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EDITOR’S LETTER HW The start of the new year is always an exciting time for interiors. Prior to the year even beginning, Pantone announces the colour of the year (Radiant Orchid for 2014). Early January brings the first interior design fair of the annum – imm cologne – which establishes an immediate glimpse of the trends ahead, and before the interiors world has a chance to rest, Maison & Objet in Paris marvels the globe with exciting new designs at the end of the month. imm cologne has established the furnishing sector trend report this year with the conclusion that while there is a continuing, strong demand for natural materials, people are also in the mood for more colour again. As a result, the dominating interiors trend this year is to combine different elements: wood contrasted with strong colour accents; the merging of different wood types; and pepping up the natural look with brightly painted occasional furniture and with blatantly artificial elements, such as high-tech textiles, plastic chairs and futuristic structures. This HOMEWORKS edition’s theme is ‘Light’, as more and more homeowners are realising its importance in the home. Not only does the HOMEWORKS Lighting Super Guide (page 047) take you through the main rooms of the home with lighting advice and information from experienced professionals, but also Stylist Jennifer Jo Barth brings you lighting inspiration on page 042. Don’t miss our other exciting features this issue – the Home Office Guide (page 044), Fragrant Favourites (page 070), and of course our three spectacular homes (starting on page 020). The most exciting thing about this year though? The first HOMEWORKS EXPO, which will be happening from the first to the fourth of May. The expo will bring together the complete industry related to homes: from developers to interior and exterior furnishing suppliers, finance, legal and industry professionals, such as architects and leading designers. I’m so excited to see a living and moving version of HOMEWORKS - I hope to see you all there! HOMEWORKS 2014

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GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK AND WIN FORWARD YOUR IDEAS OUTLINING WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE PUBLISHED IN HOMEWORKS. THE PERSON SUBMITTING THE MOST INTERESTING IDEA WILL RECEIVE THIS NESCAFÉ DOLCE GUSTO MINI ME® RED MACHINE, WORTH €129, COURTESY OF NESTLÉ Send your ideas to: HOMEWORKS Feedback, Writeon Ltd., Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or email: info@writeon.com.mt

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JOSEPHINE MANGANI IS THE WINNER OF THE MINI ME® COFFEE, TEA AND HOT CHOCOLATE MAKER, WORTH €120, COURTESY OF A&A MIZZI JOSEPHINE WROTE: “Thanks to HOMEWORKS for bringing us issue after issue of great ideas and inspiration. I would find it very helpful to see an article about lighting design for the different rooms of the house. I know that each room has specific lighting methods to produce different effects, and it would be very useful to learn about them in detail.”

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NEEDS YOU! 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., Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or editor@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned) ®

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NEW METROPOLITAN LUXURY STORE The ability to strike the balance between classic and modern has put Eric Kuster’s name on the international interior design map for almost two decades. His collections of fabrics, furniture and standalone interiors express an attitude for ‘metropolitan luxury’; the fitting label for his brand, encompassing a style that embraces glamour and comfort. After the opening of his headquarters in The Netherlands and stores in Antwerp and Ibiza, the store is now opening in Malta at the end of February in St. Julians. www.erickuster.com

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NATUZZI ITALIA HOME Natuzzi has announced the opening of its new concept store in Malta, where it has already been present since 2002. The new collection brings to Malta the style, quality and excellence of the largest Italian furniture and design company - the world leader in leather sofas. In keeping with the ‘Total Living’ philosophy, Natuzzi has chosen a superb store for discerning Maltese consumers, offering a complete Natuzzi Italia lifestyle with a surface of 600 square metres. www.form.com.mt

The 2014 range of Kuppersbusch appliances offer innovative, technical concepts, and awarded product designs of sophisticated kitchen appliances. Find it at BDI, www.homesbybdi.com

MALAGOLINA The new ‘Malagolina’ table lamp by Catellani & Smith creates various levels of lighting shades that make it a piece of art. Find it at Light Design Solutions, www.lds.com.mt

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The upgraded Banju Boutique concept store in Msida happily marries affordable luxury with innovation, style and comfort. Their range of bathroom, floor and mural tiling brands ensure that their clients’ individual tastes match with functional home solutions. www.banjuboutique.com

The new range of décor at GABA includes centerpieces, tableware, dinner sets, frames, cutlery and stunning decorative vases from LSA’s Ezzio and Inza Collection. www.gaba.com.mt 011

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In the words of Sir Terence Conran, “The designer’s job is to imagine the world not how it is, but how it should be.” Since 1964, Habitat has been challenging the way the world thinks about its living space, creating a revolutionary concept, offering contemporary design at affordable prices. The Habitat concept store is now open on level 1 at The Atrium in Mriehel, www.theatrium.com.mt

The new sofa brand LoiudiceD at Carmelo Delia includes various models in a mix of styles. The variety of materials is wide with most of them being water repellent and stain cleanable. All materials are highly resistant and the brand also boasts top grain leathers. Find it at Carmelo Delia, Valley Road, Birkirkara.

HETA New to EcoGlow is the Danish brand Heta, which manufactures a premium range of contemporary wood burning stoves. The brand offers original cast iron stoves, as well as a modern range. All the stoves feature the latest clean burn combustion technology ensuring high efficiency, excellent controllability and a comfortable radiant and convection heat. Find it at EcoGlow

ENTOURAGE Entourage is the new pendant light fitting designed by Italian designer Maunel Remeggio, available in a red, black or white lacquered finish. Find it in different sizes, and equipped to take energy saving lamps. Spot On, www.spotonmalta.com

LOLA GLAMOUR NEW COLLECTION The new collection of Lola Glamour furniture offers a world of design and colour. Each piece of furniture is made by hand and can be ordered to suit any size and finish. Find it at SatarianoHome, www.satariano.com

ETAGERE The new collection Etagere can sit neatly in various home environments and combines highly finished woods with minimalistic leather worktops and metal structures. Its practical design means non-reflective surfaces, cable management, adjustable feet, semihidden stationery cavity or drawers, and thermotreated woods. It’s also available in a wide range of leather and eco-leather colours to match existing furniture in the room. Find it at Dex, www.dex.com.mt

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IMM COLOGNE 2014

THE IMM COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FAIR ISN’T ONLY THE VERY FIRST INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW OF THE YEAR, BUT IT’S ALSO THE FIRST CHOICE FOR RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS AND DECISIONMAKING PROFESSIONAL VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE FAIR SHOWCASES INSPIRING INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS FOR TRENDSETTERS AND PROVIDES MARKETS WITH NEW IMPETUS. HOMEWORKS BRINGS YOU SOME OF THIS YEAR’S MOST INSPIRATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

DAS HAUS INTERIORS ON STAGE 2014

TRENDREPORT 2014

“The current trends in the furnishing sector seem contradictory. On the one hand there is a continuing, strong demand for natural materials – especially for wood. On the other hand, people are in the mood for more colour again. And because anything goes these days, it is precisely this penchant for combining different things that is the dominant trend: wood is being contrasted with strong colour accents, different types of wood are being used together, and the natural look is being pepped up with brightly painted occasional furniture and with blatantly artificial elements and materials, such as high-tech textiles, plastic chairs and futuristic structures.”

Each year, imm cologne embodies the walk-in ‘Das Haus - Interiors on Stage’, which is the simulation of a home, based on plans by a chosen celebrated designer. This year, Danish furniture and lighting designer Louise Campbell was the guest of honour. “Campbell is undoubtedly one of the leading protagonists in a new avant-garde generation of designers who are evolving the grand tradition of Scandinavian Modernism - not only with respect, but also with newfound self-confidence. The designer says of Das Haus: “I wanted to try and create a very special, cosmopolitan, gentle voice. Something that every ideal home has, without which the constant, gentle dialogue between the helpful house and its greedy occupants wouldn’t be possible.”

PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2014: RADIANT ORCHID Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the colour Radiant Orchid is “an invitation to innovation and encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.’’ Pantone predicts the colour will be popular in 2014 interior design, calling it a “modern and surprisingly versatile shade”. In decorating, the colour pairs well with other bright shades like turquoise, teal and light yellows, as well as neutrals like gray, beige and taupe.

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Giovanni Bonello has perceptively remarked that in the Maltese baroque idiosyncrasies, the muxrabija ‘stands miles away from the Maltese gallarija, a theatrical, self-conscious and assertive opera-house box onto the comedy of life enacted in the public space below.’ [2] After copious meetings, sketches and drawings we built a detailed 1:10 timber model which helped everyone understand its complex hinges system. FromOn this,the we other hand, Jo Tonna, emphasizes that discovered ways by which to improve its structural stability modern timber-muxrabija with its glass-paned and ease of opening and closing.

the window fronts seems to be ‘more of an opera box designed to be The structure looks identical to the traditional balcony seen in as well as to look out from.’ [3] in its ‘closed’ position; with the operable glass purtell on top and the fixed timber pannew at the bottom. When the to agree with both. central lock is released from the interior, theWe fourtend large glass apertures hinge out and pack on the side. The same thing happens with the lower timber panels, which unveil We arethe optimistic that our small hidden safety glass railing.

