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contents ISSUE 48 APRIL 2011

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Readers’ letters & competition Home News Trends Spot Greenworks Moving to Marsamxett Distinction Ecclesiastical Elegance Reinventions Home Ideas Garden News Garden Revamp Food News Cuisine and Wine Travel by Design A-Z Directory Address Book

026 MOVING TO MARSAMXETT

038 DISTINCTION

052 REINVENTIONS

087 TRAVEL BY DESIGN

The Whites courageously exchange their established and busy life in the US for a slow swinging one on Marsamxett Road in Valletta

Modern villa created by Architects spacestudio, using the best materials

Interior designer Penny Apap Brown takes ecclectism by the horns and creates quirky and interesting spaces

Ray Demicoli’s stunning find in Phuket

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Ever wonder how designers in different areas of the world tend to arrive to the same trends simultaneously? There are various factors that send designers in different directions on a regional scale, but one deriding factor that pulls them together on a global one: the world’s socioeconomic situation. It may seem odd that the designs littering interior showroom windows are influenced by something as seemingly uncreative as the world’s current affairs. Think about it – life has become so fast paced that people have started showing signs of stress in ways that they hadn’t ever before. This dilemma has been met by various solutions within different elements of life; yoga, meditation, slow cooking, it goes on. In the world of interiors this frenzy was relieved by minimalism. With its balance of space, harmony and form that brings a sense of wellbeing in the clutter of modern day living, minimalism’s orderly design brought harmony to the tired senses. But now there has been a huge shift. Due to hard economic times, we seem to be searching for comfort. We’re looking to surround ourselves with familiarity, with items that remind us of better times, when things were slower, seemed more substantial and the idea of luxury was only for the ostentatious wealthy. In short, our grandparents’ house, but with a twist. And due to the ominous climate change and blatantly imminent need to slow down on waste and destruction, we also seem to be moving towards the ‘r’ words – recycling, renovating, revamping, renewing and of course, reinventing. Which is what this issue is all about. It’s not just about reinventing homes, but all that re-birth is about: revival. In this edition of HOMEWORKS you’ll find reinvented lives, homes, furniture and gardens. In a world where for the past few years we’ve adopted the throwaway culture, now we’ve gone the opposite way by feeling the need to covet and stamp our individuality on those old things that make us feel comfortable and safe. We hope this issue inspires you to start looking out for pieces and places that mean something to you. There is nothing so simultaneously calming and exciting as finding a furniture piece you like and adding your own personal touch to it.

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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 CALLIGARIS UTILITY ACCESSORY worth €67.50, courtesy of IDEACASA 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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MARGARET ZAMMIT IS THE WINNER OF THE TOLOMEO DESK LAMP, COURTESY OF ELEKTRA MARGARET ZAMMIT: “I’d like to read about ideas for swimming pool alternatives. We have a back garden but we don’t have the space for a pool. I really like the idea of having the sound of water trickling in the garden and I’d like to be able to dangle my feet in it too. An article on water solutions in the garden would be very helpful.”

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

PAULINE CILIA “I am the mother of two toddlers – a three year old girl and a ten month old baby boy. We live in an old townhouse with three bedrooms. At the moment, the baby still sleeps in our room while our daughter sleeps in her own room. It would be really helpful if you could give us an idea of how to divide a room for kids of different sexes or whether we can utilise the spare bedroom for a kid’s room and therefore separate the kids. We are confused and would appreciate your help!” CLAIRE SAPIANO “Nowadays property in Malta is becoming quite small in size, and first time buyers wishing to grow a family of let’s say four people, find it quite hard to maintain space, especially outdoor space. I see all these apartments and maisonettes with relatively small verandas. I would love to read about stylish solutions on how to practically make use of space in small verandas. How can one combine decorative plants and use verandas for drying clothes in, for example, a 6 by 1 metre veranda? Photos of how to make use of verandas to maximise space in a stylish way would be great.”

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Audio and visual electronics specialists Marantz announce Wizz App for the iPhone and iPod Touch, bringing control of its cuttingedge range of receivers, network AV players and network preamp on to Apple touch screens. A beautifully designed GUI combines with an intuitive layout enabling a superbly easy way to control Marantz products via a home network. Marantz has also brought to market the world’s first audio system with the Apple AirPlay music streaming capability, which lets users stream music throughout the entire house, wirelessly. AirPlay works over Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, or a combination of both. www.compunet.com.mt

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Villeroy and Boch Easter decorations are currently on display at Joinwell in Qormi. Easter-up the home with their gorgeous springtime range. www.joinwell.com.mt

KEEP IT CLEAN

Exclusive to Shaker, TEKA have just introduced a new waste disposal system – a simple and practical accessory, which disposes of the food wastes (a source of germs, infections, odours and bacteria) quickly and efficiently, helping to keep the kitchen clean. www.shaker.com.mt

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B&M has just launched ‘Panther’, the latest model by Divani Italiani. Its distinct functionality makes this sofa exceptional. A single sliding movement changes the seat into a comfortable chaise lounge. www.bmsupplies.com 015

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COMELY CRYSTAL

Curvaceous Concavities

VCT introduces a new range of crystal chandeliers, imported exclusively from Venice. The new lighting collection by Voltolina with lead crystal 24% PbO pendants are now available both with clear crystal and coloured hand-made Murano glass. The frames in nickel metal give it that contemporary touch. www.vct.com.mt

MISS is the curvaceous, striking free-standing washbasin from HIDRA. It’s now available from Blueline in three different colours - white, metalized or black. www.blueline.com.mt

BRAND NEW BEDROOMS

Ideacasa have just launched their new bedroom division, comprising 18 bedrooms, 12 of which are main bedrooms. Individual rooms have been created entirely for the clients to visualise the end product inclusive of design, colour scheme and more. The launch introduces the latest models from Florida Smart Italian Design including the ZIP Bed. In addition, Ideacasa have now added the new premium brand, Santarossa to their vast collection. To coincide with this launch, Ideacasa are thanking their valued clientele, as well as future customers by offering fantastic introductory offers that are available until May 2011. They are offering at least a 15% discount on purchases of new bedrooms together with a fully orthopaedic Viscobel double bed mattress made of memory foam worth €550. If you’re thinking about a new bedroom, this is the place to get to fast. www.ideacasa.com.mt

NEW GLASS NOW

Glass fixtures are one of the latest additions of light fittings at Spot On Supplies, Paola. Chunky glass fittings from Italian Linea Light collection really add that je ne sais quoi to a space and lux output performance is way better than other diffusers. www.linealight.com 017

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trendsPOT > The bloom of spring inspires pieces that bring the ripening outdoors in

CLOCKWISE: Dune Chaise Longue from Tom Schneider (www.tomschnelder.co.uk) Salad Plant by Black + Blum (www.black-blum.com) BELOW RIGHT: Store Twenty One (www.storetwentyone.co.uk)

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go”

Colours 2011 Fresh and clean this spring. Bring the garden inside with a variety of different greens Highball Green - Olive Drab - Norway Green - Wattle Green

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The use of chemical pest control supplies could cause a lot more harm than good. Certain aerosol chemical sprays that are used for pest extermination have been found to cause allergic reactions among certain people, with many cases of inadvertent poisoning also being reported. We’ve put together some recipes for homemade, organic pest control sprays. Let us know if you try them and they work! Chilli Bug Spray: Blend 40 fresh chilli peppers in 1 litre of water. Add 5g of pure soap flakes to the blended chilli mixture. Apply as required undiluted. Elderflower Bug Spray: Boil up 500g of elderflower leaves with 1 litre of water. Strain, dilute it and then apply. Molasses Bug Spray: Mix a bit of molasses in 1 litre of water and then add soap. Rhubarb Bug Spray: Soak the poisonous leaves of rhubarb. Add 1 kg of leaves to 3 litres of water for 30 minutes and then add 15g of pure soap flakes. Dilute the mix, 1:1 for use.

