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ISSUE 35

ISSUE 35 FEBRUARY 09

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EXCEPT1ONAL NEW HOMES

Last remaining sea-view, 2 bedroom apartments available from €465,000 (LM199,570).

Following the successful launch of block T10, there are now only a very limited number of these exclusive Tigne’ Point apartments available.

Model Reflex design Marco Pareschi

T10 will offer future residents onsite estate management, concierge services, site-wide access control and state-of-the-art security, fire detection and CCTV systems.

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The apartments are sold fully finished to exacting standards with superior interior specifications and innovative design solutions. Designed by aoM Partnership, with Interiors by Pippa Toledo, the apartments include centralised comfort heating and air conditioning (HVAC) as standard, a built-in infrastructure for telephony and internet connectivity as well as the provision for Bose audio and Lutron lighting options. The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at:

A novel mix, alongside favourable payment terms, provide a unique investment proposition Aplan Centre home in this unique, mixed-use, car free and the opportunity to acquire a dream waterfront B’Kara Bypass development. B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt

T10 Show-flat available for viewing.

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 Scavolini S.p.A. YOUR PERFECT 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - BALANCE Italia OF LEISURE AND LIVING Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 For further information call (+356) 2065 5510 contact@scavolini.com email info@tignepoint.com or visit www.tignepoint.com www.scavolini.com

or contact your preferred estate agent.

See more at http://t10.tignepoint.com The “best seller” from

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EXCEPT1ONAL NEW HOMES

Last remaining sea-view, 2 bedroom apartments available from €465,000 (LM199,570).

Following the successful launch of block T10, there are now only a very limited number of these exclusive Tigne’ Point apartments available.

Model Reflex design Marco Pareschi

T10 will offer future residents onsite estate management, concierge services, site-wide access control and state-of-the-art security, fire detection and CCTV systems.

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The apartments are sold fully finished to exacting standards with superior interior specifications and innovative design solutions. Designed by aoM Partnership, with Interiors by Pippa Toledo, the apartments include centralised comfort heating and air conditioning (HVAC) as standard, a built-in infrastructure for telephony and internet connectivity as well as the provision for Bose audio and Lutron lighting options. The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at:

A novel mix, alongside favourable payment terms, provide a unique investment proposition Aplan Centre home in this unique, mixed-use, car free and the opportunity to acquire a dream waterfront B’Kara Bypass development. B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt

T10 Show-flat available for viewing.

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 Scavolini S.p.A. YOUR PERFECT 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - BALANCE Italia OF LEISURE AND LIVING Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 For further information call (+356) 2065 5510 contact@scavolini.com email info@tignepoint.com or visit www.tignepoint.com www.scavolini.com

or contact your preferred estate agent.

See more at http://t10.tignepoint.com The “best seller” from

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The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at: Aplan Centre B’Kara Bypass B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 Scavolini S.p.A. 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - Italia Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 contact@scavolini.com www.scavolini.com

The “best seller” from Italy

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CAPITAL CHARACTER BY JO CARUANA

022 welcome to Ladies and gentlemen, we are extremely pleased to announce… the “minimalist look” is officially over! That’s right – no more perfectly clean apartments and clutter-free houses. The stark style has been replaced by the precise opposite – fun, charismatic and vibrant eclecticism. In the words of our contributor Guy Laguens – “The new style is all about merging various historical styles with modern elements. The style goal: to combine the best of the best styles and to increase allusive content. There are huge advantages to going vintage and restoring old items and pieces of furniture: it costs less and it adds instant character. Further to that, you get to surround yourself with those things you’ve had to reluctantly hide away for fear of clutter. Fear no more – it’s all about personality now.” It wasn’t a great feat to find three brilliantly eclectic homes, each with enormous individuality. Actress, singer and drama teacher Denise Muholland “put her life in a box and brought it to Malta”. Surrounding herself in theatre production props and gifts from ex-students, Denise’s Valletta apartment is daring and different. (Page 22) Another theatre individual Terry Shaw opens his doors to HOMEWORKS in Gozo, showing us the most spectacular study imaginable in a house that showcases wonderfully theatrical memories. (Page 30) Young and funky English couple Ed and Pip show us what it means to truly surround yourself with all the things you love in this magnificently designed house in Siggiewi. (Page 38) On page 46, Show Me Shabby Chic reveals tips on how to achieve the effortless stylish look.

THE BARNES & SHAW SHOW BY ELISABETH CARDONA

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One of Malta’s most notorious architects, Dr. Richard England, explores the work of installation artist Norbert Attard on page 58. Don’t miss stone consultant Lyndon Hadley-Coates’ article about stone. He offers HOMEWORKS his expertise on why we are so attracted to stone, as well as considers its use in the home, its properties, its application and both its advantages and disadvantages. (Page 68) This issue dedicated to the introduction of eclecticism wouldn’t be complete without a feature on how to take that charisma outdoors. See page 82 for tips on how to create the shabby chic look in the garden.

ARCHITECTURE AS A CANVAS BY RICHARD ENGLAND

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We hope you enjoy this issue and take pleasure in experiencing how individuality shines, particularly in the home. Marvel!

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HOME IDEAS 015, 017, 057, 067, 075, 077, 079

HOME TRENDS

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052 007 HOMEWINNERS 009 HOMENEWS 019 HOMETRENDS 022 CAPITAL CHARACTER 030 THE BARNES AND SHAW SHOW

SHOW ME SHABBY CHIC BY GUY LAGUENS

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038 PIP & ED 046 SHOW ME SHABBY CHIC 058 Architecture as a canvas: norbert attard 068 GET STONED 082 THE ECLECTIC GARDEN 093 SUNDAY LUNCH WITH DELICATA 100 HOMEWORKS A-Z OF SUPPLIERS

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Silent Gliss Roller and Roman Blinds at Palazzo Falson, Mdina

We help protect the world’s most valuable works of art Famous museums and art galleries worldwide, including St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Palazzo Falson in Mdina and the international residences of avid art collectors, have solved the major problem of damage to their valuable works of art through exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet rays. Silent Gliss blinds and technical screens help curb the harmful rays of the sun and, at the same time, allow for maximum light filtration. Since the wide choice of fabrics used on the blinds help to control the amount of heat entering or leaving the room, great savings can also be made on electrical consumption from air conditioning systems. All systems are made to measure, virtually maintenance free and covered by a 5 year guarantee.

54/56 st. catherine street, rabat I tel: 20 102 030 annunciation square, sliema I tel: 21 344 838 - 21 317 072 www.camilleriparismode.com I www.silentgliss.com

Caruana & Cini Co Ltd

(gozo representative) 40/41 capuchins street, victoria, gozo I tel: 21 551 918

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ISSUE 35.09

This Edition:

HOMECOMPETITION

Editor Lisa Borain

We want your Feedback!

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT TROIKA ZAMMIT

Forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published within HOMEWORKS.

