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COVER THE SENSORY EXPERIENCE

The perfect example of a truly organic space with natural materials, merging indoors with outdoors (pg 024)

contents 013 Reader Letters & Competition 015 Home News 019 Trends: Milan Design Week 2013 021 Greenworks

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE.

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In an instinct to survive, we as humans are creatures of habit. Regardless of our ability to think rationally, the instinctual, animal part of the human condition tends to dictate our way of thinking. We give in to mental patterns, which creates repetitive actions. This was the dilemma that the great American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was haunted with. Luckily for the world, he came up with an influential resolution for it: organic architecture. The implication of the word ‘organic’ is exciting because it connotes truth and origin, life and earth. The thought that every living thing is related – the wooden bench made from the wood of a Swedish forest tree, the tabletop made from the quarried Carrara marble from Tuscany, the silk rug from worms in China – is a compelling one, particularly when humans are a part of this web. This issue explores ‘organic’ as it relates to the home – in design and materials. All three homes highlighted this issue are brilliant examples of an organic approach, while the features all tie in through materials, locations or concepts. We hope you enjoy this issue – organically...

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RELOCATING! Relocating to Ta’Xbiex mid-May, Stem Interiors offers a wide range of lamps, occasional furniture and mirrors. Their latest collections from the Harlequin range of fabrics and wallpapers can also be viewed.

MARVELLOUS MATCHING Now combine any kitchen model from the Cucine Lube range with a matching living combination from Lube. New living designs are now available in a wide selection of colours within the Lube range. Find it at Carmelo Delia

WOAH The out-there impressive line of lighting solutions by Mdina Glass has now expanded to include a range of innovative chandeliers. Like all the glass company’s creations, the chandeliers are handmade by skilled craftsmen and designed by production designer Olivia Said. Each chandelier is made to order and available in various sizes and in the colour combinations requested. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

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GREAT SCOTT! The new Scott coffee table by La Fibule is part of a line of sophisticated furniture by this elegant Parisian company. Find it at LOFT, www.loft.com.mt

PHOTOVOLTAIC GLASS BLOCKS Vadala Company now offers the latest Photovoltaic Glass Blocks with sun-powered illumination. These are ideal for walkways, sidewalks, bridges, balconies, patios, decks, gardens, as well as in exterior walls or panels. www.vadalacompanyltd.com

Dulux recently brought the worldwide Let’s Colour Project to Malta with MCAST, giving second-year interior design students the opportunity to liven up their main school corridors with proposed colour schemes. To see details, visit the facebook page: VGB Colour

MAT Made from solid AISI316 stainless steel material, the IP66 outdoor LED pole light ‘MAT’ is suitable for Malta’s salty environment. It’s equipped with an eight-watt high power LED lamp. This model and other new LED fittings are available at Spot On Supplies Ltd, www.spotonmalta.com

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CONCRETE PROJECT Concrete Project is the full-thickness porcelain stoneware from Imola Ceramica made for modern architecture and design. The concrete is turned into a tile with a clear contemporary style, and serves to ventilate facades and high-traffic public spaces. The tiles are highly modular, available in different sizes and colours. Find them at B&M Supplies, www.bmsupplies.com

Walnut wood is great aesthetically (with its strong, rich tones and natural patterns in the grain) and functionally (with its density and resistance to moisture, offering durability). Due to its strength, Walnut is especially popular for high traffic areas, such as the main living area. M. Demajo’s new stock of engineered parquet in American Walnut offers a 5mm thick veneer of this real wood. www.demajotimbers.com

NEW LED Brighter Solutions now presents the new best LED recessed light for direct connection 230V. Only 30mm in height, it can easily be installed in flush mounted ceiling cavities (ceiling roses), and is ideal for lighting external corridors, and canopies. Power is only three watts, compared to the 20-watt halogen bulb, illuminating up to six-metre heights. www.ledmalta.com.mt

CAPE COD COOL Made in Holland, the new Cape Cod Outdoor Collection is made in solid hardwood for resistance to the outdoors. It’s treated with a white weather resistant coating and has a handy hook at the back for hanging a handbag or light jacket. We love it for that yankee seaside appeal. Find it at Inspiration Art Deco

AMAZING MURANO A brand new collection of contemporary Murano glass ceiling pendants and matching wall lights hand-made in Venice by Massimo Tonetto are now available from Farrugia Lighting & Interiors. Choose from a selection of interesting colours, such as milk white, crystal gold and fume. www.farrugia.com.mt

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MONOLITH LANDSCAPE Dornbracht Deque by Sieger Design offers precise, geometric shapes that create a monolithic landscape of chrome and matt black. Find it at Creations, www.creationsomni.com

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Milan Design Week 2013: The world in which we live. This year’s most absorbing and intriguing Molo’s ‘Paper Music’ by Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen in collaboration with sound artist Ethan Rose

Lighting by Seattle design studio Graypants

Wood ash Bon Ton table by Maurizio Duranti for Morelato

MG Lab, EMMEGI division - new collections designed by Luca Nichetto

MOST New 2013 pieces along with the existing Eclectic collection by Tom Dixon

The Fotomuseum Lamp by Richard Hutten

This year was the second showing of MOST, the design destination instigated by British designer Tom Dixon at Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology. It provided Milan Design Week with “a curated creative hub, promoting forward-thinking culture, commerce and creativity against the extraordinary backdrop of historic exhibits based on technological innovation”. www.mostsalone.com 1 Studio Job + Lensvelt collaboration, developed for Lensvelt 2 Pendant and table luminaires by Resident 3 ‘Textile Futures’ by Central St Martins 4 Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten award-winning Flux Chair, made from polypropylene 5 Driftwood bottle opener by Kiel Mead for Fab 6 Cast 001: Architect Sally Mackereth’s first series of furniture

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YOU GO, SHERRIES Sherries Garden Centre continues to pride themselves on being one of the most eco-friendly garden centres around. Probably not that many people know it, but the centre collects 2.3 million litres of rain water in reservoirs every year, has 19.5KWPV solar panels, and consistently recycles compost. On top of that, the garden centre itself is built with insulated panels and polycarbonate insulation. A great example of a company practicing what they preach. www.sherriesgardencentre.com

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POWER TO PARADOR Distinguished by high durability, resistance to damp and chemical substances, easy-care maintenance, and comfort, Parador new vinyl flooring doesn’t emit any toxins, so apart from being eco-friendly, it’s also a safe option for allergy sufferers and children. www.brands.com.mt

The E-ion range of cooker hoods from Falmec double as air purifiers due to their ionization system. This eliminates cooking odours, as well as other air toxins, such as dust, pollen, bacteria, and cigarette smoke. All models are equipped with the ‘leaf sensor’ – an indication that the air needs to be purified (the leaf turns from green to orange. When the leaf is green again the air has been purified). The ‘auto-function’ means that the hood automatically starts when the air quality is poor. Apart from it being great for the home air, it’s also highly energy efficient to run. www.oxfordhouse.com.mt

LA BOUILLOIRE SOLAIRE Designed by Anotine Nicolas Lebrun, this solar kettle is based on plastic photovoltaics, independently charging its battery. www.coroflot.com/ armel_le_coz

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This issue’s properties are all organic-related in one sense or another. We begin with a fantastic example of organic architecture by Demicoli & Associates that merges the indoors with the outdoors through the use of striking natural materials (page 024). On page 034, Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects brings us a purifying renovation project in San Pawl Tat-Targa. Interior Designer Adrian Micallef designs a threebedroom apartment in San Gwann that accommodates the homeowners’ budget through a clever use of different textures and materials 023

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The pool and barbeque areas overlooking the view are the home’s sweet spots. This is where the bulk of the entertaining takes place, and although the garden isn’t large considering the size of its villa, there are a lot of paved functional spaces 025

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Clever Mediterranean vegetation hugs the house, and although the garden is not large considering the size of the villa, there are various functional outdoor spaces

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SPACES HW The entrance to the villa bridge is made out of natural teak while the large pivotal front door is in oiled teak. A thin glass line in the door allows the outsider to catch a glimpse of the view to come, while doubling as a peep hole for the insider. An extensive use of travertine offers a highly natural feel

ou just know this villa is going to be special at first glance; situated high on a steep hill facing the sea, the building sits in the landscape both by its form and that of the materials used.