Although the UN celebrates Earth Day each year on the March equinox, the official global Earth Day falls on April 22nd. For over 40 years, the day has inspired and mobilised individuals and organisations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. It might be an idea to do something small to contribute to the environment on that day, whether it’s catching the bus instead of driving or not using electricity for a day. www.earthday.org

UNDERWATER LED

When you upgrade your existing pool lights to LED you won’t only save money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint, as each consumes at least 80% less energy than traditional pool lights. Add to this the minimum life expectancy of 100,000 hours and it’s hard to disagree that this is the best solution for underwater lighting. Find underwater LED lights at Charles Micallef Swimming Pools. www.micallefpools.com

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Since this issue’s theme is reinvention, there is an element of it, in one form or another, within each of the homes featured this edition. By moving from Washington, USA, and taking nothing with them (apart from their two sons), Jerry and Kelly White have to a certain extent, reinvented their lives. From living with and amongst an abundance of things, they now live with what they need and not much more (Page 026). Architects spacestudio create a private villa from a former large garden. The villa is truly distinct in its comfort, architectural form and interior spaces (Page 038). The Chancellor of St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Simon Godfrey’s residence within St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral is the real thing. What was once part of the church is now where Father Simon lives, able to enjoy the sea views on one side and the magnificent church features on the other (Page 046).

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MOVING TO MARSAMXETT

The Whites courageously exchange their established and busy life in the US for a slow swinging one on Marsamxett Road in Valletta Words: Guy Laguens Photos: Rene Rossignaud Interior Designer: Tara Mifsud Styling: Troika Zammit

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erry and Kelly White fell in love with Valletta at first sight. When they started looking for a summer residence outside the States in 2003, they were hunting for a country that combined the friendliness of Dublin and the ancient ambience of Jerusalem: “Hey, if these two cities had a baby, it would be Valletta.”

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Modern classic furniture pieces in the dramatic study. The bookcase was left undisturbed so designer Tara Mifsud designed around it. Furniture pieces are from Design House and Form; green vase with white flowers on the coffee table is from One Two One Interiors

They were looking for a place that was close to the Middle East where Jerry works, but not necessarily in that region. “Besides Malta’s locality in the Mediterranean, the people just seemed so relaxed and friendly. Also, the architecture and real estate were interesting and so different from the States. So we thought, perfect, we’re here. The Maltese are the Irish of the Mediterranean and you can’t beat the light, water and sunshine.”

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Furniture and finishings were selected piece by piece, not based on a specific design scheme. The result is relaxed, fun and interesting. The mirror is from Orienta and the green vase and flowers are from One Two One Interiors

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“my grandmother used to say, ‘live where you like to vacation’”

Global activist and humanitarian Jerry White working from the sea-facing living room

Last year, the couple decided that it was time to move somewhere “away from it all” permanently. Jerry says, “My grandmother used to say, ‘live where you would like to vacation’.” And that’s when the Whites got on a plane with their two sons and moved to Malta full time. The couple knew that they couldn’t take on a massive renovation, but remodelling a couple of rooms, bathrooms and redecorating was a must. The couple had met Interior Designer Tara Mifsud through mutual friends previously, during which time she helped them to make the home “more rentable”. When the family moved in, the couple worked with Tara to “create a casual, comfortable, chic space”. While there weren’t any structural changes made, there was a substantial amount of

renovation done with a few items that had to be worked around. The dining table, the chunky wooden bookshelves in the study and the master en suite bedroom were left undisturbed. The cherry wood kitchen was also left untouched and Tara worked with it to achieve a characteristic bistro feel. The upstairs bedroom was completely renovated and the en suite bathroom was pulled out and entirely re-done. A bedroom and bathroom were added so that the boys could each have their own space. The third floor and roof terrace entrance was made useful by incorporating son Jay’s bedroom and en suite, as well as housing the laundry area. Tara Mifsud. “I thought the home should have a twist without dating. I knew modern wouldn’t work but then neither would country. It needed to be casual but with

traces of glamour, which I brought in, but with restraint (the chandeliers and wall units in the dining room, the gild mirror in the study, the chunky silver candlesticks, for instance). There are hints of it here and there, but nothing too sumptuous – it just wouldn’t suit Jerry and Kelly.

One of Jerry’s books on survivorship and resilience

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UCT “It really was quite easy working this closely with the clients – we had a system and it worked. That Natuzzi leather sofa [living room] was probably one of the items that I was really keen on but Kelly wasn’t sure about. I really felt that it would bring it all together and pushed for it because it was perfect for the casual chic look we were pursuing. We didn’t want to do anything super trendy. We didn’t buy on a design scheme – we bought everything piece by piece.” Kelly. “Tara got to know our likes and dislikes. She gets our vibe. We’re casual and laid back – she’s this way too, so she completely understood us. It was easy.” Although the home has its individual style, it does still retain a Mediterranean feel, through its warm and soft colour scheme and of course, steady exposure to the star of the show, the view. The walls were initially yellow but Kelly prefers soft colours and so they were changed to a light, eggshell blue.

Third floor conversion. This same floor also houses the laundry area and offers access to the roof terrace

Once the renovating and decorating was all in place, there was then the getting down to the business of actually living there. Culture shock (noun); the shock of moving to a foreign country, often consisting of distinct phases. There are no fixed symptoms ascribed to culture shock, as each person is affected differently.

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Mosaic master en suite bathroom that was left undisturbed from the previous owner

Kelly. “Culture shock? Thing is, living here, you stop being ‘special.’ You’re now part of the landscape. Instead of observing, you’re now a local. I had to ask a lot of people where things were, how to do simple things like grocery shop or how to go and see a doctor. Some friends literally picked me up and drove me to some places that I needed to go (which I am so grateful for). After the initial education of how things worked, it got easier. “Somehow we find that we have more time with each other here in Malta. There are fewer distractions and things pulling us in different directions. We’ve had time with each other, time with our boys, that we wouldn’t have had in the States, where the mentality is more ‘go, go, go!’ and less, ‘take time to pause, to relax…’.” The move could have been hard on the couple’s two teenage sons but, apart from missing their sisters, Kate and Quincy who stayed in the US to attend college, they seem to have made it through the transition well. “We made sure they had the PS3, because otherwise there might have been a revolt. Also, now with facebook, it’s so easy for them to keep in touch with all the people they left behind in the States.”

The en suite bathroom of the elder son’s nature inspired room. This was also entirely remodelled and Tara brought in a spa-like organic feel to it with different types of natural stone and woods

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The kitchen was slightly revamped to create a bistro feel

“it relaxes me to be here, looking out the window at the sea and dreaming...” The couple seem content with living in Valletta and in this particular house. They are inspired by the views and work comfortably, think and dream while looking out at the deep blue Med. Kelly. “There’s a pretty high-energy pace during the day in Valletta. There are lots of different people coming and going and when the weather’s nice, lots of boats to watch going in and out of Marsamxett Harbour. We love looking at the sea and having great restaurants so close by. “We wouldn’t need a bigger house, but we wouldn’t want a smaller one, either. The three floors and bedrooms are perfect for right now. The tall ceilings and rooftop deck with views make it feel ample and spacious. Our former house was six bedrooms and five bathrooms – when we bought it we thought that we’d never fill it up. Of course, we did. I think we tend to use whatever is before us, no more, no less.” Jerry. “We are delighted with Tara’s tasteful help and how things have turned out – so comfortable, classy and casual. It relaxes me to be here, looking out the window at the sea and dreaming….” Jerry White, an Ashoka Fellow and leader in the Noble Prize-winning international campaign to Ban Landmines, is currently helping to build the Abraham Path (www.abrahamspath.org)

Roof terrace with stunning views

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To make each room truly unique.

