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Cre a t o r s o f co nt e m p o r a r y v i l l a s i n M a r b e l l a ISSUE 3

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I N S P I R AT I O N A L I D E A S I N T H E W O R L D O F M O D E R N A R C H I T E C T U R E A N D I N T E R I O R D E S I G N By Carlos Lamas, Architect


CREATORS OF CONTEMPORARY VILLAS IN MARBELLA´S FINEST LOCATIONS

VILLA FORTUNA More information page 66

ELVIRIA More information page 64

MARBESA 74 More information page 52

MARBESA 408 More information page 56

MARBESA 272 More information page 44


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LA CERQUILLA 47 More information page 34

LA ALQUERÍA More information page 38

LA CERQUILLA 5H More information page 61

CASCADA DE CAMOJÁN More information page 32


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Contents 2015

8 6 Marbella Chic

Capital of contemporary glamour

A unique villa design concept

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Expert Advice

Domotics: cutting-edge home automation General investment terms and taxation State-of-the-art home security and protection Insurance cover for new builds The key role of a technical architect

Property Showcase

Boutique Chic Simply Exceptional Golfing Paradise Hidden Gem Privileged Mediterranean Lifestyle Contemporary Masterpiece Sophisticated Comfort Commanding Beauty Exotic Jewel Classic Elegance Golden Serenity Idyllic Living Regal Panorama Immaculate Minimalism Inspiring Concept Seafront Splendour Majestic Haven Beachside Bliss

Top Portfolio

Homes designed and developed by Essenza

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Home Transformation

Refurbishment solutions and services

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Architectural Style

A personal introduction by Carlos Lamas

Market Outlook

Strong continued upturn

The Professionals

Essenza’s select group of preferred partners

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REDEFINING DESIGN A New Era of Inspirational Modern Architecture

A warm welcome to the third edition of Essenza Living magazine, a yearly publication created as a reference point for our portfolio of villas and to showcase our valuable partners. We are very proud to note that over the last year the volume of our business has grown significantly. In this new issue, we would like to share with you the many recently completed properties, our current bespoke villas under construction and the growing number of up-and-coming projects. We at Essenza are extremely optimistic for the immediate and foreseeable future. Marbella has latterly shown strong growth in the number of property sales. Together with the ongoing infrastructural and improvement projects taking place in the area, this will undoubtedly add to the aesthetics, functionality and capacity of this region. We have not seen the level of investments so high in many years. We have seen property prices for quality real estate bottom-out and the stock of new build properties rise. Furthermore – until recently unthinkable – the off-plan market has also picked up, with both villas and apartments being sold from the drawing board, even before the start of construction. Now we are faced with our biggest challenge yet: sourcing the “right plots” of land in and around Marbella, which have been few and far between for so many years. Our business model is simple. We create and deliver Essenza villas to both end-users and investors. Although their respective objectives and individual details may differ, their main requirements are the same: to own a turnkey home featuring stunning interiors and unique landscaping. We have demonstrated that this adds strong value to the property asset, with attractive returns for those who choose to sell on completion. Marbella has a great future ahead, with a new era of contemporary living.

Published by Essenza Living Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 (+34) 609 572 275 · (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com www.essenzaliving.com www.vimeo.com/essenzamarbella

Produced by Media Fly SLU Home & Lifestyle Magazine www.homeandlifestyle.es Tel. (+34) 952 905 000 Publisher: Sally Cullens Editor: Peter Leonard Layout & Production: Karla García Bueno Photography: David Toms, Peter Staes, Black Elk Studios

