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TRENDS 2011

ISSUE 47

HOMEWORKS brings you the first glimpse


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contents ISSUE 47 FEBRUARY 2011

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Readers’ letters & competition Home News Greenworks Trends Spot Sitting Pretty at Portomaso The Thing About Kevin The Luxury of Freedom 2011 Trends Home Ideas Garden Cuisine & Wine Travel by Design A-Z Directory Address Book

026 SITTING PRETTY AT PORTOMASO

036 THE THING ABOUT KEVIN

086 CUISINE & WINE

089 TRAVEL BY DESIGN

Architects Kurt Camilleri Burlo’ and Trinity Fava design at Portomaso

Kevin DeCesare’s quirky and plush new apartment

Chef Michel Vergnaud’s seasonal Trill dish

Ray Demicoli’s enthuse over The Rolex Learning Centre in Switzerland

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EDITOR’S LETTER

In a country where there are over roughly 32,000 inhabited apartments in an occupied dwelling population of approximately 128,000, unsurprisingly there are some truly exquisite ones. It’s not easy to deliberate between the various apartments that we come across and since very often apartment living goes hand in hand with low maintenance living, there are a lot of minimalist apartments out there. But that’s not what we looked for this time. This issue, we have featured three highly individualistic apartments, each one entirely diverse from the next. The idea is that you can truly get a sense of the individual living in these spaces through their distinct styles. We don’t get into articles about how to live in an apartment – after all, the concept has been around for a while (the multi-story insulae in ancient Rome are testament), but we do hope that by exploring the ones featured you’ll get ideas for your own space. Since it’s the first issue of the year, we bring you an in-depth glimpse of 2011 interior trends, which in some cases will be the start to identifying what you’re about to see lots of. The new aspect of HOMEWORKS that begins now is its size. We figured that we’d start as we mean to go on this year and make the biggest environmental contribution that we can by saving on the quantity of paper that we use to produce the magazine. We hope that you’ll like the new size and find it convenient to take along with you when you go in search for that amazing something you saw in it.

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. 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. © 2011

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COMPETITION We want your feedback. Forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published in HOMEWORKS. The person submitting the most interesting idea or concept will receive this Tolomeo desk lamp worth €179, courtesy of Elektra Send your ideas to: HOMEWORKS Feedback, Level 5, Airways House, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or email: info@writeon.com.mt

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David Caruana is the winner of the clear vase, courtesy of Garden-It DAVID CARUANA: “If they can do it, everybody can. This is what I say to myself every time I see plants and trees decorating our facades. I say this when I greet the women’s tongue plants in an alley, or a two-storey bougainvillea towering over a town house. The same goes for when I discover an ivy vine shooting up or notice a ficus in a balcony belonging to a block of flats. I would love to see as many photos of this local Amazon as possible in HOMEWORKS, so that more and more people do it. I think it could help to boost the morale of the nation, as well as instil some national pride.”

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:

MARVIC FARRUGIA CARUANA “I really use HOMEWORKS as a reference to buy from shops and showrooms that advertise in the magazine. I’m a very busy woman and don’t have enough time to go and check every showroom in Malta, so for me it’s really helpful, as I don’t have to worry about where I can find things to buy for my home. I would like to get some ideas on how to turn a small bathroom into a small spa, as it’s the best way to relax after a busy day.” JONATHAN CASSAR “Thank you for the really informative HOMEWORKS magazine. My suggestion is to include more articles on the routine maintenance of the home. In particular, I would be interested in reading about how to cope with wall humidity problems and what the best available options are.”

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

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The geometric design of the Kartell Prince AHA stool now available at Domestica makes it flexible and easily inserted into any setting. Available in a range of pastel colours, it’s a colourful and practical accessory, ideal to place beside a sofa or the bed. www.domestica.com.mt

SLEEK STEEL

Sober strokes, fancy lines and a great symbiosis amongst shapes and volume. Under these exceptional features Teka introduces this brand-new Universo series stainless steel sink line. www.shaker.com.mt

IRRESISTABLE OFFER!

Ideacasa has just launched their February offer: 30% off on all new orders when ordering a dining table and four chairs from their new Cattelan Italia and Calligaris collection. www.ideacasa.com.mt

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GOOD NIGHT

Boris Arcidiacono have just introduced the Jensen bed range to their collection. For over 60 years, the trusty Norwegian firm has dedicated itself to devising the best spring beds on earth to ensure the most comfortable night’s sleep. www.arcidacono.com.mt

Now in stock at Brands International, the innovative Metal Line skirting boards offer loads of combinations and thus solutions. Blending in with the floor or surroundings, who knew that skirting boards could be so versatile? www.brands.com.mt 015

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GERMAN ENGINEERING JOY

Outdoor Solutions has opened its new showroom in Valley Road, showcasing fully functioning mechanical awnings, glass curtains and even grass-effect flooring so that clients can explore the products firsthand. Outdoor Solutions offer innovative designs from the German company Weinor and Griesser, which enhance outdoor living spaces, are eco friendly and installed by qualified technicians. Weinor export manager Marc Hilgenstock is excited about the new showroom: “This new showroom dedicated to outdoor living is an excellent representation of the Weinor patio world – all joy from one source in German engineering quality.” Enough said, go and check it out. www.weinor.com

DELICIOUS COLOUR

Eclectic and elegant, Harlequin’s versatile range of weaves, prints and wallcoverings offers a dazzling spectrum of products, going from strength to strength. This season brings us the uplifting Anoushka range, which is due to launch in early spring. This vibrant collection is inspired by a number of folkloric influences, including textiles, fashion, illustration and ceramics. Bursting with provocative patterns and powerful colours, the collection has been cleverly planned to work together in a glorious Bohemian fusion, deliberately clashing and harmonizing at the same time. Find it at Stem Interiors in Sliema.