Art Director Marc Spiteri

The person submitting the most interesting idea/concept will receive two large handmade candleholders courtesy of Baroque, worth €210

Design CHRIS PSAILA MAS Communications

Send your ideas to:

HOMEWORKS Feedback, Level 5, Airways House, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or email: info@writeon.com.mt

Photography MAS ALAN CARVILLE mark cassar darrin zammit lupi contributors Zillah Bugeja ELISABETH CARDONA JO CARUANA richard england BILL HERMITAGE GUY LAGUENS Sales & Marketing MATTHEW SPITERI 2133 9999 Pre-press and Printing Progress Press Postal Address / E-mail WriteOn Ltd. Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 Malta info@writeon.com.mt

MARTHESE MUSSETT IS THE WINNER OF THE CLASSIC WHITE FRAME, WORTH €139, COURTESY OF THE MIRROR SHOP. Marthese wrote: Dear Editor,

“Thank you for such a high standard and truly professional magazine, a very fine local product. I collect every copy. I live in a top floor maisonette and am lucky enough to have a large roof. My husband and I dream of turning it into a beautiful roof garden and hopefully even put in a pool for our children. We would really like to see an article on using a roof to its full potential.” Marthese Mussett

             

READERSWROTE “Thank you for such an interesting magazine. I am presently helping my daughter furnish her new apartment so HOMEWORKS is definitely an excellent guide to have. My idea to publish in the magazine is a guide to professional lighting – the importance of having good lighting in the home and also tips on decorating your home with fresh flowers. We rarely read about letting nature into our homes through flowers. Fresh flowers can also be a morale boost.”

HOMEWORKS is a registered

Frances Vassallo

HOMEWORKS is published by writeon ltd. every two months on Sundays with an audited circulation of 39,500 copies distributed with The Sunday Times of Malta.

“Thank you for providing us with this interesting magazine from which we can take ideas and create our own.  I would like to see more on how to design and furnish bedrooms and bathrooms with a classical, baroque style, but still with that modern touch in them.”

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Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the Publisher is prohibited. All rights reserved. Dates, information and prices quoted are believed to be correct at time of going to press but are subject to change and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Neither the editor no publisher accept responsibility for any material submitted, whether photographic or otherwise. While we endeavour to ensure that firms and organisations mentioned are reputable, the editor can give no guarantee that they will fulfil their obligations under all circumstances. © 2009

Alexia Sant

NEEDSYOU! 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., Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 Malta or info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

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HOMENEWS

GALEA CERAMICS NEW COLLECTION 2009

The new 2009 collection from Marazzi Espana has arrived. Various colours and looks are available, from a parquetlooking effect to metal-effect flooring. All models in Gres Porcelaine, natural and semi polished finish are available rectified and non-rectified.

BOCONCEPT NEW BED

The newly design bed by BoConcept seems to be floating. Offering great comfort and relaxation with a clean look and innovative design, the bed is available in various sizes.

PROTRADE LTD FORME DOOR HANDLES

VELLA FALZON BATHROOMS EAGO WHIRLPOOL BATHTUB

The new collection includes both modern and classic models in various finishes. FORME stands for innovative design in products, totally made in Italy, processed and packaged with meticulous care that comes from experience. FORME products are strictly controlled from the forged piece up to packaging.

Now available, the Eago Whirlpool Bathtub is the latest hydro-massage bathtub featuring clear glass sides. It has changed the concept of whirlpool bathtubs and offers six massage modes, as well as Chromatherapy, lighting the entire room through the clear side panels.

DESIGN AGELETTI & RUZZA BLUE LINE PLANO

Now available, Plano is the synthesis of simple lines and elemental geometric volumes. With a look that is highly formal, solid and substantial, innovative and modern but far from any fashion fad, Plano has become and remains a design classic.Fantini boats a leading role in the research for quality design and production, using high-tech equipment. In recent years they received several awards and acknowledgments worldwide.

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SPOT ON SUPPLIES OUTDOOR LIGHTS

In the past months, Spot On Supplies of Paola has launched a selection of outdoor lighting, which is totally manufactured from reinforced technopolymer material. The innovative material is wholly resistance to corrosion, salty climate and high UV rays.

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HOMENEWS

TIGNE POINT NEW SHOW FLAT

Pippa Toledo’s stunning new showflat for the Tigné Point T10 apartment phase is now open for viewing. This exclusive duplex showcases the beautiful range of finishes selected by the top designer for MIDI’s latest residential phase and is complemented by Pippa’s innovative and eclectic range of furnishings and fittings. The T10 phase was launched to the market last July and the last remaining piazza, sea and Valletta view apartments are currently available.

THE TILE ICELAND

Now available at The Tile is Iceland - the tile with an unlimited time guarantee. It’s natural, neutral and stylish, but above all, it’s of supreme quality. Available in various sizes and colours, the Iceland Range also includes step tiles and skirting. Special introductory offers are available at The Tile.

HAL MANN VELLA LTD. NEW SHOWROOM 

Hal Mann Vella Ltd has just opened a state-of-the-art showroom and office complex in Mosta. Located on Mosta Road just beyond the roundabout at the junction below the hill leading to Naxxar, the new Hal Mann Vella Ltd building stands on the site of the former edifice. The concept behind the new building is the brain-child of the Vella brothers, together with architect Joe Zammit and Paul Scerri, who was responsible for the design. It combines elements of the company policy to use and recycle all their by-products right down to the last bit of dust which is ploughed back and reutilised as reconstituted stone products.

VCT LED LAMPS BY CALEX

New on the market, VCT has launched LED lamps by Calex. The innovative lamp replaces a 20W incandescent lamp and consumes only 1.6w. There are various types and lamp bases to choose from and can easily replace the usual lamps in any chandelier, thus aestethically enhancing the look of the luminaire. Unlike Compact Flourescent Lamps, the LED lamps are small and offer instant lighting.

R LIVING R EASY PLAN

As from this month R Living have introduced the R Easy Plan – a simple and convenient way that allows the client to spread payment over 3 years, without incurring any interest or charges. One can make use of the R Easy Plan when ordering any item that costs €600 and over. R Living offers a wide variety of European brands, such as Welle Mobel bedrooms, Quick-Step flooring, Bernasa sofas, Reval kitchens , amongst many other good quality and affordable brands. The Showroom also offers furniture, from fabric to leather sofas, living room and bedroom furniture, as well as kitchen and dining tables. This month Quick-Step will introduce the new 2009 catalogue. For more information about the R Living Easy Plan, visit the R Living showroom on the Mriehel By Pass.

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VALUE DIRECT NEW LOCATION

Known for their wide range of reclining armchairs in various styles and colours, Value Direct have now moved to a new premise on September 21st Avenue, Naxxar and are no longer situated in St Paul’s Bay. The new centrally located outlet displays a wide range of armchairs, sofas and the Kinwai Cherry range of furniture, offering  a selection of dining rooms, wall units, storage units and other loose furniture all at very affordable prices.

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FROM INSPIRATION TO INSTALLATION

122, Msida Valley Road. B’Kara. T: 2149 2149 Gozo Agent: Caruana & Cini Ltd. T: 2155 1918 www.satariano.com

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HOMEIDEAS

Paper Chandelier – inspired by classic icons but manufactured like modern day furniture, this cardboard flat pack furniture collection is an ode to classical style and to the material. Price: €1009. Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema.

Rugs available with exciting patterns, natural materials, striking colours and beautiful textures - go up in size with the new super-size rugs; big enough to create a soft ground for all lounging furniture. Price: starting from €240. BoConcept, San Gwann www.boconcept.com.mt

Visit Multilights to see the wide range of Italian design switches and socket outlet with various coverswitch styles, colours and electrical applications – modern and classic lighting also available. Price: starting from €5. Multilights, Triq Misrah il-Barrieri. Tel: 2122 3257 / 7959 4870. support@multilights.net

Light Shade Shade by Moooi: a one-way mirror that reflects its environment, as well as concealing the chandelier within – when the light is turned on the ‘light shade’ reveals it’s unforeseen identity and projects the former beauty that lies within. Price: €1896. Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema.