Wishing you all a pleasurable read… Carlos Lamas and Patrick van Dam

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MARBELLA

STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION

Marbella’s glamorous past dates to the 1950s, when the early “jet-setters” gathered at Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe’s luxurious beachside residence to party during the day and dance the night away. Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Maria Calla, Aristotle Onassis, Ted Kennedy, Gunther Sachs and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were among the wealthy and famous from around the world who sipped champagne by the sea and dined on exquisite Mediterranean delicacies at the sprawling finca that was to become Marbella Club Hotel. Over the past half-century, that golden age has undergone various transformations but Marbella today remains a splendidly cosmopolitan, diverse and affluent area offering everything from trendy beach bars, select boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants, five-star hotels and exclusive nightclubs to picturesque marina

resorts, highly-regarded international schools and several worldclass golf courses… an incomparable mix of contemporary chic and traditional allure. Extending from Elviria to the east, home to some of the Coast’s finest beaches, through the venerable cobble-stoned streets of the Old Town, along the celebrated Golden Mile to sumptuous Puerto Banús and, just beyond, San Pedro de Alcántara, and into the verdant mountain hinterland, Marbella has become a home away from home for hundreds of thousands of expatriates. And, as the stunning properties featured in this third issue of Essenza Living highlight, they have found an exceptional range of homes… from lavish penthouses to palatial mansions. All (at least those showcased in these pages) built or renovated in a cutting-edge modern architectural style. Marbella… for truly privileged contemporary living.

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CREATORS OF HIGH-QUALITY MODERN VILLAS IN MARBELLA’S FINEST LOCATIONS Essenza Living is a quality brand in the design and construction of contemporary homes. Founded by leading architect Carlos Lamas and international property developer Patrick van Dam, Essenza Living is a unique design concept tailored for clients who seek the development or refurbishment of high-quality, contemporary villas featuring up-to-date styling and standards, as well as for investors looking to maximise returns by creating unique modern prop-

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erties of superlative architectural design and finish, set in prime locations. Essenza villas have become a reference point in the market for cutting-edge contemporary styling. These homes are in tune with the ambient lifestyle of Marbella and appeal strongly to discerning international buyers, especially those from across northern and central Europe. Land resources are becoming extremely limited in Marbella; its immediate surroundings are fully


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consolidated, and many of the properties on the market today require either full reconstruction or extensive renovation. Well-connected and active in the market, Essenza Living has access to rare opportunities, which in turn enables the company to create stunning new homes in the most sought-after settings, for end-users and investors alike.

Developers: · Total design concept for new contemporary villas and refurbishments by Carlos Lamas Architects · Interior design · Landscaping

This, together with the uniqueness and pedigree of the properties created, ensures solid, long-term real estate investment. Essenza is involved in the entire process from sourcing and surveying to design, building, project management and the eventual marketing of bespoke modern villas. www.vimeo.com/essenzamarbella

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Project management: · Supervision on-site during construction · Tendering of builders · Regular reports · Purchasing of materials and installations

Real estate: · Marketing and sales of Essenza modern villas · Consultancy prior to development (for land or existing houses), specialising in sourcing optimum sites and projects for clients

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GLOBAL STYLING CONCEPT Carlos Lamas is an established and highly respected Argentinean architect based in Marbella for more than 20 years. Internationally recognised as one of the most forward-thinking architects in southern Spain, he has an impressive portfolio of contemporary houses, urbanisations and public buildings to his name. Carlos’ work has been featured in both national and international press,

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publications and architectural magazines. His projects combine architecture and interior design in a global styling concept. You can find his distinctively designed villas in prime Costa del Sol residential areas including Sierra Blanca, Lomas de Puente Romano, CamojĂĄn, Guadalmina Baja, La Zagaleta, Los Monteros, Elviria, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa, Los Flamingos and Sotogrande.


Our Project Management “Turnkey” projects from start to delivery, including: FEASIBILITY Finding right investment (location) for new construction or refurbishment Assisting with legal and technical matters concerning investment Architectural Report & Construction Survey by technical architect (engineer) Design project and building project by Carlos Lamas Architects Preliminary budget costing and planning of project

PRE-CONSTRUCTION Obtaining licences and permits to build or renovate a house Tendering for construction companies and assistance with selection process Preparation of works planning, project cash flow programme and building contract

CONSTRUCTION Supervision on-site during construction process Assistance with selection of suppliers and materials Regular project management reports Gardening and landscape design project Interior design Obtaining First Occupancy Licence after completion Marketing property (if required)

CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 · (+34) 609 572 275 · (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com · www.essenzaliving.com