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Architect Ray De Micoli: “The clients originally asked us to re-model the existing house on the same site, but we quickly convinced them to demolish and re-build. After visiting the site with the old house, the choice was clear; I was sure we could do so much better by starting afresh and creating something special. Looking back, I have no regrets.” The choice of materials and craftsmanship are exceptional. The vein-cut travertine floor against the cross-cut travertine cladding, the raw teak wood bridge against the elegantly oiled teak wood of the large pivoting front door. This is a production of superior materials – the characters are all the same, excellent and natural, just playing various roles for different functions throughout. Even the garage driveway looks good. Separated from the entrance by one of the three entrance-shading citrus trees, the change of natural travertine to natural Porfido stone flooring makes the divide official.

The raw teak wood bridge contrasts against the elegantly oiled teak wood of the large pivoting front door

Clever Mediterranean vegetation hugs the entrance with a palette of various palms, pines and succulents, Birds of Paradise, citrus and olive trees. The entrance bridge leads to the front door, which includes a thin glass line through the teak serving as a peephole for those inside, as well as a view teaser for those on the outside. Upon entrance all is revealed – the view, 027

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All is revealed upon entrance via a corner window and through a void down over the dining room

The sweeping curved dark marble staircase offers access down to the main formal dining and living areas

the pool, the valley down to the sea and the sky via a corner window and through a void down over the dining room. To the left, the widely sweeping curved dark marble staircase offers access down to the main formal dining and living areas. Back to the top, past the staircase on the same floor, the main bedrooms are situated; to the right, the guest quarters, all of which enjoy the spectacular view. Down the staircase again, the formal entertaining areas comprise of large open single and double height rooms, broken only with a split-level and one small wall. Architect David Anastasi: “The creation of the sequence of spaces was all about the sensory experience. It begins from the entrance courtyard, which greets you with the soft shade and the fragrance of citrus trees, as well as the sound of flowing water. The path across the bridge onto the sheltered entrance porch conjures interest, where the door reveals a glimpse

of what’s to come. With its low curved ceiling, the entrance itself instils a feeling of shelter, while offering a prospect over the formal entertaining spaces below and beyond. The route down via the staircase (which is situated perpendicular to the main axis of the house) is treated as a transition, and contrasts in both form and colour. The experience here again is multisensory with the wide spiral offering a steep gradient on the inside edge and a more relaxed shallow gradient on the outside edge. The volumes of the formal areas downstairs, although open plan in nature, were carefully sized – both in plan and in section – so the feeling of the space changes from each position, allowing a visual connection to the entrance, while the main focus is on the view to the pool, valley, sea and sky beyond. The pool and barbeque areas overlooking the view are the home’s sweet spots. Large glazed apertures bring the outside in and the proximity of the pool creates a myriad of 029

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Sea meets sky in the spectacular view, which is accentuated by the horizonless pool that can be seen from most rooms in the villa

The casual open plan dining area and kitchen leads on to the pool area so that the indoor/outdoor divide is minimal

reflections. This is where the bulk of entertaining takes place, and although the garden isn’t large considering the size of the villa, there are a lot of paved functional spaces. Details, such as the external and internal Travertine, used in different forms and finshes throughout, the light neutral Crema Marfil marble flooring, and the prevalent solid wood is where the organic element of this design really comes in. The intersection of these different materials has been studied in detail where shadow gaps and trims define the edges. Interior Designer Caroline Webb: “The materials selected combine to form an articulated harmonious palette; different natural stones and woods were used extensively in different textures creating subtle contrast. Similarly, our meticulous approach to the detailing of ceilings, fitted furniture and bespoke items, such as full height doors continues this theme.”

Ray De Micoli: “Natural lighting was given priority in our scheme. It was an exercise in finding a balance in the type of natural light. The sea view is towards the north, which brings in a cool light; in the main reception areas we balanced this with the warm south light from the large window behind the staircase, and elsewhere we used skylights.” Various skylights were built in to all the window-less rooms so that the whole house was light balanced and evaded darkness – in bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes specifically (strategically placed in the shower or above a vanity unit to hone the natural light to the right places). Adjacent to the formal entertaining areas is the private and more casual open plan living/ kitchen area, which is so close to the exterior grass that it almost seems as if it’s sitting in it.

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Skylights were built into spaces that didn’t have windows, such as the walk-in closet and bathrooms, in order to balance the light

This idea continues with the horizonless distinctly shaped mosaic-tiled pool. The designers wanted the pool to be a bright blue that would interact and create a seamless connection with the horizon, sea and sky. The limestone near the pool was chosen because it’s lighter, less hot and non-slip, as well as creating a striking contrast to its neighbouring teak decking. The pool has different zones – an area for children to play and an area for adults to lounge (inclusive of the Martini seat, which is brilliant for resting drinking glasses effortlessly while leaning back to take in the sun). The goal of balance was definitely achieved here; from outside to inside, and then once in, that vision is balanced to what you see outside. The lighting is stunning throughout, all the while, the eye never managing to stray from that fusion of sea and sky for too long. 032

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Snail shells, tree trunks in a forest, flowing water, openness and outdoor living; serenity, simplicity and slightly surreal at the same time; covertly great. These were the main aims of this purifying renovation project by Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects [MJMDA] Architecture & Design: Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects [MJMDA] Words: Matthew J. Mercieca Photography: Alan Carville

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The potential of the spiral staircase that was previously untapped became the spine in the virtual centre. For drama and necessity of a sense of place, a circular skylight was punctured in the ceiling above, subtending the centres of the exisiting and new circular staircases

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Natural textures and materials were used in the custom kitchen and television and storage units. A great island serves as a comfortable expanse to unwrap goodies and party around. A concealed extraction hood lies behind the hob

he homeowners of this San Pawl Tat-Targa villa wanted to get out of the previous hubbub and compressed living conditions of central urbanised areas within a multi-unit dwelling. They had a need to return to nature, which is why we called this project simply ‘Back Home’: as in, a return to our roots in nature.

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The project needed a lot of work. The house had planning irregularities, poor links to the basement, a worn and mossy pool area, humidity in the basement and poor use of space, including overly proportioned hallways; a typical nonchalant hallmark of houses of the era. Moreover, the fantastic view potential was stunted due to a lack of openness, which also translated to a lack of a link to outdoor areas.

Integrating the functional uses of a family room dining / breakfast space and a kitchen in the pivotal position of overlooking the garden

Needless to say, the ball and chain was an imposition and not a choice. A substantial part of the rear part of the house needed structural alterations and parts of it needed to be demolished from the side curtilage (area of land attached to a house forming one enclosure with it). This cleanly made possible an insertion of natural light and ventilation to the basement by way of a yard; an important first intervention. Secondly, the disjointed vertical circulation needed to be tackled. 037

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SPACES HW Peeking over the golden tonalities of sunset and the green hues outside, being the end of the line in the urbanised area. Relevant to the concept, multi-tonal greens and earth colours are brought inside to complete the picture. Bedding accessories courtesy of camilleriparismode

Floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall lacquered custom wardrobe in the tonality of the parquet floor, incorporating a range of functions: clothes storage, wall panelling, fireplace heating flue, television unit, storage and vanity. The reflective surfaces broaden the visual scope of the room

Here, the potential of the spiral staircase that was previously untapped became the spine in the virtual centre, with which we could access the basement by way of a carefully inserted comfortable spiral staircase. For drama and necessity of a sense of place, a circular skylight was punctured in the ceiling above subtending the centres of the existing and new circular staircases. As a result, a mesmerising oculus was born, to let in that all-telling spot of sun as it slides around the hallway in synchronicity with the motion of the earth. A cool and shaded outdoor dining area for those great day barbeques and evening cocktails. Peeking from below are the skylight eyes of the fitness area, which tune in to natural illumination

From then on, the details were many, and the choices of materials, products, textures and colours were all selected to work with the main concept of the project. Worth mentioning is the central hand-crafted and curved storage cabinetry staircase that cleverly halves the width of the stairs when viewed from below. This makes for a visual feast of slimmer spiralling ribbons rising up into the volume. Couple this with concealed lights that also get caught in the vortex, and the eye just sweeps the space with pleasure. 039

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“When inside the forest, you can curl up around a circle and dine sitting beside the fire or settle down in a cosy spot – in this case, with audio-visual wizardry”

The multifunctional ‘tree-trunks’ hallway unit is also rather quirky. It starts by partially screening off the dining living area from the hallway, whilst affording a glimpse through. It also houses lights to give the impression of the sunrays streaming through trees. The functionality completes the purpose of the unit by providing storage to put your shoes and keys when you return home and a clever slide-out mirror to make sure the homeowners are ship-shape to face the world when they’re ready to go conquer it.