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Radio system on ZigBee® technology ARTEOR™ | FLOW OF ENERGIES. Imagine that your home comes to life; that the walls throughout the home are suddenly gifted with intelligence and watch over your daily well-being. Imagine, too, that an exceptional range of wiring accessories can control everything with a simple gesture, in a series of actions orchestrated exactly according to your wishes and needs. With a diversity of colours, materials and designs and the choice of a round or square rocker plate The Arteor™ switch collection lends itself to a High-tech Smart Home or a fantasy ambience… the choice is yours.

The Zigbee® system can be controlled remotely with a 4-button remote having 4 scenarios with several functions. The system can be introduced to any normal electrical layout and uses the normal conventional 3x3 and 6x3 back boxes. Applications where Zigbee® is used are offices with movable partitions, large conference halls, old buildings and traditional Maltese farmhouses, as well as glass walls/partitions. Zigbee® functions as a stand alone system.

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Photos: Tonio Lombardi Words: Elisabeth Cardona Styling: Jenny Barth & Nicola Muscat Architect: spacestudio Architectural Design: Christopher Micallef & Michael Pace Interior Design: Michael Pace, Daine Pranaityte & Nicola Muscat Structural Engineering: Ivan Cachia Project Management: Ivan Cachia & Annaliese Muscat Azzopardi Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: MTS Furniture & Lighting: Auntielucy Soft furnishings: The House Shop & Camilleri Paris Mode

DISTIN Created by spacestudio, this truly distinct villa is exceptional in its architectural form, comfort and interior spaces

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A combination of selected Minotti and Porro furniture amidst a neutral and masculine backdrop. Ample light from the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors makes the airy space seem even larger

Fully equipped Arclinea kitchen, down to the last champagne glass

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Whilst zoning in the living room is kept unmistakably clear, the flow between eating, lounging, cooking, basking and swimming is seamless

“Spaces create volumes, which in turn create form. Once the form is right, the onus of the architect is in the detail”

he homeowner’s aim for this villa was to create the ultimate living experience, barring nothing. This presented the Architects with the tremendous opportunity to shape and enhance a contemporary lifestyle.

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Passionate for quality interiors, the owner gave the architects the opportunity to fully understand him – from morning espresso to evening nightcap – and as a result, gave them full control to craft and direct every action. Architect Michael Pace: “The brief was to cut no corners, so we didn’t.” With this in mind, the team embarked on the pursuit of uncompromising quality, project managed by Ivan Cachia

and Annaliese Muscat Azzopardi. The exterior palette comprises slate pools, timber decks, grey and white silicati walls and matt, matching cladding and paving. The same paving flows into the house and serves as an earthy base for a combination of selected Minotti and Porro furniture, Boffi bathrooms and a fully equipped Arclinea kitchen, down to the last champagne glass. But these are only the finishing touches. The real base of the home is in the clever structure. Whilst zoning in the living room is kept unmistakably clear, the flow between eating, lounging, cooking, basking and swimming is seamless.

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“The brief was to cut no corners, so we didn’t” The interior design is subtle and earthy – with all simple colours, lines and materials doing nothing more than what they’re needed to. There is no shiny distraction from the impeccable architecture or the stunning view. The lighting is also balanced between architectural fittings and a selection of decorative pieces by Foscarini and Flos. True to Chris Micallef’s spatial sensitive architectural style, the complexity of the project is its simplicity. Michael: “Living areas, as the word implies, are conducive to living. Indoor and outdoor spaces share equal importance with each playing a leading role in the experience of the other.”

Seamless and flawless Boffi bathrooms throughout

Minotti beds amongst subtle and comforting neutrals

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The bedroom spaces are large, orthogonal and serene. Each enjoys the luxury of a secluded courtyard, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms, in contrast to the living areas, are self sufficient and tailored for all things private. Michael: “Architecture can be an automatic bi-product of the creation of space. The sum of areas is the home, which when viewed by the third person is the house. Spaces create volumes, which in turn create form. Once the form is right, the onus of the architect is in the detail. The project is a direct expression of this infallible yet simple philosophy.”

Greenery is brought into the villa by courtyard pockets throughout.B&B Italia’s canasta lounge chair and love seat by Patricia Urquiola

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Ecclesiastical Elegance This is no ordinary resident. This is the Chancellor of St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, The Reverend Canon Simon Godfrey TD. An imposing man in every sense, his residence within St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral reflects his seemingly effortless overall eloquence Photos: Rene Rossignaud Words: Lisa Borain Styling: Sharron Macnamara

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ather Simon was born in London and spent nearly twenty years of service at All Saints Church, Northampton. He is a Chaplain in the Venerable Order of St John and St John Ambulance Anglican Chaplain, the Chaplain of the Malta Sea Cadets, as well as a Territorial Chaplain in the British Army looking after the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps. Further to this, he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In short, Father Simon has nothing to prove.

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Elegant is the only word fitting enough to describe his home. The structure of the residence is unaltered, but the dÊcor is all his. He brought some of his favourite pieces along with him from England and the end result is an eclectic and comfortable space with so many remarkable antique pieces, paintings, objects d’art and books that you feel as though you want to sit in one space and just stare for a little while. Throughout the house, touches of continental Europe, the Far East, and North America reflect the newly international trade made available during the seventeenth century. Traces of the Italian Renaissance through Dutch execution are evident in various pieces.

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To the left is the stunning view of the sea, while the actual cathedral is to the right. Straight through leads to the elegant drawing room

Each piece is displayed for its individual merit, which leaves it with an absence of any particular style, embracing eclecticism

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The other major influence that is evident amongst the decor of Father Simon’s home is the Baroque style, found not only in specific details and pieces, but also in the overall eclecticism of the space

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Opulent dining room with two large cathedral pillars on the right. Works of art in statues, paintings and candelabras sit amongst magnificent antique furniture pieces

Room after room leads into another beautifully decorated one - it seems endless The other major influence that is evident amongst the decor of Father Simon’s home is the Baroque style, found not only in specific details and pieces, but also in the overall eclecticism of the space. There are so many rooms within the residence that it is possible not to know exactly which one you’re in at times. The hallway to the back of the cathedral leads to the principal sitting room, sumptuous in subtle greens, blues and neutrals. The large window leads out to a spectacular sea view, one of the very few reminders that we’re in the Mediterranean and not England.

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The imposing fourposter bed with sheer and simple draped materials on and around it promises sound sleep and unworldly dreams Room after room leads into another beautifully decorated one – it seems endless. Father Simon’s private quarter has an almost ethereal feel to it with its muted light and quietness. The imposing four-poster bed with sheer and simple draped materials on and around it promises sound sleep and unworldly dreams. A small desk with eccentric pieces surrounding a sensible Macbook computer sum up Father Simon’s approach to things in the same way that the trendy Persol sunglasses sit in the entrance hall silver tray without irony: present, yet poised. Father Simon does not speak a lot about himself but it is clearly evident that his membership of the Worshipful Company of Musicians is very important to him: “my lifestyle can be summarised very simply in that my love of music informs my Faith”.

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This home is positively remarkable and what’s more – it’s the real thing. These days we’re talking about getting the retro look but the Reverend has achieved the real thing, hands down.