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WORLDLY WALLPAPER

Find the new collection of wallpapers from one of North America’s most recognized and accomplished interior designers, Candice Olson. Self-textured, designed, coloured, UV resistant and washable American, German and Spanish wallpaper has also just recently been added to Spot On’s wide range. www.spotonmalta.com

Designed by Emanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia, we heart the Valentino Designer Console Table for its refined materials and strong aesthetics. The “v” shaped base is available in Canaletto walnut, cherry, Wenge wood, or in stainless steel while the complimenting cylinder can be ordered in cream-colored travertine, black marquina, white carrera, or green alps marble. The console top is made of clear, tempered glass, which is perfect for placing all those glassy items. So in love with it are we that we used it in ‘Sitting Pretty at Portomaso’ – see it in action on page 026. www.ideacasa.com.mt

LIGHTING LATELY?

Lux-It Lighting bring us a new range of pendants and chandeliers this season. Choose from different sizes and styles with matching lampshades, wall and floor lights. www.lux-it.com 017

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ECO

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

RESPECT

De Carl S.p.a Fixtures at Domestica have obtained the eco certification that makes them the fittings that allow windows to respect their environment.

COOL SUMMERS, DRY WINTERS

Berger, the paint manufacturer, has developed CoolRoofs, an acrylic based paint for roofs, which not only takes on the characteristics of its bestselling roof compound (it’s long lasting and water repellent), but it keeps the actual surface of the roof cool, which also has a positive impact on the temperature inside the coated building during the summer months. CoolRoofs needs no specialist application – a roller or brush will do – and just two coats can have a knock-on effect on the use of air conditioning units and fans, and can reduce air-conditioning costs by 50%. Find it in leading hardware and paint stores. www.berger.com.mt

YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME

MEPA is keeping a finger on the pulse of the general public’s attitude towards various environmental issues and a Public Attitude Survey conducted by the national agency has revealed that environmental matters are high on the public’s list of priorities. An impressive 94% of respondents stated that they are actively making an effort to waste less. www.mepa.org.mt

PROPER HELP

APS Bank’s EcoPlus enables domestic homeowners to finance their investment in solar water heaters, PV panels, wind turbines and eco-vehicles, empowering them to manage their utility bills in a sustainable manner whilst safeguarding the environment. This type of facility is a loan with 100% financing up to €50,000 carrying competitive interest rates and repayment arrangement inclusive of interest spread over a maximum term of 8 years. (Terms & conditions apply.) www.apsbank.com.mt 019

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TRENDS

trendsPOT SPRING 2011

CLOCKWISE: James the Bookend by Black + Blum (www.black-blum.com) Vitra’s Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard© Vitra Vitra’s Marshmallow Sofa by George Nelson, first created in 1956. (www.vitra.com) Cassina’s Petalo table by Charlotte Perriand (www.cassina.com)

One of the major trends for this season is bright coloured whimsical fun. Intense vivid colours – the crayon colours that children choose first – set against white. Think a resurgence of lost skills and traditional small circuses

Colours 2011 Military green - Poppy red Cornflower blue - Daffodil yellow

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This issue’s featured homes theme is “amazing apartments”. Each unique in their own way, together they illustrate how the same type of home can be so individual, according to each homeowner’s character and lifestyle. We start with the classical Portomaso apartment by architects Kurt Camilleri Burlo’ and Trinity Fava. The space highlights how a modern backdrop can be worked to a somewhat classical owner’s taste without appearing traditional. The use of earthy and neutral materials creates a timeless backdrop (Page 026). Homeowner Kevin DeCesare does it again with Architectural Designer Carlo Schembri and Interior Designer Stefania Schembri – a modern but quirky seafront apartment with future classic design furniture (Page 036). Home to a family of four, Interior Designer Michele O’Reilly brings vibrance and convenience to a modern Sliema apartment (Page 046).

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SITTING PRETTY > AT PORTOMASO ARCHITECTS KURT CAMILLERI BURLO’ & TRINITY FAVA CREATE A CLASSICAL AND TIMELESS APARTMENT AT PORTOMASO Photography: Bernard Polidano Words: Elisabeth Cardona Interior styling: Troika Zammit

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Wooden object d’art on top mirrored recess, gold pot & vase on bottom mirrored recess, gold pot next to books and gold vases on stairs from BoConcept; Books from Books Plus; White orchid potted plant by Maxi, gold plated Bourgie Lamp by Kartell and orange pot with plant in tall mirrored recess from Domestica; Console table “Valentino Designer Console Table” by Cattelan Italia and glass candlesticks, flowers in ice bucket & glass ice bucket on console table, beige squared cushions and beige throw from Ideacasa; Gold and silver biscuit boxes from Marks & Spencer White flowered black cushion and champagne ribbed cushion from Next Home

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he homeowners of this impressive Portomaso apartment are the archetypal living-the-dream ex pats: they wanted the stunning Mediterranean marina view, the wideopen plan space and the convenience of easymaintenance living. Essentially, they wanted to create a luxurious home with classically contemporary elements of design aimed to endure the test of time.

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Architect Kurt Camilleri Burlo’ and Trinity Fava met with brief with more – he wanted to create a place that looks as if someone actually lives in it: “the opposite of that tense architectural style, which is the design equivalent of uniform”.

Amber vase on top mirrored recess, amber glass round vases on bottom mirrored recess and gold large bowl on coffee table from BoConcept; Amber iridescent candle holders on top mirrored recess from Marks & Spencer; Bamboo plant, BullRush plant & Boxball tree plant, cream carpet by Jurgen Wissenbach, gold plated Bourgie Lamp by Kartell, wicker pot holding bushy plant and kitchenware the Latina range by Guzzini from Domestica; Books from Books Plus; Beige shaggy cushion on reclining chair from Next Home; Beige throws, outdoor wicker table on the terrace, ‘Globe’ glass coffee table by Cattelan Italia, console table “Valentino Designer Console Table” by Cattelan Italia and glass candlesticks, flowers in ice bucket & glass ice bucket on console table from Ideacasa; White pot holding BullRush plant from Garden-It

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“Kurt’s vision realised, the resulting space makes an instantaneous impression through its unanticipated sense of height, space and light”

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Kurt and Trinity did not work alone; the owners were deeply involved in the designs and their vision was realised together. The resulting space makes an instantaneous impression through its unanticipated sense of height, space and light. Earthy, rich materials result in a classical backdrop with substance. The extensive use of walnut wood, natural marble and classic stone give the space an organic feel, while the kitchen and dining side of the open plan living area is clean-lined, white and light but the soft grey of the cabinetry tones down its minimal look. The original layout didn’t work - the main bedroom was too large and out of proportion while the secondary bedrooms were too small to cater to the owners’ children’s needs.