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GETTING UNDER THE SKIN OF invention can develop GOOD DESIGN: into an object that not only speaks of its time while The traditional metal locks and hinges haverespecting been that of its ancestors, but also one whose A SPOTLIGHT manufactured by a local blacksmith, and thefunctionality closing system is adds value to a dying inheritance. based on the spanjuletta method (espagnolette), which secures ON LOCALLY If successful, the large folding parts in place. The remainder is all red-deal this added value could sustain its longer construction, built by a local mastrudaxxa > lifespan. > DESIGNED AND (joiner). PRODUCED Chris Briffa Architects RESIDENTIAL together with traditional craftsmen, study, design and build a PRODUCTS prototype that retains all the aesthetic and traditional qualities of the traditional Maltese gallarija, but adds to it a new and much needed function. HOMEWORKS explores the anatomy of Il-Gallarija Miftuha

1 The architects asked themselves: How can they make the balcony ‘disappear’ from the inside, but not from the outside? How can it be modified to accommodate the client’s desire of unobstructed views, whilst simultaneously retaining its traditional features? After copious meetings, sketches and drawings the architects built a detailed 1:10 timber model which helped everyone understand its complex hinges system. From this, they discovered ways to 04 improve its structural stability and ease of opening and closing. The structure looks identical to the traditional balcony in its ‘closed’ position; with the operable 2 The traditional metal locks and hinges 3 The first prototype of gallarija miftuha [2] G. Bonello, ‘Mysteries of the Maltese Gallarija’, in Treasures of Malta, [3] J.Tonna, ‘The Other Language’, in The Sunday Times of Malta – glass purtell on top and the fixed timber have been manufactured by a local Building and was installed in October 2013 in Valletta, vol. IX no. II, Malta 2003, p. 8. Architectural Supplement, August, 2, 1987, Malta, p. 8. pannew at the bottom. When the central blacksmith, and the closing system on an apartment facing the Grand lock is released from the interior, the four is based on the spanjuletta method Harbour. While the architects will be large glass apertures hinge out and pack (espagnolette), which secures the large monitoring its performance on a quarterly on the side. The same thing happens with folding parts in place. The remainder is basis, they are now studying systems for the lower timber panels, which unveil the all red-deal construction, built by a local odd-numbered and multiple panelled hidden safety glass railing. mastrudaxxa (joiner). balconies.

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This issue’s homes are orientated around the theme ‘light’, each one exemplary of clever natural and artificial lighting schemes. We begin with a house in Valletta restored by Architect Patrick Calleja. This long-abandoned space is now a striking house with highly distinctive features, rooms, and spaces (page 20). The next story brings us a versatile and warm Q1 apartment at Tigné Point by Architects Martin Xuereb & Associates (page 28). Architects MJMDA design a quasi-minimal apartment with warmth and comfort by using a palette of colours and materials conducive to the feeling on a psychological level on page 36.

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The house had suffered considerable war damage and the masonry ceiling slabs had been reinstated, but spanned across steel beams on all the floors. Some of these had rusted right through their webs and flanges, and were dangerous. As a result, all the beams were replaced with timber ones. That was a major job, but one that allowed the architects to insulate all the ceilings while they were at it. Decorative books by camilleriparismode

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Architect Patrick Calleja (Architects Studio) manages the project of restoring this long-abandoned Valletta space into a striking house with highly distinctive features, rooms and spaces Architecture: Patrick Calleja (Architects Studio) Styling: Jennifer Jo Barth Photography: Tonio Lombardi Words: Guy Laguens

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It was imperative to restore, consolidate and highlight the architectural features of this house

alletta is a living Baroque city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage City that will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Quite rightly, substantial investment has been made in and around Valletta. We’ve got the Renzo Piano gate, parliament building and the former opera house open-air theatre in the making; the restoration of Fort St. Elmo too. There’s been the recent completion of the fortifications museum and the bridge to the breakwater, and the less recent Valletta Waterfront Project, as well as the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity. These large-scale urban projects have, over the years, undoubtedly helped regenerate certain parts of the city. Then why is the population slowly dwindling, now reportedly below the 6,000 mark from over 9,000 in 1985?

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Other smaller projects, mainly the renovation of apartments and some offices, have truly given a new lease of life to otherwise abandoned or dilapidated dwellings, which is where it was most needed: in the inner core. Only the regeneration and continuation of the community will keep the city alive, which necessarily implies an increase in the resident population. The stock of vacant dwellings in Valletta presently stands at around 30%. As a result, it’s rare to come across a renovated house in

Valletta: one that has retained its prime status as a residence. This Valletta house is one of them. To be precise, it hasn’t always been so, because sometime soon after WWII this property was partitioned off internally and used by a number of tenants. Today, it enjoys a new lease of life and meaning as a single, exceptional and beautiful residence. Architect Patrick Calleja (Architects Studio) who managed the project said that the house had been abandoned for years: “It was in an awful state of repair; some of the ceilings were about to collapse and all the doors, windows and services had to be replaced. Fortunately the client had a clear vision of what the house could look like when finished and overcame the first huge obstacle of purchasing from a myriad of owners.” The house had suffered considerable war damage: “The masonry ceiling slabs had been reinstated after the war, but spanned across steel beams on all the floors. Some of these had rusted right through their webs and flanges, and were dangerous. So we replaced all the beams with timber ones. That was a major job, but one that allowed us to insulate all the ceilings while we were at it. 023

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“A balcony had been strung across the courtyard at the first floor level to provide access to individual rooms, presumably for the various tenants. This was cantilevered out on steel beams protruding into the courtyard and upsetting the symmetry of the space, so it had to be removed. Fortunately, the barrel-vaulted entrance hall, the staircase and most of the walls remained quite intact. Meanwhile, the high ceilings, roof terraces, stone cornices, grand staircase, large, well-proportioned doors and windows, and a rather ornately decorated arch (despite their poor original state), were not betrayed by the abundant light flooding in each and every space of the house – now they look just magnificent!� It was imperative to restore, consolidate and highlight the architectural features of this house. The only structural alterations carried out were the removal of the balcony in the

courtyard and the replacement of all the steel beams with timber ones. Rehabilitation works began in February 2013 and were completed eight months later. That was when the stunning artefacts, furniture and other pieces brought over by the new owner from Thailand and London complemented the architecture. A spectacular Bohemian glass chandelier suspended in the main hallway sparkles and captivates visitors, as they pass through the restored entrance barrel vault. The courtyard lights up the interior spaces and many of the rooms; a bronze Gandharvalike piper is the focus of attention in the niche at the end of the courtyard, and sets the serene setting for this space. The reflective polished marble flooring throughout ensures a bright, fresh and clean looking passage between the spaces.

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The bathrooms are staggering in their display of marble, timber and glass. Aqua Di Parma and Santa Maria Novella toiletries from camilleriparismode

The guest quarters are located on ground floor; a grand staircase leads to the main landing overlooking the courtyard and the piano nobile living areas. The main reception room and kitchen occupy the front of the house with the sleeping quarters located at the back alongside the courtyard. A backless Asian sofa divides the main reception room respecting both the living and the dining area, as a reclining Chinese empress watches over. The kitchen is symmetrically placed in front of the ornate archway and overlooks the dining area. The bathrooms are staggering in their display of marble, timber and glass. “It’s just a wonderful house and each room and space is so distinct – whether it’s the light, volume, mouldings or décor – you just want to stay there!”

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Youth & Experience Architect Martin Xuereb and his team design a versatile and warm Q1 apartment at TignĂŠ Point

Architecture, Interior Design & Styling: Martin Xuereb & Associates Accessories & fabrics from One Two One Interiors Photography: Alan Carville Words: Elisabeth Cardona

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he aim of this apartment design was to achieve a space that looked lived-in, and be very habitable as a result. “We opted for a homely design here, rather than the clinical, ultra-modern elements that are becoming increasingly dated. Your home must feel like a home, not a gallery in which you cannot relax,” Architect Martin Xuereb says, “The materials and finishes are not intended to draw attention away from the focal point, which remains the impeccable sea views.”