Ghost suspension light fitting made from material in structured glass - can take energy efficient lamps. Price: €160. VCT Ltd, Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta (opposite St Monica School). Tel: 2143 2571.

Trilly suspension light fitting, made from material all in white striped glass can take energy efficient lamps. Price: €143. VCT Ltd, Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta (opposite St Monica School). Tel: 2143 2571.

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HOMEIDEAS

Volani wall systems fits any style of interior and creates an altogether more streamlined effect - different shelving sizes, drawers, glass or wooden fronts and drop down or sliding doors are just a few of the organizational talents that the wall systems possess. Price: €2049. BoConcept, San Gwann www.boconcept.com.mt

Whether you’re after advice or inspiration, B4 Textiles have lots of great ideas to help you transform your home at great value prices - the choice is endless with a 10% discount on all models and designs. Price: was €1924.81, now €1732.33. B4 Group, Fgura & Mosta. Tel: 2180 1092. www.b4.com.mt

Made of a durable and washable canvas that can be used indoors as well as outdoors, The FatBoy bean bags come in a vast range of colours and sizes. Price: Starting from €102.99. Domestica Showroom in Msida. Tel: 2144 7604. www.domestica.com.mt

Enter the world of B4 Home styles and discover the secrets of creativity, elegance and design, all under one roof. Benefit from a 20% discount during the month of February. Price: was €2600, now €2096. B4 Group, Fgura and Mosta. Tel: 2180 1092. www.b4.com.mt

Leisure chair, consisting of top in soft curved mattress and base in steel legs, available in colours beige, deep red and black. Price: €316. Domestica Showroom in Msida. Tel: 2144 7604. www.domestica.com.mt

Kashkoli Gabbeh feature a fine weave and fairly short, soft pile. Like the Amalehbaft and the basic Gabbeh, the Kashkoli have very sparse, simple, colourful geometric designs - the tightness of the weave and the quality of the wool give these rugs a wonderful sheen. Price: upon request. The Oriental Rug Gallery, 11, Qui Si Sana, Sliema. Tel: 2133 4191.

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HOMETRENDS The trend is all about shape – a little bit of square and a little bit of round, but the hottest, newest looks are leaning towards sharper edges for upfront and distinct lines.

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BUBU BY PHILIPPE STARCK

KRISTALIA

COLOURS THIS SEASON THE COLOUR PALETTES FOR THE SPRING 09 SEASON FEATURE STRONG TONES OF RED, PURPLE AND BURGUNDY, CONTRASTED WITH BRIGHTER SHADES OR NEUTRAL TONES IN UNLIKELY COMBINATIONS. THE BASE FOR ALL THE COLOUR PALETTES CAN BE MADE FROM NEUTRALS, WHITE, BROWN AND BARK.

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LULU BY COLOMBO DESIGN

LA REGISTA BOUCQUILLON BY MICHAEL BOUCQUILLON

NORI BY KRISTALIA

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Dun Karm Scerri Street, Iklin Tel: 21 419 111 E-mail: farrugialight@waldonet.net.mt

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MODERNIST MALTA: THE ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY THE MODERN MOVEMENT IN MALTESE 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE IN AN EXHIBITION

Aiming to raise public awareness about the extent and wealth of Modernist architecture in Malta dating from the 30s up to 70s, the exhibition Modernist Malta: the architectural legacy, hosted at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity from January 23 to February 27, features dozens of black and white photographs of some 35 to 40 buildings and properties that should be recognised as part of Malta’s more recent architectural heritage. The photographs were taken by five professional photographers who were commissioned by the Maltese Chamber of Architects & Civil Engineers (Kamra tal-Periti) and the National Trust of Malta (Din l-Art Helwa) in order to capture the meaning and the beauty of the Modernist movement. All buildings on display embody unique qualities of the Modernist movement, be it in the articulation of space, the massing of built form or the programming of colour. Together, the selected buildings are a testimony to the sense of architectural exploration which emerged at a time when Malta was coming to terms with a completely new identity, purpose and role in the family of nations. These buildings are tourism related properties, ecclesiastical sites, industrial and commercial developments, and private residences. The photographers shot, amongst others, pictures of some of the country’s most remarkable schools, including the Qala School, the Msida primary school, as well as post war industrial and commercial buildings such as the Toyota Building, the Mellieha Holiday

Centre Hotel (the Danish Village) and the Rediffusion House in G’Mangia. Other notable works of architecture to be presented in the exhibition include the well known and highly accomplished Manikata Church as well as several individual residences. Visitors to the exhibition will see a timeline of the period, incorporating all the arts including painting, sculpture and literature, in order to help the public fully comprehend the context of the period under examination. The catalogue of the exhibition Modernist Malta: The Legacy in Architecture was funded by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, and includes a comprehensive selection of the photographers’ work as well as two significant essays: a historical account of Modernist architecture in Malta by leading architectural historian Perit Conrad Thake and a personal record of Modernist architecture as seen through the eyes of the architects themselves written by Petra Bianchi, director and council member of Din l-Art Helwa. Exhibition on now until February 27th, 2009 Free Admission St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity Organisers Din l-Art Helwa – National Trust of Malta Kamra tal-Periti - Chamber of Architects & Civil Engineers

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CAPITAL CHARACTER DENISE MULHOLLAND PUT HER LIFE IN A BOX AND BROUGHT IT TO MALTA. THE RESULT IS A DARING AND DIFFERENT APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF VALLETTA. Words: Jo Caruana Photography: Mark Cassar

Scottish singer, actress and teacher Denise Mulholland knew exactly what she was after when she started her search for the perfect apartment within Valletta’s quaint streets – an eclectic resting place for her treasure trove of belongings. “I fell in love with Malta, and Valletta specifically, when I was first here a few years ago – I was captivated and knew I had to move here. I quickly started toying with the idea of buying property and got the ball rolling as soon as I could. I had something specific in mind and set out to find it.

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“Oddly, I didn’t see this flat until I came over to sign the agreement! I had been hunting for a long while but it’s hard to find somewhere when you’re abroad for most of the time. In fact, it was my friend Rosetta who found it for me, she assured me it was perfect and I trusted her completely. When I did see it, it was in quite a state but it was a challenge. I like the idea of making undesirable places look good. The location of the apartment was perfect and I was rearing to go. I could see that it had a lot of potential.”

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“IT’S A LITTLE BIT OF BRITAIN AND A LOT-A-BIT OF ME, ALL ROLLED INTO ONE. A TREASURE TROVE WITHIN MY FAVOURITE CITY IN THE WORLD.”

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Denise’s primary aim was to inject a substantial amount of light into what was a somewhat dark property, as well as to create space for her collection of belongings. True to her spirit, her home now oozes a chic theatricality. “I wanted somewhere to relax, a home that could be multi-functional. I was keen to create a space that would serve me as a place to eat, live and entertain all at the same time, where nothing was too clearly defined.” Denise and Architect Edward Cuschieri worked together to create a space that flows well and was comfortable for all Denise’s needs. Architect Cuschieri: “When the project began, the flat was bare and devoid of any character apart from some 30s furniture, fittings and the hexagonal Maltese tiles, which were kept. My immediate vision was to further simplify the experience into a holistic one where the existing compartmentalisation was reduced, allowing one area to merge with its neighbour. So we opted to remove most of the dividing walls, which was a minor intervention that added great effect. “The kitchen was now to be part of the dining and living area. The bedroom also was very restricted in space so we combined it with the bathroom into one greater volume. “Denise has a wonderful sense of theatre; the brief was to have as much space to flood the rooms with her rugs, particular items of furniture and decorative objects of art she had collected throughout her life.” In the bedroom, the dividing wall of the bathroom was removed and the internal floor landscaped to give a ‘sense of place’ to each particular area. To express continuity within the bedroom, the series of arched windows were lowered and unified, while the bed itself was designed to be part of the horizontal landscape. The room now sits on a custom-made wooden platform which holds both the bedroom and bathroom in one space. The result was aesthetically effective, as well as a clever space- saving measure. Denise: “With regards to décor, I never had a particular vision though I am inspired by the style and colours of the fifties. The pink fridge was my starting point and I brought the rest of the kitchen over from the UK in boxes, as local options were too expensive.”