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OVERVIEW

Turnkey project from start to finish FEASIBILITY · Find the right investment (location) for new construction or refurbishment · Assist with all legal and technical matters concerning the investment · Architectural Report & Construction Survey by the technical architect (engineer) in the case of an existing house · Design project and building project by Carlos Lamas Architects · Preliminary budget costing and planning of project PRE-CONSTRUCTION · Obtaining required licences and permits to build or renovate a house · Tender between qualified and reputable construction companies and assistance in the selection process · Preparation of works planning, project cash flow programme and building contract CONSTRUCTION · Supervision on-site during construction process, including validation of works executed · Assisting in selection of suppliers and materials for kitchens, domotics, bathrooms, etc. · Project management: regular reports with updates, images, briefings, etc. · Gardening and landscape design project · Interior design · Obtaining First Occupancy Licence after completion to connect utility suppliers · Marketing property (if required)

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CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 • (+34) 609 572 275 • (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com • www.essenzaliving.com www.vimeo.com/essenzamarbella


Our Services DEVELOPERS Total design concept for new contemporary villas and refurbishments by Carlos Lamas Architects Interior design Landscaping

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Supervision on-site during construction Tendering of builders Regular reports Purchasing of materials and installations

REAL ESTATE Marketing and sales of modern villas Consultancy prior to development (for land or existing houses), specialising in sourcing optimum sites and projects for clients

CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 路 (+34) 609 572 275 路 (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com 路 www.essenzaliving.com


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Home Automation The Cutting-Edge Convenience of Domotics

By Victor Periañez Mancilla (www.e-illusion.es) Imagine a home built in a contemporary architectural style with the latest technology and amenities. In addition to a superlative design, the home offers a high level of comfort, designed with a transparent look that melds the indoors with the outdoor areas. Inside, the living spaces and floors are linked in an open-plan style bathed in natural light with areas for relaxation, exercise and leisure. The perfect home would be meticulously developed and maintained, and enhanced with fine details and features that offer a high level of convenience where you are able to choose your favourite song or film in an instant, and your desired indoor temperature at any time of the year simply by connecting to an information network from any corner of the house – whenever you need it. Bearing in mind the number of installations and systems of varying types, managing such a home becomes quite a challenge when taking into account lighting, air-conditioning, under-floor heating, and access and alarm control. However, a preliminary study, good planning and a modest investment can help us minimise the disorder and make the home more useful. To cite one of the most important aspects, it is no secret that good lighting in rooms and on surfaces enhances their beauty and helps bring them together, creating an attractive ambience.

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It is important to be able to adjust lighting levels for each activity in a specific area, in order to increase our comfort, and providing a system capable of managing this is very important. Such a system should have the ability to set a pre-defined lighting ambience for each area and its different uses. The level of lighting required to read a book, watch a film or eat dinner is not the same. A similar concept can be applied to outdoor areas, as lighting is not the same in winter as it is in summer, or when we’re at home or travelling, or at 10 o’clock in the evening or 4 o’clock in the morning. It is important to be able to make these adjustments with the touch of a button when entering the home, and that this button is configured properly for the user. In living areas where we pass through the most, such as hallways and reception areas, presence detectors are extremely useful. Obviously it is possible to automatically switch lights on or off, and the best way to do this is by using the system’s clock timer. Introducing the home coordinates enables the system to know what time the sun rises and sets each day. Centralising these functions on a laptop, smartphone or tablet facilitates total control from the palm of your hand, either inside the home or outdoors. For complete control you have to take into account the natural lighting. Shutters, blinds and electric curtains can be connected to the system, for individual or group control or set as part of the lighting ambience.