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To ensure refreshingly contemporary and comfortably familiar designs, the architect worked with his architect children to create the right look. The healthy blend of youth and experience provided a winning formula. The architectural team went about maximising the space with wall-to-wall libraries, with ceiling mirrors to offer the impression of double-heights. In order to make the most out of the given space further, the architects created a flow in the open plan space whilst simultaneously giving each area its own designated purpose and privacy. Technological gadgets have also been kept to a minimum to keep the apartment low-maintenance and user friendly. The architects opted for a design that reflected the uniqueness of the block, while still remaining suitable to diverse tastes. This was achieved through a combination of classic and contemporary materials and textures, which can be easily customised through accent colours and soft furnishings. 030

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“We thought that the uniqueness of the site merited an equally unique design worthy of its esteemed clientele. We chose to move away from complicated gypsum ceilings and overused suspended bulkheads, and instead opted to achieve movement with the play of materials. We also wanted to retain optimum height in order to create/ maintain a sense of luxury. Visually, the spectator’s eye can merge though a play of matt floor timber finishes, which breaks through the glossy marble flooring. This is mirrored in the matt ceiling finish, which is juxtaposed by a reflective focal part of the ceiling to create flow and continuation”. 033

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The downstairs casual living area, inclusive of a bar, which allows for easy entertaining

Open plan living can often lead to the kitchen being the hub of the home, looking somewhat industrial when placed beside a formal dining area. Here, through the use of a cleverly devised system of vanishing doors and suspended sectionals, the kitchen virtually fuses in with the rest of the furniture that surrounds it. The result of this stunning apartment design is a warm and welcoming, truly liveable space, created from materials and finishes that focus on the striking sea views, as opposed to distracting from it.

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ARCHITECTS MJMDA DESIGN A QUASI-MINIMAL APARTMENT WITH WARMTH AND COMFORT BY USING A PALETTE OF MATERIALS AND COLOURS CONDUCIVE TO THE FEELING ON A PSYCHOLOGICAL LEVEL

Architecture & Design: MJMDA Architects Photography: Peter Mercieca Words: Guy Laguens

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his cleverly designed apartment was previously a shell space out of a standard developers block, sold with a few finishes and apertures included in the price. These were then tweaked during production to ensure that they worked with the new design.

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A detailed brief for any project is a must in order to allow architects to design to their full potential. In the case of MJMDA, they have developed an online profiler, which comes in handy to define the aesthetic requirements of a project as a whole, space-by-space, the preferred finishes, and the desired functionality. The homeowner of this apartment called for a quasi-minimal approach that would also let off warmth. Architect Matthew J. Mercieca: “We take a brief as a set of requirements mostly independent of the space it will be inhabiting. In this way, creative solutions make for a better realisation of something worthwhile.” Principally the permission plans were for a standard segregated space with a preference for three bedrooms rather than more living and entertaining space. There was also a lack of desired facilities. As a result, the architects went about introducing a guest WC, and cloak space, laundry facilities and storage, as well as a passage that would become a quick alternate route to the main bedroom. The third bedroom was integrated with the living space in order to create a 038

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more spacious setup. At the fulcrum of the entrance, kitchen, dining, reading and lounge area, a slate-clad free-floating fireplace was introduced. Another important element that was established was the enlargement of the previously limited balcony into a little terrace, giving the space that important external plug in. Here, fins were also devised to conceal circular columns and to create a sleek outward looking geometry, looking onto landscape views of Mgarr.

The daring red orange guest WC toilet set in an all encompassing line of light and all black surrounding – a custom designed light fitting by MJMDA.

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Timber deck from Parador by Matteo Thun from Brands International.

In terms of the soft furnishings and colour scheme, the architects used a timber base as flooring, and a host of textiles and leathers in brown/grey tones. This contrasted by the lacquered white and warm colours – as well as the slate and black – cemented the composition together. One of the key requirements of the brief was to create a minimal space, yet a warm and comfortable one. “By using a palette conducive to such a feeling on a psychological level, we achieved this. We love to use parquet as a practical functional background because it gives a great sense of warmth. Here it was a perfect match, as it softens the apartment experience. Other soft furnishings, such as the upholstered textural fabric sliding doors in the hallway contribute to better warmth complimented by preferable acoustics to support that warmth.

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HOMEOFFICES making it work for your work WITH TECHNOLOGY MAKING IT EASIER AND EASIER TO WORK FROM HOME, IT’S SERIOUSLY TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR HOME OFFICE SPACE. HOMEWORKS OFFERS SOME GREAT IDEAS ON HOW TO DO JUST THAT 01 Vi s t a- 01 - 053 : Layout 1

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The sliding panels of the Vista Home Office have a frame in anodized aluminium in a natural, steel or black finishing. Make up a composition of shelves, drawers and other elements with uprights in anodized colour aluminium and wood that is fixed to the wall or between the floor and ceiling. The same accessories can also be hung to sliding frames and placed upon a fixed wall unit, creating a play of equipped panels, which hide and then uncover when other elements are needed. Find it at GRF Design Concepts, www.grfmalta.com / www.albed.it

The Infinite Range Office Furniture from Ufficio Design is the fruit of the best Italian traditional leather processing, sewn with craftsmanship. Desk here starting from €1,040 from Casanova

When running meetings or providing presentations from home, being able to leverage audio, video and technology is vital. With a Control System, you can take control of all audio, video teleconferencing, video conferencing and lighting easily. Find it at Astral

Cupertino desk, which features an integrated sound system, and Bluetooth enabled speakers, which are designed to fit the table for a complete, no-fuss look, as well as offer a full hi-fi experience so they can be used as a home audio system. This desk also features compartments for easy cable management and hidden storage underneath oak tops, and is also available in black-stained oak veneer. Find it at BoConcept

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Krea offers a wide collection of home office furniture, such as desks with different top thicknesses, chests on wheels, storage units and comfortable stylish office chairs, all available in different finishes

WHOLE ROOM SOLUTIONS

It’s not an uncommon necessity to squeeze a home office into another room. If your home work space is seldom used, it’s a good idea to set aside a desk space, then dress it to display interesting items, relevant or not. This way, part of it is clear for when use of it is desired, but then it will also look nice when it’s not being used. However, it can be tricky to make a multi-purpose room work without it all becoming chaotic. Storage is the key: if you invest enough in it – or at least a desk with some storage space – clutter can be kept to a minimum. A good idea for less crammed spaces is to use a shelving unit as a room divider in order to screen off the desk area from the rest of the room. Alternatively, hiding the office space behind built-in units can also keep the room look neat and streamlined. Sticking to the same colour theme throughout a room helps the practical, office part of the room blend in with its surroundings. Also, choosing furniture that doesn’t necessarily look like office furniture is extremely helpful.

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If you have to squeeze your home office into an awkward space, an excellent solution is to build in the home office furniture. A lot of furniture companies specialise in this type of bespoke

furniture and also ensure that you install the lighting and wiring right at the same time so that you can work in comfort. If your home office has to fit into an alcove of a room, highlight the background with a pale shade to create a calm work zone, and choose slim, shapely furniture that won’t dominate the space. Even better is to keep the space as under-furnished as possible, opting for clever storage systems and a desk that won’t overwhelm the space. Place the desk along the shortest wall if the room is very narrow, but stick to the longest walls if you want to make the most of space. Using wall-to-ceiling bookcases is a great space-saver, and will also automatically create a contemporary feel.

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If you want a busy space to feel less so, it’s important to choose a calming colour scheme (neutrals are soothing) and coordinate it as much as possible – from wall colours through to accessories. An all-white scheme is a good base to start with, especially in a room that doubles up as a living and/or dining space, but accents and accessories can be bold in order to add interest. If your work is creative, it might be in your interest to go for a bold, contrasting colour scheme. Do this by sticking to one main shade, then use two to three accent shades for the best effect.

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Whether you’re setting it up specifically for your home office, or using your home office space as a base for your home automation system, planning this in the beginning will make life a lot easier and less expensive in the long run. When sought after, it can be found that there’s some very handy office technology available on the market. For instance, BoConcept does the Scandinavian-designed Cupertino desk, which features an integrated sound system. The Bluetooth enabled speakers are designed to fit the table for a complete, no-fuss look and offer a full hi-fi experience so they can be used as a home audio system. This desk also features compartments for easy cable management and hidden storage underneath oak tops. When running meetings or providing presentations from home, being able to leverage audio, video and technology is vital. There are some excellent control systems available on the market, which can take control of all audio, video teleconferencing, video conferencing and lighting easily. Astral offers solutions that can even be controlled from a smart phone or tablet. Their systems allow users to touch a keypad or tablet to turn on the lights to the perfect level as the room is entered, to lower the shades, dim the lights, drop the screen and start presentations with one touch.

