE.”

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ettina is speaking of ‘Casa Perellos’ in Zejtun, the house her family trust had acquired in 2001. On behalf of the trust, she took on the renovation of this beautiful but at the time rather dilapidated mansion. Historical though it is, formerly built by the Spanish Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Rocafull towards the end of the 17th century. “We wanted to create a place that was comfortable and accommodated modern family living – there’s no point living in a museum,” Bettina says. It wasn’t easy. Together with Alberto Miceli Farrugia of AP (Architecture Project), Bettina has brought this house from a state of near deterioration to one of a masterfully upgraded and superbly restored, warm and elegant home. “There were so many things that I just had to insist on. If you don’t, the builders will do things as they please and the result wouldn’t have been how I wanted. I think half the suppliers wanted to kill me because if I didn’t like something, I sent it back.” Bettina’s will and endurance is impressive – not only did she do it all alone, but she’s also German, without the advantage of being able to express her requirements in Maltese. “Oh, we had a fun time trying to communicate,” she laughs. “There’s a lot of selective understanding going on in Malta!” All new additions to this property were carried out with a glass and steel construction, integrating elegantly with the old stone and original features of the house, a combination of materials mellowed by ample wooden modern shutters, providing shelter from the sun with an attractive 021

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design. For the spaces that needed it, and upon the reccomendations of AP, a lighting technician was brought in from France (Franck Frayou) to ensure that the correct lighting was installed. Light sources were hidden in existing and newly introduced design elements underlining the character of restored features and of the newly introduced modern aspects, in-doors and outdoors. The house is set up with a centralised lighting system, making it easy to create different atmospheres by just switching the setting on the patch panel down or upstairs. “With minimum intervention, the original spaces and volumes were recreated. To the rear, the accretions of most recent construction were removed and replaced by two slender glazed wings, one either side of the courtyard. These extensions house the kitchen, a guest bedroom and additional service spaces. Faced in folding timber louvered shutters, the filtered daylight casts a gentle glow on the surfaces within, while the rooms become extensions of the garden beyond,” Alberto Miceli Farrugia writes of the conversion.

access for a shower after a dip in the pool. From the other side of the hall, a dining room charmed by an original Murano Chandelier and a built in fire place, is connected by a short passage with built-in larders to the beautiful and outstanding kitchen. The kitchen, oh the kitchen! It has to be the most stunning room in this space. With a view into the medium sized garden with its lawn and citrus fruit, it is extended by opening the glass doors towards the courtyard and garden; hence providing ample entertainment space and a very warm and enjoyable atmosphere, during the

day and in the evening, when lit with its various indirect architectural light sources. “No one seemed to understand the concept that I had in mind. First, they installed sliding glass doors, which meant that when one was open, the other had to be closed. This drove me crazy. They tried to convince me that it would be okay, but I just couldn’t have it like that. The whole concept of outdoors blending into indoors would have been missed and I wasn’t ready to compromise the idea. I kept insisting and we finally got it done the way it had been initially planned.”

Entering this house of light and character from the imposing arched entrance hall, the viewer can see through the main door through the courtyard the fountain with its original features and a small pool in front of it. Adjacent rooms from the hall are a hand crafted library and a connected study, leading to one of the four beautiful bathrooms (shower and toilet), which in turn opens to the courtyard to provide easy The living room on the way to the master bedroom on the second floor. These are the original doors. 023

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“YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN A PLACE THAT’S COMFORTABLE AND ACCOMMODATES MODERN FAMILY LIVING – THERE’S NO POINT LIVING IN A MUSEUM,”

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HOMEWORKS “Leading away from the courtyard, the original garden path had been laid on axis with the entrance and hallway and led to a small fountain and water bowl set within a niche surmounted by the Grandmaster’s coat of arms. The remaining stretch of this path has now been replaced by a linear pool of water set amongst a small number of preserved leafy citrus trees which shade it from the harsh summer light and excessive heat. As in many a Mediterranean garden, the pool cools the air within the walled garden space,” Alberto says. On the mezzanine level, a special bedroom with an integrated modern bathroom, and views onto pool and garden, offers a lovely and outstanding retreat for guests, even for those who want to stay longer. Retained through careful restoration of its rooms and oversized doors, the upper floor has a charming atmosphere, offering access to the large living room and three different bedrooms as well as two full bathrooms. “I love these doors. It was a slight struggle to get the painters not to paint the keyholes though. They are so beautifuly hand-crafted and antique. The painter kept telling me that this is not how they do it in Malta... I was so tempted to say, ‘but that’s your problem!’ It would have been such a shame to paint over them.” The master bedroom is connected with the biggest and most stylish of the bathrooms through a dressing room with built-in wardrobes; sliding glass doors can be opened from the bathroom towards the balcony overlooking the courtyard and garden, sheltered from the sun through wooden shutters and linen covers. This is where a nearly therapeutically relaxing

Grandmaster Perellos’ portrait sits in the study. The wood for these shelves was imported from Germany and contstructed in Malta.

experience is created. Tiny holes were punched into the soffit to provide a private galaxy, and when the lights are turned off the feeling is truly lulling. The other aspect of this bathroom that makes you want to weep is the gorgeous Philippe Starck sink and faucet. “It was at the time when he just came out with it and I fell madly, madly in love with it.” Two bedrooms on the other side of the living room enjoy the facility of another beautiful and very modern bathroom as well as built-in wardrobes.

The restored keyhole.

This property has to be one of the most beautifully restored places in Malta. In the fall of 2005, AP was awarded a special prize for best restoration from Din l-Art Helwa for the restoration of Casa Perellos.

As a founding member of the Caravaggio Foundation, Bettina actively supports and strongly believes in the importance of safeguarding Malta’s architectural and cultural heritage. “Over the last 20 years I have seen so many old places simply vanish, their character and periodic Baroque features being replaced by apartment blocks of disputable charm. One of Malta’s most attractive and interesting aspects as a place to visit and live is its abundance of historic architecture from different periods. Maintaining those beautiful Palazzi, mansions, fortresses and other places as well as making them available for public use and viewing where possible should be considered as an integral element of Malta’s strategy for its cultural and economic future.” HW

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ARCHITECT KONRAD BUHAGIAR WRITES ABOUT A CONVERTED FLAT BY ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER MARK PACE, WHO IS RENOWNED FOR HIS APTITUDE IN MAXIMISING BOTH NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. WORDS KONRAD BUHAGIAR PHOTOS KURT ARRIGO

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orty years have passed since Jane Fonda starred against the futuristic scenography of Barbarella, since the transparent plastic bubble dome became the prototype of a totally inflatable architecture, since Archigram flaunted its commitment to a ‘high tech’, lightweight, infrastructural approach to building and since Peter Cooke’s “Plug-in City”. Even though these visions were unrealizable, they became, in the sixties, the generators of style, coupled, of course, with the omni-present modernist dogma that “form follows function”. The construction of the St. George’s Park apartments, designed by Richard England, belongs to this period. The graphical treatment of the facades, the use of colour and the design of the communal space are firm indicators of the influence of the predilection for the infrastructuregenerated, mega-buildings of that time. Today, thanks also to our dependence on sophisticated communication technology as a means of interacting with the outside world, one of these apartments can be said to have come close to the plug-in approach that characterized the architectural vision of the sixties. 031

