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Cover story

Dream homes

Food and wine

22 A stunning Gharghur home

22 Gharghur home adapted by

94 The perfect pizza margherita

News and views 09 Editor’s letter 11 Readers’ letters and


13 New shops and inspirational


17 Home trends from the world

of design

19 Going greener at home 51 Highlights from Milan’s Salone

del Mobile

32 Interior designer Pippa Toledo

updates her own home

40 Town meets country in Gharb

Deco ideas

and a surprising sweet version with Delicata wines to match

Info 101 A-Z directory

69 Dream rooms on a budget?

We show you how

80 Summer jewels: stunning

flowers form a backdrop for entertaining


89 Finding space for a pool in a



small garden

93 Gardening in June

55 The newest products in

stores right now




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Welcome to issue 43. Everyone’s idea of what makes a dream home is different. For some, it’s a minimalist, monochrome space with high-tech gadgets, while for others, the more cosy and colourful the space is, the better. In this issue we bring you three very different dream homes. The first is a new property in Gharghur, which architecture firm _spacestudio took over while in shell form. In constant dialogue with its discerning owners, the property has been finished to the highest possible specifications and is spectacular in its use of natural materials, sense of space and quite simply, great design. Interior designer Pippa Toledo has allowed us into her own home to view the update of her living room and hall which were inspired by grey velvet. It is fascinating to see the look that an interior designer chooses for her private life. In her own words, the look has been built up over many years and it is first and foremost, a home. The third home is in Gharb, Gozo, a blend of terraced house and house of character. It combines the owners’ desire for a character home with plentiful light — a difficult combination to find — alongside two magnificent outdoor spaces and the pièce de résistance, a black swimming pool. Just as in Pippa’s home, the décor is a testament to the owners’ personal tastes, with belongings collected over the years. We are asking that most difficult of questions: can you create a dream home on a budget? A most definite ‘yes’ is our answer, so read on to find out how. We bring you spectacular, but easy to copy, flower arrangements for summer entertaining, a perfect small garden and a surprising recipe for strawberry pizza. It’s all about good taste.

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.


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Issue 42


HOMEWORKS 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 for the attention of:

MARIKA SCHEMBRI IS THE WINNER OF THE TWO BEDSIDE LAMPS COURTESY OF BIG BEN INTERIORS, BIRKIRKARA MARIKA SCHEMBRI “I will be getting married in a month and I can say that thanks to you and your wonderful team, a lot of the ideas I got for my maisonette have been inspired from your magazine HOMEWORKS. “Our home is nearly ready to move in to. I would like to get some ideas on how I can change my back yard, which is quite big, into something that will be cosy, welcoming and relaxing for my future husband and myself. I would like to get your ideas on how I can turn it into a place where we can relax and enjoy a bottle of wine together, especially now that summer is nearly with us. I do wish to thank you and all the HOMEWORKS team once again. Do keep up the excellent work. HOMEWORKS is definitely a library item.”

Readers Wrote: EMILY AQUILINA “I am writing on behalf of my colleagues. We work in a modern, government residential home and we want to decorate a huge corridor. Would you recommend a modern or a classic style? We have to bear in mind that these senior citizens all miss their own homes.” CHRISTINA CHETCUTI “My fiancé and I always look forward to reading each and every issue, especially now that we are decorating our soon-to-be home. We own two dogs and would really like ideas and advice on how to plan an animal-friendly home, what materials to use, how to include pet ‘furniture’ and coordinate it with our own furniture etc. Thank you and keep up the good work.”

The Editor, Writeon Ltd., Airways House, Level 5, HIgh Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or (photos will not be returned)


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SATARIANOHOME of Pieta present the Kara armchair designed by Marc Sadler for Desirée. Marc Sadler defines it as ‘a protective shell that encloses a soft cushion into which you can let yourself go into total relaxation’. The armchair structure is in brushed multi-plywood with a swivel base, while the soft cushions are covered in full-grain leather, available in white, yellow, red and black.

CALLEJA LTD. Novoart Guitar lights

Clara magazine rack by Ligne Roset. Exclusively available from Fino Lifestyle at C. Fino + Sons.


Chateau d’Ax day and night furniture for your complete home is now available from the new showplace at Old Railway Track in Santa Venera. Featured: Conti Cucina by Chateau d’Ax – functional and user-friendly without neglecting the aesthetic aspect.

Guitar is the new range of shaded wall, table and suspended light fittings with shiny nickel structures by Novoart, available from Calleja Ltd. in B’Kara. Cotton shades in cream or orange emit diffused light, characterised by a minimal curvilinear shape. These classically elegant fittings will provide style-enhancing qualities in a wide variety of settings.

M. DEMAJO Modular access flooring M Demajo Timbers Ltd present Uniflair, a modular access flooring. Uniflair is modelled on the basis of specific structural needs, as created by the designer. With a range of finishes, Uniflair guarantees a beautiful floor to meet any technical requirement.


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CASANOVA Snaidero Ola20 kitchen

The Snaidero Ola20 kitchen from Casanova is Pininfarina’s restyling of a classic Snaidero design. The Ola20 is as strange as it is beautiful, with the island boasting an unusual sculptural base. Create a custom look from colours in matte or high-gloss lacquer, highgloss metalized lacquer or laminate finishes. Worktops come in a choice of laminate, glazed stainless steel, wood tiles, marble and granite or quartz stone. Adding function to fashion, this futuristic kitchen offers plenty of storage, added features and integrated lighting.

DOMESTICA New showroom

Domestica’s new, state-of-the-art showroom in Valley Road, Msida was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi. The 3,000m2 showroom was designed by architect Enzo Eusebi and incorporates extensive display areas, a show apartment and parking facilities. The Domestica collection showcases top home and office furniture brands including Berloni, Kartell, Nicoletti, Fatboy, Steelcase, Guzzini, VG NewTrend, Babini office furniture and Indel B wine cellars.

Quadra Space-saving doors

THE MIRROR SHOP Online shopping

From Quadra in Birkirkara, a door model designed to free up valuable space in your home. Porta doors come in different finishes and are made-to-measure. Prices start from €450. With every €2,000 spent at Quadra, a €500 voucher is being given to spend at Ideacasa.

The Mirror Shop is now exclusively online on their new web-site,, with a collection of over 200 mirrors, modern and contemporary, round, classical and ornate, fretwork frames, oval, overmantle, hand-painted frames, leather and suede, mirrored frames, art deco, mirrored tables and frameless mirrors.

ADORE MORE Solid wooden doors

B&C TRADING Wood/aluminium windows

B&C Trading of Handaq are introducing wood and aluminium windows. They offer the elegance and cosiness of real wood on the inside, while ensuring peace of mind that no maintenance is required due to the aluminium cover on the outside. Aluminum is available in all Ral colours. Double-glazing, optimal weather and sound insulation are standard.

Adore more offers a vast range of made-to-measure interior doors and has recently also added an option for solid wooden doors. Apart from their vast selection of doors, you can also find all type of blinds, well-priced laminate parquet and exterior U-PVC apertures offering German quality and competitive pricing.

the tile 20th Anniversary

The Tile of San Gwann, whose main suppliers are Emil Ceramica and Ergon, have recently refurbished their showroom. Special offers to commemorate their 20th anniversary have now been extended to15th July.  