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WELCOME TO THE HOMEWORKS LIGHTING SUPER GUIDE, BRINGING YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIGHTING AND MORE, STRAIGHT FROM THE DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

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INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTING by Peter Cutajar, Light Design Solutions

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BATHROOM LIGHTING by Sarah Calleja, Architecture Project (AP)

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LIVING ROOM LIGHTING by Greta Apap Bologna, Greta Design

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THE LATEST LED TECHNOLOGY by Matthew Grech, Glow

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SUPER GUIDE BY PETER CUTAJAR, LIGHT DESIGN SOLUTIONS

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ight has always played a crucial role in our lives. More and more people are beginning to appreciate the significance of the commodity of light in our lives, particularly in our environment. A number of developments over the past 50 years, especially in the last 20 years, have changed our opinion and position towards light and its use considerably. Having a specialist lighting design profession, which has been established and sustained over the last two decades has fostered awareness that lighting is more than simply a matter of calculating lux levels or choosing aesthetically pleasing fittings rather than considering the quality of light they produce. Light is both an art and a science, and in the words of British Architect Norman Foster: “If the spaces that we create do not move the heart and mind then they are surely only addressing one part of their function.� Understanding the arrangement of light and shadow is crucial if we are to enjoy and use space effectively. However, there are other familiar yet key factors that have transformed lighting design into a distinctive profession. Choosing efficient electric light sources in order to save energy without compromising the ambience of the lit surroundings requires expertise to utilise the full potential of natural light. There is also the technology factor to consider. The novelty of LEDs has been an innovation in lighting

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LED panel inserts in H beam and LED recessed ceiling 24w lights Aluminium profile with seamless fluorescent 28w lamps recessed in the ceiling. Bed side lights with an 18w compact fluorescent lamp to give an up and down light effect. The LED spot on the flexible arm provides a reading light General light is needed in the kitchen. Here, this kitchen is lit with LED 18w (3000K) LED aluminium profile to create a wall panelling and border light effect

and the ingenuity of modern lighting control systems have been gaining momentum in designing light and lighting systems. Lighting has many functional roles beyond simply rendering our surroundings visible. It reveals the richness of materials, the rough texture of concrete, the translucence of etched glass, and the golem of polished granite. Light does not only have intensity, but it also has vibration capable of roughening a smooth material or giving a three-dimensional quality to a flat surface. All lighting schemes should, of course, be a carefully balanced composition, a considerate combination of light and shadow, less light and more light, cool light and warm light. Creating contrast is crucial. However, ensuring the correct light balance is fundamental to the overall lighting effect. There is now an overuse of coloured lighting in inappropriate settings – a situation provoked by the introduction of LEDs and the use of DMX control systems in the architectural field. Very often the unprofessional accedes to the use of the 16 million hues that such technology offers. As always, context is central. Entertainment and leisure venues are the conventional candidates for the visual pleasure and excitement of colour and dazzling lights. Used carefully, coloured lighting can make a powerful statement even in such

conservative surroundings. However, most light arrangements and design shows that subtle, white light schemes are often the most compelling and evocative. Whether featuring an overt decorative element or a discreet lighting effect, the most successful outcomes are generally those where lighting is given its due attention at the planning stage so that it can be integrated within the architecture. As well as creating a seamless result, where light is predominant and the fitting carefully concealed, this also allows due consideration for the finishes, which can have an enormous impact on the lit space. The alteration from white to black or from gloss to matt will have a profound effect on the resultant light levels (either too much or too little), and create issues such as unwanted reflections and glare, as the surrounding materials accordingly absorb, reflect and refract the light. Lighting and architecture must be viewed as a composite, and the stronger the collaboration between architect/ interior designer and lighting designer the more harmonious and successful the result. “Without light there is no life, without life there is no creation, no art, no architecture, no vision and no expression.“

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LIVING ROOM BY INTERIOR DESIGNER GRETA APAP BOLOGNA, GRETA DESIGN

“Nothing has a bigger impact (for the smallest investment) than lighting – it’s often the difference between a space that feels cold and dull, as opposed to one that’s warm and welcoming”

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he sitting / living room can truly be described as a room for all reasons. It is used for relaxation and the entertainment of guests, as a study, playroom, music room and also as a library – it is a complex area to plan, to decorate and least of all to light up properly. The best way to approach the challenge is to imagine an average day and then make a list of the ways in which the sitting / living room is used. This will offer a starting point for the lighting scheme, whether it’s a matter of making the best of existing facilities or of starting afresh. If the living room is used right throughout the day and evening, or for specific tasks, then you’ll need a

number of different levels of lighting, as well as lighting types. Take into account the different atmospheres you want to conjure up. The answer you surmise will help you decide how bright the lighting needs to be, as well as how easy it will be to dim. Overall, it’s worth using fittings that can be dimmed – from pendants right through to table lamps, and also recessed soffit lights. Wall lights are an excellent way to provide some soft, low-level light, creating atmosphere and warmth. Getting the proportions of your light fittings right is just as important as the quality of light they’ll give. Have you got room for a large, ceiling pendant, which will be the focal light of the room? Or

When watching television, it’s ideal to have another light source other than the screen. It’s important not to position lamps at the same level as the television, next to or opposite it – if you do so, you will eclipse the picture you’re trying to watch. Here, Main floor lamp from BoConcept, available in a white or dark grey shade, and black, white or oak legs, €500 Crane floor lamp from BoConcept, €700

maybe will a row of trimless, recessed lights be more suitable for the layout and size of the room? The height of the ceiling / soffit must be taken into consideration at the design stage. Another important fact to consider is whether the room actually has a lot of natural light or whether there are dark corners in your sitting / living room that need extra care and attention when it comes to the lighting design. Floor and table lamps can be useful in providing pools of light throughout the day and evening and are an attractive way of brightening up darker areas when soffits are not an option and therefore overhead lighting cannot be installed. It’s important to ensure that the lighting is balanced throughout, especially if the room is large, or zoned into different areas (such as a library, a lounging / TV area and a study). Each part of the room has to have adequate lighting for its purpose, but ensure that no particular area will overpower any of the other areas once all the lights are on. The different lighting areas must work as a whole when the room is being used wholly. Ideally, each different area will have its own accent lighting. New range 2014 of Cleveland series by Fabasluce – Italy, available with optional LED lamps from VCT Light & Design Ascent table lamp from Glow, which dims the light output by moving the head up and down

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LIGHTING GUIDE HW The light temperature of a fitting is an important fact to consider, as is the direction of the lighting being used, for these both can change the overall effect of a room. Lampshades, particularly opaque or darkly coloured ones, throw light both up and downwards. Pale coloured, translucent lampshades throw a soft light in all directions. Spotlights / soffit lights with a tilt can highlight a particular area of a room. Wall lights throw light softly (if dimmable) either up or down. It’s important to get the light going in the direction you want it to. The light fittings must compliment the rest of the finishes in the room. Lights aren’t just practical – they can be extremely decorative, too. So, when choosing fittings for your living room consider the colour scheme, furniture and basic materials being used throughout (is white better than natural aluminium or black?) When watching television, it’s ideal to have another light source other than the screen. To avoid eye-strain, try positioning low wattage LED’s in alcoves, or use wall uplighters near or behind the screen to bounce indirect light off the wall. It’s important not to position table lamps at the same level as the television, next to or opposite it – if you do so, you will eclipse the picture you’re trying to watch. Lighting is the best way to accent a picture or sculpture. Adapt the type of bulb or LED source to suit the artwork accordingly. There is a solution to every focal point in the room. Good lighting is a luxury that everyone can afford. Nothing has a bigger impact (for the smallest investment) than lighting – it’s often the difference between a space that feels cold and dull, as opposed to one that’s warm and welcoming.

All lights throw light softly (if dimmable) either up or down. Here, Cors wall lamps with a flowing, soft structure, made of a specially developed silicone, available from Glow PASION by Hugo Tejada for Mantra, manufactured in fibreglass and finished in black and white epoxy – built-in low-consumption lighting and completely imperceptible due to their tinted terminals, which shine with a clean glowing light. Find it at Farrugia Lighting & Interiors New range 2014 of Chantal series by Fabasluce – Italy, available with optional LED lamps from VCT Light & Design

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BATHROOM BY ARCHITECT SARAH CALLEJA, ARCHITECTURE PROJECT

“The bathroom is a place to invigorate ourselves, a place to draw a relaxed bath at the end of our week, a place to examine our bodies, satisfy our vanity, a place to escape to, and a place where we prepare ourselves to face the outside world” ften the smallest room of the house, the bathroom is saddled with a variety of uses throughout the day. It greets us in the morning and is often the last room to see us before we hit the bed. Apart from this, the bathroom is a place to invigorate ourselves, a place to draw a relaxed bath at the end of our week, a place to examine our bodies, satisfy our vanity, a place to escape to, and a place where we prepare ourselves to face the outside world. This variety of activity requires different types of light. The initial consideration when designing bathroom lighting is to cater for a combination of lights fittings, which can be controlled separately. A combination would allow for the more powerful light to suit our vanity, ambient lighting for our bath or shower, and minimal lighting for that middle of the night visit. We all want our skin to look good and have the right colouring, and this can be achieved with the right lighting. As a result, it’s important to avoid cast shadows on our face as we stand in front of the mirror. This is one of the most common mistakes that we come across when refitting a bathroom, as we often find a single light point located on the ceiling at the centre of the room. This results in a backlit effect for the person standing in front of the mirror with cast shadows down the face. In order to achieve the right lighting designers try to plan lighting that illuminates the face symmetrically from side to side. This is reminiscent