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Denise was also keen to showcase all of her belongings, which hold so much nostalgic weight. “A lot of my stimulation comes from desperation! For instance, the Elvis splashguard behind my cooker is actually four tablemats, which I put there to avoid staining the paint behind. They turned out to be quite a nice feature!” Denise was also keen to showcase all of her belongings, which hold so much nostalgic weight. “As a teacher for several years in the UK I was lucky to receive some really wonderful presents from ex-students. I treasure them all and part of my vision was to find a home for each and every one of them. When I ran out of wall, floor and shelf space, I turned to the ceiling and began

hanging things from it! This too has served its purpose while creating an interesting feature. “This apartment has turned out to be exactly what I wanted it to be: the perfect place for me and my things. I love the way people are transfixed when they walk in and stop to take in all my stuff! It’s a little bit of Britain and a lot of me, all rolled into one. A treasure trove within my favourite city in the world.” Architect Edward Cuschieri: “It has now been finished beautifully to become one of the most unusual properties that I have ever had the pleasure to work on.”

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Model: EXTRA AVANT

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M A LTA’ S F I N E S T

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The Barnes & Shaw Show Showbiz glamour meets charming eclecticism in Gozo. Words: Elisabeth Cardona Photography: Darrin Zammit Lupi

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“ WE WANTED TO HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE FOR THINKING, COMPOSING, PIANO PLAY, WRITING AND READING...”

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It’s one of those places you go to and become enraptured by. You are barely in the door of Terry Shaw and Paul Barnes’s Gozo home before the stories start flowing. Every wall, nook and cranny oozes memories – from show photographs and posters to masks and memorabilia, each a reminder of its history. The couple’s lives as both British and international actors, musicians and performers have certainly been prolific and their naturally comfortable and contemporary style has merged with their past to create a beautiful and unique home that truly reflects them. “Our affair with the Maltese Islands started back in the 80s while we were on holiday here,” explains Terry, a musician, teacher and performer who toured the world as a cabaret singer. “The porter at our hotel suggested travelling to Gozo and we instantly fell in love with the beauty and character of the island. Almost straight away, we knew we would like to retire here. We looked all over for a perfect

fit and within twenty-four hours of viewing the house, we knew it was the one. The style of the building, the location and the incredible view were just what we were looking for. We’ve now been here for four years.” With individual, showbiz-related careers behind them and no intention of curbing their creativity during retirement, Terry and Paul set to work injecting some inspirational spaces into their home. Paul: “This is a place we wanted to call home, a resting place for all the belongings that we have collected over the years. We wanted to have plenty of space for thinking, composing, piano playing, writing and reading, so we started renovations by transforming our basement into a music room and library. It needed to house books, music, over 1,300 CDs and Terry’s grand piano. It was a wasted area before, but has now become one of the hearts of our home and a space for us to create in. It’s a haven and we adore being there.”

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Paul: “As part of my career I worked for the famed antiques auction house Sotheby’s and it turned me into quite a collector; I hate throwing anything away. I think it’s wonderful that each item in our house tells a story. Every time we glance around a room we are reminded of places have been to and people we have met along the way. Nothing here was bought simply to fill space – on the contrary, a special space has been found for each item.” The house weaves upwards to the first floor where two large bedrooms prevail. Another pleasing feature is a small seating and office space, which looks out over the surrounding countryside and sea view, as well as down to the pool and deck area. Another ‘half’ bedroom – which often sleeps the couple’s younger relatives – is situated on the top floor. Terry: “We like to let light in – after all we came here to be warm! We also enjoy the house’s outside space; it’s not much that it’s unmanageable, but at the same time is perfect for relaxing under the sun and entertaining. As we have moved lock, stock and barrel from the UK, it’s important to us that we have enough space for visitors to come and stay – and of course to leave a little piece of themselves behind for our collection, be that a photo or keepsake.” Paul: “One of my favourite things about this house is that it fits us like a glove. We have been preparing for this home for a long time, collecting items for our retirement when we would finally have the time to enjoy them. This house is giving us the chance to do the things we want to do, rather than have to do. It feels great.”

“Nothing here was bought simply to fill space – on the contrary a special space has been found for each item.”

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Pip&Ed Photography: Darrin Zammit Lupi Words: Elisabeth Cardona

Young, beautiful and blithe, Ed and Pip are an English couple who fell in love with a house in Siggiewi. Built by Lyndon HadleyCoates and Architect Kevin Farrugia, the space effortlessly reflects the young couple’s bohemian laid back style.

As soon as the couple saw the house – the first house they saw, they wanted it. Lyndon Hadley-Coates: “We sent them off that day and told them to come back after they had seen other places, but they called in less than an hour and said they weren’t going to see any other places. They insisted that this was the one they wanted.”   Before the space got to this state, the building was situated on a very small parcel of land (approximately 52 square metres) and was extremely dilapidated. It was immediately evident that a major intervention was necessary on the inside.

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“I had to do away with one and the only way I could achieve that is by having one element serving as both...” There wasn’t much to retrieve, but any features that would give an added value to a new property were taken note of, conserved and integrated in the design. An instance of this is the ‘kileb’, which previously supported ceiling flagstones. Now, they make an interesting architectural feature along the length of the main bedroom back wall, which can render themselves useful as shelves or simply as light concealing elements. In order to make the property marketable at that time, the team aimed for a three-bedroom space. Considering the small plot area in hand, this was no easy task. The original structure hinted to a central courtyard as in most village houses: this heritage was passed on to the new design and the central courtyard was to be the heart and focal point of the new house. Architect Kevin Farrugia: “What the limitations left me with in terms of planning were basically a room at the front and a room at the back. The resulting space in the middle had to host the courtyard, but also had to make good for the vertical and horizontal circulation links. This presented a problem, as both a staircase and a corridor would have eaten up all the central space: I had to do away with one and the only way I could achieve that is by having one element serving as both. If the floor levels of the rooms at the back were to be half way up (or down) the rooms at the front, then a stairs

having two flights in opposite directions would be both the vertical and horizontal, or rather back to front, link provider…. and this is how the split level came to be.” Which means that the aesthetically interesting and quirky split-levels were no whim, but came out of necessity. The main feature and focus of the house is doubtlessly the fantastic staircase, which starts from the bottom level and continues up to the roof. It includes steel work and wooden  treads (48 steps, each one in three pieces). The rest of the planning followed naturally: the living quarters were to be situated closest to the entrance door, since daily activities imply more interaction with the outside, while the upper levels were reserved to the sleeping quarters. The lowest level was the best to adapt to the kitchen/dining area, since the extra floor area at the centre provided enough space for eating and cooking. The entrance door was to shift to the extreme right, so as to make the most of the front room area provided. Although the front bedrooms have an additional small window onto the alley, which in themselves provide a rather concealed visual link to the outside (like as in a ‘muxrabija’) and added ventilation if called upon, all rooms were to look onto the central heart of the property.