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HOMEWORKS Mark Pace, who designed the interior of this flat for a friend, was quick to pick up the cues of the existing space layout, converting what was left of a bourgeois distribution of rooms into a flexible open space where all the functions housed there could be ‘plugged-in’ as necessary and changed according to evolving needs. The impression is of a series of “autonomous packages” that are installed to provide the required functions. The bedroom is a “sleeping cell” that can be closed off to provide privacy when desired, the wooden partitions designed as sound absorbers and visual screens. The bathroom, on the other hand, is a glass container, which, in view of it being dedicated to the care of the body, is lined with the richness and warmth of marble terrazzo. The kitchen takes pride of place at the centre of the social space. The raised cooking table serves to divide the entrance from the area of the kitchen dedicated to storage (which includes the refrigerator) while the more messy phase of the cooking operation (including the sink and wash up amenities) is tucked away behind the storage cupboards.

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THE COLOURS CHOSEN ARE THE WARM EARTH COLOURS SO DEAR TO THE PALETTE OF THE SIXTIES DECORATOR

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Different areas with specific characteristics. Each space is separated from its neighbour by means of a platform of varying height that is once a step and becomes a bench or shelf.

The reception space is likewise articulated to create different areas with specific characteristics – the “chill-out” area for easy conversation and debate, the dining area for culinary enjoyment, the intimate library for study and recollection. Each space is separated from its neighbour by means of a platform of varying height that is once a step and becomes successively a bench or a shelf, depending on its height. All are linked by a central installation, “plugged-in” as it were, to provide music and the warmth of a fire. The colours chosen are the warm earth colours so dear to the palette of the sixties decorator. Rusts and ochres set off the cream and white walls and the dark African walnut contrasts with the milky white opaline glass for the more private areas. Finally, the composition of space, texture and colour is completed by means of the accessories: a red tumble twist carpet, white linen rugs, chairs inspired by Eames... This flat is not only about the owner. It’s also about his guests. HW

It’s also about the guests.

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“LIGHT REVEALS A DIMENSION TO ARCHITECTURE BEYOND THE USUAL ONES OF SCALE, FORM OR MATERIALITY” GODWIN VELLA TALKS ABOUT WHY LIGHT IS SO CRUCIAL TO PERSPECTIVE, ILLUSTRATED WITH A HOME CONVERTED BY KENNETH ZAMMIT ENDRICH. WORDS & PHOTOS: GODWIN VELLA

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“ARCHITECTURE IS THE MASTERLY, CORRECT AND MAGNIFICENT PLAY OF MASSES BROUGHT TOGETHER IN LIGHT”

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The enclosed space is relieved by natural light through the pairing of this skylight as well as a doorway at the end of the room.

ndeed, throughout the ages, architecture has always enjoyed a special affinity with natural light. Whether it is the transcendental glow of coloured glass in a Gothic cathedral or the gentle intimacy of soft light on a humble stone wall, light reveals a dimension to architecture beyond the usual ones of scale, form or materiality. The art of controlling and manipulating natural light is to many architects the essence of good design. In this way light is another material presence, like wood or stone, that can be harnessed to sculpt new forms and spaces. Natural light also contains within it that particularly temporal quality. Whether by accident or design, buildings invariably receive and display the perceived movement of the sun as it travels across the skies. Light constructs time, as it makes time tangible and measurable to the viewer’s experience of architecture. The two projects illustrated here, designed by Kenneth Zammit Endrich of Architects Studio are both in their different ways exercises in the control and manipulation of natural light. Both comprise of modest extension to an existing ‘house of character’ situated in the urban core of a typical Maltese village. In the first project an extension around an existing internal courtyard sets the conflicting requirements of sufficient glazed areas against the preservation of the courtyard’s scale and harmony and the protection of the interior from the direct rays of the sun. The design solution to these varied demands consists primarily of a steel structure incorporating a horizontal sunshade and a vertically placed wooden sunscreen. The fixed horizontal steel louvers are designed to protect the area below it from the direct rays of the high summer sun. On the other hand the vertical timber slats set within a sliding steel frame control the amount of light and ventilation that is allowed to flow inside. All these elements so characteristic of Mediterranean buildings are contained within one simple structure. 043

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“GOOD ARCHITECTURE IS MADE UP OF SUCH FINE SENSIBILITIES, THE LITTLE DETAILS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.”

More importantly, the aesthetic qualities of the traditional courtyard are not compromised in any way. The traditional spare detailing, scale and proportion of the courtyard’s architecture are retained in the new structure, to achieve a balance based on respect and honesty of materials.

The extensive use of frameless glass together with the white walls and existing stonework combine well to create a balanced and harmonious whole.

The second project concerns the restoration of an outdoor area into an internal recreation room. It also includes a new staircase that links the ground floor to a gallery around the upper floor extension and access to the roof terrace. As the newly created space is totally enclosed within the existing building, the admission of natural light becomes essential to the success of the project. Through the careful choice of materials and the strategic placement of apertures, an otherwise dark and heavy part of the house is transformed into a welcoming, light-filled space that defines the new character of the restoration. New walls are mainly white to reflect light, while the existing stonework is left exposed and cleaned to an extent that conserves the existing soft colour patina. Together with the extensive use of frameless glass, these three materials combine well into a balanced and harmonious whole. The enclosed space is relieved by natural light through the pairing of a skylight and doorway at the end of the room adjacent to an old stonewall. Here, under the light of these top apertures, a simple understated glass staircase is transformed into the dramatic centrepiece of the double height space. The light filters softly through the steel louvres above the skylight through the glass treads and balustrade into the room below. The effect is a muted glow of an almost ethereal light. The room fills with light, while at the same time it remains solid and warm – a quality often lost in a more harshly glazed environment. In the end, the architect amplifies the sense of light by carefully varying the distribution of that same light. Good architecture is made up of such fine sensibilities; the little details that make all the difference. HW 045

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SOMETIMES COLOUR CAN MERELY BE A CRAVING. SOMETIMES WE WANT TO TRY A COLOUR BUT AREN’T READY TO COMMIT TO IT FOR GOOD. ANNE MARIE QUERCIA GUIDES US THROUGH SOME DISPOSABLE AND INEXPENSIVE CRAFTS, ALLOWING US TO ADD THAT COLOUR WITHOUT THE PRESSURE OF PERMANENCE.

PHOTOS MAS WORDS & STYLING ANNE MARIE QUERCIA

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“GREEN IS THE PRIME COLOUR OF THE WORLD, AND THAT FROM WHICH ITS LOVELINESS ARISES.” PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA

TABLEMATS These were made from copybook covers. Simply glue over the two sides to make it look more finished.