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of a Hollywood star’s make-up room with a mirror studded with light bulbs. Although this is generally not the look that we strive to achieve when designing bathrooms, we try to achieve the same benefits by using alterative light fittings, such as linear strip lights, mirror lights, and recessed or integrated within furniture. In addition to the location of the fitting, it’s important to specify lamps that mimic daylight and have the correct colour temperature (varying from

2700K-3000K). Ideally, bathrooms are planned to possess a good source of natural light. When designing lighting over and around the bath or shower area, designers often specify recessed overhead light in order to achieve an ambient light. The integration of a simple dimmer can help to reduce the brightness and to create a soft ambient lighting unless we decide to opt for the age-old flickering of candlelight. The planning of the lighting installation

is an essential part of designing a bathroom. Ideally, the flexibility is available that’s required to combine a variety of lights. A suspended ceiling is often specified, as this allows distribution of the light points as required, as well as to work with less expensive light fittings. This could make use of the added depth to reflect light onto existing walls and/or mirrors. Another important factor is that the fittings specified have the correct IP (Ingress Protection) rating, and this varies depending on the location of the fitting and its proximity to water or moisture. Beyond the functional aspect of the location and type of lighting, there is also the selection of fittings, which can contribute to the design of the bathroom. Designers opt for fittings that reflect the design intent and help to create an integrated scheme. These can vary from modern technical fittings to classical decorative fittings. This must be done with consideration of the space and the limitations it can present. Only very careful planning and the correct detailing can enable the achievement of a bathroom that delivers the lighting that is required, keeps in line with the technical standards in place, is pleasant to the eye, and one that suits all the demands bestowed upon it. New range 2014 of Serie Melody by Fabasluce - Italy, available with optional LED lamps from VCT Light & Design New range 2014 of Serie Melody Ceiling by Fabasluce - Italy, available with optional LED lamps from VCT Light & Design Mantra’s On Series, inclusive of the latest LED technology from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors 053

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BEDROOM BY MARIA MERCIECA, M+DESIGN

“Due to the fact that it is where we rest after a long day’s work, there is a need to consider comfort and relaxation. Having a good bedroom lighting design enhances the mood of the room, and should emit an inviting and soothing effect.” PROJECT TEAM: Interior design: Maria Mercieca, Analise Farrugia for m+design Lighting design: Maria Mercieca for m+design Photography: David Pisani Styling: m+design team, BoConcept, Retroforma, Piscopo, InsideOut, onepercent

ood bedroom lighting design ensures visual comfort by enabling one to walk around the room at night and offer a welcoming tone for the day. Lighting a room depends on the size of the room, apertures and location (north or south facing). Big rooms need more lighting when compared to small ones.

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To develop the lighting concept, it’s important to observe and understand what each person wants to experience before going to bed or when waking up. This is determined by the individual’s sleeping patterns, sensitivity to light and other uses related to the bedroom, such as watching TV, reading, dressing up or listening to music, as well as how they interact within the space. The images of bedroom lighting and design projects here are naturally well lit; one having a large opening overlooking a small garden, the other being a narrow long space with a relatively large window at the far end. Two very different concepts were applied. One concept was designed to emphasise how the space changes, transforming from day to night as the sun goes down and artificial lights are turned up. The second concept aims at transforming a long and narrow space into one which is more dynamic by creating a visual dividing line through change in materials, and trying to create

horizontality by using linear strip lighting and high level, as well as full length mirrors. In one bedroom, the choice of materials, such as red translucent and sand blasted glass and mirrors contribute to introducing more light and creating points of interest with natural sunlight. Blinds control the quality and quantity of natural daylight coming into the room, but also interact with the outdoors by creating shadows, which add softness to the bold design. As the sun goes down the yard is blackened out, and the bedroom becomes a more intimate and cosy space. Lighting is mainly indirect, apart from three spots, which give a warm ambient light. There are recessed light fittings on either side of the bed, together with the indirect light coming through the sand blasted glass to create an excellent light for reading or watching TV. A recessed fluorescent tube above the desk gives sufficient light to work with, while decorative lighting by use of pink LEDS fitted into the red shelves. There is a clear gradual mood change from bright daylight which brings the outdoors in by shadows created by the lemon tree. Dusks works well with the functional indirect light which give the room a softness, while the coloured

RGB led at night transform the room completely giving it a bold feel. And when the lights are switched off the large opening becomes a panoramic view of a star and moonlit sky. In the second bedroom, the lighting design concept is to use light, materials and volumes to visually divide the room in two. A recessed strip LED in the timber bulkhead runs into what seems to be the next room as the occupant lies in bed, creating a sense of space and horizontality. Bedside reading lamps are surface-mounted and rotate 360° to light the wall behind the bed or bulkhead, and add softness to the room. Two halogen spots at the back of the room light the plant and the wardrobe, while diffused recessed LEDs light up the main changing area, also acting as a general light. Here again, full-length mirrors enhance the light to help transform the volume. The bedroom is one of the rooms that needs special attention during home designing. Due to the fact that it is where we rest after a long day’s work, there is a need to consider comfort and relaxation. Having a good bedroom lighting design enhances the mood of the room, and should emit an inviting and soothing effect.

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2. Handmade pendant barrel lights from Mdina Glass, available in three sizes, frosted or clear finish and various colours, starting from €80 3. Soluzioni from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors, starting from €160 4. Fluo - made of a lightweight mesh, combining space and volume - available in black, white or customised colours on request. Starting from €584 at Glow 5. LAMELLA by Molto Luce, available in three shape variations and four colour finishes. Available from Glow, starting from €1,050 6. Handle Me from BoConcept, available in a white or black metal shade with oak handle, and different sizes, starting from €279 057

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EDs (Light Emitting Diodes) consist of a silicone chip that iluminates when a low voltage current passes through it. The technology has come a long way since their introduction into the general lighting field some years ago. The main factors that make up the composition of a good quality LED lamp are: Light Output (measured in lumens per watt), Light Colour (measured in kelvins), Lifetime (measured in hours), and Light Quality (measured in CRI – Colour Rendering Index, or Ra). Consumers often have difficulty distinguishing between LEDs and energy saving bulbs. Energy savers are what they are called: energy savers! They were a quick fix to the market originally dominated by the old inclandesent bulbs. They consume around around 70% less compared to conventional bulbs, but have a very poor light colour. Most of them take time to warm up, do not like to be switched on and off frequently, and last around 10,00015,000 hours. They are also damaging to the environment, as they are filled with hazardous chemicals like mercury. Quality LED bulbs are superior to energy saving bulbs in many ways. They usually last a minimum of 25,000 hours – double the lifetime of energy savers. They consume even less energy (85% compared to incandescent bulbs). LEDs don’t just burn out like normal bulbs, but their light diminishes over time. After 25,000 hours, the fitting should still be functional, giving an adaquate output of about 70% of the initial brightness. The following aspects should be taken into consideration when selecting the right LED bulb:

LUMINOUS FLUX This value indicates the total amount of light without considering the direction of light output and is measured in lumen [lm]. So this is the most important parameter for determining the brightness of a light bulb (“lumen is the new watt”). Consumer organisations give the following rule of thumb: Watt of the incandescent bulb x 10 = minimum lumen required for the LED (i.e. 10 W incandescent bulb = min. 100 Lm LED lamp). COLOUR TEMPERATURE The unit Kelvin [K] is used to measure the colour temperature of light. A burning candle has approximately 1500K; an incandescent light bulb 2700K, and sunlight around 6500K. The lower the value, the “warmer” the light appears. If you want to replace a warm white incandescent lamp 1:1, you should you look for 2700K. There is a big difference between 2700K and 2800K, and even larger to 3000K. Warm white starts at 2700K downwards, while upwards the light becomes cooler and neutral. It is important to consider the colour temperature when purchasing, as it is much cheaper to produce 2800K or 3000K than 2700K, and get the same light output.