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Imagine, for example, that the scene setting for “long trip” switches off all the lights, shuts the blinds and lowers the security shutters on the windows. An intelligent system can also help with security thanks to programmed on/off switches and the simulation of a human presence. One of the key features of a home for increasing comfort is air-conditioning; therefore the integration of a control system makes this more efficient and provides users with greater flexibility. We can centralise air-conditioning and heating control in a single thermostat, simplifying its installation and user management. Furthermore, similar to lighting, it can be controlled remotely, which is particularly useful for adjusting the temperature hours before our arrival home. For global control, it only takes one click to switch the home system on or off. Taking into account other installations such as access control through electric locks, doors and intercoms, remote home control can make home management even easier, improving security levels with some good planning. This kind of control

can be used in any part of the home: for example, in the garden you can receive a message, image or voice message on your iPad from someone waiting at the main door. Extremely useful, isn’t it? Contacting a security specialist to design the alarm system, both technical and anti-intrusion, enables us to set up the installation correctly and secure the required standardisation so that our system can be connected to the alarm centre and police. Just about any manufacturer offers us the possibility of seeing and modifying the state of the system on a portable device. Small additions to the access, lighting and shutter control system help us increase the level of security: for example, the sound of an alarm can close doors and shutters and switch on all of the lights in the home. A good design and integration enables us to communicate with the home’s various systems and installations in an easy, convenient and intuitive way, from indoors or outside. It allows us to use the same language with the different systems, and we are certain it also improves the experience for the homeowner and the visitor.

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Real Estate Investment in Spain: General Terms and Taxation By Francisco Sánchez Jiménez (Sánchez & Beck Abogados) In general terms, there are several ways of investing in real estate: you might be interested in buying a property directly from a developer or from a previous buyer; or buying a plot of land and building your own house. We will focus this article on the last of the cases – i.e. the purchase of a plot of land and the construction of a house – although we will also outline some general ideas about taxation for the rest of the cases. 1. Acquisition of a house/building from the developer (first transfer of the real estate): this occurs either when the developer makes the first transfer once the construction is finished or when the transfer is made when the developer has been using the property itself for less than two years. This transfer is subject to the payment of IVA/VAT (10% of the price) and duty stamp (1.5% of the price or 0.3% of the price if less than 130,000, and the acquirer is younger than 35 years of age and the property will become the main residence).

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2. Second transfer of a house/building: this would happen when there is a prior transfer of the property or when the promoter has been using the property for more than two years before the purchase. In this case, there is no IVA/VAT involved (except when both seller and purchaser are IVA/VAT payers). This kind of transfer is subject to transfer tax. This tax, as well as duty stamp, depends on the autonomous community. In the Andalucian region, the percentage to be applied to the purchase price is 8% (from 0 to 400,000), 9% (from 400,000 to 700,000) and 10% (from 700,000 on). No duty stamp is involved when the purchase is subject to transfer tax. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions to the percentages above-mentioned. Transfer tax would be just 2% if the house is bought as an investment property and is re-sold less than five years after the purchase (some other requirements need to be fulfilled). If the price is less than 130,000, the buyer is younger than 35 years of age and the property will become the main resi-


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dence, transfer tax would be 3.5% of the purchase price. Reduced IVA/VAT of 10% is also applicable to the refurbishment of an old house if the property will be considered as a first domicile (all of it or more that 50% of the construction), if the restoration does not take longer that two years, and if the constructor does not provide the materials (or provides less than 40% of the budget). If those requirements are not fulfilled, IVA/VAT would be the standard 21%. 3. Buying an urban plot of land and building a house: declaration of the new construction. This declaration seeks to synchronise the plot information with the information at the land registry. Tax on the purchase of an empty plot of land would be the same as the transfer tax on the purchase of a house that we just referred to previously. As well as in the previous case, no duty stamp is involved. If IVA/VAT is involved (i.e. the buyer and seller are IVA/VAT payers) the tax would be reliminarrelimina 21% and not 10%. In this case, it would also be subject to the payment of 1.5% of duty stamp. Declaration of the new construction is subject to the payment of another 1.5% of duty stamp of the construction value. The construction is also subject to the payment of the construction licence to be granted by the town hall. The declaration of a new construction is to be bestowed through a notarised title deed and can either be done once the building

is completed (most of the cases) or before (normally when the owner needs to be financed). If you want to declare an old construction, the payment of the tax might have become expired (four years for constructions finished prior to May 2000; 10 years for buildings finished after that date). Formalities to grant the declaration of a new construction are the following: construction licence; certification of the architect in charge of the construction certifying that the building has been finished following the project in which the licence was granted; decennial insurance; licence of first occupation; energy certification; and construction book (with details of the building, parties involved in the works, maintenance instructions, guarantees, etc).