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ligne roset neo chair

connectivity and internet video. Photo: Bravia HX800.


transported into life-like full HD 3D action. Sony BRAVIA Monolithic Design offers full HD 3D, Wi-Fi

SERRALUNGA Sirchester armchair

technology is available for the home. Wearing hi-tech Active Shutter glasses, users will be

DERIN Aziz Sariyer chair

3D television: From this summer, just in time for the FIFA World Cup, a new 3D picture

LENZING INTERIORS TRENDS FOR 2010: TERRANEUM Inspiration from the beauty of the earth’s elements leads to the creation of a palette of brilliant natural colours abstracted from nature. Sublime texturized surfaces: crooked, scoured, feathery, are picking up on the always overwhelming uniqueness of nature. Materials are assembled in unexpected ways. Recycled fabrics are magnificent and stylish. Terraneum is a hybrid of earth’s resources and technology, with the aim of fulfilling the requests of future mankind.


Vertex by Karim Rashid is one of the new collections of outdoor furniture made from 100% recyclable material presented by Spanish firm Vondom during their first participation in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.


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GREENWORKS A spotlight on energy-saving and sustainable interiors trends and products

ECO REDEFINED: Eco-friendly is taking on a new meaning; shifting from focused on the environment (ecological) to focus on the (eco)nomy. Homeowners are looking to economicallyfriendly solutions to their home decor and furnishings purchases, seeking quality and value with an eye toward long-term savings and joy of ownership.

Eco-sustainable materials

Marca Corona have just launched Ecoliving tiles, manufactured to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. These are eco-sustainable building parametres developed by the Green Building Council in the US and applied in 40 countries. It is a voluntary certification system based on the allocation of points for every eco-sustainable requisite of a building. By adding up the points awarded, a total points rating is obtained. Construction using Ecoliving tiles means being awarded LEED points which can prove of vital importance in eco-sustainable architectural projects. Marco Corona Ecoliving tiles are available from CERAMAX in Naxxar.


Philippe Starck’s highly-anticipated Revolutionair wind turbine is designed for home use. The quadrangular 400W WT model has a power output of 400W and the helicoidal 1KW WT will be able to generate 1KW of power. The turbines will be produced by Pramac and will sell for around €2,500 (quadrangular) and €3,500.

Banish formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin which can be found in furniture as a component of particle and MDF boards, glues, finishes, stains and paints. The alternative is to buy furniture that is manufactured with nontoxic materials, is finished only with natural oils and waxes and to opt for solid wood where possible. Photo: LUBE Group is one of many locally-represented furniture companies which has chosen to exclusively use materials with extremely low formaldehyde emissions in the production of its kitchen structure components, complying with Japanese Industrial Standards.


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Scavolini uses only Idroleb panels for the carcase of its kitchens: a water repellent V100 panel with the lowest formaldehyde content presently available in the world.

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A HARMONIOUS DIALOGUE _spacestudio adapted a shell property in Gharghur to the discerning owners’ requirements for a modern, urban home. Natural materials, purity of form, and as near to perfection as possible, combineD to create a spectacular property Photos: MAS Words: OLIVIA ATTARD


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The home’s unexpected elements and angles add interest and appeal. The stunning infinity pool, whose shape echoes the surrounding fields, takes on particular significance. A mixture of a variety of dark and green slates make a strong architectural statement, yet at the same time, offers hues perfectly balanced with the surrounding landscape. The internal/external dialogue reappears throughout various spaces at each level within the house.


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In the living room, a full-height corner glass wall aids in creating a seamless dialogue with the infinity pool and the garden below. Within such purity of forms, natural materials create warmth and an invitation to both look and feel. The possibility of seeing through and beyond each space is evident on every level. The living room has a view onto the impressive pool and vista. The central core rises up through two storeys. There is a central atrium feeling which has been created by the double height of the inner core, perfectly accentuated by the double-height glass frontage and strategically-placed mirrors. This quality of openness paradoxically allows for extra intimacy and interaction – perfectly suited to a family home – in that it generates a comfortable proximity to any activity. The Bulthaup kitchen has a natural aluminium finish, completely in keeping with the choice of natural materials.

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rchitectural firm _spacestudio

in creating a continuous architectural dialogue

had been called in to collaborate in

between the two. Our client’s functional

the design of the property while it

requirements also meant that we had to

was still in shell form. The resulting adaptation

address a number of key changes to the

emerged from an intense and meticulous

existing building.

dialogue between the owners and architect Christopher Micallef over every detail.

“We kept as true to the natural materials as possible and this has created an exciting

This mesmerising Gharghur property reveals

dialogue in colour and texture between the

its aesthetics in a subtle way. Upon entering,

variety of natural materials that are found

any first-time visitor is faced with a pleasant

throughout the house.”

dilemma – to take in the living room and its view onto the impressive pool and vista, or

The perfection of detailing and texture

to be drawn into the central core, which rises

balancing of the various materials is evident

up through two storeys. The stunning kitchen

throughout the entire house. The stunning

beyond is a third, competing focal point.

infinity pool, whose shape echoes the surrounding fields, takes on particular

Although the house is compact, a sense of

significance. A mixture of a variety of dark

movement, harmony and linked spaces give

and green slates make a strong architectural

it a feeling of a much larger property. The

statement, yet at the same time, offers hues

possibility of seeing through and beyond each

perfectly balanced with the surrounding

space is evident on every level. This quality


of openness paradoxically allows for extra intimacy and interaction – perfectly suited to a

At ground floor, a wall clad in rough-cut schist

family home – in that it generates a comfortable

balances the natural finish to the teak door

proximity to any activity.

at the entrance. Within the living room the palette changes to a concrete bench, a ribbed,

Tucked adjacent to the double-height central

wide-planked natural oak floor and a variety of

core, the spiral staircase sweeps through the

plastered finishes.

four levels of the house, sculpting the light along its surfaces as it unfolds throughout the

Moving towards the kitchen area, there is a

various levels. This open quality serves to link

change in the flooring material. A naturally

the indoors with the exterior. Stepping onto

treated concrete floor slips through the

the landing at the first floor you are invited to

remainder of the internal ground floor, creating

look across the double height volume towards

a balanced background to the variety of

the open unobstructed views. This internal/

naturally finished materials within the area,

external dialogue reappears throughout various

including the naturally-clad Bulthaup kitchen.

spaces at each level within the house. In the living room, a full-height corner glass wall aids

In the ground floor powder room and

in creating a seamless dialogue with the infinity

basement areas, cabernet brown marble,

pool and the garden below. One level above,

taupe colours and a variety of plastered

the experience is further enriched as the main

textures create a more intimate feel, perfectly

bedroom seems to hover over the garden

suited to their more private functions. In

below, immersing itself within the distant views.

contrast to this, the cosy relaxation nook, which opens up to the light from the garden, is

Purity and harmony

once again left in a natural concrete.