Father Simon certainly wouldn’t allow us to photograph his house for vanity reasons. The feature of this home in HOMEWORKS was on condition that this article would advertise the residence’s hire of the stunning terrace with adjacent reception rooms, made glorious by the breathtaking view of the sea, the recently restored Fort Manoel with its beautiful Baroque Chapel and beyond. It’s the perfect spot for formal and informal receptions, wedding receptions, drinks parties and suppers. The cause of course couldn’t be better: all proceeds from rental will go to the Restoration Fund of the Anglican Cathedral; one of Valletta’s architectural gems and a universally known landmark. For more information, email: anglican@onvol.net or telephone on 2122 5714.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER PENNY APAP BROWN USHERS IN THE RETRO LOOK IN A BIG WAY. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF STARK AND WHITE, STRAIGHT AND UPTIGHT. THINK RELAXED, FUN AND INTERESTING Interior Designer Stylist: Penny Apap Brown Photos: Tonio Lombardi Words: Penny Apap Brown

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See Address Book on page 098 for stockist details

Shoot location: Touchwood Antiques

ABOVE AND OVERLEAF: Zebra rug from Big Ben Interiors. Flowers painting, armchair (without fabric), 2-seater (without fabric) & 2 chairs, fire screen (without wallpaper), stool, gold pot stand, bronze vase, gold gild clock, lights, drinks cupboard & decanter, travel / liquor box, Napoleon bookends, brass pub lamps and floor lamp from Touchwood Antiques. Harlequin Harris wallpaper, Harlequin Harris Pascha fabrics and wallpaper used to upholster screen from Stem Interiors. Purple taffeta from Duo Designers. Bronze hanging lamp styled by Duo Designers. Black velvet frock and black bag from Paws 4A Cause. Metal candleholders and candleholder on table from Tal Lira. Cushions on sofa from One Two One Interiors. Black feather headpiece designed by Diana Matveeva. Feathered lamp from Form

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oday many people don’t treat houses like homes – instead, they follow trends. In turn, their houses and apartments faithfully resemble furniture shops. In such interiors, the personal touches that express the owner’s personality are nowhere to be seen. In this feature I have taken a different direction. With the intention of challenging the concept that ‘an impersonal interior is today’s interior’, I went in search of alternative approaches to furnishing. My quest took me on some enlightening journeys to antique shops, mission bazaars, charity shops and boot sales, as well as conventional furniture retailers. What I found were some quirky objects and some beautiful furniture from yesterday’s interiors and trends.

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The term “retro” means any new furniture that resembles design concepts from the past, especially the periods 1950-1990; in other words, designs with vintage qualities. Retro furniture generally has curvy lines and smooth surfaces, lightweight aluminium and fibreglass used with wood. The style greatly influences modern furniture pieces today and people are including the modern designs of the 50s and 60s (their parents’ era), into their homes. Whether nostalgic for a simpler time when people had more spare time, worked from nine to five and spent more time at home, or are just tired of the clinical minimalism trend in furniture today, retro is regaining attention and popularity. These now classic designs are back in production.

Eclecticism is the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and eras, and combining them together. The eclectic interior is characterised by an absence of a particular style. It’s a mixture of interesting objects chosen for their individual merits. Collectors, artistic, creative people and those who travel to far flung corners of the world tend to embrace eclecticism, bringing back treasured rugs with intricate designs to brighten polished concrete floors. Ethnic jewellery from minority tribes is hung on modern architectural light fittings and exquisitely carved objects jostle for tabletop space with techi 21st century ‘must haves’. All tossed together with no hope of harmony, they nonetheless challenge, stimulate and please us. Imagine a late 18th century walnut glass fronted cabinet to display your beloved Jimy Choo shoe collection in an otherwise, ultra minimalist white lacquered bedroom and you are getting a sense of eclecticism. So loved by our grandparents, antiques have mostly disappeared from today’s smaller homes. While searching for unusual decorative objects and furniture for this feature, I was surprised to find some beautiful antique pieces with very reasonable price tags. I decided to use PINK, one of this summer’s ‘hot’ fashion colours, and re-invent some of the lovely old pieces I discovered. Seeking an opulent style in contrast to the clinical interiors favoured today, I chose a Bergere sofa and chairs – the ‘Sunday best’ of the formal Maltese drawing rooms

of the past. They were gathering dust with remnants of their original faded upholstery fabric, suggesting an altogether different lifestyle. Beautiful and solid, with fine carved features, the whole suite of four chairs plus sofa can be bought for the equivalent price of one good, new armchair. Two rich silky, soft velvet upholstery fabrics in hot fuchsia pink and deep plum for the sofa and chairs pulls them into the 21st century to be integrated into a modern apartment. Big feather filled cushions piled up at the back make for very comfortable seating. The zebra rug brings a 19th century African expedition fantasy to mind. The elaborate antique wooden fire screen is an interesting piece to include in a bedroom. Here it’s hung with a vintage, charity shop velvet and taffeta dress and pink glass beads. The beautiful party shoes are from my personal collection, amongst the crystal decanters and tabletop ornaments – an eccentric decision better understood by other ‘shoe women’. Some wonderful old metal and glass light fittings can be salvaged from charity shops, garage sales and antique shops, depending on your budget. These look equally great placed in contemporary interiors. Suspend at low to mid height in a corner and add candles if the fitting doesn’t light.

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Poltrona Frau Armchair, Coffee Table and brown pouffe from Domestica. Lamp from Birgu Car Boot Sale (without shade) (€3). Little shade for lamp from Ikea. Suitcase from Mission Bazaar. Throw from Bonnici Textiles See Address Book on page 098 for stockist details

IT’S A MIXTURE OF INTERESTING OBJECTS CHOSEN FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL MERITS. ALL TOSSED TOGETHER WITH NO HOPE OF HARMONY, THEY NONETHELESS CHALLENGE, STIMULATE AND PLEASE US

The white leather chair is supremely comfortable and the round brown leather foot stool so stylish, both by Poltrana Frau at Domestica. The tall brass and mahogany lamp was another Birgu boot sale find for €6. The accessories are my own. 057

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I FELL IN LOVE WITH DOMESTICA’S POLTRONA FRAU BLUE ARMCHAIR

Shoot location: Domestica Showroom Poltrona Frau blue armchair and gold table from Domestica. Phone, biscuit barell and cup & saucer from Missions Bazaar. Lamp from Birgu Car Boot Sale

I fell in love with Domestica’s Poltrona Frau blue armchair. I happily paired this with one of my favourite Birgu boot sale finds – a seriously eccentric brass standing lamp. The shade is a rather demure, cream plastic, so I went OTT and trimmed it with emerald ribbon, since sprouting from the stem of the lamp is a small emerald green glass shelf. With a spotted 1970s teacup on it, I could visualise a retronista person, possibly a graphic designer, seated comfortably while browsing through the illustrations in a vintage BEANO comic. Two small ceramic pots also sprout from the lamp stem, providing a handy place for an iPhone and a few spring daisies.

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Shoot location: Domestica Showroom Bear on wheels from Birgu Market. Old radio from Birgu Car Boot Sale. Teddy with hat from Charity Shop. Retro bag from Lira Family. Rug, chair, desk, Fatboy red bean bag, lamp, clock and small white flower from Domestica. 60’s tea cup & jug from Mission Bazaar. Red pillowcase from One Two One Interiors. See Address Book on page 098 for stockist details

I have quite a collection of stuffed toys from the 50s, which I pick up on my travels from European flea markets. So the new bright red, retro child’s desk and chair from Domestica gave me the opportunity to show them off. The ‘sad old bear’ on wheels must once have made a child very happy. I rescued him from the Birgu car boot sale; abandoned, dusty and disappointed with life. Price tag: 5€!