ABOVE LEFT: Wine glasses from BoConcept; ‘Fork’ book by Phaidon from Books Plus; Bowl & bamboo balls on dining table, wicker basket containers on kitchen shelf, tall Bullrush plant, ‘Latina’ cutlery drainer by Guzzini, ‘Latina’ Sfera scale by Guzzini, ‘Latina’ airtight containers by Guzzini, ‘Latina’ 5-knife set with block by Guzzini, ‘Art & Cafe’ coffee jar by Guzzini, ‘Vintage’ two-tone bread basket by Guzzini, ‘Vintage’ interlocking dish by Guzzini, ‘Bolli’ oil/vinegar cruet by Guzzini, ‘Look’ storage jars by Guzzini, ‘Look’ tray by Guzzini, ‘Festa’ cutlery by Guzzini from Domestica; White pot for plant from Garden-It; ‘Gossip Chair’ dining chairs by Calligaris, all-glass dining table ‘First’ by Cattelan Italia and glass vase & tall-stemmed flowers on kitchen surface from Ideacasa; Biscuits for cheese tin on kitchen shelf from Marks & Spencer; ‘Eat’ words on kitchen shelf and white plate set from Next Home; Gold pots on kitchen shelf from Piscopo BELOW LEFT: Purple slippers from Biggie Best; Books from Books Plus; White side towel from Domestica; Magnolia hand wash, white bathmat, bath wash and white candle from Marks & Spencer; Toothbrush holders & soap dishes, stand-alone magnifying mirror and purple towels from Next Home ABOVE RIGHT: Glass jars, Purple dressing gown and purple slippers from Biggie Best; White tray, orange jug & orange bowls by Guzzini, dark gold ‘Cindy Lamp’ by Kartell, orange pot with plant and tall Bullrush plant from Domestica; White throw on bed from Ideacasa; Potpourri in large jars from Marks & Spencer; Cream bedcover, purple pillowcases, purple striped cushion and purple towels from Next Home RIGHT: Shoes and white slippers from Marks & Spencer; Beige towel set from Next Home; Brown shallow wicker baskets and black box wicker baskets from One Two One Interiors

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“There is a harmony to the apartment and as a result, a quiet stillness amongst those who visit it” All of the internal walls of the apartment were demolished and new walls were built to shape the new layout, which integrates an en suite in every bedroom, the introduction of a walk-in wardrobe in the main bedroom, a laundry, guest toilet and a study. The kitchen (one of the rooms they use the most) was shifted to the front to enjoy the views.

Dark gold ‘Cindy Lamp’ by Kartell from Domestica; Black hat and umbrella on the door from Marks & Spencer

Among the assortment of subtle and classic more often than not custom-made furniture, prototypes of Kurt’s bespoke work and attention to detail is more than evident; the extensive walnut clad wall coverings (inclusive of mirrored recesses with lights at the top to make objects d’art oh, so shine!), the creation of different zones through the suspended ceilings, the insightful lighting design and the confidently roomy master en suite bathroom. What’s more is that the ceilings were carefully designed to hide the services and conceal all grilles. Trinity’s choice of a well-balanced neutral colour palette originated from the owners’ preference for a clean, timeless feel. Unobtrusive storage space has been well planned, hidden within the walnut cladding, as well as in the intentionally designed bespoke wardrobes – not that there is a lack of space in this extremely large apartment. When moving around within the space, the homeowners seemingly glide amongst the shiny marble floors. There is a harmony to the apartment and as a result, a quiet stillness amongst those who visit it. Even though the project has just been completed, the owners seem completely at ease in their new space, which is precisely a large part of living the dream.

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the thing about kevin Kevin DeCesare does it again and creates an incredible apartment on Tower Road; a sexy pad, stylishly designed with future classic designer furniture pieces

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Architectural Designer: Carlo Schembri Interior Styling: Carlo and Stefania Schembri Photography: Alan Carville Words: Guy Laguens

The terrace was enlarged to over five times its original size and is on the same level as the interior so that there is a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor

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his time, Kevin’s apartment is not so much about the gadgets as it is about warm, truly comfortable and fun living – from the effortlessly chic enormous indigo flower print on the open-plan dining room wall to the totally plush decked bathrooms and sauna.

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As Kevin likes his legroom liberty, it was a must for him to have an apartment with ample breathing space: “I use every room of the apartment, which is how I like living.” Carlo Schembri came in again to take care of the architectural design, while designer Stefania Schembri created a comfortable Italian style feel, with furniture pieces from exceptional design houses, such as Minotti and B&B Italia. Kevin played a key role in working with the designers to choose the right pieces.

Minimal grey sofa by B&B Italia mixed with vivid and quirky artwork dear to the homeowner

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Eccentric chic pendant lamp working with the minimal glass dining table and chairs, offset by the oversized plum flower along the wall

“THE CONCEPT OF THE DESIGN WAS INSPIRED AROUND CREATING A PLACE THAT OFFERS COMFORT AND GRACE.”