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Family planning but also entertainment-avid, this young homeowner couple found a three-bedroom apartment in San Gwann that would accommodate both aspects Words: Elisabeth Cardona Photography: Tonio Lombardi Interior Design: Adrian Micallef, AM Design

ookie the Cat slinks along the edge of the grey sofa amongst a variety of patterned scatter cushions, listening in as the homeowner says, “We’ve managed to mix our eclectic pieces with a modern backdrop design, created by Adrian Micallef. We wanted to bring character and warmth into the space, and we achieved this through our travel collections, materials, colours and features.”

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The young couple wanted an organic feel to the apartment, but real materials are costly and they were on a budget. Adrian’s solution to this came through carefully chosen materials and colours. For instance, the flooring is a textured neutral dark concrete. A mixture of real and laminate woods appear throughout, so that it’s not easy to distinguish the difference. A prominent grey Ash wood laminate was used for the panelling behind the television, but then right next to this, the dining table is made of olive tree trunk wood, which shows a lot of grain and veins. Benches in natural light wood line the bar of the kitchen. Sisal rugs across the apartment further increase the natural and organic feel, as well as offer further warmth. Since the homeowner needed to base his office from home, Adrian designed an office that leads on to the dining room, which can then double as a boardroom. In order to save space, the dining room is sectioned off from the kitchen area with glass so that it is divided, yet still open plan. This is also a clever way to keep the dining room at the right temperature. 043

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Completely bespoke, the dining table has two legs so that the table appears as if it’s coming out of the wall. The hardwearing olive tree trunk table is made to look longer by the location of the mirror. The same green that would come from the olive tree of the wood is used for the wall

A large dining table and open plan kitchen were a must for the couple that love to entertain. Completely bespoke by Adrian, the dining table has two legs so that the table appears as if it’s coming out of the wall. Adrian says of the hardwearing olive tree trunk wood, “This is such a hard wood that if you touch it, you can feel the grains.” The mirror then makes the table look as if it’s longer, as well as making the overall space appear larger. The homeowners’ love of wine inspires the upper shelf for various wines, which doesn’t use up precious floor space (as well as the built-in wine bottle holder on the side of the kitchen cupboard). Adrian went with the colour chartreuse green for this area, as well as above the kitchen bar. “The olive from the tree of the wood we used is this green colour so I wanted to integrate it with the dining table and light fittings. I felt that this was a natural way to choose the best colour – I mean, what better hue to go with than that of the fruit of the tree?” The dining table pendant lamp lighting is in the form of cups to illuminate diners and food to the dramatic ‘Scorsese effect’. This brings about a connection on the table without lighting up the entire room.

Bespoke details designed by Adrian (such as the wooden light fittings over the kitchen bar in the same olive wood as the dining table) help keep the organic continuity subtle. The feature above the kitchen island conceals the ac unit, which leads to both the kitchen and living room. Adrian: “We designed quite a few features throughout the apartment that conceal unsightly areas or mess. For instance, the white media unit in the living room has a concealed door to hide the woofer. I used the same material that was used in the curtain to allow the sound to permeate through. Gas tanks for the fireplace and stove are hidden in a unit within a cupboard outside the terrace.” The small terrace off the living room offers some greenery to the space with its decked flooring and flowerpots. The homeowner says, “Although it’s small, the sun is there in the morning and it’s great to have a nice coffee while reading the paper.” The hallway ceiling is clad in panelling for continuity, while the corridor itself is lined with a mixture of frames depicting family and friends. The ‘post office red’ window in the hall 045

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was inspired by Adrian’s idea to bring the outside in, as well as to conceal the shaft. “I wanted to feature a typical Maltese window to make it look like you’re outside. There’s storage space behind it and the shelving conceals a shaft. It’s a fun way to conceal a shaft window, and to get light out of it still, as well as to create extra hidden storage space. Petunia flowers further enhance the sweet Mediterranean feel.” The wood panelling looks fantastic, but was no easy feat to install. Adrian: “The panelling is difficult because of our weather and the different temperatures. Also, in this particular space there is the central heating and ac. As wood moves and expands, it was really important that it was laid in professionally. The homeowner wanted warmth and the feel of wood. Wallpaper and paint are options, but I find that wood brings more warmth.” The bathroom design came from the same inspiration. The guest bathroom is made with dark bamboo wood, which is a less expensive alternative to teak with its hardwearing properties. This, contrasted with the rest of the bathroom in white, makes for a spalike feel. The bedroom boasts wooden panelling for the back wall with pendant and reading lamps built within.

The hallway ceiling is clad in panelling for continuity, while the ‘post office red’ window was inspired by the concept of bringing the outside in, as well as concealing an unsightly shaft

The bedroom was designed to appear completely different to the rest of the apartment. Adrian: “The aim was to make it a different section altogether. I wanted to create something of a haven. I wanted to make it lighter and so brought in a completely different colour palette, such as the white flooring, blue wall and yellow accents.”

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The wooden cladding creates warmth in the bedroom, as well as bringing in a natural feel. The panelling was no easy feat, due to Malta’s high humidity

The homeowner: “I want to feel free in my bedroom and I love the idea of feeling like I’m sleeping outdoors with a lot of space around me. I like the glimpse of teak in the bathroom for this reason as well.” All the furniture is wall-to-wall fitted in the bedroom and the wardrobe is comfortably walk-in. The overhead soffit is equipped with intelligent lighting so that it can be dimmed and set to five different scenes. The curtain and roller blinds are electric, which are tuned in with the intelligent lighting. To make the en suite bathroom as warm as possible, underfloor heating was installed. Adrian says, “It’s a great idea to install in a bathroom because it’s not that expensive for small spaces, and it makes the room so much more comfortable.”

The use of dark bamboo wood in the bathroom for practicality, as well as to achieve an organic, spa-like feel

The homeowners say, “We wouldn’t have done anything differently. Every space is utilised exactly as we wanted. When people come over, they perch on the island, then move on to the dining table. During the day, our office spills on to the dining table and it becomes a boardroom. In the evening, we go to our room and we cut away from everything in a light, warm room with plenty of space. The whole apartment is ideal for us. Apart from this, friends and family confirm that they really like it, which is a validation to us that we made the right choices.”

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POSSIBLY THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARCHITECT (DESIGNER OF MORE THAN 1,000 STRUCTURES), FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT WAS THE FATHER OF ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE. IN A TIME WHEN SYSTEMATIC AND CONSERVATIVE WAS ALL THAT WAS KNOWN, WRIGHT CHALLENGED THE MACHINE AND BROUGHT US THE ART OF HARMONISING HUMANITY WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT

Fallingwater House, designed by Wright circa 1935. The brief from the client was ample entertainment space, as well as four bedrooms, despite the small plot

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Graycliff (1926), a summer estate sited on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie with views of Buffalo, NY and the Canadian shore

In an instinct to survive, we as humans are creatures of habit. Regardless of our ability to think rationally, the instinctual, animal part of the human condition tends to dictate our way of thinking. We give in to mental patterns, which creates repetitive actions. This was the dilemma that the great American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was haunted with. Luckily for the world, he came up with an influential resolution for it.