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THIS LITTLE ROOM, IN A PERIOD PROPERTY IN FLORIANA, HAS BEEN FURNISHED WITH AN OLD PAINTED MARBLE TOPPED TABLE CUT TO ACCOMMODATE A NEW BASIN AND TAP

The picture of this charming cloakroom, with its pretty colour scheme of blue and white illustrates what can be achieved by searching through bathroom shop stores for old stock wall tiles. This little room, in a period property in Floriana, has been furnished with an old painted marble topped table cut to accommodate a new basin and tap. The 1950s glass and chrome light fitting and the old kerosene stove were found in Sunday markets. The floral patterned water jug and basin probably date back to the Victorian period.

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White chairs and spotty carpet from Domestica. Cow buckets, telephone and vacuum from Touchwood Antiques. 70s cups & saucers from Mission Bazaar. Old radio cabinet from Birgu Car Boot Sale. Blue and white retro wallpaper from www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk See Address Book on page 098 for stockist details

IN THE 60S A ‘SINGLE’ WAS NOT SOMEONE WITHOUT A PARTNER, BUT THE LATEST BEATLES RECORD

In this Sliema apartment, the blue and white wallpaper is very 70s. The original round, Formica topped dining table, and blue vinyl and chrome dining chairs, bought from a Missions Bazaar, are survivors from the 1950s. Then, pre-war home interiors were heavily influenced by new surface materials, such as Formica. Chrome legs, so fashionable on furniture today, was the new trend in the 50s home. In the 60s a ‘single’ was not someone without a partner, but the latest Beatles record, which was played on the family’s new combination radio and ‘record player’, like the wooden cabinet pictured, bought for the princely sum of €15 from the Birgu car boot sale. The colourful old vacuum cleaner, marketed in the early 60s as ‘the modern housewives’ little helper’, is too cute to hide in a cupboard. The spotty 70s rug is new. The antique fireplace, which has nothing to do with the other pieces, is brightened by colourful 1950s children sand castle buckets.

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Young and fashionable, with a touch of Paris in the springtime, carréblanc’s Andrea is a must-have for your cool teenage girl. The range includes duvet covers, pillowcases and cushions, all in 100% cotton. Price: single duvet cover: €79. carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.

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Benefit from a 20% discount on all accessories from JDS. Price: starting from €25. JDS, Main Street, Mellieha. Tel: 2152 2390. info@jdsfurniture.com

carréblanc introduces ‘City’, the charming and fun new baby & toddler range. The selection includes matching pillowcases, duvet covers, hand towels and cot accessories. Price: cot comforter: €68. carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.

Designed by Sharon Young Robin Platt, the Free Stars cup & saucer from Rosenthal. Price: € 68.77. Fino Lifestyle at the Fino Showplace. Notabile Road, Mriehel. Tel: 2549 3000. www.fino.com.mt

Vivacious and sophisticated, carréblanc’s Canberra brings delight to any bedroom. The strength in the design lends itself to a bold, contemporary style, with the range including matching pillowcases, sheets, towels and duvet covers in double, queen and king sizes. Price: double duvet cover: €102. carréblanc at Biggie Best, Tal Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880.

Make up your dream wedding list from the extensive selection of exclusive tableware at One Two One Interiors, such as the Waterfall design by Royal Bone China. One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. www.onetwoone.eu 069

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Blown glass vases and bowls in various styles and colours to liven up any part of the home. Price: starting from €25. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

There’s no better way to serve those summer punches than with Mdina Glass’ bright blown glass pitcher and 6 tumblers. Price: €100. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

Plaza Wall & Ceiling by S.T Design for Fabas Luce - Italy. (Available in 3 different sizes.) Price: starting from €34. VCT Ltd Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. info@vct.com.mt

Artfully crafted glass Maltese and Gozitan scenes. Price: starting from €29.50. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

All One Two One wallpaper collection designs are printed on a luxurious heavy weight, non woven quality, which means that the wallpapers are more flexible, easier to hang and more durable than ordinary wallpapers. Price: starting from €69 for a 10-metre roll. One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. www.onetwoone.eu

Beautiful and interesting glass wine coolers in vivid colours to make that table by the pool pop. Price: €65. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

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GREAT LUXURY AT EXCEPTIONALLY REASONABLE PRICES Farell Bathrooms, Blue Grotto Avenue, Zurrieq, ZRQ 4015 T: 2164 2396 F: 2168 9745 E: info@farellbathrooms.com

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Make your pool baby safe with Protect-A-Child Pool Fences, available in four colours. Designed with quality and safety in mind, the strong, tightly woven mesh is transparent to preserve the pool’s aesthetics. Removable in minutes, the lightweight sections lift out and roll up when not needed. Price: upon request.Tel: 7949 6097. www.protectachildmalta.com / info@protectachildmalta.com

Designed to illuminate gardens and terraces, the TXL floor lamp by Marset emits an extremely warm light, just like an indoor lamp. Price: €475. Fino Lighting at Fino Showplace. Notabile Road, Mriehel. Tel: 2549 3000. www.fino.com.mt

With its modern style and iconic form, the Coco baby lounger is great for contemporary living spaces. Comfortable for the baby, it has a smooth self-rocking motion, soft seat pad and a 5-point safety harness. Price: €190. Bloom from Rockababy (Sole Agents), 156/158, Main Street, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529 / www.rockababymalta.com

The Nico Dining Chair: a new smart dining chair, available in different fabrics and leathers/ stainless steel legs (measuring h96/47 x w44 x d55cm). Price: starting from €159. BoConcept. Tel: 2137 8011/12. www.boconcept.com.mt

The Pinto Recliner: A new system of single-seater designer chair, back and base fully adjustable, available in fabric and leather (measuring h104/55 x w73 x d97/197cm). Price: starting from €749. BoConcept. Tel: 2137 8011/12. www.boconcept.com.mt

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The Cesto Sofa has an innovative height adjustable back cushion system, available in different fabrics and leather (measuring h77 x w169 x d104cm). Price: starting from €1,395. BoConcept. Tel: 2137 8011/12. www.boconcept.com.mt

Orione Ceiling Suspension by S.T Design for Fabas Luce - Italy. Price: €220. VCT Ltd., Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. info@vct.com.mt

9 piece shoe rack available in 6 pieces and black PU cabinet with 3 small drawers and 2 larger ones. Various other solutions for the house or office available. Price: €36 (shoe rack) / €140 (cabinet). Organized Living, 33, The Strand, Sliema. Tel: 2133 1157

By Mary Tabone, ‘The Art of Elegant Living’ is a versatile new book with easy to follow sewing techniques and beautifully illustrated window creations. Special pre-publication offer now on - order now and benefit. With every book purchased from now until the end of April 2011, a gift voucher of €50 on material from M.G. Home Interiors is offered. Price of book: €58. Tel: 2142 0540 / 9988 3988. Exclusive glass mosaic sculptures available in different shapes and colours with unlimited design possibilities. Price: according to design chosen. Vellmann Ltd., Pantar Estate, Pantar Road, Lija. Tel: 2142 4990/1. www.vellmann.com 075

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TRELLIS ME TEN BRAND SPANKING NEW

Gorgeous new Quadrant Collection outdoor furniture at S&S Bathrooms. View the extensive range at www.vondom.com

Krea’s new Neon chair is completely made in polypropylene, making it ideal for the great outdoors. The material is reliable and practical because of its resistance to any weather conditions (the heat and UV rays of summer days or the rain and humidity of autumn nights). They’re available in a choice of several brilliant and unique colours and are stackable up to 10 pieces from the floor. www.krea.com.mt

SPRAY IT

The new SPRAYMAN has arrived at Garden It in four fun colours to choose from. Perfect for delicate orchids and other plants. www.gardenit.com.mt

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GARDENREVAMP Don’t we all sometimes feel the need for a change? From a mere change of look to a complete rethink of where we are heading, sometimes very little goes a long a way in relieving the inevitable boredom of the unchanged and slightly worn. Our gardens too may be looking a little tired, and while complete makeovers may require careful thought and plenty of work, a few clever touches may be all that’s needed to inject new life into those drab and monotonous areas that have been crying out for a revamp.