Declaration of New Constructions • Construction licence • Architect’s certification of finalisation according to the licence • Decennial Insurance • First occupation licence • Construction book Declaration of Old Constructions • Architect’s certification with construction age and description of the building • Cadastre certification

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Lip Seguridad

State-of-the-art home security and personal protection Like all electronic systems, security systems use technology that is being updated extremely rapidly – and at Lip Seguridad we are at the forefront of latest technical advances. We are currently installing alarm systems with up to four different communication routes, systems with touch screens that are easier to operate and more user-friendly. They come with applications that enable them to be controlled remotely via a smartphone, with either an Android or IOS platform. Our systems are so versatile that they can be integrated easily into the “domotic” home automation system. As for CCTV systems, they are advancing a great deal when it comes to image quality, thanks to new HD and HDCVI technologies for analogical systems, and HD with up to 29 megapixels in digital technology. This enables us to visualise very accurate and high-quality images, both day and night if we also provide

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cameras with infrared barrels. However, what really makes a difference and enables us to provide exceptional security are digital CCTV systems with video analysis. Combined with thermal cameras they can perfectly protect the perimeter when there is an intruder. These cameras have a high-powered computer incorporated and, if necessary, digital memory (SD) for prolonged recordings. The decentralised concept is being extended with this kind of system. These cameras are more robust because they don’t need motors for the lens or rotation, so they don’t have any moving pieces and function on only three watts, as they also don’t include heaters or fans. Nevertheless, they still achieve an impressive range of functioning temperatures that vary from 30ºC to plus-60ºC. Thermal cameras can capture images of intruders from a long distance (760 metres).


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All of the aforementioned can be complemented with biometricaccess control systems. Face-recognition systems are the latest trend. They are providing good results because over the years monitoring software has been optimised and they are achieving good reliability. Financial institutions and some very select clients are already enjoying the use of these systems. We also have new innovations in reply and verification services for alarms. We are the only company on the Costa del Sol that is authorised to carry out security services with regulation firearms. Lately, localisation systems for people, pets and vehicles (cars, motorbikes, boats, trucks, etc.) have become increasingly necessary, and they enable us – with our staff – to intervene directly at the exact location where the client or asset requires protection.

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Building: Seguro Decenal (OCT) This insurance is a 10-year building guarantee policy and is legally required on all new build properties. The client would not be able to re-sell the property within 10 years if this were not in place. In addition, an Organismo de Control Técnico (OCT) is required to guarantee the policy. This is an independent company which checks the work carried out to protect the “Seguro Decenal” insurer’s risk. Seguro Decenal: 10-Year New Build Property Insurance Since May 2000, it has been obligatory in Spain for promoters or developers to take out a “Seguro Decenal” policy, in order to cover the building against any significant defects affecting the structural stability and resistance.

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It is important to note that most builders will opt for the basic obligatory cover. While optional cover is available to cover elements such as the water tightness of roofs and walls, many builders will not take additional cover. Although elements that affect the habitability of the building may need to be rectified by the builder up to three years from the date of completion (see below), after three years only the remaining seven years of the 10-year policy can be called upon. Many owners therefore find that, having discovered problems with their Spanish property after three years, only those defects that affect structural stability can realistically be pursued with the insurers. The correct diagnosis of problems and identification of structural relevance is therefore important.


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The First 10 Years First 15 days: Owners should report any evident defects to the builder, who then has 28 days to rectify them. Significant omissions may even give the owner an opportunity to withdraw from the purchase, although in practice this could be a lengthy and costly process. (It is advisable to identify any defects prior to completion.) First year: During the first year the builder is liable to correct all defects reported to them. The builder must repair any defects properly (not just so the repairs last a short period) and use the correct and originally specified materials. Second and third years: Over the next two years, the builder is still responsible for repairing major defects that would make the property inhabitable. Of course, some issues can be difficult to argue. While, for example, flooding caused by a leaking pipe or roof may be the obvious responsibility of the builder, smaller issues may be more difficult to determine responsibility.