DOILY BOWLS Buy a pack of ten doilies. Only separate one half of the pile, leaving the other half as it came. If you unstuck them, it will be almost impossible to glue them properly. They must stay in place. Brush on wallpaper glue and put them in the bowl you wish them to shape after. Protect the bowl with cellophane or Vaseline. Leave to dry.

TREES You need to have everything ready beforehand. Go to the pharmacy and buy “Plaster of Paris” bandages. This is the best brand because it dries very quickly (this is also why everything must be ready from before). Blow up a balloon to the desired size. Cut up the plaster into 2-3cm wide pieces. Use a plate of water to dip the plaster in very quickly before applying. Cover the balloon with 3 overlapping layers of the plaster. Leave the small knots outside so that it’s easy to hang and leave to dry. It should take about 2-3 days to dry. When it’s ready, prick the balloon with a needle, deflate and take out.

Put some water in green food colouring and soak risotto rice in it so that it absorbs the colour. Do different batches with different shades of green to get a more interesting overall effect. In this case, I even left some rice un-dyed. Cover the ball of plaster with white PVA glue and then put a wooden stick in the whole at the bottom and glue in. Ask an ironmonger to get the right plaster for the pot. Prepare the mixture of the plaster and pebbles, and then put them in place in the terracotta pot. The weight of the pebbles is necessary to balance it and even sand can be used instead.

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DRAUGHT BOARD

GLASSES

SMALL POTS

Choose the ribbons of your liking and weave them together to form a 10in. x 10in draughtboard. Cut a V on all four sides of a square piece of paper of the same size. Cover both sides with contact paper and then stick the papers together to bridge the V’s. Flap the edges inside and iron a piece of material onto the paper.

Cut the desired shapes out of thin contact paper with a scalpel. To get the effect of shades, overlap two layers.

These clay pots are painted with acrylics and varnished.

DRAUGHT BOARD PIECES

DOILY BOWLS Buy a pack of ten doilies. Only separate one half of the pile, leaving the other half as it came. Start brushing on wallpaper glue and put them in the bowl you wish them to shape after. Protect the bowl with cellophane or Vaseline. Leave to dry.

BOTTLE HOLDER Hair dry modelling paste and kneed out like you would with dough for a pastry until it is 1⁄2 a centimetre thick. Cut into a fair sized square. Place small buttons in each corner to create a pattern and then varnish.

Cut modelling paste into squares and let dry (there is no need to bake). Paint and varnish them when dry.

“SUN-BLEACHED BONES WERE MOST WONDERFUL AGAINST THE BLUE - THAT BLUE THAT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE AS IT IS NOW AFTER ALL MAN’S DESTRUCTION IS FINISHED.” GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

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YOYO’S DUVET

PETAL LAMP

In this case, I used an actual duvet, not a sleeve. You can use either. Draw circles in the fabric of your choice and cut them out, stitch around the edge of each one and then pull string to close. Fix onto the first layer of the duvet and sew a button on the top to make it look like a flower.

The petals are made out of tissue paper. Humidify the pink paper and touch it with ink to get a tiedyed effect. With wallpaper glue, stick two sheets together and leave them to dry. This will make the paper very strong.

PATTERNED PILLOWS Cut squares for both sides of the pillow. Draw a pattern on the material of your choice and cut out. Space the pieces out slightly and then sew on to the pillow this way. Sew all around the pillow, leaving 10cm open. Fill it up with pillow material and then sew shut.

Then, make the desired shape with wire and cut out the shapes from the paper slightly bigger than the wire patterns. Then, again with wallpaper glue, roll the paper over the wire to get body. Make holes on the base to put wires in the hold. The base is made from papier-mache with a hole installed from toilet roll, so you can fix the electrical part to the lamp holder. Remember to allow room for the wire to rest underneath the lamp.

PAPER FLOWERS Overlap four pieces of tissue paper. Fold like and accordion. Tie in the middle with the wire and then fasten it. Carefully open all the layers this provides. Tie the flower to the wire to look like a stem.

“PINK IS THE COLOUR OF ROMANCE AND A FRIEND TELLS ME THAT THE GIRL WITH THE PINK DRESS AT THE PARTY IS THE ONE WHO IS SELECTED FOR EACH DANCE.” ALFRED CARL HOTTES 053

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HOMEIDEAS Insect repellant candles or ‘Citronella Candles’. Available in different shapes and sizes for outdoor and indoor use. (Read candle label instructions before use) Citronella torch / lamp oil is also available. Available from all leading retail outlets in Malta and Gozo. Trade enquires: The Lawn Company Limited Tel: 2138 0639, 9947 0926.

Top Quality Outdoor hardwood garden furniture at very competitive prices. You may visit the vast range on display consisting of tables, chairs, sun lounges, swings and other accessories in different models and sizes. Ok Ltd. Rue D’Argens, Gzira. Tel: 2134 3865/6. Ok Ltd of Rue D’Argens Gzira can provide you with a vast selection of gas BBQ sets starting from just Lm55.00. You are spoilt for choice with a variety of different models to suit your needs and your preference.

A large variety of lemongrass, citronella and other scents from Fragrance Boutique. Available at Ambiente, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 6481. Trade enquiries: 9949 9066. Starting from Lm0.80c

A variety of hammock & stands, ideal for summer relaxation. Hammock chairs also available at Ambiente, San Gwann Tel: 2137 6481. Starting from Lm8.95.

A spa has a filtration system like that of a swimming pool, so the water is always clean and ready for use. Seats 4 persons. Price: Lm2300.00 inc.vat. View the range at Aqualine Ltd, 26/28, Mill Street, Qormi or Tel: 21 493400 info@aqualine.com.mt

Create a unique atmosphere with these stainless steel miniature torches, hurricane lamps and table torches, together with a variety of tea light holders. Outdoor accessories start at Lm4.82. Kymono, 6 Triq l-Uqija, Ibrag (Opposite BOV Branch) Tel: 2137 8330.

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SUMMER IS HERE: THROW OPEN THE SHUTTERS, LET THE LIGHT IN AND GET YOUR PAINTBRUSH OUT. IT’S TIME TO ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR LIFE! CHERYL O’MEARASIMS PUTS TOGETHER FOUR DIFFERENT SCHEMES, PROVIDING YOU WITH ADVISE AND INSPIRATION. GO ON, HAVE SOME FUN WITH COLOUR.

COLOUR CRAVING Colour. It’s uplifting, fun, stimulating and warms the soul. So why do so few of us feel brave enough to step away from our comfort zone neutrals? We’ve all been taking ourselves far too seriously with our Zen-like interiors. That’s all well and good but where on earth do you start? Choosing the right colour, let alone depth of shade or where to put it can be daunting. You can use the same colour in two different rooms and they will have a completely different appearance. Natural light must be considered – colour has more impact in lighter rooms. Dark colours can make smaller rooms feel tiny. It’s all so complicated. Fear not: I’ve done the dirty work – you can just see the results!