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In the late 19th century, architects were creating buildings based on repetitive patterns. Not unlike present day, materials and budgets frequently predetermined the type of residence that would be built. During Wright’s time, one style became prevalent and copied, which made people unaware of their surroundings with a complete lack if individuality in their homes and offices. If we analyse the appeal of nature, a lot of it is in its randomness. Wright explored this and as a result, became resolved in following this model of nature; an unmethodical yet evolved one that would function totally accurately. The plight consumed him, as he resolved never to create two buildings the same. Even his behaviour became arbitrary and unpredictable. This is when it began – Wright’s cast-off of routine in order to obtain mental fluidity. Three projects followed after this epiphany that would bring Wright to notoriety and set the precedence for architects to come. During the Depression, as a response to waning commissions, Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship, which was an

apprenticeship school devoted to teaching architecture and other activities that Wright believed to constitute “a noble existence”: farming, gardening, cooking, music, art, and dance. Wright’s apprentices lived, ate, and slept at Taliesin, and worked with him as crucial contributors to many of his most well-known creations. When the legendary architect opened Taliesin West in the Arizona desert, he demanded that his budding apprentices spend weeks out in the desert, building their own shelter and subsisting on the “fat” of the land. Going back some years to 1926, in a letter to clients Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Martin, Wright wrote of the design of their summer estate project, Graycliff, “Coming in the house would be something like putting on your hat and going outdoors.” Later referred to as “the jewel of the lake”, the architect was inspired to create a home that was transparent, with views through the building to the lake beyond. Terraces and cantilevered balconies also encouraged lake views, and water features throughout the landscape were designed by Wright to echo the lake as well. A few years later, Wright was commissioned to design the notorious Fallingwater vacation home. In a response to his lack of inspiration, he chose to ignore the impending work and deadlines. After substantial time had elapsed and the client became vexed, he demanded to see the design instantly. Allegedly in a fit of creative energy, Wright began to design the house and decided there and then that it would not face the waterfall, but rather incorporate it.

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“Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

The client loved the concept and Wright was further encouraged by the experience. He had forced his mind to see the project without research and in the now. It proved successful to create something entirely new without any preconceived pattern.

Far above: Taliesin West, a laboratory for Wright until his death in 1959. Here, Wright’s apprentices lived, ate and slept, living off the “fat” of the land Above: During the Depression, as a response to waning commissions, Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship, which was an apprenticeship school devoted to teaching architecture and other activities that Wright believed to constitute “a noble existence”: farming, gardening, cooking, music, art, and dance

Fallingwater was probably the most famous of Wright’s residences, inspired by his desire to place the occupants close to the natural surroundings, with a stream and waterfall running under part of the building. Wright didn’t want them to just glance at the view, but rather become a part of it. Constructed over a ninemetre waterfall, the house appears much larger than it is. The house was more of a design for a family getaway, rather than for a primary home. The construction is a series of cantilevered balconies and terraces, using limestone for all verticals and concrete for the horizontals. The Taliesin West studio complex in Arizona was a laboratory for Wright until his death in 1959. It now functions as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. 057

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TIMELINE 1889 Designs his own home in Oak Park

1916 Begins work on the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

1890 Begins working with Adler & Sullivan. Designs the Wainwright Building

1926 Begins construction of Graycliff for Darwin D. Martin

1891 Designs the Charnley House

1934 Designs Fallingwater House for Edgar J. Kaufmann

1893 Opens his own practice in Chicago. Designs house and stables for William H. Winslow

1936 Designs the S.C. Johnson & Son Co. Administration Building (Johnson Wax)

1895 Designs Francis Apartments for Terre Haute Trust Company

1937 Begins the design and construction of Taliesin West over 800 acres of land in Arizona

1896 Designs house for Isidore Heller

1939 Designs house for George Sturges

1902 Designs Larkin Company Administration Building

1943 Begins work on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

1905 Designs Unity Temple, Oak Park

1953 Designs the Price Tower for the H.C. Price Company

1908 Designs house for Dr. G.C. Stockman

1954 Designs Beth Sholom Synagogue

1911 Begins building a new home and studio calling the complex “Taliesin�

1956 Designs Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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The throw-away furniture fad is on the decline. As time has told, the initial investment in a quality piece of furniture is worth the long-term use. There are three main things to look at when buying quality furniture – materials, design, and production technique. HOMEWORKS tells you what to look out for

Renowned for their quality Italian design, the Vibieffe brand focuses on lines, colour matching and the use of top quality materials. Find Vibieffe at LOFT

MATERIALS Predominately made of wood, furniture is typically constructed of one of three kinds; hard, soft, or engineered. The kind will determine how long the furniture will last, and how well it will age. Hard wood from deciduous trees (oak, mahogany, teak, walnut, etc) is the most durable and long lasting. Typically, the wood is air and then kiln-dried to take away all the moisture. It’s possible to find good quality furniture in soft woods from Coniferous trees (pine, red deal, cedar, etc), but they’re less durable and more prone to scratches and dents, requiring more care. The best fabric companies will use organic materials. Belgian company Designs of The Times focuses on the delivery of quality fabrics though the best materials. Find it at LOFT

When buying a quality piece of furniture, rock or jostle the piece to test for sturdiness. It shouldn’t creak, distort or jiggle, and it should be level with the floor. Occasional table by Danish company HAY from LOFT

The majority of furniture produced today is made from engineered wood, which includes a range of derivative wood products that are manufactured by binding the strands, particles, fibres, or veneers of wood, together with adhesives, to form composite materials. Typically, sawmill scraps and other wood waste are used for engineered wood, but whole logs are usually used for veneers, such as plywood, MDF or particleboard. When it comes to upholstered pieces the material used to upholster the piece is very important. The weave should be tight – a loose weave will catch and later, wear badly. Like with furniture, the best looking fabrics are made from organic materials – silk, cotton, etc, although they may not necessarily be the most durable.

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A Belgian rug manufacturing specialist, Limited Edition pride themselves on incorporating a broad array of rug textiles including wool, sisal, hemp, silk, bamboo, linen, shaggy, hand tufted, goat hair, cow hide, woven leather, patchwork, and even glass fibre, vinyl and polypropylene

DESIGN Good designers and quality materials go hand in hand because the best designers want to use the best materials, as the overall result is always superior. It’s not easy to design anything well and the best designers are recognised because they are inspired. Furniture companies that have pride will employ the best designers to set the trends, not just mimic them. In terms of furniture design, eastern manufacturers tend to copy the European designs to produce quantity. For original design and materials, European-made is always best.

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE A furniture piece’s joinery and sturdiness says a lot about its quality. The construction of furniture determines its functionality and durability.

HOW CAN YOU TELL AT THE SHOWROOM? You can’t always determine the quality just by the price being charged. Don’t be afraid to look in, under and behind any piece you want to buy. Here are some tips on what exactly to look for

Mortise and tenon, and dovetails are the methods that still make for the strongest and best-looking joints. Nowadays, dovetails are machine-made, but they should still fit tightly and not have to be nailed to fit. Good joints can also have dowels or screws, but will never be stapled. Any glue used will not show outside the joint.

should be flush with the cabinet front when closed.

Look for corner blocks which add to the strength and stability of a piece. These are not visible from the outside, but bolt to both sides of interior corners.

Sanding, staining, and finishing are part of a good quality wood finish process. Sanding should be smooth so that when felt, there are no rough patches in the furniture. A good quality staining will be even, without any dark spots. All sides and the ends should be the same tone. The finish should be smooth and free of rough spots, dust specks, or bubbles. Look for depth and richness in the finish, which comes from several light coats of finish with sanding between the coats. In order to reduce the chances of swelling or shrinking, a quality piece is finished on the back and on the underside as well.

A good quality desk or chest of drawers may have dust panels or thin sheets of wood between drawers in the body of a chest or desk. This not only makes them stronger structurally, but also keeps dust away from clothing or papers. Drawers should effortlessly slide with glides and have stops to prevent them from being pulled out altogether. Likewise, doors

and the ends should be the same tone. Look for splintered edges, spots, dust specks, scratched or dented surfaces, or bubbles. A good quality finish should be smooth all around. Look for depth and richness in the finish, which comes from several light coats of finish with sanding between the coats.

WITH FURNITURE PIECES Rock or jostle the piece to test for sturdiness. It shouldn’t creak, distort or jiggle. It should be level with the floor.

Take the drawers out in a dresser to see that they are also solid wood and not made from composite with just a hardwood front.

Back panels that face the wall are typically attached with screws to help ensure lateral stability. Only well constructed furniture has details, such as sanded smooth and well-fitted backs and unexposed parts.

WITH UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE Check the seams of upholstered pieces. The stuffing material should not be visible – the seams should be tight, straight and there should not be broken threads. Check that the upholstery is on both sides of the cushions. (A new way to cut corners is to only up the upholstery material on the top and sides and use a cheap material on the bottom).

WITH RUGS Look for unattractive dark lines or scratches across the surface of a wood finish. This is proof of poor sanding, as well as patches. Improperly sanded wood does not take stain evenly, thus resulting in patches. Inspect the finish from different angles to check for blotchiness or scratches.