Chris: “From the outset, the existing building

“It was a rare pleasure to enjoy such a

and its breathtaking landscape were

continuous communication with the owners

inspirational. At the same time, it was evident

as happened on this project,” says Chris. “The

that a number of key modifications were

result has created a fluid and functional spatial

necessary to ensure that the building was

layout with a harmonious dialogue.”

suitable for the new programme. “We started off by redesigning the landscaping. The integration of the external pool, the deck and garden with the internal spaces was key

The master bathroom is sheathed in textured white marble, contrasting the dark nero marquina marble floor. The main bedroom seems to hover over the garden below, immersing itself within the distant views. The glass-walled gym in the basement level is an unusual feature. The spiral staircase sculpts the light along its surfaces.


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Warming TO GREY

Interior designer Pippa Toledo recently updated the home she has lived in for 30 years. She proves that an update doesn’t mean having to change all of the decorative elements, but it does involve making bold moves Photos: Tonio Lombardi Words: Zillah BugejA


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Interior designer Pippa Toledo updated her living room by moving from off-white to dark grey. The transformation took four weeks and included the reconfiguration of four rooms, a new lighting scheme, the removal of a fireplace, two arches being glassed off and the creation of a gypsum cabinet, a new wardrobe and a new bedroom.

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“People are often scared of using dark paint on the walls, but I’m quite daring.”

hile people may expect

room to provide dramatic down-lighting

interior designers to

over the impressive mirror, which was

change their own homes

itself reframed in black to match the

quite regularly, the opposite is probably

new scheme. New black table lamps

more true to life. For Pippa, her house

were added, and a standard lamp was

is first and foremost ‘a home’. She

both designed and made by Pippa’s

explains: “When I do someone’s home,

son Philip.

it is very often a new property and we give it a total look from scratch.

Reformatting the layout

The difference with my own home is that I have collected things over the

Not only did the living room redesign

years, such as paintings, which are

involve a new colour scheme, but the

part of my life, part of who I am. Any

opportunity was taken to change the

transformation has to incorporate

format of the room by increasing the

them too. Plus, it’s nice to come home

floor area. The room was extended

to something different to what I have

by taking over an adjacent bedroom,

been doing for other people. I like that

which allowed more light into the living


room through the old bedroom’s sliding doors. A new parquet floor was given

In the entrance hallway, Pippa Toledo’s

to the extension, carefully matched to

own artwork boldly announces the

the existing parquet.

home’s new look: “I wanted a drastic change. The colour scheme in my living

Pippa’s living room is framed by two

room was pale, it used to be based on

magnificent, graceful Moroccan-

off-white. The change involved going to

inspired arches which she had

the other extreme, opting for charcoal

introduced to the home 30 years ago.

grey as the main colour, with touches

During this recent redecoration, Pippa

of black, taupe and violet.”

closed off the arches with glass, thus creating twin windows. Instead of

The central space of the expansive

enclosing the glass in a frame (which

living room typifies her current design

would have looked less elegant),

signature: clean lines and expanses of

she created a slim gypsum wall as a

bold hues.

facing for the existing masonry and sandwiched the glass between the

“People are often scared of using dark

two. The windows now function as

paint but I’m quite daring. I introduced

focal points and can be enjoyed from

darker details such as grey on the

both the living room and the hallway.

walls.” Pippa also extended the use of grey within the kitchen by updating

In the entrance hall, Pippa took some

the units and with new covers for the

of the existing space to create a

dining chairs.

bedroom to replace the one lost in the living room extension. By mirroring the

The revamped living room is a big

new wall adjacent to the first arch, a

space, with three groups of seating

trompe l’oeil effect is achieved, giving

areas, homogenised by the colour

the impression that the hall has more

scheme and new fabric. Some sofas

than one arch.

were re-upholstered while others were custom-made. Pippa opted for velvet,

This home has gained its core

a fabric that used to be fashionable

personality through the spectrum of

years ago. “I find that velvet is elegant,

loved pieces that Pippa has collected

plush and chic, especially when used in

over the years, from an elegant

these dark colours.”

antique sideboard to her new elephant bookends. Pippa has proven that

Opposite: Graceful arches and curves give Pippa’s home a Moroccan feel, perfectly updated by the new grey colour scheme.

Pippa explains that although her home

an update does not mean having to

is graced by ample natural light, it really

change elements such as rugs and

comes into its own at night. A new

paintings, but it does involve making

bulkhead was installed in the living

bold moves. 037

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Filo bed in leather with Segno bed side tables

Filo bed in leather with Segno bed side tables Bed starting from â‚Ź1700. Bedside table starting from â‚Ź410. For more information on the Pianca collection and other quality designer brands, please visit onepercent, valley road, birkirkara t: 2546 5000

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This property stands out by blending in. Although its main feature is a magnificent black swimming pool, it was chosen for its chameleon-like properties. The home is an alchemical mix of Gozitan rustic and Gothic elegance Photos: MIKE ROSS Words: Zillah BugejA INTERIOR STYLING: DUO DESIGNERS 041

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The pool isn’t completely black – dark blue mosaic tiles line the perimeter – and it has a more reflective effect than an emphasis on its dark depths. The owners learned by trial and error which plants could withstand the strong winds that whip down the valley. The courtyard allows for outdoor dining in a serene setting. The garden gate with glass beads which signals the entrance into the mystical pool area was brought over from England. The owners are adept at creating exotic, sensual touches throughout the home.


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The spacious kitchen is the ideal setting for entertaining. The owners sometimes run cookery classes to promote Gozitan and Mediterranean cuisine. Adjacent to the kitchen, what was once a donkey’s stable is now used as an office.


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They wanted the impossible: a townhouse in the country, and this home delivered. Cushions, throws, tassles, poster, lamp and table runner on beds courtesy of Orienta. Black cushion with red flower from OneTwoOne Interiors.


t’s the house best known for having

love for all things Gothic is evident throughout

Beyond the kitchen lies the courtyard garden,

the first black pool in Gozo. At first you

the home, from the front door itself, to the

which has a semi-tropical feel to it. Instead of

think that it would be spooky, a bit like

reproduction kitchen table and the iron beds

having one large outdoor space, it was divided

swimming in the ocean at night, but you

that were made by a local policeman. But

into these two very different spaces for added

have to be there to appreciate the effect that

she hasn’t overdone the Gothic feel, instead,

impact. In fact, the pool area comes as a

a black pool has. When the water is calm it

it conjures up Moorish overtones that sit well

surprise to all first-time visitors.

acts like a mirror, reflecting the trees around it

with the home’s character. A portico was erected to provide shade for

in a Monet-like scene. The sunsets must be amazing.

A townhouse in the country

the outdoors eating area, on top of which

This meditative aspect is exactly what the

This property is the perfect blend of

created a sun-trap that is used as a cosy

owners were looking for. The idea of a black

townhouse and character property, which is

winter living room.

pool had first come to them when they were

what the owners were looking for. They liked

considering buying a chateau in France – a

the rusticity of a farmhouse, but not the typical

There may not be any turquoise in the pool,

dark-coloured pool would have been the

low ceilings.

but the owners have used it to full effect in the

an extension was built on the first floor that

living room. It metamorphoses from a cosy

only colour that would have blended into the landscape. Similarly, the owners felt that

They wanted the impossible: a townhouse

winter retreat with muted chenille sofa covers

a turquoise pool would have jarred against

in the country, and this home delivered, with

in the winter to an energetic turquoise oasis.

the Gharb countryside, especially because

some very high ceilings and ample apertures,

Turquoise is also echoed in the dining room

the low garden walls mean that the pool is

reminiscent of a period property in England. It

table settings and in touches of Mdina glass

quite exposed. Plus, they like the feeling of

is situated in the village core, yet still overlooks

throughout the kitchen.

swimming in an inky pool at midnight, “It’s so

a valley, the loudest sounds being the truculent

decadent, especially when the moon is bright.”

moan of a nearby tractor.