Words: Melina Scodanibbio

Dress up a bare wall with a trellis on which to twine a pretty climber

tart by making a checklist of your existing plants, which may have been accumulated and scattered around the garden over the years without much thought. Note the ones that are not thriving, or which have grown too large for their space. Pull out or prune the overgrown and shapeless ones and relocate those with the wrong exposure. Give a sense of continuity to your borders by grouping plants to create masses and drifts. Repeat planting and a limited colour palette unifies and creates impact. Swathes of ground covers and fillers have the same effect and can be

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used to pull together a planting bed or different areas of the garden. Or maybe it’s the lawn, which is not thriving despite all the attention that has been lavished upon it. Why not change the concept completely? Transform the area into a colourful, fragrant and low maintenance gravel garden. The gravel will still provide an accessible surface, while pockets of bulbs, herbs and perennials soften and add year-round interest.

summer reading or siestas. Place a layer of bark mulch or pebbles to conceal the bare soil, plant a few shade lovers such as Aspidistra, Clivia or Vinca minor and tie a hammock to two sturdy branches for the perfect finishing touch. The same applies to a damp, dark corner of a courtyard. A small water feature can become a wonderful focal point, while playful accessories like an old mirror will reflect the light and enlarge the space.

Give purpose to that shady patch under mature trees where nothing ever seems to grow by creating a cool seating area for

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Repeat planting and a limited colour palette unifies and creates impact Think of the vertical plane as much as the horizontal. Dress up a bare wall with a trellis on which to twine a pretty climber, or place a simple arbour or pergola over a path or patio on which to grow edible and non-edible vines. That way the smallest of spaces can provide an opportunity for gardening, and even for growing some produce. Dead tree stumps with an interesting branch structure, rather than being removed, can also offer the perfect support for climbers. On the same note, a driveway needn’t be boring and bland either. Side walls can be clad with climbers and espaliers, which don’t require width but definitely add life. Even a centre strip of low growing plants that cars can still drive over makes the most of available space and is easy to implement. Larger gardens can be divided into different areas according to function, and separated with shrub borders, level changes or low hedges. Dividing makes a property look bigger, and purpose can be given even to the most unused and unpredictable of spaces. Think of a kids’ play area, a dining and relaxation area, somewhere for the dog to roam around undisturbed, maybe a raised vegetable garden or a herb patch. Our gardens, just like we do, go through different seasons and stages and teach us about impermanence, the necessity for change and the power of reinvention. By seconding these natural cycles, and by interpreting them in a positive and creative manner, we realise how change and opportunity in gardening are undeniably intertwined.

Place a simple arbour or pergola over a path or patio on which to grow edible and non-edible plants

Bring vigour in the garden by courageously painting a plain wall a bold colour

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A journey across lights and colours Want to be bold or contemporary? Then visit Malta's leading paint centre, Colours & more in Swatar, to view the latest Italian faux finishes for walls. Africa and Dune by Novacolor are unique architectural finishes that include striking metallics and marbled effect faux finishes to soft, leather effect colours that all create endless chromatic solutions and stunning textile sensations. Be inspired with Novacolor's Africa and Dune collections. Whatever your taste, we've got the look.

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Designed by ZO_loft, Din-ink is the Macef International Design Award prize winner. Din-ink is the concept of turning your favourite office tool into a common cutlery item – perfect for those ultra swift lunch breaks. The tops are designed with sustainable materials, 100% recyclable, non-toxic and hygienic. www.zo-loft.com

VINTAGE VANTAGE

The new Louis Roederer labelling colour, commonly called “antique” is now available for Brut Premier only. The Vintage Champagnes, which require more aging in the cellars, remain in green bottles until the vintage 2006. Since poetry does not exclude high technology, these bottles filter out practically 100% of the light – which wasn’t the case with the green glass. www.charlesgrech.com

FREEDOM FRESH

Alfred Gera & Sons brings us Freedom Fresh, the new range of exceptionally delicious cooking sauces, drawing inspiration from authentic recipes around the world, using fine and fresh ingredients. The sauces are produced from high quality fresh food products and are free from dairy, nuts, artificial colourings, GM ingredients and hydrogenated vegetable fats. Great for those who work like maniacs but want a quick, tasty meal at the end of the day.

TASTING PURITY

Dorset-based Chococo is a husband and wife-led team of fresh chocolate makers. They care about the taste of their finished chocolates as much as they care about the provenance of all their ingredients and the people who produce them. Their belief that pure food tastes better results in delicious, fresh chocolate creations that have zero additives or preservatives. As a result, we chocolate lovers get to discover the joy of tasting purity. Find Chococo at The White Sheep, Gzira.

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Applaud the Broad Chef Claude Camilleri (Palazzo Santa Rosa, Margo’s) brings HOMEWORKS impossibly yummy in-season broad bean recipes. Bill Hermitage from Delicata Winery suggests the best wine partners Words: Claude Camilleri Photography: MAS

Let us get the terminology right. It is the broad bean. The Italian term is the fava bean, also adopted by the English. There are generally two types of broad beans – the larger one, for which the term refers to and then there is the smaller one, also referred to as the horse bean or field bean.  The thing is, the smaller bean tends to be tastier than the larger broad bean. For the sake of the article we refer to the legume as the broad bean. The broad bean dates as far back as 6,000 BC and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest legumes around. It is part and parcel of our diet and in some regions also part of the culture (Italian regions vary from frowning at human consumption of the legume in the north, to consuming them raw with Pecorino Sardo in Liguria). In Mistra when we want to recondition our soil and give the land some time to recover its nitrogen and balance, we plant broad beans. It is the best natural conditioner.  Throughout the winter it prevents the soil from corroding away, since it acts as a cover crop against the lashing rain. It is a hardy plant and it can withstand severe climate conditions, yet it’s susceptible to fungal diseases. For us in Mistra, where we have high salinity water, the broad beans thrive, since they are very hardy. From a medical perspective, you might suffer from a condition known as favism. I know I suffer from it and I am therefore not allowed to eat raw broad beans. This is related to thalassemia and in a way is a genetic development around the Mediterranean region to stave off malaria, which historically broad beans were used to do. But we are here to see how we can enjoy the broad beans. They have two shells: the outside and the inside. For some recipes, it is better to peel off the inside cover of the bean since this can, in some cases, interfere with the pleasure of consuming them. When we talk about recipes involving broad beans we can probably pick a recipe from every country from across the world. They are such a staple and have been for thousands of years that we could easily come up with Indian, South American, African or Middle Eastern recipes all containing broad beans. For today, let us stay within our shores.

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BROAD BEANS WITH PANCETTA

CUISINE & WINE

Arguably the nicest, simplest, easiest way to eat broad beans is the Italian way of sautéing pancetta and broad beans with garlic. Do not overdo the garlic. The idea is to enjoy the combination and balance of all the flavours. Use honest pancetta like the one we make at Margo’s. It makes all the difference. Ingredients 2 whole cloves of garlic, slightly smashed 2tbsp OEVOO (organic extra virgin olive oil) 150g finest quality smoked pancetta, cut into generous cubes 300g broad beans, peeled and cleaned salt & pepper to taste Method Using the side of a knife, press on the garlic cloves and squash them a little until they crack. Gently heat a skillet with the olive oil and the whole garlic in it. As soon as bubbles start appearing around the garlic, throw in the pancetta and cook until it starts browning slightly around the edges. Throw in the broad beans and toss. Add pepper, but be careful with the salt since the pancetta is quite salty in itself. After three minutes, turn off the heat and cover the skillet for a further two minutes. Remove the garlic. Serve with rustic bread.