For this room, we used a deep but muted limey yellow as the base colour for the walls with a metallic pewter accent panel. By mixing a saturated colour with metallics and neutrals, you reduce the impact, whilst still adding warmth and interest. It’s possible to change the feel of the room without having to replace existing furniture: just add complimentary accent colours in the form of cushions and throws to update your sofa. Texture mustn’t be forgotten, as it incorporates another subtler dimension. This leather tassel rug adds an unexpected tactile element and contrasts nicely with the shinier surfaces, such as the pewter panel and marble floor. This scheme would be great for colour first-timers or those who want to introduce soft colour into an existing neutral colour way.

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HOMEWORKS Using a fresh but light hue as the base colour on the walls, I added a lot of clashing brights for a more dramatic contrasting effect. This is a youthful look and certainly fun to put together. The trick here is not to go over the top. By keeping a paler colour on the walls, we achieved a super zingy scheme without going into overkill and painting the walls bright orange. It’s a common mistake, especially in children’s rooms; you want a stimulating environment so your first thought is the wall colour. What you usually end up with is a dark room that’s too over bearing. Keep the walls light and fresh and add colour with furniture and soft furnishings instead – a good scheme for the young at heart that like a bright and stimulating environment.

Velvet armchair: Home Space Pink silk cushion, papier-mache bowl, purple sheepskin rug: Design House, Sliema Red vase with pink flower, leather side UR LO O table: The House Shop C N OW 3.81 R C 7.0 U

Velvet armchair: Home Space Pink silk cushion, papier-mache bowl, purple sheepskin rug: Design House, Sliema Red vase with pink flower, leather side table: The House Shop

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This scheme moves up a notch on the bravery scale. We opted for a light and airy aqua on the walls and teamed it with the reed chair and white shelving. The light furniture and curtains lift the scheme further. Blue hues trick the eye into thinking they recede, giving the illusion of more space and light. They are also known to have a calming effect, so they’re great for those of us who don’t need over stimulation and want a space to relax and unwind in at the end of the day. Floral pattern and the use of the plant adds a feeling of nature and freshness to the scheme. The overall effect is calming, happy and light. This scheme is a safe bet for most spaces, but especially for opening up darker or smaller rooms.

Leather tassel rug, steel over size spot lamp, metallic silver texture picture, pewter lamp base and coffee shade, curtains x 2, chrome and glass side table, dark wood trunk, tall vase and floral arrangement: Design House, Sliema Black and gold canvas, tea set - Conran for Wedgewood: The House Shop Candles in bronze frames, leather chair, tall floor lamp, green vessel: Auntielucy CROWN CO LOUR Q0.07.83

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HOMEWORKS Right at the top of the bravery scale is scheme number four. Instead of using contrasting brights, we kept everything tonal and close together in colour. The pinks and raspberries have real impact but are less jarring, creating a softer, more sophisticated take on colour. Just as with neutrals, using the same palette can look a little flat without a textural dimension. We used sumptuous fabrics, such as velvet for the chair and silk for the cushion. Flowers are important as they add freshness to a darker scheme. If you’re on a budget, try and think outside the box with wall adornments. I framed a 12” record cover to add an edgy graphic element. Alternatively, find some nice fabric swatches as we did and frame them together. This would be great for a seductive bedroom scheme or even a library or music room as it creates a relaxing, intimate atmosphere with the ‘wow’ factor. Paint is the most cost effective and dramatic way to change a room. If you’re still feeling daunted, try painting one accent wall in a soft tone and living with it for a while. If you like it, you can go for it and paint the rest of the room or keep changing it to a different colour until you find the one you love. I believe there’s a perfect colour match out there for every personality type so just be brave and have a go – you’ll wonder why you never did it sooner. HW Velvet armchair: Home Space Pink cushion, papier-mache bowl, purple sheepskin rug: Design House, Sliema Red vase with pink flower, leather side table: The House Shop

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A new consignment of shades which can be used for ceiling or table lamps/floor lamps has just arrived at Esencial. They come in red or white, different styles and they are also washable and resistant to UV rays and high temperature. Prices from Lm6.00. Esencial, 45, Ordnance Street. Valletta Tel: 2125 5280. info@esencial.com.mt, www.esencial.com.mt

AJ Floor lamp has a fixture head with a distinct asymmetrical shape with a tiltable head. The base of the floor lamp has a hole, originally made to accommodate an ashtray. Price Lm226.00. Fino Living Solutions, Mriehel

Sputnik and Medusa Lighting from Esencial. Unique and original lights from South America, providing a choice of exciting designs both for floor and ceiling. Sputnik Light: 90cm - 70cm/70cm. Holders x6 Lm68.00 Medusa Light: 90cm- 70cm/70cm. Holders x8 Lm68.00 Esencial 45, Ordnance Street. Valletta Tel: 2125 5280. info@esencial.com.mt, www.esencial.com.mt

The latest LED lights, these lamps work on 240v mains supply and consume as low as 1.5w each. They are available in five different colours, including daylight white. Available from VCT Ltd, Ponsomby Street, Mosta Tel: 21436186, 21432571

The Kids Range are the latest ceiling lights with kids' motifs on them such as threes, cars, flowers and much more. These fittings come complete with cost saving lamps ideal for those rooms lit for long hours. The Fabas Luce Kids Range is available at VCT Ltd, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 6186, 2143 2571.

These gorgeously scented candles not only look great but smell divine. Now available in various sizes, colours and scents at affordable prices from Gifts&More, Topline, St. Andrew’s Tel: 2137 2256.

Gemco are pleased to present the 3 light ceiling light, which comes with a whole range of coordinating items. Price for shown item is Lm76.96. See the full range of light fittings at Gemco Ltd, Msida Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2148 8919

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HILTON EXECUTIVE CHEF JOE VELLA TAKES US THROUGH DIFFERENT WAYS TO PREPARE POULTRY, SHOWING US ITS VARIOUS CULINARY ADVANTAGES.

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s it possible to include a good duck or chicken recipe in your diet and still be healthy? Poultry is an excellent source of protein and is much lower in fat than beef. Four ounces of lean beef contains 18 grams of fat, while a 4-ounce portion of skinless turkey breast contains less than 2 grams of fat. Even the fattier dark meat of a duck has less than beef. The method you choose to cook a meal can be as important as the ingredients when it comes to preparing healthy meals. Luckily, some of the tastiest ways to cook poultry are also some of the healthiest. For this issue, I focused on chicken, as this is what is most readily available for domestic meals.

How do you bone a chicken? If boned correctly, a whole chicken can stretch a long way, with both white and dark meat. Firstly, remove the winglets. Cut round the leg joint and pop the ball joint out, removing the whole leg by using your knife on both sides. Divide the leg through the joint, on to the drumstick and thigh. Cut down half way through the breast on both sides. Remove the carcass from the remaining breast meat and cut the breast meat through to the bone.