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The building had to rely on passive thermal control. A shaft at the extreme back-end of the footprint was introduced to allow further cross-ventilation and to allow warm air to rise and be expelled at top. True to the former homeowner, Lyndon Hadley-Coates’ style of stone, limestone and quartzite, natural and polished from all over India were used exclusively for walls, floors and sills, including the bathrooms.

On the exterior of the building, the existing façade was retained and an additional floor was added using the same material. Any other proposal would have been denied by MEPA. Architect Farrugia: “I have to admit that being humble on the outside allowed me to respect the existing urban context and fabric. In a way, this approach is exploited to the project’s advantage, as the outside does not prepare you at all for the hidden gem that is to come on the inside.”

Lyndon: “The building work was done by a local stone mason named Martin Smith and myself, while the tiling was done by a maniacal tiler, Simon Cassar – a man under forty with ten children. Laying the natural stone tiles is an art and he had the patience, as well as the interest in the challenge to become an expert. All the materials are exceptionally hard and need the very best cutting tools.”

On the inside a form follows function ‘modus operandi’ was adopted. All that has been executed has come along out of necessity, proper zoning and proper links of the various areas according to the type of use. It was then up to the architect to juggle around all the functional requirements and any inherent constraints to still provide a harmonious visual, as well as functional solution, which in the end, seems the simplest of all.

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Show Me Shabby Chic Stylist: Emma Armstrong Photography: Alan Carville Words: Guy Laguens

The minimalist look is fizzling out, only to be replaced by its polar opposite – eclecticism. The new style is all about merging various historical styles with modern elements. The style goal: to combine the best of the best styles and to increase allusive content. There are huge advantages to going vintage and restoring old items and pieces of furniture: it costs less and it adds instant character. Further to that, you get to surround yourself in those things you’ve had to reluctantly hide away for fear of clutter. Fear no more – it’s all about personality now.

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Salvage items must be purchased with care: while a reconditioned Victorian cast-iron bathtub is a fabulous find, an ill-fitting spiral staircase is just a white elephant. There are so many things that can be found, but there are a few statement pieces that can start a whole chain of design inspiration. Buy things that you love. Decorative accessories give a sense of your touch to the space, so make sure to buy things that mean something to you or that reflect your personality and interests in some way. Part of the shabby chic look is collection. Avoid the cluttered look by purchasing more than one of the same things, even if they don’t match exactly. For instance, if you’re crazy about photographs on the wall, go all out and buy every frame that appeals to you. Don’t worry about how they’re going to match – they will if there are enough of them. Set a budget per item so that you don’t end up spending more than you would buying new items. Paint is a shabby chic lover’s best friend. Colour can create so many different looks as well as make an old item look new. Start with the thought in mind that you’re going for diverse colour tones in addition to whimsical and unique items. Wood is an important material with this style, mainly because it is so versatile – it can be stained, sanded, sawed, painted or even wallpapered. Buying discarded chairs, room dividers and tables makes it easy to restore them to precisely how you want them to look. Even covering planks of wood or mdf board in wallpaper can be useful for wall banners, bed heads and countertops.

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...Paint is a shabby chic lover’s best friend. Colour can create so many different looks and feels, as well as make an old item look new...

Window treatments will add style to your interior decorating scheme or recede into the background. This method of decorating coordinates best with blinds that have a fun and funky feel or if you need an unobtrusive divider, beaded curtains or over-sized dark sheers can achieve an effective bohemian appearance. Flooring is always more important than it’s given credit for. Accent carpets are interesting and great in winter. It’s crucial to use floor covering that doesn’t make too much of a statement itself and the same goes for walls. If you’re going to cover a wall inch to inch in different styled frames, the wall underneath should be simple. In the same way, keep your floors neutral. Original Maltese tiles are ideal for the eclectic look because their designs generally pick up certain elements of the room without dominating it. To have busy on top of busy equals cluttered. There are some things that you can really go cheap on – lighting is a prime example. Pockets of different coloured lighting really add to the romanticism of this style and now there are so many paper lanterns and drop lights on the market. A really great way to use a lamp that you’re not particularly fond of is to throw a sheer scarf over it.

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Don’t get salvage confused with antique hunting – the idea should always be to renovate the items and merge styles – spending a lot of money on a lot of old items that you’re not going to give any treatment to is pointless. You’re going for a personalised style, not an antique style. Many are worried that certain items won’t go together. They will. It’s all about what you like personally. Think of it this way: currently, there are probably quite a few pieces in your home that you absolutely love. Every time you see them you think to yourself that you love the way they look. Going with the salvage look is doing this with every single item in your home. You like the bright yellow colander but it doesn’t match with the red kitchen? Doesn’t matter – if you like it, it will work.

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Make the distinction between character and bad condition... Old baths, commodes and sinks can easily be converted to work with modern metric plumbing. However, check that your supplier has fitted proper conversion connections before you buy. Antique brass door furniture can be a gorgeous finishing touch to your décor – a much richer colour, with more depth and patina, than modern lacquered handles. Expensive to commission new, old railings and gates can be bought pretty cheaply, and these beautiful examples of wrought ironwork can be brought into play for a variety of different uses, such as a room dividers, tabletops or even bedheads. Make the distinction between character and bad condition. A weathered lead planter is charming and old floorboards, aged to a “driftwood” finish can have huge appeal, but anything that is impractical (a rusted kettle) or unsanitary (a cracked hand basin) must be avoided.

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AS AN INSTALLATION ARTIST, HE DISMISSES THE HERMETIC DIMENSIONS OF THE GALLERY, AND VENTURES TO ADD ILLUSION TO REAL SPACE.

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Words: Richard England

Norbert Francis Attard first caught my attention as an artist way back in the 70’s with a number of quality production prints, immaculately drawn, depicting mythical towns and fabled cities. As an architect he was influenced by Malta’s highwalled bastions and ethnic cube townscape forms and also inspired by the chimerical renderings of Escher and Folon. “ALBURY CANTATA” (Australia, 2007)

During that period, Attard had also asked me to write an introduction to a catalogue of one of his first exhibitions consisting of these urban castle-like structures emerging from their Medusa-like telluric surroundings. I had entitled

my introduction “The graphics of Feng Shui” because of these sinuous labyrinthine earth force lines surrounding the built form of his walled citadels. In a way, the title as a reference to the geomantic science of the Far East, prophetically mirrored Attard’s later interest in this Far Eastern art of placement. Years later, he also asked me to contribute the text to his publication “Between Earth and Sky” (Midsea Books Ltd. 2007) which covered installation works he had done during his period as Kamiyama Artist-in-Residence in Japan in 2004. During his Japanese sojourn he was highly influenced by Oriental philosophies and the whole Far Eastern way of thinking.

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ATTARD EVOKES TURNER’S CONNECTION WITH THE TOWN AND THAT ARTIST’S LONG-STANDING PREDILECTION WITH MERGING HORIZON LINES IN HIS WORKS.

The works illustrated in this article not only reflect Attard’s high qualities as an artist, but also manifest above all his ever-seeking search for innovative forms of expression. I particularly recall his 2003 haunting mirrored water “SALINA’S LAMENT” (Valletta Pinto Store, Malta) for which I also contributed the catalogue notes; a work oscillating between remembrance and desire, time-framed between the ‘not yet’ and the ‘no longer’.