First 10 years: Having taken out Seguro Decenal insurance, the builder or “promoter” is liable for the costs of any repairs in the event of a structural failure in the building. What If There Is No policy? In an increasing number of cases there is no policy in place. This occurs through a “loophole” whereby a “self promoter” (owner/ developer) has built the house for their own occupancy with the intention of living in it for the duration of the first 10 years. Due to a lack of understanding at the time of purchase, the builder might submit all paperwork showing the buyer as the “promoter”; therefore the obligation to take out the insurance (if they intend to sell on within 10 years) rests on their innocent shoulders. It is only later when they encounter defects, and try to register, mortgage or sell the property, that the non-existence of a policy could come to light. Furthermore, as insurers like to specify a level of control during the construction period, it can be difficult to obtain insurance post-completion.

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Technical Architect: A Key Role For many of our clients from other countries, the role of the “aparejador”, “arquitecto técnico” or “ingeniero de la edificación” (however it is described) is an unresolved mystery when they embark on their first project in Spain. The main reason is because in their countries of origin this professional does not exist with the same responsibilities as in Spain. In many European Union and non-EU countries some of the technical architect’s designated responsibilities are taken on by architects, various tasks by quantity surveyors and others by engineers. In many cases, this work – during the building phase – is assumed by construction-consultants. The technical architect and/or building engineer’s responsibilities are regulated by Spanish law, especially the L.O.E. (Ley Orgánica de la Edificación, or Fundamental Building Law) and other norms that bring this up to date. To determine the origin

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of this professional we need to return to the Middle Ages. They were the “maestros de obras” (“master builders”) who carried out the engineering and technical work for such major civilian and religious projects as castles, palaces, cathedrals and churches; they worked closely with the architects. Their main responsibilities include aspects of project management during the building phase. One of the technical architect’s key roles is as project building manager (in the case of the architect, project developer and project manager). In practical terms, while the work is being carried out, this translates into supervision and management of the building work in relation to technical solutions for the effective adaption of the project design, cost control, schedule control and external quality controls as required by the builder, and technical support for the developer during the construction phase.


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Another major role attributed to the technical architect is preparing the project-study for health and safety, as well as coordination of work safety during construction. This entails a great deal of responsibility, and is a role that is not always properly understood by various other representatives involved in the project development. Even though these are the key roles of the technical architect when a home is being built, in practice, JMR Technical Studio (with Jesús Martín Rojas at the helm) has for many years been making other contributions to help the developer ensure a project is developed properly, right from the start: i.e. monitoring the quotes and bids supplied as part of the comparative study; preparing a full report that enables the developer to negotiate and choose the best option; and providing advice on construction company contacts, with the OCT (Oficina de Control Técnico, or Technical Control Office) and Seguro Decenal (10-year insurance) – both concepts controlled by law. In addition… technical advice in the event of disagreements with the construction companies, providing mediation and arbitration in order to avoid legal conflicts among the respective parties; advice for the developer on purchase and materials management; and an extensive range of other management processes that

might occur unexpectedly during the project development, such as relations with the town hall and other authorities. Finally… JMR Technical Studio’s aim is to be a technical office that provides “made-to-measure outfits”, specialising in quality and designer residential homes, in close collaboration with architects’ studios with whom we have the good fortune to be working – and operating as a team to ensure a first-class conclusion to our clients’ projects.

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Contemporary Architecture A Local Mediterranean Vision What we refer to as contemporary or modern architecture tends to cause confusion in the client/architect relationship. In architecture, there is a clear difference between contemporary and modern, but this is not necessarily the case among clients. The current demand for modern homes can be traced back to when specialist magazines brought the general public’s attention to latest trends in interior equipment and furnishings, such as kitchens and bathrooms. From that moment, homeowners began to see new spaces and architectural styles that varied from the traditional. In the case of Marbella, this has been linked directly to an Andalucian or Mediterranean style.