What also sets this property apart is its five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Each room

The drama of a black pool is also in keeping

The kitchen is a particularly large, welcoming

has been given a different theme. Even the

with the Gothic theme that runs throughout the

and airy room. The units were custom-made

unique washbasins are talking points in

property. The lady of the house is an antiques

in oak, their pale green paint colour picked out

themselves. Textiles and antiques collected

dealer who used to specialise in costumes and

from the original Maltese floor tiles. These tiles

over the years provide something beautiful to

textiles and also trained in garden design. Her

were retained and delineate the dining area.

behold at every turn.


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RETROSPECTIVE Right: Kraud Still Life green leather quilted pigs Below: TWB armchair by Cappellini, crafted from ash wooden veneer


Quilting, wood, interesting details, metallics and bold pops of colour stole the show at the recent I Saloni fair


ach April, at Milan’s i

production process utilises a

Saloni, the good and

famous mathematician’s formula

great of the design world

that accounts for the number

come together to showcase

of faces, corners and edges

the latest in furniture and

in simple shapes. Modern

design. A melting pot of product

French furniture company

designers, magazine editors,

Ligne Roset showcased the

design school graduates and

marvellous Ruche sofa, with its

buyers for large companies form

contemporary metal framing and

a collective that will determine

square-quilted texture. Possibly

the coming year’s focus and

the most unusual use of the


quilting trend was at the hands of German design brand Kraud,

QUILTING came in the form

whose ‘Still Life’ green leather

of Poltrona Frau’s dramatic

pigs gave objects for the home

‘Flair’ leather bed frame, sure

an unexpected twist.

to dress up any penthouse apartment. From the Brittany-

Nature’s favourite, WOOD,

born Bouroullec brothers we

appears time and again. On

saw the statement ‘Quilt’

this occasion its champion was

collection appear again. The

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Goldberg with his idiosyncratic ‘Egg’ chair that

brass. Moroso’s ‘Memory’ chair, by Japanese

is formed from many pieces of timber, creating

designer, Tokujin Yoshioka, was created using

its ovoid form. Raw Edges for Cappellini gave

a silver fabric made with recycled aluminium,

us the ‘TWB’ chair that has been crafted from

finally proving that high design can also be

ash wooden veneer. Long-term Milan resident


Patricia Urquiola presented her beautiful collection for Molteni with the ‘Scribe’ desk and

BOLD POPS OF COLOUR seemed to be the

‘Net Box’ wardrobe appearing on all London

order of the day, from whichever direction you

style editors’ ‘must have’ lists.

looked. B&B Italia’s purple ‘Bend’ modular sofa creates a variety of seating opportunities,

INTERESTING DETAILS were brought to us

challenging the preconceived notion of a sofa

by Scholten & Baijings the Dutch design duo

offering a single facing direction. Taking a

responsible for the ‘Amsterdam’ armoire.

more comical slant, Cappellini and The Walt

Re-working the concept of a 17th-century

Disney Signature Collection tipped us the wink

cabinet, they give it an updated design ethic

as we were faced with their Mickey Mouse

in the form of muted pastel shades broken

influenced ‘Ribbon’ stool. Écal Design, a

up by structured lines outside, whilst inside,

collective of industrial design students included

still-life black and white photography depicts

the multi-coloured ‘Colour Size’ freestanding

cardboard models of the designers’ work.

shelving units designed by Enrique Illanez

Meanwhile, Italian design house Fornasetti


created a set of tables ‘Tema’ that can be used as coffee tables, benches or stools. When put together they picture a deconstructed image of the iconic Fornasetti face.

Rupert Goldberg Egg 1, formed from many pieces of timber

METALLICS dazzled us. Tom Dixon’s latest offering to the lighting market was the ‘Void’ light, inspired by Olympic medals - it’s available in polished stainless steel/light copper or

Bold pops of colour in the Cappellini Mickey ribbon chairs

Moroso Memory chair by Tokujin Yoshioka, created using a silver fabric made with recycled aluminium

B&B modular Bend sofa creates a variety of seating opportunities


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HOMEIDEAS Combining shades of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Outremer collection by carréblanc presents panels of dramatic colour printed on duvet covers, pillow cases, towels and bathrobes. A king size duvet cover offers excellent value at €91. Exclusively from carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880, 2738 8880.

The Mdina Glass range of handmade vases comes in a wide variety of elegant shapes and a plethora of exciting colours which are sure to transform the look of your home. These individually handcrafted masterpieces, which are available at Mdina Glass outlets in Malta and Gozo, start from €21.50.

A big, beautiful classical frame, with intricate fretwork carvings, in white, with a slight brushed gold finish. Bevelled mirror. 154cm x 132cm. Price: €439. The Mirror Shop, Tel: 9942 3392

A vast range of modern sculptures on a base in a polished aluminium finish. Featured item priced at €146.50. Available at contemp interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. 

The durable acrylic salad on ice set is great for keeping your favourite salads and fruits chilled. Price €35 from Gifts&More at Topline, St. Andrew’s Rd, St. Andrew’s. Tel: 2137 2256.

Leisure Pools have a modern and innovative range of fibreglass swimming pool designs available in different sizes and colours to suit your needs and budget perfectly. Visit the website or Leisure Pools Europe, 25, Victor Denaro Street, Msida. Tel: 7947 3922. / 055

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Mdina Glass produces a large variety of lampshades which are both functional and decorative. As with all their glassware, different application techniques are employed, thus rendering an exciting selection of shapes, patterns and colours. Prices for these highly desirable items start from €186.50.

Piquattro proudly introduce one of their latest sofa models, which is handcrafted throughout its entire production. Piquattro sofas are available from Carmelo Delia, Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2147 2882 / 2388 9200.

Smart and very practical, Cadiz hopsack plain comes in a super range of 36 colours. Very hard-wearing and supple, the quality is ideal for drapes and upholstery. Exclusively available from One Two One Interiors, Naxxar and Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2142 2948/9. A ceramic sink is the option for everyone who knows how diverse, robust, easy-case and hygienic ceramic is. Refined exclusively by Villeroy and Boch with innovative Ceramic Plus is — process which ensures that surface water forms droplets that simply flow off the surface, taking the dissolved dirt with them. Available only from Bathroom Design Ltd, Naxxar Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 1328/9.

A flight of fantasy from carréblanc, Hélène’s colourful embroidered and printed beach towels and beach robes are a joy for summer days ahead. Just part of a matching range of bed linen and bath towels. A beach towel is priced at €46. Exclusively from carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880, 2738 8880.

Gres floor tiles open the door onto a world of fascinating interiors for your home. View the wide variety, with exclusive offers, from Bathroom Design Ltd, Naxxar Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 1328/9.