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“There are elements that I must have. I need space and views” “I don’t go for heavy furniture; I prefer a modern, minimalist style. Light fittings are also really important – I think the right ones make a big difference to the place.” Carlo: “The concept of the design was inspired around creating a place that offers comfort and grace. Despite its size and open-plan layout, it also includes separate areas for privacy. Furniture placement is key in my eyes – doing this well allows for dynamic design.” The bedrooms are the biggest comfort feature of the apartment. Two of the three bathrooms are en suite, both luxuriously decked out in wood. Often overlooked for use in bathrooms, the material is ideal, as it’s warm and organic, creating a relaxing look and feel – which is definitely desirable in the bathroom. The large terrace, which was enlarged to over five times its original size, is one of the most attractive features of the apartment. An inconspicuous glass railing means that the spectacular view is completely unobstructed, while white and round deck furniture set against the blue of the sea and sky emphasizes a cool Mediterranean feel.

Wood in the bathroom: organic and warm

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The dramatic wall with bravado serves as both a headboard, as well as the wall that conceals the behind walk-in wardrobe

The thing about Kevin is that while he will take guidance and advice from a designer, he still wants his space to be his own. “There are elements that I must have. I need space and views. The terrace is a big part of why I like the space so much. I really enjoy sitting outside on the terrace to experience the expansive view, especially when the sea is rough. I also enjoy barbecuing with friends – it’s important for me to be able to entertain comfortably. I also like being able to walk from the interior to the terrace without a split-level so that the transition of indoor to outdoor is seamless. The best part of the space though, is that wherever you are in the apartment, you can see the sea.”

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Easy, manageable and comfortable was the brief, which is precisely what the owners of this vibrant Sliema apartment achieved Photography: Bernard Polidano Interior Designer & Interior Stylist: Michele O’Reilly Words: Guy Laguens

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When the homeowners are entertaining, the custom-built sliding partition emerges from the wall to hide the tidying-in-progress kitchen

he owners of this seafront Sliema apartment wanted the luxury of having a manageable apartment size that they could balance with their busy lives without spending their free time maintaining it. They wanted to have everything within easy reach where all has its place. They wanted things to be comfortable not only for themselves, but

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also for the two children that also call this apartment home. In addition, they wanted to be able to entertain friends comfortably. The property had a good start with its large rooms and wide hall, as well as its height and three-sided exposure, which allows plentiful light to stream in through the windows.

With the help of Interior Designer Michele O’Reilly, the couple hit the ground running with the six month project, starting from a vacant property, which needed to be entirely gutted out, inclusive of dropping walls and inserting beams to allow for an open plan.

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Bathroom for the boys of the house, which holds two compartments: one for the sink and toilet area, the other for the wet room

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Two-way aquarium built into the wall of the wet room facing on to the hall. The aquarium machinery is housed in the false wall between the shower and hallway

The living room furniture is low and minimalist, but still provides plenty of storage space to hide away the (musthave for a family with a child and a teen) comprehensive audio, games consoles and television surround sound system that extends throughout the house, including the en suite to the main bedroom. All the furniture here is custom designed and built by a master carpenter who spares no effort to achieve perfection. The dining room space is open plan with the kitchen, but when guests arrive for dinner and the kitchen tidying is still a

work-in-progress, a custom-made sliding partition (brain-child of the owner) emerges seemingly from nowhere and hides the clutter with a striking Japanese-style bamboo wall. Working towards the rear of the home, one of the most unique features of the apartment is the aquarium built into the wall of the wet room in the bathroom facing onto the hall. This is a two-way aquarium with all its machinery snugly housed in the false wall between shower and hallway.

A minimalist lifestyle is scarcely plausible when two young children share the house. Yet in this case it works because each child has plenty of space in their bedrooms to store, disgorge, use, mess around then store back their toys, schoolbooks and clothes. Both children have bedrooms that reflect their personal passions with Disney and pink for the nine-year old girl and the personalised, Liverpool F.C. for the justteen boy.

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“We are aware that this apartment does not enjoy the luxury of storage space that we had in our previous house so we operate on a strict ‘one in, one out’ rule when purchasing something new. We maintain a happy equilibrium this way and it helps keep it clutter-free”

After this brief transformation, the finishes began to fall into place. The front room became a combined L-shape living, dining and kitchen with two large windows looking onto two small terraces. The master bedroom was a very large room before the refurbishment but is now the smallest bedroom in the house. To compensate, the rest of the former room has been converted into an en suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. Both anterooms have sliding doors upholstered in black velvet that disappear into the partition rather than take up space in the rooms. When the doors are closed they give the appearance of a padded wall and there is no indication of what lies behind.

Evoking oohs and aahs from all visitors under the age of ten, the young daughter’s en suite bathroom carries on the room theme with mosaic tile motifs in purples and pinks

“We are aware that this apartment does not enjoy the luxury of storage space that we had in our previous house so we operate on a strict ‘one in, one out’ rule when purchasing something new. We maintain a happy equilibrium this way and it helps keep it clutter-free.”

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“This is our dream home. We feel that we made the absolute best use of the space and ambiance of the property” Both the en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe are concealed by sliding doors upholstered in black velvet that disappear into the partition rather than take up space in the rooms.

The owners sum up the feeling of living in the apartment: “This is our dream home. We feel that we made the absolute best use of the space and ambiance of the property, achieved through the ideas, effort and mutual understanding of a team that consisted of our highly creative designer Michele O’Reilly and our architect Malcolm Xuereb, master carpenter Joe at Trends and our brilliant plumber/electrician Ivan Mallia. There is nothing we would have done differently. “Living here is nothing short of exquisite luxury. The apartment size is manageable and everything is within easy reach – there are no steps in the way and everything has its proper place. We wake to a soft light coming in from our west facing window, start with a cappuccino on the terrace and breakfast together in the dining/kitchen area. The apartment is so luxurious, so tailored to our tastes that we often choose to take short weekend breaks at home, rather than going away to a hotel!”