When Grilling and Broiling Marinate the meat first; this does take some planning, but is fairly simple. Use an acidic liquid - lemon juice, soy sauce, vinegar, or broth - to break down the tough protein fibres. Next, add

just a bit of oil for moisture. Finally, season with herbs or spices, and refrigerate for at least one hour. Grill or oven broil until done.

When Poaching Simmering chicken breasts in wine or broth with added herbs is a good way to prepare poultry because the meat is submerged in liquid and will not dry out. You do not need to add any oil either.

When Stir Frying Stir-frying is another good method to quickly cook the chicken so it does not dry out. During the process you can also add condiments such as soy sauce and hoisin sauce, and seasoning vegetables such as scallions, garlic, and ginger.

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GRILLED CHICKEN ESCALOPES ON AN ARTICHOKE SALAD

PANCETTA WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS & HAZELNUT RISOTTO

GREEN CHICKEN CURRY

Ingredients: 2 Globe artichokes ½ Lemon 80g Parmesan shavings 4 Chicken breasts 100ml Olive oil 2 Tablespoons Rosemary 25g Pine kennels, toasted

Ingredients: 4 Skinned chicken breasts 12 Thin slices pancetta 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2oz Butter 2 Small onions, chopped 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped 350g Risotto ½ Glass dry white wine 900ml Chicken stock 450g Green asparagus 2 Tablespoons, freshly grated Parmesan 2 Tablespoons, chopped rosemary 85g Hazelnuts, roasted 2 Tablespoons coriander

Ingredients: 400g Chicken breast 3 Teaspoons vegetable oil 2 Teaspoons lemon grass, chopped 4 Green chillies, seeded, cut into strips 4 Spring onions 2 Teaspoons garlic, chopped 1 Teaspoon ginger, chopped 10g Coriander seeds 1 Lemon 400g Coconut cream 10g Cornflower

Method: Snap off the coarse outside leaves from the artichoke. Using a stainless steel knife, gently remove all the green leaves, the cone of pointed violet leaves and finally the hairy choke. Put ½ pint of water in a small bowl. Squeeze the lemon into the water and cover with cling film. With a vegetable peeler, shave the Parmesan on to a plate, brush the chicken escalope with olive oil and rosemary, season with salt and pepper, and then char grill on a hot cast iron ridged grill pan. It will only take a few minutes to cook the chicken. To serve, drain the artichoke, pat dry, slice finely and arrange on four plates. Place the grilled chicken on top of the artichoke. Sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan and the parsley and grind some black pepper over it. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter on the pine kernels.

Method: Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Wrap each breast in 3 slices of pancetta. Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan, add the chicken and fry until lightly and evenly browned. Lower the heat and cook for about 8 minutes on each side. Cover the pan with foil and set aside. Melt the butter, add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are soft. Add the rice and stir well to coat the grains with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until absorbed by the rice, stirring constantly. Add a small ladleful of hot stock and stir well to ensure that the rice does not stick. Cook until the stock is absorbed, then repeat the process until all the stock has been used – about 20 minutes. Blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water. Drain and cut into 1-inch pieces, add the asparagus to the risotto and stir in the Parmesan. Season to taste, and then add the hazelnut and coriander. (Spoon on to a deep plate and arrange the chicken on top. Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil and freshly ground pepper.

Method: Fry the chicken breasts in 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil on a high heat until the chicken is a golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan. For the green curry paste, mix all the ingredients together in a blender, adding about half the lemon rind and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a casserole dish and add the green curry paste. Simmer for three minutes, then add the chicken and simmer for another five minutes. Add the chicken, seasoning the taste with salt. Cover with a lid and simmer on top pf the stove until the chicken is tender (about 45 minutes). Serve with sticky Thai rice.

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THE HANDLING OF

RED WINE

BILL HERMITAGE OF EMMANUEL DELICATA WINEMAKER TALKS ABOUT THE HANDLING AND ENJOYMENT OF RED WINES WORDS BILL HERMITAGE PHOTOS MAS

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am often asked questions regarding the maturation or aging potential, as well as the breathing time required for red wines. When it comes to the finer and more fragile wines, people want to know about the effects of agitation, as well as how well they will travel or keep. The majority of red wines are made for early drinking, requiring minimum maturation. However, a couple of years’ age on any wellmade red wine should not do any harm and in many instances actually improve it. To enable red wines to survive medium or long term ageing, the wines will need good levels of tannin, acidity or alcohol, but more importantly they must have a high level of fruit. Put quite simply: if the wine doesn’t have enough fruit to begin with, the fruit flavours can never develop or improve and the wine will just fade into oblivion – once the fruit has faded there is not a lot left to look forward to.

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HOMEWORKS more prone to damage as they lose their strength and mature into something much finer, complex and more delicate. This is always assuming of course that they had what it took in the first place, as well as if they were looked after when they were young. When it comes to handling young to middle aged red wines, they are pretty robust and stable and even after five miles in the boot of your car (on our roads), they will settle down quite quickly and be ready for drinking soon after arriving home. Sediments will be shaken up along with the wine and a 12-24 hour standing period to let things settle might be the best course of action before gently decanting. Actually, decanting any red wine will always be slightly beneficial, and in most cases when it comes to full-bodied young reds, it will nearly always improve the wine considerably. In fact, the use of the decanter for this purpose is simply to aerate the wine and let it breathe, not as a tool to eliminate sediment which was its main purpose as a wine accessory for many years. The decanter has therefore become an essential item as far as red wine service goes (all restaurant owners please take note!) as the process of opening a red wine, maybe hours

beforehand, is not practical. The decanter enables you to speed up the aeration process by giving more air and space for the wine to develop in. Going through this ritual at home should create few problems; in a restaurant, one might ask: is it worth it? The answer is yes, especially with full bodied and older fine red wines, the wine will open up, soften and start to show off its real character and flavour (which you probably paid through the nose for). If there is no decanter available, just remember the more air you give to the wine before you drink it the better. So here are two useful tips: if you know you are going to drink a bottle of red wine as soon as you sit down, order it and open it straight away, don’t wait until you get to your main course. That half hour will make all the difference – and don’t let them just jam the cork back in the top, leave it open. If you forgot to do this or just changed your mind and wanted another bottle, open it and pour it straight into the glasses, even if you are still drinking your white. The breathing of the red wine in the glass will be much quicker than in the bottle. Once again, more space + more air = quicker aeration.