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At Carmelo Delia, we don’t just offer a wide range of stylish modern furniture, we help you with everything you need to turn a brand new house into a dream home: from interior design, tiling and light fittings to bathrooms, modern kitchens and alluring bedrooms.

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These original Mdina Glass coloured wine coolers give that extra touch of class to your dinner table and help create the right atmosphere for that special evening. They are also ideal decorative items for the home. Prices for these functional, yet incredibly artistic items start from €85.

Bruges is a highperformance plain chenille which comes in an amazing variety of 71 colours. Bruges is suitable for upholstery yet soft enough to produce a nice drape. Exclusively available from One Two One Interiors, Naxxar and Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2142 2948/9.

Style materialises, elegance enters the home, a modern, refined kitchen is a dream come true. Zena offers refined practicality, reliability, great visual impact and continued amazement at the solidity of every little detail. Azeta Ltd. Cannon Road. Santa Venera. Tel: 2148 2536 / 2748 2536.

Coco™ by Bloom is the ideal nest for your baby that belongs in contemporary living spaces. It has a smooth, self-rocking motion, leatherette seat upholstery in 7 contemporary colours and an adjustable, padded safety harness. Available from Rockababy (sole agents for Bloom), 156/158 Main Street, Mosta. Tel. 9976 2529.

Stylish and functional footstools and trunks, some of which double-up as a coffee table and storage. See the full range at Gifts&More, Level 1, Topline, St. Andrew’s Rd, St. Andrew’s.Tel: 2137 2256.

Biggie Best offer the complete home decorating service. Their custom-made Roman blinds and ready-made curtains are designed to suit the most discerning of tastes. Bed linen and bath linen, lighting, tableware and table linen, cushions, upholstered armchairs and so much more for your home. Custom-made Roman blinds start from €120. Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.


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A clever range of virtually umbreakable, stylish co-ordinated melamine outdoor dinnerware and glassware (dishwasher safe). Starting from €4.95 from Gifts&More, Topline, St. Andrew’s. Tel: 2137 2256. /

The new ECKO washing machine and ECKO tumble drier from Forestals have a galvanised body and an A Class certification in terms of energy efficiency and washing performance for the washing machine. The washing machine takes loads up to 7.2kg using the minimum quantity of water with a variable spin speed of 400–l,200 rpm. The tumble drier takes loads of up to 6kg. Forestals are giving away one year’s supply of ARIEL detergent with every ECKO washing machine. (Terms and conditions apply). Forestals Mriehel and Sliema.

A modern sunburst framed mirror, in an silver leaf aged finish, with a bevelled mirror. 120cm diameter. Price: €284. The Mirror Shop, Tel: 9942 3392. -

Visit to view a virtual shop of stunning pictures and superior quality prints. Picture featured ‘Floating’ cv5008, 61x121cm, €174. Available at contemp interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116.

The classic style brings back the pleasure of kitchen living. The warmth of carefully worked wood evokes tradition without forgetting functional and innovative elements. The use of valuable materials together with typically classic workmanship best express the values of the past in a refined and harmonious context. Azeta Ltd. Cannon Road. Sta Venera. Tel: 2148 2536 / 2748 2536.

Discover a world of light and colour at Mdina Glass, including the new range of speciallyproduced Malta and Gozo scenes. Mdina Glass artisans have also reproduced the vibrant colours of masters such as Klimt and Van Gogh, and can do the same with any picture of your choice. Prices start from €29.50. 061

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Plush towels by Tom Tailor complete with matching bath mats can turn an older bathroom into a haven of luxury. Prices from €10.90. Exclusively available from One Two One Interiors, Naxxar and Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2142 2948/9.

A brushed stainless steel roll top bread bin with a stylish frosted glass base, creating a cool unique finish. Price €55. Available at contemp interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116.

Aluminium wall washers. Aluminium finish. Available at VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. New showroom now open. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. Gessi, the prestigious name for Italian high quality designer kitchen mixers, only available at Shaker. Kitchen mixers starting at €60. Reverse osmosis mixers are now in stock. Shaker, Triq il-Gibjun, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 7686.

The Maiso collection of white high gloss and walnut bedrooms offer a vast selection of affordable possibilities for anyone’s bedroom requirements. Maiso bedrooms are available from Carmelo Delia, Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2147 2882 / 2388 9200.

Stem Interiors offers a wide range of pieces. Choose from mirrored console tables, decorative lamps, textured wallpaper and lampshades that can be made to any size and colour. Featured mirror €299. Stem Interiors, Hughes Hallett Street, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019.

LED POINTS PRO by DIMCO. 3X1W LED dimmable, price €46, available at VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. New showroom now open. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. 063

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Sun lounger in brown or black poly rattan. Price €125. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. / Armchair in brown or black poly rattan with cushion, €114. Chair in brown or black poly rattan with cushion, €90. Table in brown or black poly rattan with glass top: for 6 persons, €205, for 8 persons €275. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. /

3-piece vase set in brown or black poly rattan with cushions. Price €350. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. /

Corinth water feature. Price €420. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. /

Indi poly rattan corner sofa in brown or black with cushions, €259. Single sofa in brown or black with cushions, €215. Coffee table in brown or black with glass top, €139. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. /

Square ivory rattan sofa set complete with cushions. Price €750. Available at HomeTrends, Industrial Estate, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 5654. / 065

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SWAK natural insect repellent — manufactured from pure chrysanthemum extract — is food and allergy safe, while protecting your home from flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects. Price: €7.70 per can with 3,000 shots that last up to 90 days. Automatic dispenser. Distributed by Comtec. Tel: 2180 0666, or from

Celestia by Novacolor is an interior decorative finish that provides a soft sense of touch similar to that of leather in both feel and appearance. A full colour spectrum is now available from Malta’s leading paint centre, Colours & More in Tower Street, Swatar. For trade enquiries, contact Mac Med Limited, Tel: 2182 4101 or at

Swahili by Novacolor is a textured, decorative metallic finish for interiors. The Swahili collection will provide a contemporary choice of finish  enhanced by a full range of vibrant colours that is now available from Malta’s leading paint centre, Colours & More in Tower Street, Swatar. For trade enquiries, kindly contact Mac Med Limited on Tel: 2182 4101.

Benefit from a €15 discount on home insurance during the month of June. Special rates are also available on the Home2home package when insuring your permanent home together with your holiday home. Terms and conditions apply. Contact Citadel Insurance on Freephone: 8007 2322. Citadel Insurance plc is authorised by the MFSA.

Floor wine bottle rack in chrome, holds 12 bottles. H73cm, price  €52.75. Available at contemp interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116. 

Africa and Dune by Novacolor are unique architectural coatings that come in smooth metallic patinas that create endless chromatic solutions and stunning tactile sensations.  Both ranges are now available from Malta’s leading paint centre, Colours & More in Tower Street, Swatar. For trade enquiries, contact Mac Med Limited, Tel: 2182 4101 or at /

The Laguna sofa was introduced this year by Piquattro. The Italian brand is constantly improving its quality and reputation with its handcrafted leather sofas. Piquattro sofas are available from Carmelo Delia, Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2147 2882 / 2388 9200. 067

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Creating a dream home on a budget – is it possible? It definitely IS. HOMEWORKS provides three different viewpoints to help readers on their way TO creating the home of their dreams


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Good design is about the application of materials. Beautiful fabric can go a long way in sharpening up the look of your existing furniture.