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imm Cologne Design and Interior lifestyle fair in January is a substantial indicator of what trends are shaping the design scene and furniture sector. It explores how prominent creatives interpret the developments and how those developments are being reflected in new products and interior design concepts. HOMEWORKS brings you a fresh glimpse into 2011. Four trends have been identified this year by the fair’s panel of trend experts Designer Harald Grundl (Vienna), Designer Defne Koz (Milan & Chicago), Textile Designer Martin Leuthold (St. Gallen), Designer & Architect Patricia Urquiola (Milan) and Journalist Marco Velardi (Milan)

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1 EMOTIONAL AUSTERITY

2 SURPRISING EMPATHY

3 RE-BALANCING

4 TRANSFORMING PERSPECTIVES

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1 EMOTIONAL AUSTERITY As bittersweet as dark chocolate Austere beauties: The elegant ambiance is defined by clear and unostentatious aesthetics. And yet despite their severity, the forms and lines are anything but cold. Instead, they betray the passion of their makers and owners for details and quality. In their search for the essence of things, the designers encounter classic and established forms that are equipped with new functions and produced with high-tech. This playful mixing with new technologies and the piecing together of old and new details are symptomatic of a desire to dismantle and re-arrange that finds particularly strong expression in this trend: The cards are being reshuffled. With filigree forms and soft colours, these austere beauties appeal to both our heads and our hearts. They are joined by pretty but modest basic forms with boxy or rounded contours. The colours and materials are dominated by nature: wood, leather, felt and plant fibres are complemented by technical fabrics; an earthy olive hue dominates over lush and pale shades of green and is joined by powder shades from rose to brown.

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2 SURPRISING EMPATHY A surprisingly warm welcome Shedding ballast: Who says the future isn’t sensual? New forms and new materials are teaching us a new way of seeing things. What looks light turns out to be heavy and resilient, what seems heavy and solid captivates us with its lightness. This applies to both forms and materials. Volumes appear airy or are reduced to their outline, while honeycombed and woven structures add depth to two-dimensional surfaces. Light and flowing materials form a contrast with their cold and heavy counterparts. On the whole, aesthetics are defined by angular and folded structures. The dominant colour is a cold grey, accompanied by ash grey and black and brightened up with vibrant dashes of citrus yellow and mandarin orange. A light taupe mediates between grey and white and adds a little softness to the colour scale.

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3 RE-BALANCING Reconfiguring the world Furniture that thinks outside the box: Perhaps surprisingly, it is the generally so tranquil world of harmony-seeking family-minded consumers that the box is becoming the epitome of universal furniture, a symbol of the search for personal, meaningful pieces populated by truly practical things - icons of everyday life. What doesn’t fit is made to fit, and wherever people are content with their own company, the furniture ought to be unpretentious too. Even angular and simple individual structures can be fashioned into rounded and astonishingly comfortable opportunities for retreat - soft padding or sheepskins emanate a sense of luxury. The preference is for natural materials. The surface textures are knitted or woven, occasionally even hand-spun. A warm rhubarb-red radiates positive energy and warmth is combined with creamy-white, corn yellow and tan shades ranging from light brown all the way to terracotta. 061

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4 TRANSFORMING PERSPECTIVES Simple forms for complex things Material as an experiment: As in performance art, this interior trend (unlike “emotional austerity”) is not so much interested in a long-term relationship as it is in a snapshot, in a response to the nature cult, the hype surrounding cult objects or “green design”. The protagonists try to convey their newly gained insights with the aid of archaic forms, simple solutions and it-products taken to cliche-like extremes. A great deal of importance is attached to material finishes, to polished or matt surfaces. The experimental workshop of “Transforming Perspectives” prefers to work with foamed metals, composite mineral materials, glass and metal fabrics. A dark plum-blue provides the dominant background for both an artificial lavender shade and a dove-grey with a violet shimmer. Important features are emphasized in a caramel shade with a metallic-brown gleam.

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HOMEIDEAS > B&M have just launched the striking ‘Edilstone’ – a versatile reconstructed stone cladding range that’s suitable for both internal and external use. Different stone models varying in shapes and size are available, as well as various chromatic varieties in different shades and colours. B&M Supplies Ltd., Birkirkara ByPass, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 0710. www.bmsupplies.com

Just arrived at Garden It: striking handmade glazed terracotta pots from VASAR, Italy, available in various vibrant colours, such as lime green, orange, purple and brown. Price: €65 Garden It, 26, Triq IsSantwarju, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 7448. www.gardenit.com.mt

Make the most of your dining space with BoConcept’s extendable dining table with a supplementary tabletop that’s easily made bigger for parties with more guests. Available in white, walnut and black stained oak veneer. (Dimensions: H72 x W183/263 x D92cm). Price: €1195. www.boconcept.com

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Antaix Olimpia panel headboard with alternative strips in silver and frost finishes, available in other colour and style combinations. Price: Starting from €1,100-€1,500. Avant-Guard collection at Carmelo Delia (Est. 1890), Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2388 9200. www.carmelodelia.com

Inspire Patchwork placemat set. Price: Starting at €12. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Rd., Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116 / info@contempinteriors.com

Enhance your sleep with One Two One’s luxury range of crisp and contemporary bedding, such as this smart Paoletti duvet set, which comes in various sizes including a super king for larger beds. Price: Staring from €31.90 for a single. One Two One Interiors, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9 & Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. www.onetwoone.eu

An affordable investment for your future, standard double-glazing with a high level of resistance to corrosion, rot, chipping, fading, and elements of salt laden environments. Provides excellent insulation, noise reduction and is maintenance free. Meli Bugeja Ltd. Tel: 9943 3003. info@melibugeja.com www.melibugeja.com

Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Fantini Boffi, this wash basin mixer with an integrated spout and progressive cartridge is exclusively available from Blueline. Price: Upon request. A. Ferris Street, Msida. Tel: 2131 6432/5. www.blueline.com.mt

Visit www.camelotpictures.com to view a virtual shop of stunning pictures and superior quality prints. Price: €42.50 each. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Rd., Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116 / info@contempinteriors.com

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‘Edilstone’ – the innovative reconstructed stone cladding range that represents a new system for creating feature walls enhancing modern décor. Different stone models varying in shapes and size are available, as well as various chromatic varieties in different shades and colours. B&M Supplies Ltd., Birkirkara By-Pass, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 0710. www.bmsupplies.com

Brown faux leather over-sofa armrest remote. Price of holder: €25.75. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Rd., Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116 / info@contempinteriors.com

Designed to illuminate gardens and terraces, this lampshade emits an extremely warm light just like an indoor floor lamp. The floor version sits on a slate base made in a fibreglass coating with a plastic material. Price: Upon request. C. Fino + Sons Ltd.