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New technology has facilitated the development of large-format window systems, and interior air-conditioning at a level of efficiency impossible to achieve previously. Mediterranean beach architecture for second homes in Marbella was always associated with demand within the British market – people seeking an Andalucian identity in the styling of their homes. However, the crisis in recent years led to Britons being displaced by clients from the Benelux and Scandinavian countries. With a more modern vision back in their home countries, these new clients seek contemporary homes that not only offer design-


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er décor but also a more open-plan architectural style. Homeowners in the Balearic Islands and on the Costa Brava became aware of the added value of modern/contemporary design well before we did on the Costa del Sol, but now this style has taken southern Spain by storm. Clients now want generous and open elevations, level ceilings, accessible solarium enclosures, expansive window systems and more. In this context, as architects we need to recognise the fact that homes in the Mediterranean climate should incorporate new architectural elements that are not in demand in colder countries, such as covered terraces and solariums.

move us away from an architecture of objects, and focus on the value of a home’s individual use and functionality. To that end, working with top-class materials for façades and interiors is essential in order to achieve a balance between aesthetic modernity and comfort and functionality in a home. New times, new technologies… homes are constantly undergoing radical changes. Those who are able to secure balance and flexibility in design will be the ones who prevail and endure over time.

Looking beyond the concept of architecture for architects – that is, objects that speak a specific code which is out of the reach of most clients – I would like to highlight the importance, in my work as an architect, of including elements that

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Boutique Chic A stunning new villa completed in summer 2014, this property is just 100 metres from Los Monteros beach and a five-minute walk to La Cabane beach club. It is always a challenge to find a suitable plot with vistas to the Mediterranean Sea, but this villa managed to tick that box with resounding success: it is located at the corner in a cul-de-sac and enjoys unobstructed sea views from the ground floor level.

Extremely comfortable, the four-bedroom home features higher than usual ceilings (four metres), thus enhancing the space and natural light. Offering a “boutique hotel feel” in one of Marbella’s most exclusive addresses, this is a particularly special product in a highly coveted market.

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Simply Exceptional This truly is a one-of-a kind property. Designed in a stunning contemporary style, the villa enjoys an unrivalled setting at the foot of the Cascada de Camojรกn waterfall, with a mountain backdrop and incomparable views to Marbella bay in the south. Extending over 1,200 square metres of built area on a 3,000 square metre plot, the home has been designed on three levels. The lower floor comprises a hall-reception area, guest toilet, main lounge-room, TV room, island-kitchen, laundry, expansive porch and terraces opening out onto a south-facing infinity pool. On the top floor there are four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and a main bedroom with a dressing room, en suite bathroom and terraces. The basement area includes a large garage, control room, bodega, cinema and service areas.

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Golfing Paradise With its frontline golf setting beside Las Brisas, one of Spain’s most renowned courses, this magnificent villa fulfills all the expectations of high-end living in the prestigious area of Nueva Andalucía. The house is built over three levels on an expansive plot of land. It is accessed via a bridge surrounded by pools and leading to the main doorway. The main features include a pool with jacuzzi, deck area and bar, a solarium with superb sea views, and a chill-out area with bar and barbecue. A lift links all three floors and the solarium.

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Hidden Gem This new villa project by Essenza in Marbesa is located in a culde-sac surrounded by other attractive houses, just 70 metres from the beach and Rama restaurant. It offers sea views from the ground floor level and great general vistas from the first floor. The villa is designed in an L-shape, with a 20-metre long openplan living area, as well as a kitchen and utility area. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and access to the rooftop terrace. A basement will also be added for extra bedrooms, a gym or a cinema room. The specifications, installations and materials are in accordance with Essenza’s customary high standards including domotic home automation, UFH, music and infinity pool. Work on the villa is expected to be completed in early 2017 (sales information on request).