ONE ROOM AT A TIME Author and architect Marc Vassallo proposes that one way to achieve a dream hoME on a budget is to turn your current RESIDENCE into your ideal hoME instead of trying to buy or build a second ONE


‘Dream with your eyes wide open’, says Marc Vassallo, who is popular in the U.S.A. for his expertise in home design. His groundbreaking book about crafting quality and character in a home through architectural details, Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life (The Taunton Press, Sept. 2005) quickly became a best seller.

n my dreams, I live in an open, informal house set among tall trees,

You might build a very simple house, with nice but modestly priced

close to the water on a quiet island in the Pacific Ocean in British

materials, but then decide to have a generous stone fireplace that

Columbia. I imagine huge glass doors that disappear to connect

becomes the focal point you enjoy from several rooms in the house. On

inside to outside, an outdoor shower under the trees, earth-coloured

a much smaller scale, you might select just three or four stunning antique

concrete floors warmed by embedded tubes of heated water.

tiles for your bath and then surround these special tiles with ordinary ceramic tiles.

In reality, I cannot afford such a house, but I am doing small things in our home in Seattle to capture the same feeling as my island dream home.

How can people learn to be their own designers? To be a good designer,

It’s a tiny house on a small city lot, but we’re opening it up to the outside.

you have to trust your instincts. This is hard if you haven’t been formally

Last year, we put a small sofa and table on our front porch and used it

trained in design, but it’s still true. The best way to improve on your sense

like an outdoor living room. This year, we’re adding French doors from

of design is to pay attention to what you like and to ask yourself why

our bedroom onto a wooden deck surrounded by our backyard garden.

you like it. Don’t just look at houses; consider larger buildings and public

We’re putting in an outdoor shower with a Japanese-style privacy screen

places for the lessons they can teach you, which you can then apply at

around it. Some day we’ll add radiant heating to our wooden floors, so

home. Perhaps you enter a very calm courtyard outside a church. Ask

we can walk barefoot even in winter and feel warm. We’re building our

yourself why the space feels good to you. Is it the proportions? Its sense

dream house a little at a time.

of enclosure? The sound of a fountain? A small window in one wall that provides just a glimpse of a view? Now ask yourself if there’s a way to

One of the best ways to create a dream house on a budget is simply to

capture this same feeling in your balcony or terrace.

build smaller. This is the idea behind the best-selling book, The Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka. As her co-author on two subsequent

It’s also smart to read magazines, and to cut out and keep the images

books (Inside the Not So Big House and Not So Big Remodeling), I know

that speak to you. Make notes right on the photographs: “I like the colour

this works.

of this stucco.” “This is a well-proportioned column.”

Sarah says, “Build one third smaller than you thought you needed, but

There are books that are almost textbooks for someone wanting to

just as expensive.” Put your money into quality, not quantity. The key is

better understand home design or architectural design. These include A

to prioritize. Pick just a few special elements on which to indulge your

Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander; Home by Design, by Sarah

dreams; don’t spend your money evenly on everything.

Susanka; Patterns of Home, by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein,


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Capture the feeling of your favourite outdoor spaces in your own home with the use of a few select accessories.

“The best way to improve on your sense of design is to pay attention to what you like and to ask yourself why you like it.” and Barbara Winslow; and Architecture: Form, Space, & Order, by Francis D.

Noor Steam by Glass Idromassaggio

Allen Venables

Ken Gutmaker, The Barefoot Home, Marc Vassallo, The Taunton Press, 2006

Good lighting can make or break a room.

The right dose of simplicity Architect Antoine Zammit RECOMMENDS simple materials and using harmonious palettes TO CREATE a perfectly harmonious vision Antoine Zammit is Senior Associate Architect and Urban Designer, TBA Periti. Urban Design Lecturer & Design Tutor, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta.

Ching. Should a home have a total look? A home should feel unified, with a certain amount of continuity from room to room, from


reating a dream home is all about

home’. The same interiors, down to the same

good design, which manifests itself

room, could look cheap and anonymous,

in ideas and forms. Yes, particular

cosy and homely or chic and elegant, simply

place to place, but that does not mean

materials and systems do come at a cost.

from the combination of materials and colour

everything has to be perfectly coordinated,

But good design ideas, and clean and simple


every wall the same colour, every floor

forms, do not cost more. Take minimalist architecture and interior design,

the same wood, or that everything must match. Your house should be a reflection

Good design is about detail and the

a style that has remained consistently popular

of who you are and how you live. If you

compatibility of materials. Rather than being

with Scandinavians and Asians alike. The

stay true to this idea with the materials you

about what materials are chosen, good design

fundamentals of minimalism lie in its simplicity

choose and the furnishings you select,

is about their application. A combination of

and cleanliness, basing on two simple

even with how you organize and define

terribly expensive materials might look hideous,

principles – the removal of clutter and the

spaces inside and out, then your house

a hotchpotch that does not look good, kitsch

attention to detailing. Taken to the extreme it

will look and feel just right. Details – trim,

at its best. In contrast, simple, inexpensive

could also become cold and clinical, but when

built-in cabinets, windows, ceiling soffits,

materials, chosen wisely and detailed well, can

applied with the right dosage, its simplicity,

flooring materials, lighting, and so on –

create a perfectly harmonious vision, a ‘dream

cleanliness and elegance are proof that it boils

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“Simple, inexpensive materials, chosen wisely and detailed well, can create a perfectly harmonious vision, a dream home.” down to the choice on how materials are applied and brought together, The removal of clutter, applied with the right dosage, results in simplicity, cleanliness and elegance.

while also resulting in better resistance to weathering and material failure over time. This is not meant to undermine the importance of good, reliable materials; rather it is meant to drive the point home that there are other very important variables in the equation of creating a dream home, such as colour palettes, the combination of textures and most importantly of all, detail. Make a mental note of your favourite homes. Mine are not normally the most expensive buildings. I find great joy in looking at simple buildings, with their clean and well-proportioned lines that work seamlessly together. Some of the best residences built outside our shores are social housing projects that have been designed and constructed with the tightest of budgets. How does this translate into practical design terms? Here are a few design tips that I come across in my daily professional life and that could

1] Our brains register the geometry of a space first and proportions or particular features may really compromise a space and interrupt the natural volumetric balance – in short, try to stick to clean lines and

Hanna Korvela

make all the difference in the creation of a dream home.

consistency of form. A stone feature in a character house is an asset that can be maximized to great effect.