“TURN. TO COLOUR” installation on the Margate Pier (UK, 2007),

“INTERLACED” at the car park of the Charlton Shopping Centre (Dover, Kent, UK 2008)

The 2002 “I SEE RED EVERYWHERE” (Portomaso, Malta) plays on the contrast of a long, meandering, red, horizontal colour-band in relation to an isolated, colourless, vertical element; focusing on the contrast between the excess of red band and the minimalist scorched dry tree. The same year’s “BEYOND CONFLICT” (Liverpool Oratory, England) picks up the contrasting opposite positions of red and green on the colour-wheel and the dialectics of life and death on the exterior façade of this old burial site. Interlacing the fabric between the frontal columns of the building, Attard works on the theme that all opposites in death are dilated and also that in the after–life, contradictions fade away. In a way, this dichotomy of colour and that of life and death may be read as an extension of the late Victor Pasmore’s own theories and investigations of the “harmony of opposites”. In 2003, at the derelict factory of the former Lister Mills Textiles (Bradford, England), Norbert Attard in the installation

“INTERVENTION 1” transforms the space by painting the columns in colours were once used in the weaving of the cloth. In this manner, space vibrates and a derelict site is reanimated. These works served as a prelude for Attard to produce a more mature body of work produced over the last couple of years in various countries. The “ALBURY CANTATA” (Australia, 2007), involves a video projection on the glass walls of the Library Museum of the city, intermixing historical material and Australian poetry. A site specific series of time frames, amalgamating past and future, pulsates in the present while in the process extending the meaning of the space and immediate context of the building. In the “TURN. TO COLOUR” installation on the Margate Pier (UK, 2007), Attard evokes Turner’s connection with the town and that artist’s long-standing predilection with merging horizon lines in his works. Once again, Attard is transforming the physicality of place, and in the process re-utilizing the pier as a border threshold horizon line between land and sea and sea and sky, while also extending its presence and through his applied spectrum colours creating new relationships between observer and object. “INTERLACED” at the car park of the Charlton Shopping Centre (Dover, Kent, UK 2008) attempts to establish a link and bridge between the rural and urban landscapes of the area, resulting in a re-animation of both.

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“FESTA” at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland, 2008),

“WHERE ARE YOU FROM” (Freedom Square, Valletta, Malta, 2008)

THE THEME ALSO PLAYS ON THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN TRANSPARENCY AND OPAQUENESS. In “FESTA” at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland, 2008), the artist focuses on the boundaries between “inside” and “outside”. The theme also plays on the interactions between transparency and opaqueness. Through the use of coloured gels on the glazed façade of the building, curiosity is further enticed and once again the physicality of the architecture and its contextual space are extended.

the site provide a perfect case-study of the whole being more than the sum of the parts.

In the most recent of works, “WHERE ARE YOU FROM” (Freedom Square, Valletta, Malta, 2008), Attard utilizes a series of portraits depicting physiognomies from Malta to question the diversity of our local identity. The collection mounted on the ill-designed surrounding portico of the Square is laid out on a system freely following Far Eastern colour symbolism. This sad place (hopefully now to be invigorated and enhanced by Renzo Piano’s contribution) is transformed through Attard’s installation into a more amiable environment, changing not only the place itself, but also the way in which passers-by react to the context. This reflects the effect of how added environmental installations can contribute to a transformation of the space within which they are placed. Here, the combination of the installation and

Over the years it may be said that he has evolved from making architecture to transfiguring architecture and transforming his audience from spectators to participants. Artist now turned mediator, he engages with society through direct interactive and dialogical interventions. With his now established international reputation, Attard remains, above all, an artist who is an exploratory chronicler of the intellect, utilizing the site as a proscenium while recounting its narrative and recalling its memories. Always, the physical and mnemonic qualities and genius loci of the site provide the initial inspiration. In all his work, he aspires to a hybrid combination utilizing architecture as a canvas for his work.

Norbert Attard, in this fascinating intellectual body of works, shows himself to be an innovative artist of maturity. In all of these creations he demonstrates how installation art can engage with and enrich architectural settings.

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Stone Consultant Lyndon Hadley-Coates offers an advisory service for those who are interested in investigating the real stone option. He helps homeowners choose the stone, as well as steer them through the importation process. He advises on material selection and colour, as well as on the tile size, thickness and finish, all processing done in India before shipping. Not only is this cost effective, but it also gives the homeowner a wider choice.

Words & Photos: Lyndon Hadley-Coates

When thinking about flooring, we always come face to face with the genuine dilemma: why stone, as opposed to the huge range of excellent synthetic products on the market? The reasons for our natural inclination to natural stone are quite complex and I believe relate to our spiritual connection with our past and the days when we were all primitive cave dwellers. It seems a natural instinct for children to want to camp out, to “set up house” in

the garden, using natural materials. There’s a reason for this. The stark beauty of stone is quite spectacular and it offers something beyond its sheer physical strength. It is raw, elemental and it connects us back to the earth even more than its spiritual cousins – wood, leather and linen. They are all amazingly tactile elements, they make us feel warm and grounded and they always seem to improve with age. Rooms can always derive spirituality from the rough embrace of earthy materials.

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THE STARK BEAUTY OF STONE IS QUITE SPECTACULAR AND IT OFFERS SOMETHING BEYOND ITS SHEER PHYSICAL STRENGTH.

Our emotional attachment to mellow timeworn materials should not deflect us from bringing together the old and the new into what could be a stunning combination. Care must be exercised however, as concrete and steel might not be a natural progression if used to ‘modernise’ a 15th century cottage and a degree of finishing; too polished, too flat, too perfect can ruin the overall effect. What’s more, it must be always noted that the building is much more than just a structure, but a shelter for people and their dreams. When an old house is re-worked, messages are left to the inhabitants who will follow. In our own home in Zejtun we have kept some of those messages from the past where possible; the lovely pale blue paint of a bedroom and the dark blue line defining the zoklatura and burdura, which is now in our mill-room kitchen. We try never to forget that we are merely the custodians of our home and one day it will pass into the hands of someone else. Our interest in stone began in the quarries of India, where the huge blocks of stone are hewn. Intersecting holes are drilled vertically and horizontally at the back of the block and a diamond studded wire is threaded and welded to complete a loop. A machine rotates the wire and the block is cut, rather like cutting cheese with a wire. Owners were only too pleased to give us a

personal tour of their quarries and the workshops where great gang saws cut the blocks into slabs. We stayed a week in Jaissalmer; a town built entirely of desert limestone, a semi hard stone that polishes just by touch. There we saw beautiful pink and black marble quarries. Until recently, Granite and Marble were the only stone varieties commonly available. Granite is a very hard igneous (once molten) rock, with usually dark, densely packed grains – hence its title. Personally, I find the stone too fussy aesthetically, although its physical properties, strength and chemical resistance are excellent. It polishes beautifully (but scratches) and has limitless applications. Its chemical composition is around 75% silica (sand) combined with other oxides of Aluminium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. Marble is a word derived from the Greek Marmaron, ‘shining stone’, because of marble’s ability to polish. Marble was originally limestone (Calcium Carbonate), which has undergone a process of metamorphic transformation (aging at high temperature and pressure). The origin of the limestone is the organic matter settled in lakes and seas, the fossils of sea creatures, then compacted over millions of years causing chemical reactions that turn it into solid stone. The metamorphic stage then produces the marble. To differentiate marble and limestone – let’s say that marble will polish, limestone will not and/or limestone has visible fossils, whereas marble does not.