LIFETIME The lifetime is measured in hours: • The old incladesent bulbs last around 1,000 hours • Energy savers last around 10,000 15,000 hours • LED bulbs last around 20,000 - 25,000 hours It is hard to verify the lifetime indications especially with cheaper, unbranded products. Be weary of cheap, unbranded bulbs claiming to achive 50,000 hours. You will be better off choosing a decent brand which gives you 25,000 hours. COLOUR RENDERING (CRI OR RA) To describe the quality of light from light sources, the so-called colour rendering index (CRI or Ra) is used. Incandescent bulbs, by definition, have the highest value of Ra = 100. It is necessary that a colour rendering index of at least 80 is achieved. Important: Ra > 80 indicates a good light quality, while Ra = 90 stands for an excellent light quality. LED bulbs are state-of-the-art Caution should be exercised with remarkably cheap and unbranded products, as they tend to have weaknesses like a short lifetime, a cooler colour temperature, or a very bad CRI.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY High or low wattages is not a clear indicator of performance or brightness. The wattage of a lamp is for guidance only. Output is measured in lumen. When choosing an LED lamp, look for ’lumen output per watt’. A 7W lamp with a 320 lumen output (45.7Lm/W) is more energy efficient than a 5W with a 200 lumen output (40Lm/W).

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Quadro wall lamp from BoConcept, available in a black or white fabric and include an adjustable reading LED light, €250 for a pair; Tiffany range of bedroom lighting from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors; Silenzio with Kvadrat fabrics from Glow; Murano glass chandelier by Sylcom made of black and crystal glass, authentic 24 carat gold leaf hand finishes, and framed in chrome, available from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors; The E19 is made up of 19 separate electrical cables, which join at the top. Find it at Glow; Soluzioni pendant from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors

This makes colours look pale and unnatural. LEDs are a A leading brand in LED lamps longterm investment and one should look for quality over and bulbs at prices comparable to or energy at half the an adjustable reading LED light, From left toprice. right: Quadro wall lamp from BoConcept, available in a black whitesavers, fabric and include Quality LED range products available in various consumption andKvadrat fabrics from Glow; Murano €250 for a pair; Tiffany of are bedroom lighting fromlight Farrugia Lightingwattage & Interiors; Silenzio with temperatures, withmade a good 80and or more. They turnauthentic on double lifetime, LEDON is and framed in chrome, available glass chandelier by Sylcom of CRI, black crystal glass, 24 caratthe gold leaf hand finishes, to 100% luminance right away, are is available in dimmable now available Glow. from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors; The E19 made up of 19 separate electrical cables,from which join The at the top. Find it at Glow; Soluzioni andFarrugia have a good wattage to lumen output ratio. Due pendant from Lighting & Interiors brand offers a perfect Warm to advances in technology, LED lamps have become White colour and the high Below: Hemisferic collection from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors very affordable. These factors are all contributing to the quality light output (CRI) of 90+, emergence of LEDs as the leading lighting solution for matching that of conventional both residential and commercial applications. lamps

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GREEN WALLS With the new innovation from Elho, green lovers can now choose their own style of green walls, with white or lime green frames. Specially designed for plants with a container size up to 11cm, they also include a watering system solution for those who don’t have the time for maintenance. Find it at Piscopo Gardens, www.piscopogardens.com

CORSICA BIRD GARDEN The Corsica Bird Garden by Elho is a wall planter with an integrated birdhouse. Developed together with bird specialists, the double walled birdhouse ensures a good breeding climate and is easy to clean. Find it at Piscopo Gardens, www.piscopogardens.com

AERO GARDEN This NASA-proven, dirt free growing technology has been scientifically proven to grow plants up to ten times faster than plants grown in soil. It’s easy, foolproof and includes two energy efficient grow lights, which allow it to grow indoors anywhere, any time of year. What else is great about it? No dirt, no mess, and no green thumb required. www.miraclegro.com

URBAN NATURE CLIP LED Material and form combine to produce the Clip LED bollard light. Made out of fibre cement, it’s lightweight, ecologically responsible and perfectly suited for outdoor use. The lamp also carries an IP rating of 54 and consumes a mere 5.5W of energy. Find it at GLOW, www.facebook.com/glowmalta

Urban Nature is the new collection by Panaria, created from the evolution of the metropolitan style, generated from the rediscovery of basic materials that make up the urban fabric, resulting in something new and wonderful with a natural, contemporary flavour. Find it at Bathroom Design, www.bathroomdesign.com.mt 069

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Fragrant

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The garden isn’t only a visual experience. Scent plays a huge role in the holistic enjoyment of a garden. HOMEWORKS explores fragrant trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs

Probably one of the most aromatic flowers in the garden, jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family, and is easily grown in Malta A sight seen all over Malta, the oleander (Nerium oleander) evergreen shrub or small tree has highly perfumed flowers The Pittosporum tobira is a species of flowering plant with very fragrant, cream flowers in late spring. Used frequently as an ornamental plant in landscaping and as cut foliage, the Pittosporum can grow quite tall and become treelike, as well as be trimmed into a hedge Greatly varying in size and height, the bay tree (Laurus nobilis) is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, which are often used as seasoning in Mediterranean cooking

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he bitter orange citrus tree (Citrus aurantium) offers an incredible intoxicating fragrance that lasts several weeks in spring. Common in Malta, this tree is also known as the marmalade orange or Seville orange tree, and the bitter orange fruit is often used for essential oils, as well as for marmalade.

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The large evergreen shrub or small Loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica) offers fragrant cream flowers in autumn and winter and produces a delicious sweet yellow fruit, which ripens in early spring. Apart from being extremely tasty, loquats are good for you too, as they’re low in saturated fat and sodium, and are high in vitamin A, dietary fibre, potassium, and manganese. The Scorpion Vetch (Coronilla valentina) is an evergreen flowering shrub with pea-like foliage and fragrant, brilliant yellow flowers in spring and summer, followed by slender pods. Greatly varying in size and height, the bay tree (Laurus nobilis) is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, which are often used as seasoning in Mediterranean cooking. A sight seen all over Malta, the oleander (Nerium oleander) evergreen shrub or small tree has highly perfumed flowers and gets its common name from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive tree. As the oleander tree is tolerant of poor soils and lack of water, it’s easy to grow in Malta’s hot climate. The bitter orange citrus tree is also known as the marmalade orange or Seville orange tree, and the bitter orange fruit is often used for essential oils, as well as for marmalade The large evergreen Loquat tree produces a delicious sweet yellow fruit, which is high in vitamin A, dietary fibre, potassium, and manganese

The Mahonia japonica evergreen shrub offers lemon-yellow fragrant flowers in early spring with dark fruits developing in summer. Often grown as an ornamental shrub, the Mahonia japonica is used for landscaping–and due to its bold, spiny foliage–is good for use in security or privacy hedging. 071

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The Mahonia japonica evergreen shrub offers lemon-yellow fragrant flowers in early spring with dark fruits developing in summer. Often grown as an ornamental shrub, the Mahonia japonica is used for landscaping The Scorpion Vetch – a flowering evergreen with pea-like foliage and fragrant, brilliant yellow flowers in spring and summer, followed by slender pods While the perennial Wisteria is a climbing vine, it can be trained into a tree-like shape, usually with a wavy trunk and a flattened top Herb gardens offer strong scents, and with hardy herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, mint and basil growing so easily in Malta’s climate, they’re not that difficult to maintain

The Pittosporum tobira is a species of flowering plant with very fragrant, cream flowers in late spring. Used frequently as an ornamental plant in landscaping and as cut foliage, the Pittosporum can grow quite tall and become treelike, as well as be trimmed into a hedge. The common shrub is droughttolerant and is fairly hardy, which makes it a good landscaping plant in Malta. Probably one of the most aromatic flowers in the world, jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family and is easily grown in Malta. It contains around 200 species native to warm temperate regions of Europe, and is widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers.

Wisteria is a woody, deciduous, perennial climbing vine with vivid mauve, lilac or white flowers that give off a strong scent in spring. While the plant is a climbing vine, it can be trained into a tree-like shape, usually with a wavy trunk and a flattened top. There’s nothing that gives off a stronger scent than a varied herb section in the garden. With hardy herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, mint and basil growing so easily in Malta’s climate, it’s not difficult to have a powerfully scented patch.

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SPRING TIME: WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN? In March the ground starts warming up, which requires much of the spring planting, moving and dividing to be done before the hotter, drier weather sets in. This is the time to sow half-hardy annuals and to plant summer-flowering bulbs. Now is the time to finish pruning roses and to make sure there are no weeds or plants immediately around the base of the rose plant. Add a nitrogen and potassium rich fertiliser to your roses. Trim lavender bushes before spring growth gets under way. Curry plants (Helichrysum italicum) can be treated the same. Trim into a ball, but be careful not to trim down to the old wood at the base, as new growth will not form from here. Spring is the best time to divide perennials by digging up the whole clump, and dividing into smaller pieces. Either tease the clump apart or cut using a spade. Replant in groups of three or five for good displays the following year. In April, lift large clumps, and split with a spade and re-plant, which is the easiest way to increase your stocks of plants. Newly divided clumps

need watering if it gets very dry. Add a bit of fertiliser or lots of compost when you divide. In the vegetable garden, almost everything can be sowed by April: broad beans, peas, salad crops, carrots, spinach, beetroot, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, leeks and cauliflower. Remember to sow salads and spinach every two or three weeks to keep supplies going. It’s also time to begin seeding potatoes, and as soon as the ground is dry enough, onions and shallots can be planted. Take a look at climbers and see which ones need to be tied in to their supports. Make sure you keep up with weeding, as they will be growing strongly now. Anything that was in the wrong place last year can be moved now and should get off to a good start before it gets too hot.