If you’re going for the pure look, complete it with BoConcept’s Volani handle-free sideboard. It’s available in different cupboard door and drawer options to suite your exact needs, as well as obtainable in white, walnut and black stained oak veneer. (Dimensions: H73 x W205 x D50cm). Price: €1195. www.boconcept.com

Warming in wintertime - vibrant plain coloured bed linen from carréblanc. Duvet covers, top sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases, fitted sheets and sheets for motorised beds, all in 100% percale cotton. Price: Pillow cases starting from €16. carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.

Mature and sophisticated, “Leaves” from carréblanc. The range includes duvet covers, pillow cases, cushion covers, plaid and bath towels. Price: A double duvet cover at €137. carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.

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Chateau d’Ax proposes the PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: furniture and furnishings chosen by popular Italian celebrities. We present the homes of Carlo Conti, Manuela Arcuri, Cristina Chiabotto, and Eleonora Daniele.

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Modern parents and restaurateurs alike will appreciate the elegance, practicality and convenience of NANO’s European styling and flat fold design. Price: €155. Bloom products available at Rockababy, 156/158, Main Street, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529. www.rockababymalta.com

New DuoChef is the new LG convection oven cooking technology with exclusive dual-fan. The innovative air circulation system, combined with two fans, allows even cooking of food and uniform thawing. Price: Starting from €130. Forestals Showroom. Tel: 2343 6000. www.forestals.com

‘Brick wall’ by David Dolcini. Design by Fabasluce – Italy. Price: €126. VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. info@vct.com.mt

M. Demajo Timbers have just launched their new Facebook business page where news and articles, together with any special offers and product announcements are displayed. It’s a great way to keep your ear down to the ground if you’re looking to keep abreast of the latest trends in flooring and hardwood. www.demajotimbers.com

Revamp any room with the One Two One distinctive range of stylish and practical ready-made curtains, which come in various designs and colours. Price: Starting from €35.90. One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9 & Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. www.onetwoone.eu

Sports lovers call: love the energetic collection of bedrooms and accessories in various sports themes (basketball, football, volleyball and rollerblading) for both girls and boys. Price: Starting from €160. Carmelo Delia (Est. 1890), Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2388 9200. www.carmelodelia.com

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The wood on the interior provides natural beauty and creates a cosy atmosphere while the aluminium on the exterior provides maximum weather resistance, durability and a maintenance-free life span. Price: Starting from €300. B&C Trading & Woodcreations, Triq Indri Psaila, TalHandaq. Tel: 9949 6412. dbusutti@maltanet.net

TULA suspension design S.T by Fabasluce – Italy. Price: €150. VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186.  info@vct.com.mt

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Mandala suspension EmmeVi Design by Fabasluce – Italy. Price: €163. VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186.  info@vct.com.mt

The Maiso collection includes black and white high gloss beds with storage to help satisfy our never-ending space problems. Price: Starting from €800. Carmelo Delia (Est. 1890), Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2388 9200. www.carmelodelia.com

Villergran uPVC windows and doors distinguish themselves through their excellent weather resistance and durability. Add optimum thermal insulation and modern timeless design to the mix and get the perfect climate inside your own four walls. Price: Starting from €220. B&C Trading & Woodcreations, Triq Indri Psaila, TalHandaq. Tel: 9949 6412. dbusutti@maltanet.net

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GARDEN NEWS > Glass funnel to give water to the sand

Maple wood treated with bee’s wax as basic material

Sand to keep the vegetables vertical and the right humidity for them

TRELLIS ME TEN

Brand International’s latest wide range of trellises are worth checking out this year. They’re perfect to complete your gazebos, support creepers, stand alone or be used as a fence. www.brands.com.mt

SAVE FOOD

Designer Jihyun Ryou’s “shaping traditional oral knowledge - save food from the refrigerator” design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food preservation, which is closer to nature. Keeping the roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer amount of time. Using sand, the shelf gives place for them to stand easily. At the same time, the sand helps to keep proper humidity. Learn more about the innovative design at www.savefoodfromthefridge.blogspot.com

AND THE CLEANING IS EASY

This summer make the arduous task of cleaning your barbecue a little more fun and a lot less toxic. Cinderella’s Super Fast Oven & BBQ Cleaner, made from all natural and 100% biodegradable ingredients, is a non-alkaline, non-toxic cleaner that removes grease and baked-on food quickly and safely. This product is so safe to use that it’s even safe to ingest (although we don’t recommend it, as it doesn’t taste as good as it looks!). www.forever-natural.co.uk

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LIFE MADE COMFORTABLE

Cane-line has just launched a brand new design collection in polyester sling fabric and aluminium, excellent for the great outdoors. www.240.com.mt

The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Design is a comprehensive design bible that offers fresh and achievable ideas for every garden. It guides you through every stage of the creative process and covers all the practicalities, from developing a successful style to building and planting your garden. Find it at Books Plus, Sliema

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Dreaming of a garden but terrified of the endless hours of work required to keep it looking remotely decent? The bad news is, unless your idea of a garden is paving, a no-maintenance garden doesn’t exist. The good news is that a low-maintenance one definitely does and Melina Scodanibbio explains how

ven for those who never seem to have enough hours in a day, or are just plain lazy, a lovely outdoor oasis need not be such an unattainable pleasure. Because ultimately that’s what a garden should be: a source of pleasure and relaxation and not a burden for those who are less than passionate gardeners. In what measure then can idleness be compatible with a love for plants?