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Limestone colours are soft, contemporary and fortunately some of them are extremely hard with great strength, whereas local Maltese limestone with a few exceptions is generally quite soft with poor weathering properties. White marbles like Carrara from Italy have been used by sculptors since classical times. This preference relates to its softness and homogeneity (same structure in all directions) and relative resistance to shattering. The most serious drawback with Limestone and Marble is their poor resistance to acids, which might include fruit juices, acid rain and wine. Unless a marble worktop, for instance, is sealed and well maintained it will stain and deteriorate quite rapidly. Sandstone and Quartzite are related in the sense that they are composed mainly of very inert silica (silicon dioxide), which is simply a compaction of tiny grains of quartz settled out on the beds of seas and lakes, subjected to high pressure from the overburdening layers of rock. Quartzite is the metamorphosed form of Sandstone, producing a smooth surface rather than a granular one. Sandstones are available in various colours, from near white through beiges and rusty reds. Quartzite on the other hand is largely white or grey with colour linked to metal oxides at the boundary. Coloured quartzite tends to have some foliated structures (layered) and the glue between the layers being the source of the colour. Sandstone and Quartzite are in general strong and not very porous with the exception of two popular varieties, which are probably the most attractive. Teak wood and Rainbow are beautiful, but are relatively porous and definitely need an impervious underlay.

Although Slate isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a favourite of mine, it holds plenty of colours due to the layering effect, but is usually dull and dark. It is a shale type of sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. Chemical resistance is good; it has low porosity and weathers well, but has a tendency to flake in high traffic areas. Some of the materials I have written about are now available in Malta, much of them from China, but beware, as Quartzite is often referred to as Slate. Sandstone and Limestone are not yet as popular, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that the beautiful colours and excellent physical and chemical properties will soon attract designers and architects. The choice of finish is wide, polished, sawn, honed, bush hammered and various degrees of brushing will give you just the feel you are looking for.

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HOMEIDEAS The new 2009 Quick-Step parquet flooring catalogue is available from R Living, new innovative and trend setting flooring ideas, which will transform your home. Price: upon request. R Living Showroom, Mriehel By-pass, Qormi. Tel: 2149 9699. www.quick-step.com

Scandinavian design coat hooks available in 3 colours & different quantity  of hooks available. Price: upon request. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

The new Back Piel Sofa Collection offers various sofa combinations for your modern, functional and comfortable living room. Price: upon request. R Living Showroom, Mriehel By-pass, Qormi. Tel: 2149 9699. www.rliving.com.mt

Scandinavian design key keeper with easy swivel function for a smart tidy appearance. Price: €45. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

Available in 3 colours, the Scandinavian design wall wine rack adds a stylish functional decoration to the kitchen. Price: €45. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

The new Aabrito Living Room Collection is available in various wood finish and colours. Price: upon request. R Living, Mriehel By-pass, Qormi. Tel: 2149 9699. www.rliving.com.mt

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Andrew by Carréblanc – 100% cotton print bedspreads and quilt covers in a modern combination floral/linear design - matching pillow cases, sheets, towels and bathrobes also available. Price: starting from €69 for a quilt cover. Carréblanc at Biggie Best, Vjal ir-Rihan, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880

Visit www.camelotpictures.com to view a virtual shop of stunning pictures and superior quality prints. Price: upon request. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. info@contempinteriors.com

The Biggie Best Exclusive range of linen, silk, embroidered silk and taffeta fabrics complimented by a range of coordinating upholstery fabrics. Price: ranging from €27- €129 per metre. Biggie Best, Vjal ir-Rihan, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880.

A selection of superior quality exotic Brazilian cowhides have been added to the already extensive stock - view these and other natural products. Price: cowhides from €250. Min.Ka - Malta’s Exclusive Cowhide Store, Triq il-Battaljun, San Gwann (opposite Maxim’s of Naxxar Road). Tel: 2137 7728, 9945 9753. www.minkamalta.com.

The Oriental Rug Gallery is delighted to offer a range of Afghan Ferahans featuring large floral motifs in open designs in a palette of soft hues. Price: upon request. The Oriental Rug Gallery, 11, Qui Si Sana, Sliema. Tel: 2133 4191.

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BLOMBERG Cooker HGN 1430 X – an outstandinglypackaged 55 litre multifunction oven and overlying four gas burners with full safety features and digital timer control. Available in either white or inox. Energy class “A”. Price €999 (cash discount and/or partexchange terms available). Five-year parts & labour warranty. Phoenix Group, Old Railway Track, Sta. Venera. Tel: 2385 2200.

BLOMBERG Built-in oven BEO 1430 X + Hob GEN 23400 X - A 55 litre multifunction oven with 3-D cooking & digital control and a perfectlymatched 4-burner gas hob with front control panel, safety control, ignition. Energy class “A” (oven). Price: €998 (cash discount and/or part-exchange terms available). Five-year parts & labour warranty. Phoenix Group, Old Railway Track, Sta. Venera. Tel: 2385 2200.

BLOMBERG Tumble drier TKF 1350 S – a unique product which can dry 6 Kg of laundry with the lowest consumption possible thanks to its heat-pump technology. 14 programmes to choose from with an LCD control panel. Silver finish. Energy class “SUPER A”. Price: €1,177 (cash discount and/or part-exchange terms available). Five-year parts & labour warranty. Phoenix Group, Old Railway Track, Sta. Venera. Tel: 2385 2200.

BLOMBERG Fridge-Freezer KWS 1220 XF -  a ‘side-by-side’ option for the discerning customer. A total of 554 litres of storage which include xxx litres of No-Frost freezer storage. The ‘hygION’ lining guarantees the best in food hygiene. Tropical climate class and Energy class “A”. Price: €1,688 (cash discount and/or part-exchange terms available). Five-year parts & labour warranty. Phoenix Group, Old Railway Track, Sta. Venera. Tel:2385 2200.

BLOMBERG Washing machine WAF 7560 S – top-of-the-range 7 Kg model with 12 washing programmes, variable spinning speed (600 to 1,600 rpm), large door and LCD control panel. Finished in silver. Energy class “A+/A/A”. Price: €1,010 (cash discount and/or part-exchange terms available). Five-year parts & labour warranty. Phoenix Group, Old Railway Track, Sta. Venera. Tel: 2385 2200.

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c Garden Eclectic gardens tend to combine various styles of gardening. Using a creative approach, designers take their inspirations from all the garden traditions, combining plants, garden accessories and outdoor artworks to create distinctive and highly individual landscapes. The trick is to combine the components carefully and not to go overboard with excessive contrasts. Excessive contrasts may end up as a confusing, jumbled mess, without any prominent features. When designing a formal garden, lines are clean and there is a symmetrical balance between the features in the garden. With a naturalistic garden, you are aiming to do the opposite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is, you are avoiding symmetrical balance and hard, clean lines. In an eclectic garden, however, you are attempting to mix styles with the aim of not allowing one particular style to become dominant.

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The most interesting gardens are those with a framework of individual compartments, with pockets for the eye to wander off to. There are various ideas of how to create a bit of playfulness in the garden. One of the best ways is to simply reuse and/or recycle your existing containers around the home. Thinking outside the box and using existing home accessories in a new way is a fun way to create inexpensive and innovative garden containers.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about making your garden space all about you so that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as comfortable outside as you are inside. Plant flowers in an old metal bucket or take a vintage wooden toolbox and turn it into a great window box or garden container perfect for plants. Plant small garden plants in empty metal coffee cans. They rust over time and really get good patina on them. They are free, which is a super affordable garden container.