Finally, there is the question of the serving temperature, and in our rather hot climate that can be quite a problem, especially during the summer. When serving red wines, room temperature is the norm, but be careful not to serve it too warm. The wine will taste stewed and become unpleasant; it is better to serve it slightly cold (to the touch) and let it warm up on the table, which it will do quite quickly between May and September. The reason red wines are traditionally drunk un-chilled is because when a red wine becomes cold, the tannins that are in the wine taste bitter and metallic. However, if you like your wines cold, good news – just make sure you choose red wines that are low in tannin and you can still chill them. These tend to be the lighter bodied red wines such as Medina Vineyards Syrah superior, Medina Vineyards Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and the Fior del Mondo Gellewza – three red wines from Emmanuel Delicata that are as delicious served cold as they are at room temperature. HW

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A full range of L’occitane products. The new vanilla, magnolia, mimosa, rose and orange blossom have arrived. Found exclusively at Ambiente, San Gwann Tel: 2137 6481. Starting from Lm0.50c

Leonardo created the “Cool Summer Breeze” collection of glass vases with a combination of light blue powder shade together with white coloured stripes. Exclusively available from Junction 66, Tower Road, Sliema and Arkadia, Gozo Tel : 21334451

A variety of flowers and a new range of flower pots now available. Flowers from Lm1.00 and pots from Lm9.00 Perfect Match, L-Ibragg Road, L-Ibragg. Tel: 2138 0743

The beautiful and colourful collection of Bassetti linens is now available from Fino Lifestyle, starting from just Lm7.00.

One of the latest set from a collection of prints on canvas, starting from Lm39.00 and exclusively avaiable from Junction 66, Tower Road, Sliema and Arkadia, Gozo Tel: 2133 4451

Tanti Interiors presents an exciting new range of stunning fabrics from Nya Nordiska. This imported range of fabrics is fresh for summer 2006 with crisp cottons, linens and sheers. Mention Homeworks Magazine at our shop for a 10% discount. Tanti Interiors, 52 Mrabat St, Sliema. Tel: 2133 0094

16 new colours and textures made out of a combination of wool and polyester in 3 standard sizes. 140 x 200cm costs Lm155.00, 170 x 240cm costs Lm185.00 and 200 x 300cm costs Lm250.00. Orders placed before 15/07/06 will be delivered in October. Feel the texture of the samples at HomeSpace. Tel: 21490 984

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Tibet by Desiree. The seat is pulled forward and the backs raised. The EGO armchair is based on an organic concept with feather-filled seat cushion. Core, Upper Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449 www.core.com.mt.

Some recliner models include a real feel deep massage. Available in beige, burgundy, green, blue, yellow, black cow leather and light brown suede. Prices start from as little as Lm150.00 for the armchair and footstool. Value Direct, 180, St. Paul’s Street, St.Paul’s Bay (Veccja Area). Tel: 2157 8597 / 2131 2611 / 9949 9337.

Ergonomically designed dinning chair finished in black or brown with chrome legs. Available from stock from Domestica Ltd. Tel: 2144 7604 www.domestica.com.mt

This LCD panel features the latest in Sony’s unique S-PVA technology, all models have a 1300:1 contrast ratio, 1366 x 768 resolution, and a 178-degree viewing angle. Available from Forestals showroom, The Strand, Sliema (23436205), Birkirkara (23436206) and Valletta (23436249). For full specifications visit www.forestals.com

Stylish and incredibly comfortable. The design flows from the Nappalon leather seat to the synthetic abs base right down to the chrome tulip foot. Exclusively available at Homespace in red, white and black for the introductory price of Lm190.00 instead of Lm250.00. Tel: 2149 0984

Leather reclining armchair for just Lm85.00. Roxy Home Furnishings brings comfort to your home at affordable prices. Roxy Home Furnishings, 800, High Street, Hamrun. Tel: 2122 4537 or info@roxyhome. com

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HOMEIDEAS Using the designs and colourations developed by the Brink & Campman design studio, rugs are being knotted in Nepal according to a unique method. The pile is a blend of Tibetan and New Zealand wool and the woven collection is produced in the Netherlands. The result is a cosy rich high-pile carpet. Starting from Lm69.00 View the rug gallery at Core, Upper Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449 www.core.com.mt.

Living Interiors Wedding List Service is a highly personal service that has been looking after prospective brides and grooms for the last 10 years and will ensure that you receive the wedding gifts you desire. Contact Living Interiors, Luqa Briffa Street, Gzira Tel: 2134 1166 info@livinginteriors.com.mt

A wide range of new fountains now available at Fith Avenue, 256, Main Street, Mosta (next to Jardinland) Tel: 9986 2842

Bring the country cottage feel into your home. The English Rose range is found at Ambiente, San Gwann Tel:2137 6481. Gift Boxes start from Lm0.50c

Iittala Tools are a high quality range of pots and pans designed in collaboration with top chefs and material specialists. Iittala Origo crockery sets have rapidly become a classic and represents simplicity of form meets function. Starting from Lm1.58 Core, Upper Valley Road B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449 www.core.com.mt

Quick-Step offers a 20-year warranty floor that's easy to install and has a wide range of colours and designs available. For a free quotation or the new 2006 catalogue visit Roxy Home Furnishings, 800, High Street, Hamrun. Tel: 2122 4537 info@roxyhome.com

Any image you supply or choose from Wallart's catalogues can be printed on canvas and stretched to hang on the wall. Supply Wallart with your own photo and they will create a unique graphic style for you. A 60cm x 90cm print at just Lm72.00. Tel: 2141 9820, 7991 4306. ed@keyworld.net

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HOMEWORKS DESIGNING WITH COLOUR Plants are normally identified in nature by their shape. It is this that gives them their beauty, but nature goes a step further. It gives a great number of plants dazzling flowers at particular times of the year, which immediately give that ‘please notice me’ sign in the eyes of the beholder. Perhaps nature only meant this for the minute eyes of insects that took to the flower for pollen and thus produced cross-pollination and fertilization. There is nothing wrong with us taking advantage and make our garden grow into an example of man’s ability to improve upon nature. To foresee ensuing colour combinations is not within everybody’s grasp. This is where the help of gardening books and displays becomes indispensable.

THE COLOUR WHEEL Getting to know the colour wheel is a great help in choosing colours that are complimentary, harmonious, warm or cool, advancing or retarding. Annuals are the best way to play around with colour in the garden and this is an ideal time for venturing into this process of painting nature for the warmer months to come. Green will always remain the dominant colour, but because of this it is treated only as a backdrop. The three primary colours are red, yellow and blue, but it is the shades that come in between that make a colour combination work.

COLOUR THEMED GARDENS One of the simplest colour schemes for any garden is that of a monochromatic approach. In simple language this means that only one colour, in various shades, is allowed to exist in the garden. This can be achieved not only from the colour of flowers but also from the leaves of plants.

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HOMEWORKS PERENNIALS AND ANNUALS Colour from flowers of perennial trees and shrubs also helps us to delineate the seasons. These colour spots are usually visually effective but very short lived. It is with annuals that we can engage in a long-term colour palette. This latter job needs very good advance planning. The stocks that come into bloom in March are sown in August. However, ready-made plants that come in small pots ready for transplanting have made an easy job of an otherwise lengthy chore. We can now find Cineraria plants, Lobelia, Petunia, Pansies and several others that can give us immediate results that will last for many months. The Surfinia, which is an improved relative of the Petunia, can give profuse ground cover flowering for up to six months. Gazanias, Gailliardas, Nasturtium, Calendulas and Tagetas give us the bright yellows and burnt oranges.