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The first and most important step is accurate planning. Lack of time to dedicate to gardening chores does not justify a bland or insipid outdoor area, and a smart and well thought-out layout will create a pleasant balance between hard and soft landscaping. Yes the planting

area can be reduced, but always in a way that will complement permanent fixtures like decks, paving, pergolas and pebbled areas. Special attention can be given to decorative elements, such as sculptures, trellises, water features, benches and effective lighting, which will create an atmosphere without increasing labour. Many modern time-saving devices and products will also come to the rescue: automatic drip irrigation systems, slow-release fertilisers, weed mats and geotextiles can all contribute to a much easier gardening life.

as well as unnecessarily high amounts of water. Preference should be given to hardy Mediterranean natives, which are mostly evergreen, have attractive colour, texture and shape and provide year-round interest. When well adapted, these plants, as well as being drought tolerant, need no pesticides or feeding. In fact, any extra fertiliser could just result in excessive growth, meaning more work. If in need, a slow release fertiliser applied in spring 6 to 8 weeks before the flowering phase is sufficient.

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“In what measure then can idleness be compatible with a love for plants?” Choose slow-growing plants and consider their height at maturity to avoid constant pruning and cutting back. Architectural plants with large, bold leaves are an instant feature and don’t litter, making them suitable near pools or water features. Avoid high-maintenance lawns, hedges, roses and plants in pots; reduce the amount of perennials, which need frequent deadheading and staking, and seasonal plants. Ornamental grasses are easy to care for, they only need cutting down once a year, and they look great planted in drifts. In fact, a good lowmaintenance tip is always to

plant in sweeps of just a few species, making it much easier to keep up with their care, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and restful to the eye. Trees, especially evergreen ones, are not labour intensive and provide shade, screening and privacy. Bare soil is the gardener’s worst enemy, making ground covers and mulch essential ingredients for the lowmaintenance garden. Ground covers, of which there is an infinite variety, maintain the soil’s humidity, help suppress competing weeds and look great between stepping stones or spilling over paths, paving and planters to soften harsh edges. Plant them

closely to obtain maximum coverage in a short time. Mulch has a similar function: it controls weeds, retains moisture and regulates temperature fluctuations in the soil while generally improving the appearance of a planted area. The only maintenance it requires is topping up when it starts thinning. Geotextile fabric and weed mat under mulch, pebbles and gravel will help to prevent weeds. Less water, less labour, less fertilisers – in short, reduced maintenance – results in considerable savings in expenditure, making it a good idea for both enthusiastic and half-hearted gardeners.

Feb/March

Garden Tasks 1. Feed and water spring flowering annuals regularly to promote growth 2. Watch out for greenfly on roses’ new growth and spray if necessary 3. Plant Dahlia tubers and towards the end of March sow Tagetes (African Marigolds), Amaranthus, Portulaca, sunflowers and Ipomoea 4. In the vegetable garden hoe and weed whenever soil conditions are suitable 5. Sow tomatoes, carrots, radish, lettuces, spinach, celery and turnips: in March sow marrows, aubergines, bell peppers, cucumbers, beetroots, beans, melons and watermelons 6. Stone fruit trees may still be planted but not for much longer 7. Graft fruit trees and vines 8. Monitor insect and disease attacks on fruit trees and control where necessary

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CUISINE & WINE

FOOD NEWS > SWEET FREEDOM

Slim and trim foodies are going to love this one. Sweet Freedom is the firstever natural sweetener made 100% from fruit. The important thing is that it’s extracted from fruit using no chemicals or enzymes. It’s not bleached or chemically adulterated, has 25% fewer calories than sugar and uses around 25% less gram for gram. It’s suitable for diabetics with no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives and it’s GM and gluten free. Find it at leading outlets. www.sweetfreedom.co.uk

TASTY TUSCANY

Tuscany by Phaidon is the new unique cookbook from the Silver Spoon kitchen coming to us in March. A culinary journey to Tuscany, the book contains 50 recipes alongside photographs of landscapes and products from the region. These authentic and easy-to-follow recipes are accompanied by texts detailing ingredients, producers, markets and speciality stores. Find it at Books Plus in Sliema

DIPPING GOOD

Undeniably, a good dip is defined based on its ability to maintain contact with its transport mechanism over three feet of white carpet, which is precisely what Scotts dips can do. The secret: their own dense béchamel sauce. Scotts Supermarkets are now making and creating their own delicious dips, pestos and pâtés in-house, from scratch. www.scotts.com.mt

DORDONI STRIKES AGAIN

The new company Knindustrie has collaborated with Milanese architect Rodolfo Dordoni to produce ‘foodwear’, a line in their debut collection of kitchen equipment. The family of pots, pans, bowls and plates have been designed and manufactured with the dual function of both the preparation and presentation of food, which of course greatly reduces storage requirements. www.knindustrie.it

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The Ultimate Trill

Chef Michel Vergnaud from Chez Philippe’s brings HOMEWORKS a delicious Trill recipe, in season right now. Bill Hermitage from Delicata Winery recommends the perfect wine to accompany the dish Photography: Alan Carville