Look at the back of the furniture piece to see that it is not shoddy. A good quality piece will be superior from front to back. Check how the feet of the couch or chair are attached – they shouldn’t be screwed in, but rather the legs should be all one piece with the frame.

In wool rugs, look for the individual knots at the back. The wool should not feel dry. Look at the material – organic materials, such as bamboo, silk, leather, goat hair, wool and polyester fibres equal quality. Wool from high altitudes is the best kind.

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New range of chrome suspended light fittings by One Light. Price: €85.97. VCT Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186 / 2143 2951.

Fine dining crockery designed by Studio Levin for Costa Verde – pure ellipses for elegant serving presentations. Range is available all in white or decorated. Price: set for six persons, including servers, €860. Petrolea Showroom, Triq Il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, Msida. Tel: 2123 4501 / 2123 5487. showroom@petroleamalta.com / www.petroleamalta.com

Wall of stainless steel wine rack with the possibility of joining and stacking on top of each other – measuring 45cm (h). Price: €22.50. Contemp Interiors, 119, Triq In-Naxxar, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 2116. www.facebook.com/ ContempInteriors

New range of chrome table lamp by One Light.. Price: €85.97. VCT Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186 / 2143 2951.

Hanging lights, lampshades, customised chandeliers and outdoor ball lights are available at Mdina Glass, carefully designed and handmade by the skilled craftsmen at the Ta’ Qali workshop. Price: Starting from €40. Mdina Glass outlets throughout Malta and Gozo. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt

New range of scented candleholders in six different fragrances and a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and finishes. Price: starting from €18. Mdina Glass outlets. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt 071

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Combine a gorgeous kitchen…

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At Carmelo Delia – we bring the sensational brands, you make the amazing combination.

Kitchen Model: Claudia | Vialino Ltd. Valley Road, Birkirkara Tel: 2147 2882 | Email: info@carmelodelia.com

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Kube euro3plast pots, available in different colours – also sold separately. Price: €62.90 each / plants here: starting from €29. Sherries Garden Centre, Triq Burmarrad, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 0021. sherries@go.net.mt

Jug, feeding trough and milk churn ornaments. Price: starting from €38.94 / plants starting from €2.50 each (with special offers now on). Sherries Garden Centre, Triq Burmarrad, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 0021. sherries@go.net.mt

Window box trough (measuring 50 x 81cm – different sizes also available) Price: window box trough, €39 / Plants starting from €2 each (special offers now available). Sherries Garden Centre, Triq Burmarrad, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 0021. sherries@go.net.mt

Installing or upgrading to Certikin LED lights saves money and is environmentally friendly, as each light reduces energy consumption by at least 80% compared to traditional underwater lighting. Price: upon request. Charles Micallef Swimming Pools Ltd. Tel: 2141 5115. www.micallefpools.com.

Stop wasting water and electricity on back-washing the pool filter by installing a Certikin Multicyclone prefilter, which spirals down 80% of the incoming dirt load, drastically reducing the need for frequent backwashing. Price: starting from €285. Charles Micallef Swimming Pools, Triq In-Naxxar, Iklin. Tel: 2141 5115. info@micallefpools.com / www.micallefpools.com

Leisure Pools offers a Lifetime Structural and Osmosis Warranty on all its Kevlar Carbon Fiberglass composite pools, with a vast range of models, sizes and colours to choose from. Price: a fully functional installed pool starting from €13,500. Leisure Pools Europe Ltd, No 25, Triq Victor Denaro, Msida. Tel: 7947 3922. leisurepoolsmalta@yahoo.com / www.leisurepools.com.au 073

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For the past 40 years, Blue Sky Furniture has been turning houses into homes. Let us do the same for you. We promise you high-quality furniture for a high-quality lifestyle, with outstanding style and excellent after-sales service. Blue Sky Furniture Ltd, Xatt il-Qwabbar, Marsa, MRS 1305, Tel: +(356) 21223199 Fax: +(356) 21241990 nikolai@blueskyfurnituremalta.com / www. blueskyfurnituremalta.com

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Modern floor lamp in a solid marble white base and chrome body. Price: €250. D Gypsum and Lights, Triq il-Palma, Paola. Tel: 2166 3636. www.facebook. comDGypsumandLights / www.dgypsumworks.com

New collection of stylish, yet practical woven laundry baskets (measuring; large: 60 x 48 x 34cm / medium: 53 x 39 x 27cm) – a variety of matching boxes and baskets for toiletries and towels are also available. Price: large, €72 / medium, €58. Gifts&More, Level 1, Topline Centre, St. Andrew’s. Tel: 2137 2256. www.giftsandmore.com.mt

The amazing Joseph Joseph Rinse & Chop dual function chopping board that creates a strainer when folded at one end and a chute at the other. Price: €16 Home & Gift Centre, Triq il-Linja, Attard. Tel: 2143 6285. homeware@go.net.mt / www.homeandgiftmalta.com

Finished in stainless steel, the Miele H4412B built-in electric single oven boasts a 50-litre capacity and an A energy rating. Other features include Cleansteel (a special stainless steel finish resistant to fingerprints and soiling) and a CleanGlass door (four panes of glass and a special coating that reflects heat back in the oven), eight cooking programmes and more. Covered by a full five-year warranty. Forestals Showroom, Mriehel. Tel: 2343 6000. info@forestals.com / www.forestals.com.

Bloom Coco GO is a three-in-one lounger, rocker and stationary baby seat – with its patented flat-fold design and high quality custom carry-bag, the light-weight Coco GO is ideal for travel. Price: €180. Rockababy (sole agents for Bloom), 156/158, Triq il-Kbira, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529. www.rockababymalta.com 075

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ONE HECK OF A DECK Make decking easy this season with the Kingfisher Gardening easy click wooden deck tiles. Available in a pack of nine, the tiles are interlocking, rubber backed, and measure 30cm x 30cm each. Find them at Sherries, www.sherriesgardencentre.com

GUERILLA SEEDBOMB MAKING KIT The Guerilla Gardener Seedbomb Starter Kit is marvellous for those who don’t know that much about gardening. All the user has to do is throw the bombs onto the desired patch of land and voila – the perfect mix of flower placement and colours. Find it online at www.wonkybunny.co.uk

MOSQUITO MISTING THE EDIBLE BALCONY A new range of large ceramic Scheurich indoor planters have just arrived at ‘Garden It’. Lots of colours and shapes and sizes are available to suit all plants. Facebook: Garden It

Enjoy your own outdoor in complete comfort with the new mosquito misting from InsecTec. The automatic mosquito misting systems effectively eliminate mosquitoes and other biting insects so that the great outdoors can be truly great. www.insectec.com.mt

FABULOUS FOUNTAINS New to Charles Micallef Swimming Pools is Fontana Fountains. Designed and made in Greece, the range includes floating, and in-ground fountains; fountain jets, sprays, and sets, as well as custom-built fountains. www.micallefpools.com

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LED LIGHTING

The latest innovations in LED lighting & Energy saving products. Time to go green.