2] Maximise your assets, whether it is natural light, a view or a stone feature in a character house. 3] In conversions of older houses, use new materials wisely in order to bring out older features more prominently – do not try to compete with the older, more permanent features but try to balance them out. 4] Keep your room backdrop simple; create those splashes of interest through specific items within a harmonious colour palette. 5] Think of practical flexibility, making space for activities as they occur and as the need arises, for instance using items that may be extended as necessary and concealing unwanted items to remove any clutter. (Clutter may really deter from appreciating a space for its real worth.) 6] Good lighting can make or break a space – besides being about the fitting itself, it is also about the fitting’s position and the type of light that is formed in order to create different ambiences within the home. 7] Lastly, a dream home is only as good as it functions. Think long-term – more often than not, long-term savings end up being much higher than for instance, is an invaluable asset.


initial budget. In our climate, an item such as insulation in roofs and walls,


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Frugality: a question of aesthethics and ethics Architect Anna Maria Gallo suggests a deeper consideration of the philosophy behind the synthesis of creative thought and the dwellers’ personality and needs


f we were to accept the premise that

The semantic origins of the concept, dating to

designing a space to live in implies

the Greeks and taken up later by the Romans,

giving form to our everyday needs and

suggest that in the case of fascination, value

contemporary way of life, then creating a

is not sought through a comparison with

dream house would demand a balanced

modern standards and criteria. Fascination

synthesis between creative thought and the

results from an analytical process leading

dwellers’ personality and needs. For habitable

to a deeper understanding of the nature of

space, then, the result is the creation of a living

our surroundings. This process strengthens

organism that is itself inhabited.

character generally and its own character in

Photos: Mike Ross - from ‘Black Magic’ article on page 40

Anna Maria Gallo is an architect focused on sustainable design and research, from Architecture Project Valletta.

particular. Conceptualizing a dream house would require a reflection on the pleasure of living in a serene

Aldo Rossi aptly summarized this philosophy

and tranquil space, one that is gratifying to our

of design in his often-quoted phrase: “The site

visual and tactile senses, a house that grows

inspired the Project”.

and breathes with us and in which we feel comfortable and protected. A dwelling therefore

By implication, an in-depth understanding

that reflects who we are.

of place, and of its inherent qualities and language, will help suggest the minimum

To create a dream house is not as complex

intervention required to express the unique

as what futuristic advertising, often designed

nature of the work. Innovation and originality

to promote a new technological generation,

can be sought through traditional measures: an

wishes us to believe. Our ideal space can also

understanding and appreciation of the nature of

be achieved simply by shedding the misguided

the place, its climate and the characteristics of

notion that more traditional and local materials

available materials. Insight into the constructive

are poor and hinder good creative design.

process and the skills of local craftsmen also plays a role in defining a strong creative

The subtlety here lies in understanding the

expression and in proposing ingenious

difference between the concept of beauty and


that of fascination. Not only does this approach, even if seemingly Beauty is often referenced against standards

primitive, have economic and practical

originating from imposed images of

benefits. Used effectively, it may prove to be

contemporary ideals. Beauty is perishable, a

an instrument of social and cultural identity,

quality related to appearance and based on

creating spaces of high expressive quality and

current aesthetic models. With time, skin-

of unique character.

deep beauty fades and becomes outdated. Superficial beauty lacks the subliminal quality

The concept of ‘frugality’ therefore

which preserves its allure for eternity. A fading

contemplates a heartfelt approach to a more

beauty kept artificially beyond its prime risks

sustainable way of life, where aesthetics,

losing its glamour.

derived of observation and an understanding of our surroundings, lead to an alternative Ethic of

The value of fascination and appeal is very different. Fascination is a value that lives with and outlives that which possesses it.

Living. The natural beauty and pared-down simplicity of Maltese architecture only needs minimal intervention.


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Alistair Fenech shows HOMEWORKS readers how to create simple yet spectacular flower arrangements to add that special touch to summer entertaining Photos: Alan Carville Words: OLIVIA ATTARD FLORAL STYLIST: ALISTAIR FENECH Location: The Edge lido, The Radisson Baypoint Blu Resort and Spa


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CACTUS CENTREPIECE Use this on a dinner table setting, with any combination of flowers to suit your colour scheme. The cactus leaves act as an unusual base. • Lay a length of tulle or other fabric as a runner before you start assembling the centrepiece. • Use cactus leaves as the foundation, with flowers on if possible. Use a piece of cardboard to hold them. On top of the cactus leaves place some green foam. • Completely cover the foam with green leaves. • Add flowers of your choice. • Wrap some florist’s wire round a cork to make a spiral, insert into foam. The flowers used in this arrangement were green carnations, yellow roses, pink chrysanthemums, red anthurium, white chrysanthemums with pink edge, galaz leaves, astromelia and yellow solidago. A tip from Alistair: when cutting cactus leaves, do not do so in the sun otherwise they will shoot their spikes at you.

FLOATING FLOWERS These decorations can be used on a table, at the side of a pool or floating, perhaps adding a candle for the evening. • Choose a beautiful glass bowl for a bubble effect, perhaps a fish bowl or hurricane lamp. • Add some water and simply cut gerberas to fill the bowl. You may colour the water with food colouring as an effect.


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TALL TWIGS This arrangement is ideal for a corner where you want to create an impact. • Choose a vase that is quite heavy so that it will have the required stability. • Place foam within the vase. • Arrange the tall curly twigs in the vase and decide on flower placement. • Tie flower tubes to the twigs with organdie ribbon. • Cut gerberas to fit tubes and insert. • Arrange more flower heads in the vase to cover the foam.


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COFFEE TABLE CUTIES These small flower arrangements look spectacular on a low table.

• Choose a small glass cylinder. • Make a mini hand-tied bunch of flowers of

different shapes and colours.

make a corsage with an anthurium and tie

it to the outside of the vase using raffia.


• Add a small amount of water. • Using the same glass cylinder as above, • Add water, acrylic crystals and floating mini


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This enchanting Zebbug outdoor space is proof that even modestly-sized gardens can incorporate a pool Photos: Alan Carville Words: Melina Scodanibbio, Landscape Designer for Calamatta Landscapes Ltd.

The brief: the garden was to look as natural as possible and have complete ground cover for ease of upkeep.


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“It’s in a limited space that a wellplanned layout can be most valuable.”

The semi-circular plunge pool is just the right size for a quick cooldown in the afternoons.


ontrary to what most people think,

A garden conversion

few with rolling acres to play with. The

The planting focused mainly on flowering shrubs and ground covers, since the evergreen

garden design is not only for the lucky The Zebbug plot was a typical back garden,

structure is given by the trees.

possibilities of making the most of the small

long and fairly narrow, surrounded by high

plots that the majority of homeowners have are

walls and elevated by three steps. The owners

Cool colours were chosen as they tend to

endless, and it is in fact in a limited space that

were keen to have water in the garden in the

give the feeling of receding from the view of

a well-planned layout can be most valuable.

form of a small plunge pool for warm summer

observers, while hot-coloured blooms tend

days, as well as a patio area, all without losing

to appear closer than they actually are, which

Just one or two good, and usually simple,

the sense of ‘garden’. It was also important to

would have made the garden feel smaller.

ideas can make all the difference between an

retain and protect the existing citrus trees and

unsatisfying – and therefore often neglected

incorporate them into the design.

Plants like Convolvulus, Gaura, Rhaphiolepis, Carissa, Tulbaghia, trailing Lantanas and

plot – and a pleasant little garden that works as The existing split-level was to remain, but

Osteospermum, in their hues of whites, pinks

it was pushed back and divided into two

and lilacs, give almost year-round blooms.

Even in a moderately sized area, one can really

sections to make space for the pool and deck.