All About Trill Fished from 12cm up to 30-40cm in size, Trill has a fine and delicate flavour with white, textured flesh. The fish is most often panfried, grilled or steamed with bones that make for excellent stock. When buying Trill it is important that they’re super fresh. It’s not a fish like dover sole or turbot that will get better after a few days in the fridge. A Trill is best eaten the same day it was caught and the body should be rigid, scales tight with clear and glossy eyes. If bought very fresh but for whatever reason, cannot be consumed immediately, it’s best to clean and fillet it and store the fillets wrapped in plastic so they don’t dry. A very fresh Trill will have a firm, yet translucent texture, whereas a not so fresh one will be more cotton-like and mushy. The fish is a rather fat one and it’s important to cook it so that the fat under the skin is unleashed. To maximise the flavours of Trill, they simply need to be pan-fried at relatively high heat on the skinny side to release the fats and allow for crispy skin when cooking in its own fat. It’s also important not to overdo the greasing of the frying pan and not to use butter or fat to fry them in, as this will alter the true flavour of the Trill. Keep in mind that cooking is rapid. This fish is best served on its own or with simply one or two accompanying flavour components. Despite the lectin (sugarbinding proteins that are highly specific for their sugar molecules) content of tomatoes, they compliment Trill exceptionally well. According to Chef Jamie Oliver, when cooking Trill, you don’t have to stick to soft herbs like tarragon or dill – “gutsy, woody herbs like oregano, thyme or rosemary are great with fish like Trill”. 086

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CUISINE & WINE

PAN-FRIED TRILL WITH ANCHOVY & HERB DRESSING SERVES 4 800g 2 1tbsp

trill, filleted yellow endives, roughly chopped brown sugar juice of 1 orange

DRESSING: 50g 1

anchovies large garlic clove fresh sage, chopped olive oil

Method First prepare the dressing by blending all the ingredients together and adding enough olive oil to loosen the consistency. Set aside. In a small pan, melt a little butter with the brown sugar and allow to caramelise. Add the chopped endives and sauté until soft. Add the orange juice and reduce slightly. Set aside. Put another pan on the fire and add some oil. Allow it to get very hot. In the meantime, score the skin of the fish and coat the fillet in flour. When the pan is ready, add the fish skin side down and cook for two minutes. Turn over and cook for another minute. Serve the fish on top of the endives and drizzle over some dressing. Serve with a freshly tossed garden salad.

Did You Know? With its creamy texture similar to that of chicken, the liver of Trill is a delicacy and is usually left intact when the fish is gutted. For a quick and tasty sauce, heat a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add a chopped clove of garlic, an anchovy fillet, a tablespoon of white wine and the Trill liver to the pan. Saute’ for 30 seconds, mash together and then smear over the skin of the Trill.

Plates by Genevieve Lethu available from Form.

WINE ACCOMPANIMENT BY BILL HERMITAGE: 2009 GRAN CAVALIER SAUVIGNON BLANC – D.O.K. MALTA SUPERIOR – MACERATION PELLICULAIRE “There are a number of unoaked dry white wines that will accompany the fine and delicately flavoured, white, textured flesh of this pan-fried Trill. The strongest flavours here by far are the fresh sage and of course the anchovies used in the dressing, so therefore our chosen white wine needs to have a little bit of weight or age and a fair degree of flavour. Anything too fine and delicate will be overpowered by the dressing. I would also avoid a white wine with high acidity because of the already tart citric juice from the orange used with the endives. My first choice would be either a 2009 vintage Medina or Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc; both are easy drinking with nice soft edges, mild acidity and bags of flavour that will pair up with this dish admirably. Even a serious dry rose wine like the Victoria Heights Shiraz Rose from Gozo would go really well when nicely chilled.”

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We are in awe of the simplicity and modesty of this building. The strong concept and clear narrative drives this project – a single floor, which acts as a fluid playground of learning and experimentation. Spread over a single fluid space of 20,000 square metres, the Centre will function as a laboratory for learning and intends to act as a cultural hub for the Ecole Polytechnique, open to both the students and the public. Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa conceived an environment where space flows unobstructed – without apparent walls or stairs. Users may settle in any of the spaces. There is a governing sense of calm. The space undulates freely, without becoming anarchic; a representation of how the architects believe our mind should work when conducting research. Such is the objective of learning without boundaries – free thought, which does not verge on the chaotic. Libraries, spaces to convene, spaces to study, restaurants, cafes and the outdoors flow in and out of each other seamlessly.

TRAVEL BY DESIGN > The Rolex Learning Centre BY SANAA From time to time, in the international field of architecture, there emerges a building that challenges preconditioned expectations. The Rolex Building Centre EFPL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland is one such building Words: RAY DEMICOLI

The Rolex Learning Centre, Lausanne

At first glance the building seems to be a sandwich topped with a slice of undulating Gruyere Swiss cheese. In fact, the school has been lovingly nicknamed The Cheese Building. The concept presented huge challenges in structural engineering. The project’s main consultants were experienced bridge engineers who drew from their knowledge of the emerging technology on the subject. The study of its complex roof of dips and dunes, supported by steel columns, which are nearly invisible, resulted in completely new methods of construction.

Note the myriad of slender white steel columns that support the steel roof. The columns and the up lighter fittings they support seem to act as a single element. One could almost say the columns are disguised as simple lamp posts

Huge spans are achieved by using complex bridge modelling engineering. Their feat can be appreciated by the human eye when seen at a scale with the tables and chairs beneath

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“THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS LEAVES NO TRACKS IN THE SAND, NO WAVES IN THE WATER AND NO IMAGE IN A MIRROR. HE IS THE GOD OF THINGS THAT DO NOT INFLUENCE THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD BUT THE SOUL OF A PERSON”

From above, the building appears to be a sandwich with a sottiletta of Gruyere

The Tokyo architect duo has been working collaboratively under the name SANAA since 1995. Sejima and Nishizawa were joint winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2010. Kazuyo Sejima was the director of the 2010 Venice Biennale, which included Wim Wenders’ 3D film of the Rolex Learning Centre. It was followed by Cloudscapes, a collaboration between architect Tetsuo Kondo and engineer Transsolar, which passes visitors through an artificially generated cloud of changing temperature and humidity. A word of praise goes to the competition judges and client who have selected far from the most economical of schemes. It is, however, certainly a scheme that produced a landmark building, in that inimitable Japanese architect knack of responding to a brief in the most unexpected manner. In its values, this building is comparable to the practicality of Bologna, which based its economy on learning, unlike the flamboyant merchant towns of Florence.

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