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SWEET BAY

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Words: Melina Scodanibbio

PERHAPS FEW PLANTS HAVE A HISTORY AS LONG AND RICH AS THE LAURUS NOBILIS, BETTER KNOWN AS BAY LEAF, SWEET BAY OR LAUREL. MELINA SCODANIBBIO HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE THIS EVERGREEN, HARDY AND AROMATIC PLANT HAS BEEN GIVEN SINCE ANCIENT TIMES The botanical name is said to derive from the Latin laudari, to laud or praise and nobilis, noble or famous. A symbol of victory, honour, fame and wisdom, laurel wreaths have been used to crown athletes, emperors and generals by both ancient Greeks and Romans. Later, in medieval times and the renaissance, poets and academics were awarded wreaths of leaves and berries, the bacca laurea, which is the root of contemporary words like baccalaureate and poet laureate. Legends, folktales and superstitious beliefs surrounding this plant are abundant. Greek mythology recounts that Apollo, god of light, healing and prophesy, insistently, and unsuccessfully, pursued the beautiful nymph Daphne, who was then turned into a bay tree by her father, to protect her virtue. In memory of his lost love, Apollo proclaimed the plant sacred and forever wore a crown of its leaves. Laurel was also believed to protect from disease, evil and lightning, while the death of a plant was considered a terrible omen. The laurel is native to the Mediterranean basin, where it grows spontaneously in maquis and woodland, but is also extremely popular as a landscape plant. It is usually found as a large shrub, but in ideal conditions can slowly develop into a tree of over 10 metres. The dark green leaves are oval, leathery and of course intensely fragrant. An even higher concentration of essential oils is found in the small, blue-black berries, which follow the inconspicuous, star shaped cream flowers. Laurus is a very easy plant to grow as long as a few basic requirements are considered. It prefers full sun or light shade, and most types of soil are suitable, but they must be free draining. It is fairly wind tolerant, but can be damaged by very dry, cold winds or extreme maritime exposure. Like most Mediterranean plants, it is quite drought resistant – water logging is the principal cause of its death, in fact. Brown leaves are a classic symptom of excess water, while leaves which turn yellow and fall, especially from the lower branches, Apollo e Daphne by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Greek mythology recounts indicate lack of water. With its high concentration of essential that Apollo, god of light insistently and unsuccessfully pursued the oils acting as a natural insect repellent, Laurus is virtually pest beautiful nymph Daphne, who was then turned into a bay tree by Living walls are self-sufficient plant compositions on a grid system, which are hertofather to protect her virtue. memoryorofcan hiseven lost love, Apollo and disease free, and is often used as a companion plant to attached the exterior or interior of a In building, be freestanding; the proclaimed the plant sacred and forever a crown of its leaves. plant roots are watered and fed nutrients within wore the vertical support structure itself protect neighbouring plants. Perhaps its only enemy is scale, He also promised Daphne that her leaves would decorate the heads rather than from the ground which causes a black mould on leaves produced by the insect. of leaders as crowns, and depicted on weapons. Apollo also used his On small plants this can be controlled with soap sprays or by powers of eternal youth and immortality to render her ever-green. wiping the leaves with alcohol. Since then, the leaves of the Bay laurel tree rarely decay 079

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Bay encourages concentration, meditation and clairvoyance, and a twig of bay under the pillow is said to inspire prophetic dreams!

A symbol of victory, honour, fame and wisdom, laurel wreaths have been used to crown athletes, emperors and generals by both ancient Greeks and Romans The bay leaf is used to offer sweet food an aroma or decrease the saltiness of savoury foods

Bay responds extremely well to clipping and pruning, and has been fashionable as a topiary plant or hedge for hundreds of years. Pyramid, globe, lollipop – whatever the shape – topiary Laurus are used as punctuation marks in the landscape, to frame an entrance or view, or to give a sense of formality and order, in contrast with more free-growing vegetation. To encourage a dense habit and maintain a balanced shape, pruning can be carried out throughout spring and summer, which is also the best time to harvest leaves for drying. In its natural form it can be planted as a single specimen or as a screen where it provides the perfect dark green backdrop to offset smaller ornamental plants. It looks great combined with a variety of Mediterranean plants, such as lavender, rosemary, rockrose, sage and is especially well matched with silver foliage. Because of its slow growing habit it also makes a good container or patio plant.

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Over 400 models in store Fluless gas fireplaces also available

+356 21498658/ 21498693 - www.cutrico.com - sales@cutrico.com Cutrico Ltd, Mriehel By Pass, Mriehel BKR 3000, Malta.

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GARDEN HW Despite the many aesthetic qualities, it is laurel’s unique flavour and fragrance that it is mainly grown for. The leaves can be used fresh or dried to season soups, stews and marinades, meat, chicken and fish dishes, as well as custards and other milkbased desserts. The dried berries have a stronger aroma and are also used in cooking. Bay also has countless other uses and beneficial properties. The essential oil extracted from the berries is used in perfumery, soap and candle making, liqueurs and as a topical cream to treat sprains, bruises and arthritis. A leaf infusion soothes cold and flu symptoms, stimulates the appetite, aids digestion and added to a hot bath, helps to relieve tired, aching legs. The essential oil from the leaves is antiseptic, alleviates migraines and headaches, and eases nervous tension and depression. Bay also encourages concentration, meditation and clairvoyance, and a twig of bay under the pillow is said to inspire prophetic dreams! Bay is an excellent bug deterrent – a few leaves placed in the pantry or linen cupboard keep weevils and moths away, and helps to repel cockroaches. In the garden, it acts as a natural insecticide: a good recipe is dried bay leaves, cayenne pepper, tansy and peppermint.

AT A GLANCE: THE BAY LEAF •

is a very easy plant to grow, as long as a few basic requirements are considered

prefers full sun or light shade, with most types of soil being suitable, as long as they are free-draining

is fairly wind tolerant, but can be damaged by very dry, cold winds or extreme maritime exposure

is quite drought resistant like most Mediterranean plants – water logging being the principal cause of its death

will turn yellow and fall, especially from the lower branches if it doesn’t have enough water

will turn brown if it has excess water

is virtually pest and disease free with its high concentration of essential oils acting as a natural insect repellent

responds extremely well to clipping and pruning, and has been fashionable as a topiary plant or hedge for hundreds of years

is good to prune throughout spring and summer, which is also the best time to harvest leaves for drying

looks great combined with a variety of Mediterranean plants, such as lavender, rosemary, rockrose, sage and is especially well matched with silver foliage

makes a good container or patio plant because of its slow growing habit

MAKE IT: SIMPLE BAY LEAF RECIPES Bouquet garni: Bay is an essential ingredient of ‘bouquet garni’, a little bundle of herbs used to flavour slowly cooked dishes, such as soups, stews and casseroles. A basic recipe consists of two bay leaves, six sprigs of parsley and a couple of sprigs of thyme, tied with string or wrapped in muslin. Leaf infusion: 5 or 6 leaves in a cup of boiling water, steeped for ten minutes. For the bath add a bunch of leaves to a pot of cold water and simmer for 20 minutes. Natural insecticide: sprinkle a mix of dried bay leaves, cayenne pepper, tansy and peppermint in the garden.

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NEW WAVE New Wave by Villeroy & Boch opens up table settings because the individual pieces can be combined with one another in so many different ways, over and over again. The range is manufactured in premium porcelain, and is both dishwasher and microwave safe. Find it at Joinwell, www.joinwell.com.mt

LA FABBRICA DELLA PASTA DI GRAGNANO

GORGEOUS GENEVIEVE Great new stock now in from Genevieve Lethu. Find it at Form, www.formltd.com

Now available at La Coccinella is the La Fabbrica Della Pasta di Gragnano pasta brand, bringing us seriously superior pasta. Making pasta in Gragnano is an ancient form of art that involves history, culture, patience, secrets and traditions. La Fabbrica Della Pasta di Gragnano is a family-run company that uses ancient methods to produce artisan pasta. They use traditional bronze dies resulting in a porous finish that’s perfect for absorbing sauce. They are the producers of Caccavella, the first pasta on the market with such large dimensions. Find it at La Cocinella

FUN & GAMES

BENTO BOX Gift&More’s new bento box is small enough to be carried in a bag, but large enough to carry the volume of a healthy portion of pasta, rice or even sushi. A clip is included to hold the fork (or chopsticks), and a saucepot, separator and fork are also included. www.giftsandmore.com.mt

Get into the spirit of summer with new Mixer® concentrated fruit purees with Bacardi rum to create sublime fruit cocktails. mix the below ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds for some fantastic flavour this season. For a frozen Bacardi Strawberry Daiquiri using Mixer Strawberry Puree, you’ll need two parts BACARDI® Rum, one part Mixer® concentrated Strawberry Puree, the juice of half a lime, two teaspoons of caster sugar and crushed ice. Sublime... www.pcutajar.com.mt

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April Aromas Chef Mark Briffa from Venus Restaurant in Bugibba brings us three delicious recipes (two of which include in-season broad beans) that can be tried at home. Wine expert Bill Hermitage recommends the best wines to complement the dishes

in association with:

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Recipes: Chef Mark Briffa, Venus Restaurant, Bugibba Wine Recommendations: Bill Hermitage, Emmanuel Delicata Winery Photography: MAS

GOAT CHEESE AND BROAD BEAN TORTELLACCI

Ingredients (serves 2) 150g 100g 30g 200g 3tbsp

goat cheese broad beans, peeled onions flour ‘00’ Dante extra virgin olive oil

Method 2 40g 20g

eggs cherry tomatoes parmeggiano cheese fresh herbs

For the dough, mix the flour, eggs, olive oil and a pinch of salt together, and add a little cold water if needed. For the filling, chop the broad beans into small pieces and mix with the goat cheese, then add the salt and pepper. To finish, fry the cherry tomatoes with onions, olive oil and some fresh herbs.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT – 2012 MALTESE FALCON CHARDONNAY - I.G.T. MALTESE ISLANDS “This is a very clean, mild pasta dish with no real strongly flavoured ingredients for the wine to cope with. The strength of the goat cheese used could increase the overall ‘gaminess’ of the dish, so I would go for a white wine that is soft, well rounded with medium to low acidity. It needs to be an un-oaked dry white that’s concentrated, having enough body and weight to just blend in with the other subtle flavours of this dish, but not dominate them. The Maltese Falcon Chardonnay has all these attributes and will pair up admirably with this fresh and tasty plate of pasta.”