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A contemporary design with traditional heraldic characteristics, Westbury offers a new angled v-shaped bolster, which is reflected in the shape of the handles and spoon head. The concave shape of the fork handle nestles comfortably into the hand, while the finely balanced pieces have a pleasing weight and strength. Find it at camilleriparismode, www.camilleriparismode.com

SALAD KIT An ideal gift, the new salad kit includes a striking bottle of extra virgin olive oil, salad utensils and salad related spices to complete the set. Find it at Dical House, www.dicalhouse.com

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FLEURS SAUVAGES The new ‘Fleurs Sauvages’ fine bone china tableware dinner set by Rosenthal offers a design that draws on the sensations of blooming flowers, the humming of insects, delicate leaves, and cool grass to give the overall impression of a walk in a summer’s paradise. Inspired by the glorious harmony of the different plants in a flower meadow, Swiss textile designer Regula Studli created an arrangement of wild flowers and intricate twigs, scattered haphazardly and in striking contrast to the green leaves and white blossoms. Find it at Raphael Azzopardi, www.raphaelazzopardi.com

CAKE MELTS The new Cake Melts from CoseCasa are easily portioned drops for icing cake pops, cakes, biscuits and more. Melting the icing is easier than using couverture and chocolate: simply heat in a microwave oven for two minutes, or melt in a bain-marie. Cake melts can be mixed with one another and have an eight-month shelf life. Find them at CoseCasa, www.cosecasamalta.com

POP POP by Sagaform is the joyful and colourful earthenware collection containing a coffee/teapot, a small jug, a cup and saucer, a mug, and a bowl with lid and plates. Products and colours can be mixed and matched, and all come in a gift box. Find it at Brands International, www.brands.com.mt 077

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HW CUISINE & WINE

Fresh Start Chef John Grima at Fresh brings HOMEWORKS some delicious and healthy recipes using the freshest in-season Maltese produce, while Bill Hermitage at Delicata suggests the best wine recommendations for each dish Recipes: John Grima, Fresh., Sliema Wine Recommendations: Bill Hermitage, Emmanuel Delicata Winery Photography: MAS

MUSHROOM, GARLIC & HERB SOUP Ingredients 350g mushrooms, chopped 3 garlic cloves 3tbsp/40ml white wine 3 cups/700ml chicken stock 3 tbsp/ 30ml worcestershire sauce salt & ground, black pepper rosemary or thyme Method

BILL’S WINE

Place the mushrooms, garlic and rosemary or thyme ACCOMPANIMENT in a pan and stir in the wine. Cover and cook over a 2013 VICTORIA HEIGHTS low heat for 30-40 minutes. Add half the stock and CHARDONNAY D.O.K. GOZO puree in a food processor or blender, and then add the “Pairing up a wine with soup is never easy. Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and season to The strong flavours here, such as the taste with salt and pepper. Add a dollup of creme for a garlic and rosemary call for a ripe white; richer feel. Serve hot. a strong, clean fairly buttery Chardonnay from Gozo.” 078

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GRILLED AUBERGINE, TOMATO & MOZZARELLA SALAD

Ingredients 2 slices of aubergine 1 tomato, ringed 1 mozzarella, ringed 2 slices parma ham rocket salad salt & ground black pepper olive oil

Method Cut the aubergine one-centimetre thick and grill at both sides. Season with the salt and pepper. Cut two slices of tomato and mozzarella. On the plate, layer the aubergine, tomato, mozzarella, and Parma ham, and repeat the process. Drizzle with olive oil and place the rocket salad on the side.

BILL’S WINE RECOMMENDATION: 2013 MEDINA GRENACHE ROSE D.O.K. MALTA “This dish is a mix of mild (mozzarella) and strong (tomato) flavours so you need a wine that is both light and refreshing with a degree of sweet fruit. A chilled bottle of Medina Rose Grenache has all those elements and should make a nice companion to this light and flavourful dish.” 079

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APPLE & STRAWBERRY TART

BILL’S WINE RECOMMENDATION: 2013 CASELLA MOSCATO I.G.T. MALTESE ISLANDS “This delicious fruit-driven dessert deserves a rich, sweet, opulent white wine to accompany it, which is why I have opted for the aromatic, fruity, sweet Casella made from Malta-grown grapes the perfect accompaniment.”

Ingredients 180g apple 80g strawberries ½ lemon zest 1tsp brown sugar 1tsp nuts 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp honey

Ingredients for the sweet short bread crust 450g butter (room temperature) 700g flour 200g icing sugar 2 eggs, beaten pinch salt

Method Cook the apple and strawberries for about 10 minutes. Then add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Put the pastry on a four-centimetre baking try and place the cold apple mix inside. On top, add the icing sugar, nuts and honey for glazing. 081

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Oura NEW FROM HETA

Oura is Heta’s new, slim and smartly designed stove, with its large windshield and two side windows give a fantastic view of the flames. As an added detail, we used aluminium and handles and rails to give the final finish

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LIFTS & STAIRCASES

DOOR HANDLES

Delivery & Installation in 6 to 8 Weeks

Protrade Ltd, Triq is-Sebh, Qormi QRM 9053 Telephone: 21487644, 21485203 email: protrade@protrademalta.com / www.protrademalta.com   Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday 8.00 am to 12.00pm

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Address: Triq Pantar, Lija Phone: 2141 7420 / 7941 7420

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Large Choice of Materials, Colours & Styles.

A new range of top quality gluten and dairy free biscuits

MOSTA: Triq San Anton Abbati T: 21424601 / 99420059 SLIEMA: High Street - T: 27663665 E: foods@dicalgroup.com W: www.dicalhouse.com

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Manufacturers of High Quality Furniture Specializing in custom-made Kitchens, Bedrooms, wall units, bathroom furniture and loose furniture, In Any Type of Solid Wood Veneer Wood and Laminate Address: Joe and Jerry Furniture Ltd., Tarxien Road , Gudja GDJ1907, Malta Tel: (+356) 21696669 Web: www.joeandjerryfurniture.com Email: info@joeandjerry.com

Free On Site Consultation & Estimate Free Installation & Delivery Domestic & Commercial Works Accepted Grima Furniture (1960) Ltd Sqaq L-Ghadam, Qasam Industrijali, Mriehel, B'Kara BKR 3010 Tel: 2144 9947 Mob: 9947 5183 www.grimafurniture.com info@grimafurniture.com

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FURNITURE Antiques and Paintings B'Kara Road, San Gwann www.maisonmalta.com Tel: 9905 2428

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POOLS

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ENQUIRIES : VADALA COMPANY LTD 16, Triq Il-Kummerc, Qormi QRM 3032 Tel : 2144 9266, 2144 9592 www.onduline.it sales@vadalacoltd.com

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A&A Mizzi, Triq is-Salib ta’ l-iMriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2148 8168. www.aamizzi. com

Carmelo Delia, Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2147 2882. www.carmelodelia.com

Apex Lifts, 14 Triq San Mikiel, Rabat. Tel: 9944 7545. www.apexlifts.com.mt

Casanova, Triq San Tumas, Luqa. Tel: 2180 0214. www.casanova.com.mt

Astral, Triq Abate Rigord, Ta Xbiex . Tel: 2134 0562 / 9949 4857. www.astral. com.mt

Cassar Air Conditioning Systems, 307, Triq Misrah il- Barrieri, Santa Venera. Tel: 2123 0777 / 2123 0778. www.casmalta.com

Attard Bros Group, Mikesand,Zona Industrijali Ta’ Qali, Attard. Tel: 2141 5332. www.attardbros.com Banju Boutique, Triq L- Arkata, Paola. Tel: 2180 9111/2. www.banjuboutique.com

C.E.F (Trading), it-Telgha ta’ Spencer, Marsa. Tel: 2123 6732 / 9949 7651. www.ceftrading.com / www.facebook.com/ nubianmalta

Bathroom Design, 358, Triq In-Naxxar, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 1328. www. bathroomdesign.com.mt

Ceramax International, Triq il-Mosta, Lija. Tel: 2142 0536 / 9942 9591. www.ceramax.com.mt