CALAMARI WITH BROAD BEANS, POTATOES & SYRAH SAUCE Alfonso Laccarino is one of those hard working culinary heroes with his family-run 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Sta. Agata on the Amalfi coast. He was the one who encouraged me to ditch everything and cook for a living. This is one of his recipes that he shared with me. When we served it at Palazzo Santa Rosa guests used their telephones to take photos of the beautiful dish. Ingredients 4 medium sized calamari 300g broad beans, cleaned 2 medium sized potatoes, cubed and boiled for 6 minutes (depending on the type of potato) 2tbsp balsamic aged vinegar 250ml good syrah wine 2tbsp (scant) sugar 1tbsp fine breadcrumbs 2tbsp parsley, chopped 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 20ml OEVOO (organic extra virgin olive oil) Method Mix the sugar and wine in a saucepan and reduce to the point where you end up with a rather thick syrup. Set aside. In a pan gently heat the oil and the garlic. Add the potatoes and the broad beans followed by the vinegar. Cover and cook for 4 minutes until the beans are tender but not over cooked. Turn off, add the parsley and the breadcrumbs. Season. Let cool. Clean the calamari and grill over a hot griddle. Baste with oil from time to time. Once the calamari are cooked, fill them with the mixture. Set aside. Before serving, put in a hot oven for a few minutes, cut at an angle across and place on a plate. Decorate with some OEVOO drops and the Syrah sauce.

WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage 2010 GRAN CAVALIER BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY D.O.K. SUPERIOR MALTA For the broad beans with pancetta: “The smoked pancetta in this dish is the strongest flavour for the wine to contend with. For red wine lovers a light bodied red would suffice but I am going to opt for a full flavoured, oak aged white that has medium acidity, because I think it will complement the broad beans better and refresh the palate if the pancetta used is slightly on the salty side. The oak in this barrel fermented Gran Cavalier Chardonnay will also go perfectly with the smoked meat.”

WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage 2010 MEDINA SYRAH, CARIGNAN GRENACHE D.O.K. MALTA For the calamari with broad beans: “Calamari, cooked in certain ways, is one of those seafood dishes that occasionally tolerates the use of a red wine to accompany it. In actual fact a full-bodied white wine would work well here as well, but I am going to opt for a light bodied red, such as Medina Syrah Carignan Grenache. This red has virtually no tannins and is therefore very soft and easy drinking, which will make it ideal with this delightful dish and of course its red Syrah ‘syrupy’ sauce.” 085

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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 > Villa Amanzi, Thailand BY ORIGINAL VISION ARCHITECTS

The six-bedroom Villa Amanzi, with a 15-metre infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea, enjoys a spectacular headland location along Kamala’s exclusive Millionaires Mile. The site captures cool gentle breezes all year round with uninterrupted sea views from every vantage point, in one of the most breathtaking locations Phuket has to offer. The contemporary design features ultra modern architecture and interiors that combine to provide guests with the optimal environment to relax and unwind in unspoilt luxury Words: RAY DEMICOLI

Overhead view showing inverted L-shaped building, whose bold linear lines are brought in contrast with the fragmented landscape and the granite natural rock face

ver the years, the earth has stretched; moved, lifted and eroded. Rivers flowed forming spectacular ravines and sculpting habitats where water, fauna and rock formations harmoniously coexist. As one travels across Europe one sees relics of Greek or Roman temples – a human stamp on the most beautiful of natural sites. When architects have the rare opportunity to work on sites of such great natural beauty they may choose different approaches. Sometimes the building is designed like a chameleon, and attempts are made to nestle the building in the surrounding landscape. Many such examples exist in Sardinia.

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The buildings are arranged so that visual intrusion caused by increased building mass has minimal impact. Over the years, stunning houses in Ibiza and Majorca took an entirely different approach. The produced designs were unabashedly bold. No attempt was made to conceal, fit or morph into the existing landscape. The man made is set linearly, as a counter product to the amorphous natural forms.

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

Villa Amanzi has taken the latter route. The residence commands a cascading, west facing ravine in Phuket, Thailand with a stunning outlook over the azure blue of the Andaman Sea to the south. The project is clearly driven by the granite rock and the view, which dominate at every juncture. Constant reference is made to the rock and sea, capitalising on the drama created by the meeting of these two elements. 087

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CONSTANT REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE ROCK AND SEA, CAPITALISING ON THE DRAMA CREATED BY THE MEETING OF THESE TWO ELEMENTS The dramatic fall at the edge of the rock face defines the northern site limit. With equal drama, bedrooms span above the living area from one side to the other of the ravine while entertaining areas beneath cascade down to the valley. At a sharp perpendicular, a linear horizon pool sits above the emerald hues of the Andaman Sea and acts as the focal point of the project. The arrival to the house is at the middle floor. This is where all entertainment, living and kitchen areas are found. The upper level consists of four bedrooms, each with a bathroom en-suite, all enjoying spectacular views. Occupants are sure to settle in west facing areas during sundown. This is the best time to experience the gentle climate and a breathtaking view of the sun’s rays glistening on the sea. Behind the pool one finds two further bedrooms, a private spa and a large games room.

From above, the building appears to be a sandwich with a sottiletta ofin Gruyere L-shaped corner seating the horizon pool Notice the

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Palette of materials:

Tempered safety glass Stainless steel Terrazzo Washed terrazzo Bamboo flooring Teak decking Cement rendered walls

The great challenge in the making of this quality project lay in working out how to support the bedroom zone, without resorting to vertical columns. In addition, the protection of the natural surroundings, as well as the transportation of the materials was a daunting task. A floor-to-ceiling steel beam was used to span across the space column free, thus transforming the structure into that of an uninterrupted clear span bridge.

Column free outdoor living space

Wedges shaped building on three levels, sitting comfortably within the ravine

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ADDRESS BOOK Asia Arts, 39 Abate Rigord Street, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2133 5688 / 7982 2785. 114, High Street, Sliema. Tel: 2133 4564. asiaarts@maltanet.net Auntielucy, 230, Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: 2131 7387. info@auntielucy.com / www.auntielucy.com

Charles Grech & Co Ltd, Triq Il - Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 4400. 59, Islets Promenade, Bugibba. Tel: 2157 2400. 10, Republic Street, Valletta. Tel: 2123 7581. Windsor Street, SLiema. Tel: 2132 3731. www.charlesgrech.com Core, Upper Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 3449. info@core. com.mt / www.core.com.mt

B&C Trading, Woodcreations, Triq Indri Psaila, Tal-Handaq, Qormi. Tel: 2144 4665 / 9949 6412. dbusuttil@maltanet.net / www.villergran.eu

Cose Casa, 77, Three Churches Street, Balzan. Tel: 2144 7672/3.info@cosecasa.com / www.cosecasa.com

B&M Supplies, B’Kara Bypass, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 0710. www.bmsupplies.com

Creations, Mdina Road, Attard. Tel: 21411 541 / 2141 7616. info@creationsomni.com / sales@creationsomni.com / www.creationsomni.com