Climbers like Solanum, Rose and Jasmine

have it all. In this Zebbug home, the perfect

At the same time, these newly-created curved

were added to the existing Bougainvilleas, to

balance between a garden, pool and patio was

lines would create a sense of movement

soften the walls and add vertical interest.

achieved by combining variety, interest and

across the plot.

a satisfying whole.

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“One or two good, and usually simple, ideas can create a pleasant little garden that works as a satisfying whole.�

Gardening notebook CARING FOR THE GARDEN IN JUNE AND JULY AND PLANNING AHEAD FOR AUTUMN Summer annuals like Zinnias, Asters and Tagetes will require frequent watering. Keep the leaves of Zinnias dry to avoid mildew. Other June flowers that require frequent watering are Dahlias, Jasmine, Carnations, Gaillardias and Verbenas, however water Roses sparingly. Keep Pelargoniums in a cool place for longer flowering. The last transplants of other summer annuals can be done now. Any bulbs should be lifted, dried, cleaned and stored in a dry peat in a cool place. Only leave bulbs in the ground where no summer watering takes place. Take cuttings of Hibiscus and Oleander. Pot Chrysanthemums in large pots for flowering in November. Spray every 10 days against pests. Water citrus trees in 10 - 15 day intervals.

Curved lines create a sense of movement across the plot. The garden walls, steps and pool surround are in Gozo marble. Commercial-grade non-slip tiles for the decking blend with existing tiles in the courtyard. Excavation of the plot and creation of the new garden and pool took three months.

Water vegetables, but keep water off leaves. Sow cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, leeks, turnips, spinach and radish.

IN JULY Sow Stocks and Wallflowers in seedbeds. Water all fruit trees. For other plants, conserve whatever moisture remains in the soil by using mulch with peat, well-rotted manure, straw or black polythene. Take leaf cuttings of Begonia Rex, Gloxinia, Saintpaulia and Sanseveria. Water, hoe and spray fruit and vegetables. Protect shoots of newly budded trees from strong dry winds. Sow vegetables for autumn and winter, e.g. carrots, leeks, Brussels sprouts, spinach, cabbages, turnips, broccoli and cauliflowers.


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attract A Margherita may be the most simple of pizzas, but it’s also the quintessential essence of ‘pizzaness’. Claude Camilleri and Giovanni present simple and delicious summer cooking: a pizza Margherita and a sweet variation for dessert, the Sweet Margo made with strawberries. It’s the perfect surprise dessert for summer entertaining. Bill Hermitage recommends the ideal Delicata wines to go with these mouth –watering pizzas Photos: MAS 095

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Sweet and savoury pizza Margheritas are a match made in heaven. Chef Claude Camilleri: “The Sweet Margo pizza shows how good, fresh ingredients can work extremely well. Although not on our menu at Margo’s, when we tried the Sweet Margo we were blown away by the honesty and the goodness of such


a pizza. It is the fresh fruits and the lush

not (and never) knead for more than 10

creamy, pure vanilla ice cream that make


it so enjoyable. It is a simple, quick and wonderful dessert.

“Use only the best ingredients for the topping. If you have fresh tomatoes, use

“Creating Margo’s very simple pizza

them and use only the finest mozzarella

is a hard and laborious process. What

money can buy, the best extra virgin olive

constitutes a perfect pizza is both skills

oil and never use dried herbs.

and ingredients. At home you will never achieve what Giovanni (our bread and

“The best tool you can get for making

pizza maker at Margo’s) achieves in a

pizza is a terracotta tile, which you should

purpose-built wood-fired oven, but set

have in the oven, hot. Those dishes with

your oven on a high temperature, 250ºC,

holes in the bottom are not bad to lay

and you will be close. We mill our own

the dough in. Simply put one on the

flour, which is a blend of different types

terracotta tile. The heat transfers through

of wheat, but normal bread flour will do.

the thin metal quite quickly.”

Use bottled water to make the dough. Do

and divide it into four balls. Let it rest for

your fingers. If you are having problems

drizzle the oil in the shape of a number 6,

a couple more hours before using. (You

opening the dough, stop, rest for a few

place the basil in the middle and serve.

1. If using dried yeast, use half the amount

can even prepare the dough a day before,

minutes and then continue the process.

of the fresh yeast recommended (and

kept in the fridge and opened out once it

You are aiming for a disc of dough about

4. For the Sweet Margo, hull the

follow the instructions on the sachet). If

reaches room temperature.)

30cms in diameter.

strawberries and cut in half, place them on

bottled water and melt it by stirring gently.

2. When you are ready to make the pizzas,

3. For the Margherita, spread the tomatoes

and bake at 250°C. Once out, let it cool a

Put all dry ingredients together and add

spread some flour on the work surface and

as close to the edge of the dough disk as

little. Place a sprig of mint in the middle to

the yeast liquid first and then the rest of

put the ball on it. Do not use a rolling pin.

possible. Distribute the mozzarella evenly

emulate the original Margherita. Put the

the lukewarm water. Cover and let rest for

Use your fingers to gently open the dough,

and bake at 250°C for a few minutes until

vanilla ice cream on the pizza just before

an hour at room temperature or until it has

flipping occasionally. Imagine that you are

the cornice (the perimeter of the pizza) is


doubled in size. Knock back the dough

creating little air canals in the dough with

tanned and puffed. Once you take it out,

the dough, sprinkle the icing sugar on top

using fresh yeast, put it in 100ml of the

For the basic pizza dough 25g fresh yeast 250ml lukewarm water 400g flour 1tsp salt 100ml bottled water Toppings For one Margherita: 4 fresh basil leaves 100g of buffalo mozzarella chopped into cubes and drained for a few hours 100ml of tinned tomatoes, chopped A drizzle of the finest extra virgin olive oil For one Sweet Margo: A sprig of mint 200g fresh strawberries A sprinkling of icing sugar 4 scoops of quality vanilla ice cream


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The fresh strawberries and the lush creamy, pure vanilla ice cream make the Sweet Margherita so enjoyable. It is a simple, quick and wonderful dessert.









For this style of pizza you could easily opt

Now here’s a challenge for a wine! But the

for a fairly full white with lowish acidity or

first thing to eliminate is a red, unless you

a light-to-medium-bodied red wine with

have a recioto on stand by, which might be

low tannins. Whenever possible I always

interesting. That leaves white or rose and

go for a red when there are tomatoes

because of the icing sugar and the vanilla

involved and if the buffalo mozzarella

ice cream I would definitely veer towards

is the fuller flavoured one, a red will

a medium dry rose. Don’t forget this pizza

go with this as well. This particular red

still has other flavours like the dough and

wine is also a good choice if you are

mint, so anything too sweet would be

a ‘pepper freak’ like me, as it has this

cloying and clash. But at the same time we

really attractive soft spicy flavour all of its

need something to match those strawber-

own, which goes just great with freshly

ries and ice cream. A nice chilled bottle of

ground black pepper. This wine also has

Pjazza Regina medium dry rose is a good

good concentrated fruit and soft velvety

compromise. You have a good clean, full-

tannins which should complement this

flavoured, refreshing wine with a nice level

style of pizza perfectly.

of sweetness and ripe fruit that should balance out nicely with all the ingredients in this challenging dish.


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