BDI, 1, Triq Pietru Felici, Qormi. Tel: 2149 1727/2. www.homesbybdi.com Bitmac Ltd, Xwieki l/o Naxxar. Tel: 2141 8411. www.bitmacltd.com Blueline Bathrooms & Ceramics, Halmann Showroom, Triq in-Naxxar, Lija. Tel: 2131 6432 / 2131 6435. www.blueline.com.mt Blue Reefs, 82, Triq Guzeppi Mattew Callus, Mosta. Tel: 27M-A-R-IN-E (2762 7463). www. bluereefsmalta.com

CoseCasa, Triq it-Tlett Knejjes, Hal Balzan. Tel: 2144 7672 / 2144 7673. www.cosecasa.com

BoConcept, Triq tal-Balal, San Gwann, Tel: 2137 8011/2. www.boconcept.com.mt Boris Arcidiacono, 233, Triq it-Torri, Sliema. Tel: 2133 3638. www. arcidicono.com.mt BOV, 58, Triq il-Kanun, Santa Venera. Tel: 2131 2020. www.bov.com Brands International, Triq tal-Balal, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 4110 / 2744 4110. www.brands.com.mt camilleriparismode, 54, Triq Santa Katarina, Rabat. Pjazza Annunzjata, Sliema. Tel: 2010 2030. www.camilleriparismode. com Carini Stores, 435, Triq Il-Kbira San Guzepp, Santa Venera. Tel: 2144 9641 / 2144 0202. www.carinibathrooms.com

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CHRISTINE X ART at ARTITUDE GALLERY, Triq Tigne, Sliema. Tel: 2131 6708 / 9984 4653. www.christinexart.com / mt.linkedin.com/pub/ Christine-x/a/217/288 / www.facebook.com Christinexart Comfort Furniture & Joinery, Triq Pantar, Lija. Tel: 2141 7420 / 7941 7420.

B&M Supplies, By-Pass ta’ Birkirkara, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 0710. www.bmsupplies.com

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Ceilings & Walls, 27, Albatross, Triq il-Vittmi tax-Xoghol, Paola. Tel: 9944 9234. www.ceilingandwalls.com. mt

Cutrico, Bypass ta’ l-iMriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2149 8658 / 2149 8693. www.cutrico.com Decorium, 190, Triq in-Naxxar, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 9224 / 9943 3900. www.decorium.com.mt Dical House, Triq San Anton Abbatti, Mosta. Tel: 2142 4601 / 9942 0059. Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2766 3665. www.dicalhouse.com Edwards Lowell, 7, Triq San Zakkarija, Valletta Tel: 2124 7447. 6, Triq San Gorg, Spinola Bay, San Giljan. Tel: 2138 4503. www.elcol.com Elbros’, Triq l-Industrija, Kirkop. Tel: 298 1225 / 7933 3325. www.e-property.com.mt

Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker, The Winery on the Waterfront, Paola. Tel: 2182 5199 / 7982 5199. www.delicata.com Eric Kuster Metropolitan Luxury International, 1A, Triq Wied Ghomor,  St. Julians. Tel: 2010 6917 / 9929 3305. www.erickuster.com Farrugia Lighting & Interiors, Triq Dun Karm Xerri, Iklin. Tel: 2141 9111. www.farrugia.com.mt Ferralco Ltd, Triq il-Birrerija, Mriehel. Tel: 2144 4937. www.ferralco.com.mt FGP Ltd, 109. Triq Valletta, Luqa. Tel: 2166 7107 / 2167 5384. www.fgp.com.mt Form, Triq il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, Msida. Tel: 2144 6000 / 2144 2535. www.form.com.mt Glow, 177-179, Skyway Offices, Triq Marina, Pieta. Tel: 2733 3788. www.glow.com.mt GRF Design Concepts, 117, Triq l-Assemblea Nazzjonali San Gwann. Tel: 2137 7378 / 7942 4422. info@grfmalta.com / www.grfmalta.com Grima Furniture, Sqaq l-Ghadam, Qasam Industrijali, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 9947. www. grimafurniture.com Grixti Mobili, 1 Triq il-kanun, Qormi. Tel: 2148 6511 / 9988 2233. www. grixtimobili.com Heirloom Furniture, Triq il-Qortin Nadur, Gozo. Tel: 2155 6954 / 9986 6682. www.facebook.com/ heirloom.furniture.ltd HENRI Luxury Gift Boutique, Triq Villegaignon, Mdina. Tel: 2010 6307.www.henri. com.mt / www.facebook. cm/henrimalta Hydrolectric, Triq il-Kappillan Mifsud, Hamrun. Tel: 2124 1111. www.hydrolectric.com.mt Il Camino, 48 / 49, Triq Fleur de Lys, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 1689 / 2149 5726 / 7988 8999. www.ilcamino.net Ideacasa, Il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, B’Kara. Tel: 2278 600. www.ideacasa.com.mt

Joe & Jerry Furniture, Triq Hal-Tarxien, Gudja. Tel: 2169 6669. www.joeandjerryfurniture. com Krea, Triq I-Imdina, Qormi. Tel: 2146 3501. www.krea.com.mt Light Design Solutions, Triq Emmanuel Schembri, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 6843. www.lds.com.mt Luxonas, 16, Triq il-Fejgel, Nigret, Rabat. Tel: 2780 0578. www.luxonas.com Konzept by Stefan, 1, Triq Ta’ Cieda, San Gwann. Tel: 2768 6600. konzeptbystefan@gmail. com Maison, Triq B’Kara, San Gwann. Tel: 9905 2428. www.maisonmalta.com Malta Rugs / Isfahan Carpets, 101, Triq Psaila, Birkirkara. Tel: 2702 5702 / 9982 2866. www.maltarugs.com Mario Vella, Marissima, Triq il-Melissa, Mgarr. Tel: 9944 6896. mariovell@hotmail.com M.Demajo Timbers, Misrah Iz-Zebbug, Qormi. Tel: 2148 7078. www.demajotimbers.com Mdina Glass, Crafts Village Ta’ Qali, Attard. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt Muscat Pool Construction & Supplies, Muscat Building, Triq Gammari Camilleri, Mgarr. Tel: 2158 2761. www.muscatpools.com MRCD, Triq Karmenu Camilleri, Qormi. Tel: 2146 8770 / 9949 2016. www.mrcd.com.mt Nestlé Malta Limited, Triq Pantar Lija. Tel: 2338 9000. www.facebook.com/ NESCAFEDolceGustoMalta NK Woodworks, 7, Triq il-Ballut, Mosta. Tel: 7940 2368. www.nkwoodworks. com Petrolea, Triq il-Wied ta’ L’Msida, Msida. Tel: 2123 4501 / 2123 5487. www. petroleamalta.com.mt Piscopo Gardens, Triq Toni Camilleri, San Pawl il-Bahar, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 3755 / 7909 2848. www.piscopogardens.com Portelli & Brincat, Triq Kukkanja, Santa Venera. Tel: 2148 8199 / 2148 2831. www portelliandbrincat.com.mt

Protrade Ltd, Triq is-Sebh, Qormi, Tel: 2148 7644, 2148 5203. www.protrademalta.com Provence Art Gallery, 22a, Triq Sir Adrian Dingli, Sliema. Tel: 9943 0053. jvm163@gmail.com Raphael Azzopardi, 6, Triq il-Uqija, l-Ibrag, Swieqi. Tel: 2137 3812. www.raphaelazzopardi. com Rintal Malta, 8 Triq Fra Giuseppe Zammit Pembroke. Tel: 9947 6595. www.rintal.it Rustica, 32, Xatt it-Tiben, Marsa. Tel: 2123 8520 / 9911 3737 .johnjbartolo@gmail.com Sanateck, 39B, Triq l-Imdina, Attard. Tel: 2148 7818 / 7945 2114. www.sanateck.com Satariano, 122, Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 2149. www.satariano.com Seamless, 4, Triq Guze Duca, Qormi. Tel: 2144 0404 / 7940 0404. www.seamless.com.mt Shaker, Triq il-Gibjun, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 7686 / 2738 7686. www.shaker. com.mt Spot On Supplies, Triq il-Palmi, Paola. Tel: 2166 8880 / 7981 7777. www.spotonmalta.com Stoneage Concrete, 153, Triq is-Saghtar, Mellieha. Tel: 9942 2197. www. stoneageconcreteflooring. com The Atrium, Bypass ta’ l-iMriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. www.theatrium.com.mt The Curtain Studio. Tel: 7960 0367. Facebook: The Curtain Studio Vadala Company, 16 Triq Il-Kummerc, Qormi. Tel: 2144 9592 / 2144 9266. www.vadalacompanyltd. com / www.onduline.it VCT Light & Design, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571. www.vct.com.mt Vee Gee Bee, 2, South Court, Vjal ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 9690 / 2138 1380. www.vgb.com.mt Vella Falzon Bathrooms, Triq Regjonali, Msida. Tel: 2144 5165. Triq L’Imgarr, Ghajnsielem, Gozo. Tel: 2155 0232. www.vellafalzon.com

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