COLOUR SCHEMES FROM FLOWERING SPECIES Anybody who has visited English gardens or read English gardening books will immediately notice that most garden designs – in particular, herbaceous borders, are colour co-ordinated and the gardener creates a scheme in the same way that a painter creates a picture. Some of the best garden designers are also painters and this shows up in their work. Colour co-ordination gives better results where the sun lies low, thus giving plenty of shadow and the intensity of light is not so strong. There are, of course, garden designers who, emulating their counterparts in the fashion world, use colour in a way to shock viewers. Colours that are normally taboo to put together are purposely selected in order to create a dramatic effect. Perhaps in Malta this happens unintentionally because the mixing of colour in an un-coordinated way becomes a force majeur due to the restrictions imposed by the lack of available flowering plants and market demands.

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HOMEWORKS COLOUR IN CONTAINERS Hanging baskets, window boxes, patio tubs, planted pots and any other type of container can be used to create colour in any situation. A great majority of people who live in houses or apartments with no garden can equally enjoy the beauty of nature’s colours by planting in containers that are strategically placed in balconies on walls, patios and stairways. It is very encouraging to note the profuse flowering along house fronts as you drive through our towns and villages. All this planting will need ongoing proper care. Watering, feeding and pest control are the main chores for the container gardener. Automatic watering, preferably combined with fertilising, can reduce these chores to almost nil. Some grooming (pinching, shaping and cleaning from old leaves and flowers) is also necessary but this should be part of the fun of enjoying these flowers.

FLOWERS FROM BULBS We must not forget flowering bulbs when creating a colour scheme for our gardens or container planting. Bulbs are an easy way of getting guaranteed flowering: Gladioli, Dahlias, Gloxinias, Agapanthus, Iris Germanica, Begonias, Amaryllis, Liliums, Callas, Cannes, Alliums and several other lesser known bulbs are all valid subjects for summer flowering.

Introducing colour into the garden all comes down to planning and imagination, plus a certain amount of knowledge of how and when plants grow and for how long the individual types of flowers last. A certain amount of trial and error has to prevail until we get it right – but the rewards are very high and so is the success rate. Don’t waste any more time: get planted up and enjoy the result as it all comes into harmony in bloom. HW 085

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YOUR FEEDBACK! Last issue, we asked readers to help us improve HOMEWORKS by telling us what they really thought of the magazine and how we could make it better. The results were very encouraging and the HOMEWORKS team would like to extend a big thank you to all those that took the time to write in. THE WINNER OF THE ISSUE 18 READERS’ POLL IS JANICE SCICLUNA. Janice has won the Typhoon Dinner Set, courtesy of Living Interiors. Along with her questionnaire, Janice also commented: “The details in HOMEWORKS can’t be better. It’s excellent! I would like to see more features on household items and less about modern items. I think it’s important to include more on antiques. The adverts are very well detailed and I can’t make any negative comments about the article layouts. It is such a useful magazine and I have almost all of the back issues. Well done!”

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READERS’ COMMENTS ON WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF: “I would like to see more homes that are very different with people that have unique ideas. Thank you for the magazine!!” “I would like to see more articles like the one about the family living in the cave, entitled ‘Rock & Roll’. Well done!” “I would like to see more of a mix of modern and antique furniture as well as articles about keeping expenses low. The magazine couldn’t be better!” “I would like to see features about different styles of sofas and soffits. Very good magazine.” “I would like to see more about DIY and doing things up with a budget. Great magazine!” “I would like to see more articles on bathrooms and gardens. Great job, keep it up.” “I would like to see more on garden furniture, pets, technology and modern furniture. You should also include more recipes.”

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“I would like to see features including rustic and classic furniture/furnishings. Keep up the good standard.” “I would like to see more on Indian and Oriental home style. Thanks for the magazine.”

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We also asked you about recycling last issue. The results were super abundant and it was extremely positive to see how many of our readers are interested in the subject of recycling. The winner of rubbish bin, courtesy of Gifts & More, Topline is Mrs. Margaret Baldacchino. Mrs. Baldacchino’s response to the question: How do you recycle? Was the following: “I recycle glass, plastic and metal by taking it to the ‘bring-in site’. I also recycle paper and food.” WHAT DO YOU RECYCLE? Glass 86% Paper 67% Plastic 93% Metal 69% HAVE YOU BEEN EDUCATED ON THE SUBJECT OF RECYCLING? 63% YES NO 37% DO YOU FIND THAT THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE IN MALTA? YES NO

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HOW DO YOU COLOUR A ROOM THAT’S NON-SIGNIFICANT TO YOU? MONA FARRUGIA CHUCKS THE ROOM SHE’S LEAST INTERESTED IN AT DESIGNERS KENNETH TANTI AND CHERYL O’MEARA-SIMS. THE RESULTS EVEN SEEMED TO INSPIRE THE BEDROOM DISIMPASSIONED MONA...

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The accent wall of rococo style wallpaper frames the bed and headboard simultaneously adding the ‘wow’ factor. By bringing in contemporary takes on traditional furniture I wanted to enhance the twist on ‘classic’.

CHERYL O'MEARA-SIMS The bed features a backlit upholstered headboard and the soft ambient light will create a romantic glow where it’s least expected. I’ve included a strip of recessed spots along the ceiling to give a more practical flood of warm light when needed. This also carries through to the dressing room where good (flattering!) lighting is key.

The ‘Ghost’ chair is a great classic shape moulded in transparent acrylic, giving it a 21st Century feel.

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ona stressed that she only used her bedroom for relaxing and sleeping so I wanted to keep this relaxed simplistic feel in mind whilst designing. I felt it was important to keep the room light and airy with some sexy but understated glamour. I opted for an eclectic mix of styles, a ‘Contemporary Rococo’ of sorts. By mixing classic, elegant lines with up -to-date materials and clean lined furniture; I’ve created a classic look with a twist. I like to use a bit of colour and pattern; beige bores the pants off me, and it’s so unimaginative, especially as there are so many sophisticated colour palettes out there to suit every taste. The chalky, pale aqua accents are naturally calming to the eye, as blues appear to recede. Combined with the other reflective surfaces such as the mirrored glass pendants and light, this will enhance the room’s spatial qualities.

The bedside cabinets are fabricated with a high gloss cream lacquer. I would carry this through to the dressing room and use the same material for the wardrobe doors. The wardrobes will be quite imposing in height so it’s important to keep materials light and reflective. One of the wardrobes would have a double-mirrored door, useful for dressing and again, enhancing the sense of space and light.