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GRILLED MILK-FED VEAL ON CRUSHED BROAD BEANS

Ingredients (serves 2) 2pc 200g 60g 40ml 20g

veal broad beans onions fresh cream garlic butter

Method Grill the veal on a very hot grill, then cook for four minutes in a medium oven. Leave to rest for three minutes and pour over the garlic butter before serving. For the broad beans, sweat some finely chopped onions and the broad beans, add the fresh cream, salt and pepper, and leave to reduce for four minutes.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT – 2011 MEDINA SYRAH - D.O.K. MALTA “With this beautiful cut of succulent milk-fed meat you could easily drink a full-bodied white wine with it, if you so preferred; and it would go equally well with the delicious crushed broad beans as well. But I am going to suggest a red wine, but it needs to be one that’s crammed with concentrated ripe fruit flavours that’s low in tannins. The strong tannins that can be found in a lot of red wines just aren’t required for a cut of meat like this; they will simply overpower it. This is a juicy, almost creamy piece of veal, with very little else in the recipe interfering with it. The Medina Syrah is a vibrant, juicy red that will not only compliment the meat in the middle perfectly, but will also marry fantastically with the delicious charred flavour that you will get once the outside of this meat has been grilled.

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CARROT CAKE

Ingredients 2 160ml 200g 350g 50g 180g

eggs vegetable oil sugar carrots, grated walnuts flour

Method 1tsp 200g 50g 2/3tsp 200g

mixed spice cream cheese butter vanilla essence icing sugar

With a wooden spoon in a big bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, and then the oil. After the mix is smooth, incorporate the dry ingredients starting with the carrots, walnuts, spices and the flour. Bake for about 45 minutes on oven temperature 170 degrees. For the topping, mix the cream cheese and butter for a few minutes, and then add the vanilla and icing sugar and mix till smooth. Allow to rest in the fridge before serving.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT – 2012 CASELLA MOSCATO – I.G.T. MALTESE ISLANDS “This intriguing dessert has a number of ingredients, such as walnuts, mixed spice, cream cheese, vanilla and of course – carrots – all of which marry together fantastically to produce what to me is more of a pudding than a cake. In fact, for me the term carrot cake does not necessarily do this delicious dessert justice; something maybe a little less ‘vegetable-like’ might, in my opinion, make it far more appealing. Maybe something a little bit more regal like an ‘amber-spice cheesecake’. Anyway, whatever the name, it is delicious and deserves a rich, sweet, opulent white wine to accompany it, which is why I have opted for the aromatic, fruity, sweet Casella made from Malta-grown Moscato grapes – the perfect accompaniment.”

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ATTARD Townhouse

€410,000

Large, bright and airy townhouse in the most sought after address in Malta 50 metres away from San Anton Presidential Palace and Gardens in Attard. Accommodation comprises three double bedrooms, two with en-suite, separate study, large kitchen with high ceilings and balcony overlooking garden, spare toilet, huge living area, dining room, box room and roof. Mature garden, front and back balconies overlooking Villa Bologna, San Anton and other neighbouring gardens. Features include large fixtures, high ceilings and original wooden beams. A good family home. Freehold.

VALLETTA Penthouse

€495,000

A two-level luxurious penthouse in Valletta, with modern architecture, large terraces and sweeping views of the city. At the entrance level, there is a big reception area, following on there is a master bedroom and bathroom. An internal staircase connects to the upper level where there are large openings to the terrace, enjoying the abundant views. On the same level there is a large living area, kitchen, and a guest toilet. The penthouse is extremely elegant and most certainly luxurious. The property also comes with a separate one-bedroom flatlet that can be used as a second bedroom for guests or a private one-bedroom apartment. Freehold.

211/1 Admiral Court, The Strand, Gzira GZR 1022 (+356) 2728 3333/4 www.chesterton.com.mt

MARSASCALA €160,000

ZEJTUN €81,500

PENTHOUSE

NEW DEVELOPMENT

Set on the outskirts of the centre of this village, this duplex penthouse has a total internal area of 77 square metres and accommodates two double bedrooms with large terrace overlooking a green area and a separate bathroom, all set on the lower level of this penthouse. A ‘6’ shape combined kitchen/ dining/living is set on the upper level. The exterior surround of this penthouse is fantastic, with an area of 127.5 square metres. Property is offered finished in all aspects, but excludes bathrooms and internal doors. Common parts includes passenger elevator.

Excellent value for money and ideal for first time buyers! Apartments forming part of a new block situated in a quiet area of this sought after village. Various layouts in the form of a combined kitchen/dining/living room, pantry room, main bedroom with ensuite shower, spare bedroom, main bathroom, front and back terraces/balconies. Property is being offered finished to high specifications, excluding bathrooms and internal doors. Common parts including passenger elevator. Optional semi basement garages available for sale.

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Alberta, Triq San Gwakkin, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3538. info@alberta.com.mt / www.alberta.com.mt

Creations Omni, Triq l-Imdina, Attard. Tel: 2141 1541 / 2141 7616. info@creationsomni.com / www.creationsomni.com

Astral, Marina Court, Triq Abate Rigord, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2134 0562 / 2134 5522. info@astral.com.mt / www.astral.com.mt

Cutrico Services Ltd, Bypass Mriehel, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 8658 / 2149 8693 / 2144 9309. info@cutrico. com / www.cutrico.com

Atlas Insurance, 47-50, Ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2143 5363. insure@atlas.com.mt / www.atlas. com.mt B&M Supplies Ltd, B&M House, By-Pass ta’ Birkirkara, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 0710. info@bmsupplies.com / www.bmsupplies.com Banju Boutique Ltd, Triq L-Arkata, Paola. Triq it-Torri, Msida. Tel: 2180 9111. info@banjuboutique.com / www.banjuboutique.com Bathroom Design, 358, Triq in-Naxxar, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 1328. info@bathroomdesign.com.mt / www.bathroomdesign.com.mt BDI, Triq Pietru Felici, Qormi. Tel: 2149 1727/2. bdi@onvol.net / www.homesbybdi.com Biggie Best, Triq Tal-Balal, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 8880. info@ biggiebestmalta.com / www. biggiebestmalta.com

D’Ambrogio Gypsum & Lights. Tel: 7905 2100. dambrogios@yahoo. com / www.dgypsumworks.com E-Property, ‘Elbros’ Triq L-Industrija, Kirkop. Tel: 2124 9999 / 7933 3325. sales@e-property.com.mt / www.e-property.com.mt

LOFT, Triq San Pawl, Naxxar. Tel: 2099 9966. info@loft.com.mt / www. loft.com.mt

Mac Med Ltd, b24, Zona Industrijali Bulebel, Zejtun. Tel: 2182 4101/4 / 2180 6815. info@macmed.com.mt / www.macmed.com.mt

Forestals, Bypass Mriehel, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2343 6000. info@ forestals.com / www.forestals.com Form Ltd, Triq il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, Msida. Tel: 2144 6000 / 2144 2535. info@form.com.mt / www.form.com.mt

Grech & Ellul, Vjal Sir Paul Boffa, Paola. Tel: 21828 059 / 2167 7571. info@grechellulu.com.mt / www.grechellul.com.mt

Blueline Bathrooms & Ceramics, Halmann Showrom, Triq in-Naxxar, Lija. Tel: 2131 6432 / 2131 6435. sales@blueline.com.mt / www.blueline.com.mt

GRF, Bellavista Court, Block B, Triq Bellavista, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 7378 / 7942 4422. info@grfmalta.com / www.grfmalta.com Grima Furniture, Sqaq L-Ghadam, Qasam Industrijali, Mriehel, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 9947. info@grimafurniture.com.mt / www.grimafurniture.com