Banju Boutique, Arcade Street, Paola. Tel: 2180 9111/2. info@banjuboutique.com / www.banjuboutique.com Big Ben Interiors, Naxxar Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 7347. sales@bigben.com.mt Biggie Best, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880 / 2738 8880. www.biggiebestmalta.com Blueline Halmann, Achille Ferris Street, Msida. Tel: 2131 6432/5. Naxxar Road, Lija. Tel: 2141 1287 / 2141 4288. sales@blueline.com.mt / www.blueline.com.mt BoConcept, Vjal ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 8011/12. info@boconcept.com.mt / www.boconcept.com.mt BOV, 58, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 2131 2020. www.bov.com Brands, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2744 4110 / 2144 4110 / 7977 1100. keiron@brands.com.mt / www.brands.com.mt Carmelo Delia (Est. 1890), Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2388 9200 / 2147 2882. info@carmelodelia.com / www.bigbon.com Casanova, St. Thomas Street, Luqa. Tel: 2180 0221 / 2180 0214. Info@casanova.com.mt / www.casanova.com.mt Centro Casalinga, Parish Priest, Mifsud Street, Hamrun. Tel: 2125 0980/1/2. sales@jjscerri.com / www.centrocasalinga.com Chateau d’Ax, Old Railway track, Santa Venera. Tel: 2144 6411. info@chateaudax.com.mt Compunet, Independence Avenue, Mosta. Tel: 2258 4900 / 2142 2988 / 2142 2989. www.compunet.com.mt Charles Micallef Pools, Naxxard Road, Lija. Tel: 21415115. info@micallefpools.com / www.micallefpools.com

Cutrico, Old Railway Track, Santa Venera. Tel: 2149 8658 / 2149 8693. sales@cutrico.com / www.cutrico.com Domestica Showroom, Valley Road, Msida. Tel: 2144 7604. info@domestica.com.mt / www.domestica.com.mt Eco Group, BLB 13, Bulebel Industrial Estate, Zejtun. Tel: 2099 8979. info@ecogroup-mt.com / www.ecogroup-mt.com

Homemate, The Atrium, Mriehel By-Pass, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt Hulsta, Mill Street, Qormi. Tel: 2278 2000. marketing@joinwell.com.mt IL-Mithna, 200, Bonnici Textiles, Triq in – Naxxar, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 5051 Ideacasa, Msida Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2278 6000. info@ideacasa.com.mt / www.ideacasa.com.mt JDS Furniture Ltd, Main Street, Mellieha. Tel: 2152 2390. info@ jdsfurniture.com / www.jdsfurniture.com Joinwell, Mill Street, Qormi. Tel: 2278 2000. marketing@joinwell.com.mt / www.joinwell.com.mt Leisure Pools Malta, 25, Victor Denaro Street, Msida. Tel: 7947 3922. leisurepoolsmalta@yahoo.com / www.leisurepools.com LG Air Conditioners, Titan Industrial Supplies, Vjal ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 4206. www.titan.com.mt Lux- it, 105, Luqa Road, Paola. Tel: 2166 5544. sales@lux-it.com / www.lux-it.com

Portelli & Brincat, 376, High Street, Sta Venera. Tel: 2124 001. Zabbar Road, Fgura. Tel: 2169 1029. Valletta Road, Mosta. Tel: 2143 3975. 186, Naxxar Road, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 3103. sales@portelliandbrincat.com.mt Protect A Child / Clever Homes. Tel: 7949 6097 / 7934 7766 Rockababy (sole agents for Bloom), 156/158, Main Street, Mosta. Tel: 9976 2529. info@rockababymalta S&S Bathrooms Ltd, Mosta Road, Lija. Tel: 2141 2222. info@ssbathrooms.com / www.ssbathrooms.com Satariano, 122, Valley Road, B’kara. Tel: 2149 2149. SATARIANO HOME, Marina Street, Pieta. info@satariano.com / www.satariano.com Seamless Solid Surface Solutions, 41, Triq il- Peprin, Sta. Lucia. Tel: 2144 0404 / 7940 0404. sales@seamless.com.mt / www.seamless.com.mt Serve Group Ltd, Triq in–Negozju, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 9878. info@servgroupmalta.com / www.servgroupmalta.com

Elektra Ltd, Mill Street Qormi. Tel: 2546 3000. info@elektra.com.mt / www.elektra.com.mt

M. Demajo Timbers, Olive Square, Qormi. Tel: 2148 7078. timbers@demajo.com /www.demajotimbers.com

Shaker Ltd, Triq il- Gibjun, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 7686, 2738 7686. sales@shaker.com.mt / www.shaker.com.mt

Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd, The Winery, On the Waterfront, Paola. Tel: 2182 5199

MG Home Interiors Ltd, St. Paul’s Street, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 0540. mghomeinteriors@maltanet.net / www.mghomeinteriors.com

Sphinx Creations, Entrata Bldgs, Triq Haz-Zebbug, Attard. Tel: 2143 0075/6 / 2143 0076 / 9944 5231 / 9901 9901. info@sphinxcreations.com / www.sphinxcreations.com

MacMed, Macpherson Mediterranean Limited, B24, Bulebel Industrial Estate, Zejtun. Tel: 2182 4101/4 / 2180 6815. info@ macmed.com.mt / www.macmed.com.mt

Spot On Supplies Ltd, 102, Palm Street, Paola. Tel: 2166 8880 / 7981 7777. info@spotonmalta.com / www.spotonmalta.com

Farell Bathrooms, Blue Grotto Avenue, Zurrieq. Tel: 2164 2396. info@farellbathrooms.com Fino, Fino Buildings, Notabile Road, Mriehel. Tel: 2549 3000. info@fino.com.mt / www.fino.com.mt FGP Ltd, 109, Valletta Road, Luqa. Tel: 2166 7107/8 / 2167 3627. sales@fgp.com.mt / www.fgp.com.mt Flamingo, Flamingo Complex, Cannon Road, Qormi. Tel: 2279 4205 / 2279 4216. sales@flamingo.com.mt / www.flamingo.com.mt Form Ltd, Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 6000. www.formltd.com Garden It, 26, Triq Is - Santwarju, San Gwann. Tel: 21 377 448. www.gardenit.com.mt George Cassar Woodworks, 147/148, Crafts Village, Ta’ Qali. Tel: 2143 0936. info@cassarwoodworks.com / www.cassarwoodworks.com Gifts & More, Topline Co. Ltd - St. Andrew’s Road, St. Andrew’s. Tel: 2137 2256. info@toplinemalta.com / www.giftsandmore.com.mt GRF Showroom, Bellavista Street, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 7378 / 7942 4422. www.grfmalta.com

Mdina Glass, Crafts Village, Ta Qali. Tel: 2141 5786. info@mdinaglass.net / www.mdinaglass.net Mekanika Ltd, Gasan Centre, Mriehel Bypass, Mriehel. Tel: 2778 8500 / 9942 3846. mekanika@gasan.com / www.mekanika.com.mt

Stem Interiors, Hughes Halett Street, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019. steminteriors@yahoo.co.uk Tal–Lira, various locations. Tel: 21422186/7/9. www.tal-lira.com The White Sheep, 405, D’Argens Street, Gzira. Tel: 2131 5222 TOUCHWOOD Antiques, 346, Naxxar Road, B‘Kara. Tel: 7904 8891 / 2122 4853. grechtrev@gmail.com

OK Limited, Rue D’argens, Gzira. Tel: 2134 3865/6. www.ok.com.mt

VCT Ltd, Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571. info@vct.com.mt / www.vct.com.mt

One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155/65. www.onetwoone.eu

Vellman Ltd, Pantar Estate, Pantar Road, Lija. Tel: 2142 4990/1. www.vellmann.com

Outdoor Solutions, Eurotec Buildings, Msida Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2099 0009. info@avc.com.mt / www.weinor.com Organised Living, 33, Ix-Xatt, Sliema. Tel: 2133 1157 Paws 4A Cause, 25, Gorg Borg Oliver Street, Sliema

Versal, Hal Ward Residence, Block H, Hal Ward Street, Attard. Tel: 2723 3233 / 9919 3888 / 9999 4889. versal1@melita.com / bekkar@melita.com Wallpapers Direct. www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk Zara Home, 1, Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: 2258 2900. www.zarahome.com

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