Modernist pieces such as this dressing table have become very collectable in recent years. They are so easy to mix with contemporary furniture as they share the same simple, unfussy aesthetics.

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For control of natural light in this space, we created a solution that moved away from classical and somewhat boring curtains or blinds and designed fabric-covered panels that glide across the balcony. Two of the fabrics are in gold hues and the other two in a Venetian pink. This will allow Mona to play around with the formation of the panels against the balcony door.

KENNETH'S CONCEPTS

Regarding furniture, we have kept it minimal and allowed the proportions of the room to be enjoyed as the bed is kept low with side tables that are a natural extension to the bed. The bedroom furniture including the bed and the headboard has been left untreated to appreciate the natural beauty of the wood.

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ur design has been focused on breaking tradition and mixing new surprising modern elements with the more historic features of this exciting property. Our main objective was to remember that the client's bedroom must be their personal haven, a place where one comes to and forgets the world outside... thus rest and relaxation were key design elements. One of the most important factors for a bedroom is colour and texture and how the two are mixed and created together. To add a little drama to this personal boudoir we merged dark colours against light hues and we blended hard materials against stiking fabrics. To design a bedroom is a very personal mission. We have presented a mixture of modern with tradition that we feel excites and somewhat stimulates the senses. Breaking away from tradition we tried to still respect the beauty of a house of character and have merged the two elements appreciating what we hope and feel is the client’s character.

Keeping to my design objective and breaking from tradition, I have mixed modern materials such as glass and a padded sand coloured leather panelled headboard.

The corner unit is crafted entirely of untreated wood with silk panels inserted into the doors, complementing other design elements in the room. A teak oversized antique mirror reclines against one wall directly opposite the dressing area.

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I dressed the closet window with two Roman blinds that are dramatically attached from ceiling to floor. I made this window treatment innovative by using the same sand coloured leather from the bedroom and used it in place of fabric for the blind.

At night, modern halogen light fittings are suspended from the beams, designed to be directed at different angles highlighting certain areas and creating a mood through shadow.

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‘What do you do in here?’ they were asking. I mean, what would you say? ‘I spend days lolling about under the quilt’? ‘My favourite hobby is sneaking chocolate cookies into the bedside tables’? Or maybe ‘I like to have rampant, uninhibited sex’? I doubt it. I don’t, in fact, spend days in bed. With a tiny gallarija (Juliet Balcony) opening up onto the garden, with its stunningly restored Maltese doors (courtesy of the dad-in-law) and the light streaming in, this is one room where you can really feel as if you’re living the Mediterranean life. That is, unless it’s pouring outside and I really don’t want to get out. I read, but only before sleeping. And I like my 7 hours of darkness and dreams to be spent in peace and quiet. The house being what it is – old and traditional – we converted two very large bedrooms to create a split-level cut-off area at the back, separated from the rest of the first floor. Here it’s always quiet, except for a friendly cockatoo. The sort of boudoir area now includes this bedroom, a walk-in-closet and the largest en-suite bathroom I’ve ever seen. The size was simply a sketching mistake rather than a penchant for constant bathing. It also means that the closet has turned out to be smaller than originally intended. The pressure on the designers to leave our sleeping room almost empty and design the closet for two (and two hundred pairs of shoes) was high.

The first thing I noticed from Kenneth Tanti’s design was his very chic way of blending old architecture with a very contemporary feel. Bare walls are my idea of design rustic hell, and The Writer doesn't like it either. Both of us adored practically everything else. Kenneth put suede panels running from one side of the door to the other. Once the panels are open, they are still a very impressive feature but when they’re closed, they practically bring a warmth and sensuality to the room. TW and I bought a panelled suede and leather carpet to go into the closet, which would match the panels perfectly. The only factor that would keep me back from implementing this is the cost. Kenneth’s placement of a corner telly in the bedroom is absolutely anathema. Kenneth also put a very large mirror to the right of the bed. In Feng Shui mirrors are, I believe, a water element and should never be placed in a sleeping space. Although some think that Feng Shui is a load of codswallop, having lived with a massive mirror opposite my bed for the past three years, I tend to disagree. Watching myself going to sleep is not conducive to a good night’s rest. Nevertheless, the way Kenneth managed to lay out the closet was impressive. Although TW and I have been gathering magazine cuttings from Elle Decoration and Marie Claire Maison for the past year, neither of us is proficient at three-dimensional drawing, which is why Fred Sammut, our ever-patient carpenter, is still waiting for our design in order to start his work. We would definitely need more shoe space which I thought could go underneath the seating space which he put under the window. And some of the drawers could be shallow so that we wouldn’t have to hunt high and low for underwear, socks, and TW’s tie collection. And the mirror was taking up an entire wall. Although we think its style is stunning, I suggested that it offered some more storage, of which you can never have enough.

MONA'S COMMENTS

BRINGING TWO DESIGNERS AND THIS MAGAZINE’S EDITOR INTO OUR SOON-TO-BE BEDROOM STARTED TO FEEL LIKE AN UNEASY TASK: ALTHOUGH WHEN THEY SAW IT, IT WAS JUST A MESS OF PILED UP FLAGSTONES AND BRICKED WALLS, THE QUESTIONS I HAD TO FACE WERE NOT EASY.

Cheryl’s design was much more romantic. I thought her idea of wallpapering the wall behind the bed with a flowered design was inspired, especially since I do remember that I slipped in the mention of Cath Kidston’s roses while we were talking. She also put a dressing table in the corner, which I think will be a lovely idea. I can already imagine my rows of Chanel bottles sitting there, and the maid mixing up my very anal order of things every time she dusts it. Now that I’ve seen her mirrored version, I am sure that I want a 30’s piece for that corner, so her sketches have sent me to the other extreme. With the flowery background, the modernist ideas make sense because they create a sense of fun. I think Cheryl’s light fittings – a couple of glass balls coming down from the ceiling, continue to add to the disco feel and give the room definition, but unless the glass was really thin, they are one of those things that looks fabulous on a glossy magazine, but would be too heavy-going in real life. Also, I have absolutely no idea who stocks them locally. Neither of the designers came up with an interesting idea for the bedside tables, which, judging from my constant haranguing that I absolutely did not want any furniture in the bedroom except for the bed, a couple of side tables and possible a chaise longue, was a glaring omission. In my present apartment, I only have two semi-circular tables that jut out from the wall, and the noninclusion of a drawer meant that the table is always packed with books and pre-sleep jewellery. So I’m still looking for something that would combine storage and simplicity without resorting to the usual two-drawer combo. My conundrum now arises as to which colour scheme we should go for. Kenneth’s warm tones, including moss, browns and dark reds is on the right side of serious, and blends in wonderfully with the Persian which he hadn’t even seen. Yet Cheryl’s ice cream mixes of grey, lilac, matte blue and dark turquoise is very seductive and yet restful. With the massive availability of any colour you like these days, I’m sure we can pick out individual tones from the carpet and create our own style. HW

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