Brighter Solutions, 2/3, Triq Tal-Balal, Gharghur. Tel: 2142 4750. info@brightersolutions.com.mt / www.ledmalta.com.mt

Home & Gifts, M4, Shopping Complex, 194, Triq il-Linja, Attard. Tel: 2143 6285. homeandgiftmalta@gmail.com / www.homeandgiftmalta.com

Carmelo Delia, Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2388 9200 / 2147 2882. info@carmelodelia.com / www.carmelodelia.com

Ideacasa, Il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, B’Kara. Tel: 2278 600. info@ideacasa.com.mt / www.ideacasa.com.mt

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

InsecTec Italia Srl. Tel: 9991 4004. frank@insectec.com.mt / www.insectec.com.mt

Charles Micallef Swimming Pools Ltd, Triq in-Naxxar, Iklin. Tel: 2141 5115. info@micallefpools.com / www.micallefpools.com

Inspiration Art Deco, Park Towers Mall, Level 1, Triq Gorg Borg Olivier, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 3712. Caraffa Vaults, No. 3, Xatt il-Birgu, Birgu. Tel: 2166 4168. ursula@maltanet.net

Chesterton, 211, Admiral Court/1, Triq ix-Xatt, Gzira. Tel: 2728 3333. enquiries@chesterton.com.mt / www.chesterton.com.mt

Jmartans Automation Ltd, Ivy, Flat 1, Triq Salvu Barbara, Mosta. Tel: 7987 7645. info@jmartans.com / www.jmartans.com

Clima 755, 18, Triq Guzepp Licari, B’Kara. Tel: 2723 4567. info@ clima755.com / www.clima755.com

Joinwell, Triq il-Mithna, Qormi. Tel: 2278 2000. info@joinwell.com.mt / www.joinwell.com.mt

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Light Design Solutions, Triq Emmanuel Schembri, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 6843. info@lds.com.mt / www.lds.com.mt

FGP Ltd, 109. Triq Valletta, Luqa. Tel: 2166 7107 / 2167 5384. sales@fgp.com.mt / www.fgp.com.mt

Blue Sky Furniture Limited, Triq Belt il-Hazna, Marsa. Tel: 2122 3199. nikolai@blueskyfurnituremalta.com / www.blueskyfurnituremalta.com

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Leisure Pools, No. 25, Triq Victor Denaro, L-Imsida. Tel: 7947 3922. leisurepoolsmalta@yahoo.com / www.leisurepools.com.au

M.Demajo Timbers Ltd, Misrah Iz-Zebbug, Qormi. Tel: 2148 7078. asfournier@demajo.com / www.demajotimbers.com

Bitmac Ltd, Tax-Xwieki, Naxxar. Tel: 2141 8411. info@bitmacltd.com / www.bitmacltd.com

Contemp Interiors, 119, Triq in-Naxxar, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 2116.

La Coccinella, 65, Triq il-Kbira, San Giljan. Tel: 2756 3031.

Farrugia Lighting & Interiors. Triq Dun Karm Xerri, Iklin. Tel: 2141 9111. info@farrugia.com.mt / www.farrugia.com.mt

Gifts & More, Level 1, Topline Centre, Triq Sant Andrija, St. Andrews. Tel: 2137 2256. info@giftsandmore.com.mt / www.giftsandmore.com.mt

BOV, BOV Centre, 58, Triq il-Kanun, Santa Venera. Tel: 2131 2020. customercare@bov.com / www.bov. com

Krea, Triq I-Imdina, Qormi. Tel: 2146 3501. info@krea.com.mt / www.krea.com.mt

JTS Trading, Triq il-Kummerc, Qormi. Tel: 2149 6415 / 9944 6951. jurgen@jtstrading.com / www.jtstrading.com

Mdina Glass, Crafts Village Ta’ Qali, Attard. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.com.mt MRCD LTD, Triq Karmenu Camilleri, Qormi. Tel: 2146 8770. info@mrcd.com.mt / www.mrcd.com.mt Muscat Pools Construction & Supplies Ltd, Marissa, Triq Fr Edgar, Mgarr. Tel: 2157 4658 / 9947 1148 / 7925 8227. pools@muscatpools.com / www.muscatpools.com

Raphael Azzopardi, 6, Triq il-Uqija, l-Ibrag, Swieqi. Tel: 2137 3812. info@raphaelazzopardi.com / www.raphaelazzopardi.com Retroforma, 81, Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2131 2173. retroforma@yahoo. com / www.retroforma.com Rockababy, 156/158, Triq il-Kbira, Mosta. Tel: 2701 3823 / 9976 2529. info@rockababymalta.com / www.rockababymalta.com RPL Enterprises, 68, Triq Belic, Qormi. Tel: 9949 9066. rlautier@ rplent.com / www.rplent.com S&S Bathrooms Ltd, Triq il-Mosta, Lija. Tel: 2141 2222. info@ ssbathrooms.com / www.ssbathrooms.com Satariano, 122, Triq il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2149 2149. www.satariano.com Scavolini, The Atrium, Bypass ta l-iMriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt Seamless Ltd, 4, Triq Guze Duca, Qormi. Tel: 2144 0404 / 7940 0404. sales@seamless.com.mt / www.seamless.com.mt Shaker Ltd, Triq il-Gibjun, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 7686 / 2738 7686. sales@shaker.com.mt /  www.shaker.com.mt Sherries, Triq Burmarrad, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 0021. sherries@go.net.mt / www.sherriesgardencentre.com

Ok Limited, Triq Rue D’Argens, Gzira. Tel: 2134 3865/6. info@ okhome.com.mt / www.ok.com.mt

Spot On Supplies Ltd, Triq il-Palmi, Paola. Tel: 2166 8880 / 7981 7777. info@spotonmalta.com / www.spotonmalta.com

One Two One Interiors, Vjal il-Wiehed U Ghoxrin Ta’ Settembru, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948. Ix-Xatt Ta-Qui Si-Sana, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155. sales@onetwoone.eu / www.onetwoone.eu

Stem Interiors, Triq Hughes Hallet, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019. steminteriors@yahoo.co.uk

Outdoor Solutions, Triq il-Wied ta’L-Imsida, B’Kara. Tel: 2099 0009. info@avc.com.mt / www.weinor.com Oxford House, Triq Notabile, Mriehel. Tel: 2546 4000. info@oxfordhouse. com.mt / www.oxfordhouse.com.mt P .Cutajar & Co. Ltd, Capital Business Centre, Triq Taz-Zwejt, San Gwann. Tel: 2144 8466 / 2248 3400. info@pcutajar.com.mt / www.pcutajar.com.mt Petrolea, Triq il-Wied ta’ l-Imsida, Msida. Tel: 2144 4478 / 2144 5728. showroom@petroleamalta.com / www.petroleamalta.com.mt Piscopo Gardens, Triq Toni Camilleri, San Pawl il-Bahar, Burmarrad. Tel: 2158 3755 / 7909 2848. info@ piscopogardens.com / www.piscopogardens.com Portelli & Brincat, Triq Kukkanja, Santa Venera. Tel: 2148 8199 / 2148 2831. info@portelliandbrincat.com.mt

Tabone Direct, Triq L-Imprendituri, Qasam Industrijali, Mriehel. B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3193. sales@tabonedirect.com / www.tabonedirect.com The Atrium, Bypass ta l-iMriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@ theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt The Rug Company, Area F, Blue Harbour Business Centre, Ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex, Ta’ Xbiex. Tel: 2132 4990. www.therugcompany.com Vadala Co. Ltd, 16, Triq il-Kummerc, Qormi. Tel: 2144 9592 / 2144 9266. sales@vadalacoltd.com / www.vadalacompanyltd.com VCT Light & Design Ltd, Triq Ponsomby, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571. info@vct.com.mt / www.vct.com.mt Vee Gee Bee Wholesale Limited, 2, South Court, Vjal ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 9690 / 2138 1380. info@vgb.com.mt / www.vgb.com.mt

Project Life by Vella Falzon, Triq In-Naxxar, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 6164. info@projectlife.com.mt / www.projectlife.com.mt Quadra, Triq il-Wied ta’ L-Msida, Msida. Tel: 2546 1000. info@quadra. com.mt / www.quadra.com.mt

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