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Don’t feel limited about what goes into the garden.

If you spend a lot of time out in the garden, then it’s important that you have what makes you comfortable out there. If the area is large enough, there are no rules that say you can’t place a sofa under a tree with a side table to rest your drink and book on. If the kids like computer games, there’s no reason why they can’t play them in a tree house. If you adore your cats, why not create an outdoor cat living area? Why not place that to-die-for mirror hanging from a tree instead of inside, above the mantelpiece? The ideas are limitless. The same principle as creating a shabby chic look inside the home goes for gardens: it’s all about merging various historical styles with modern elements. It’s about making your garden space all about you so that you’re as comfortable outside as you are inside.

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SundayLunch With Emmanuel Delicata Winery

This Sunday Lunch is brought to you by Executive Sous Chef Roger Friggieri, Sous Chef Roderick Vella and Executive Pastry Chef David Pulis of Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta. Bill Hermitage from Emmanuel Delicata Winery has selected the ideal Delicata wines to accompany each dish.

Mosaic Terrine of Seafood with Tomatoe Confit and Nantua Cream Ingredients 100g 100 5 30g 100g 1ltr 10g 10g 10g 200g 200g 100g 5g 20ml 100g

salmon langoustines scallops crab meat rock bass fillet single cream fresh dill fresh chervil curly parsley yellow courgette green courgette carrot salt and pepper noilly prat tomatoes

Method: Fillet the salmon and the rock fish and blend. Add single cream, salt, pepper and the Noilly Prat. This will give you a smooth fish mousse. When smooth, fold in the scallops, langoustines,  crab meat and herbs. Butter the terrine mould. Layer a 20 cm “Le creuset” terrine mould with the green and yellow courgette strips and thinly sliced carrot strips using the outer part of the vegetable. Fill with the mousse and then cover with cling film and foil, Cook in a bain marie in the oven at 1100C for 45 minutes. Blanch the tomatoes, remove the skin and seeds and cut into petals. Put in the oven at 1100C with olive oil, thyme, a paper – thin sliced clove of garlic and a touch of sugar for 13 minutes. Chill terrine overnight, cut into 1.5 cm slices and serve with crispy leaves and extra virgin olive oil. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2007 VICTORIA HEIGHTS CANNONAU D.O.K. GOZO SUPERIOR For this dish I have selected a fruity, dry, rosé wine, which is fairly low in acidity because the dish has a lot of rich, full flavoured seafood components. In addition, there are other ingredients like single cream, the nantua (shrimp) cream and tomatoes that would also benefit from a soft rosé rather than a crisp white or a tannic (even low tannic) red. This dish has lots of rich flavours that will be enhanced by a glass of well chilled, soft, round rosé wine made from the Cannonau grape variety.

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Roast Fillet of Veal with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach, Cep Mushrooms and Lavender Jus Ingredients Serves 6 200g 100g 4 1ltr 2 2 Sprig Sprig 4 1 1 1 350ml 200ml

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Method: Pan-fry the fillet of veal, finish with butter and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Slice the potatoes finely, layer with garlic cream and parmesan, and roast in the oven at 1400C for one hour. In a hot pan add a knob of butter and sauté the spinach with salt and pepper. Slice the mushrooms and panfry with salt, pepper and garlic. Slice the onion, garlic and celery, and put in a hot pan with the trimmings of veal. Add a glass of red wine and reduce by half, add beef stock and again reduce by half. Finish with fresh herbs, lavender and butter. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2007 VICTORIA HEIGHTS CABERNET SAUVIGNONCABERNET FRANC D.O.K. GOZO SUPERIOR This particular recipe of fillet of veal, which in itself is not an overly strong flavoured meat, has other delicate ingredients such as cep mushrooms and lavender, which should not be overpowered by the accompanying wine. This is why I have chosen a red wine with medium to low tannins, but has lots of flavour and up front fruit. There is also beef stock and red wine used in this dish’s preparation, so a red wine is the obvious choice. This will also accompany the spinach and the potatoes, which have parmesan cheese on them – much better than a full white wine that can be used sometimes to accompany veal quite adequately.

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Baked Chocolate Cheescake Set on Fennel and White Chocolate Jaconde, Bitter Chocolate, Coffee Biscuit, Milk Chocolate and Orange Mousse Baked Chocolate Mousse Ingredients: 200g 50g 125g 5 1 1

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Method: Simmer the chocolate to a melt with a teaspon of milk. Add the sugar, butter, salt and egg yokes into the mixture. Beat the egg whites until very stiff. Progressively pour them into the chocolate while stirring from the bottom to the surface of the bowl. Pour in a mould and then cook in a bain marie at 1600C. Milk Chocolate Mousse Ingredients: 85g 40g 4g 26g

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Method: In a bain marie melt the chocolate and then let it cool. Cook the sugar in a sauce pan until it reaches 1200C. Cook the sugar to 1200C, whisk the egg yolks and gently add the cooked sugar mixture. Keep on whisking until the mixture is firm. Then fold in the cream. Pour in mould and refrigerate until it sets. White Chocolate and Fennel Jaconde Sponge Ingredients: 150g 70g 70g 20g 20g 15g 15g 63g 22g

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Method: BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: DELICATA BRUT GIRGENTINA FRIZZANTE Mix in a bowl the eggs, icing sugar, ground almonds and the candied fennel. In a sauce pan, melt the white chocolate in the butter and then leave to cool. Fold the flour in the mixture and then the butter. In another bowl, whisk the sugar and egg whites until fluffy and then slowly fold into the mixture.

There is a lot of chocolate in this dish, plus other ‘not so sweet’ ingredients, such as orange, coffee and fennel. Thus, I chose a wine that will accompany these ‘not so sweet’ ingredients and at the same time refresh and lift the palate when it’s confronted with all that rich sweet and bitter chocolate. A well chilled glass of something dry and sparkling, in this case Delicata’s Brut Girgentina Frizzante, will accompany this delicious dessert perfectly.

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EXCEPT1ONAL NEW HOMES

Last remaining sea-view, 2 bedroom apartments available from €465,000 (LM199,570).

Following the successful launch of block T10, there are now only a very limited number of these exclusive Tigne’ Point apartments available.

Model Reflex design Marco Pareschi

T10 will offer future residents onsite estate management, concierge services, site-wide access control and state-of-the-art security, fire detection and CCTV systems.

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The apartments are sold fully finished to exacting standards with superior interior specifications and innovative design solutions. Designed by aoM Partnership, with Interiors by Pippa Toledo, the apartments include centralised comfort heating and air conditioning (HVAC) as standard, a built-in infrastructure for telephony and internet connectivity as well as the provision for Bose audio and Lutron lighting options. The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at:

A novel mix, alongside favourable payment terms, provide a unique investment proposition Aplan Centre home in this unique, mixed-use, car free and the opportunity to acquire a dream waterfront B’Kara Bypass development. B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt

T10 Show-flat available for viewing.

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 Scavolini S.p.A. YOUR PERFECT 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - BALANCE Italia OF LEISURE AND LIVING Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 For further information call (+356) 2065 5510 contact@scavolini.com email info@tignepoint.com or visit www.tignepoint.com www.scavolini.com

or contact your preferred estate agent.

See more at http://t10.tignepoint.com The “best seller” from

Italy

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