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Privileged Mediterranean Lifestyle This outstanding 14-villa project is located in a picturesque mountain setting within the secure embrace of an exclusive gated urbanisation. Highlighted by exquisite contemporary design, the homes offer expansive 180-degree views over the sea and golf course in the stunning La Alquería/Capanes Sur urbanisation. This residential area brings together all the key ingredients for high-end Mediterranean living, including a commercial area and first-class bilingual school, all just five minutes from Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. The homes are built on either side of a central access road, on 1,200 square metre plots each comprising a three-storey villa and private pool.

Their cutting-edge modern design includes the use of materials such as natural stonework on the façades. Inside, all have top-class American island-style kitchens, designer glass fireplaces, under-floor heating, hot and cold air-conditioning, and domotic home automation, as well as three en suite bedrooms. Other extraordinary amenities include a gymnasium, cinema room, bodega and four extra bedrooms, as well as a covered solarium terrace. Security is guaranteed by individual alarm systems complemented by a single access to the whole residential complex. This is, without a doubt, an exceptional and highly-coveted property option within the luxury homes sector.

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Contemporary Masterpiece With its modern look, neo-classic roof and exceptional symmetry, this villa is earmarked to become one of the highest quality bespoke properties on the Marbella seaside. An outstanding contemporary villa in Marbesa, it consists of four bedrooms and four bathrooms and is due to be finished in summer 2015. The ground floor level includes a living area and open-plan kitchen. High ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass front

enhance the stunning sense of space and light; while expansive covered and uncovered terraces are located adjacent for exquisite outdoor living. Upstairs are four bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms and spectacular sea views.

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Plot: 1,400 m2 Built area: 320 m2 plus terraces (partly covered) 4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms


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Sophisticated Comfort Located in the superb La Cerquilla urbanisation in Nueva AndalucĂ­a (Marbella), these villas face south from the garden, pool area, lounge and dining rooms, and top-floor en suite bedrooms. The basement is brightly illuminated with natural light, and the home is equipped with hot and cold air-conditioning, under-floor heating, double-glazed, European-system aluminium carpentry, and pre-installed domotic home automation. The parking area and main entrance is located in the northern part of the property, with access to the home leading past an infinity pool and side fountain.

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Commanding Beauty This top-class, spacious villa located in the higher part of Marbesa enjoys panoramic sea views from all levels. Completed in March 2015, the property comprises six bedrooms, a gym, a cinema room, a bar and bodega, a heated pool and ex-

tremely high standards of finishings. Essenza was involved in the complete project management of this imposing home, and will deliver the villa turnkey – including furniture, landscaping, etc.

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Exotic Jewel This stunning contemporary villa in Marbesa is something of a hidden gem, owing its unique look and style to an Asian-influenced black slate roof, gazebo and tropical landscaped garden. Enjoying beautiful sea views from garden level, the property is oriented towards the south, and features high ceilings, large windows and light, modern materials.

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It is finished to the highest standards, is equipped with audio, domotic home automation and a home cinema system, and offers maximum comfort, security and convenience. The project management was undertaken by Essenza Living, and the villa was delivered to its buyer in 2014.


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Classic Elegance Enjoying a rare-to-find setting just 50 metres from Marbesa beach, this spectacular contemporary villa (completed in spring 2015 and sold turnkey) has stunning sea views. It was designed with a distinctive architectural concept and created with high-quality finishings and materials.

The Essenza interiors feature a beautiful blend of modern Italian pieces with warm fabrics, tree tables and elegant decorations. The villa comprises five bedrooms, plus a 190 square metre basement with a garage for three cars, a room for fitness/cinema, and scope to add one or two more bedrooms.

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Golden Serenity This outstanding, newly-constructed home is located in the heart of Marbella’s Golden Mile, in the prestigious Casablanca urbanisation, just a five-minute walk to the promenade, Cappuccino Grand Café and other city attractions. Designed for a specific client and scheduled for construction in 2016, it fulfils all their requirements to create a magnificent second home incorporating the latest materials and installations. The layout of the house is designed in a way that it is totally south-oriented. A split-level lounge area, staircase comprising floating steps and designer fireplace are just some of the main features of its contemporary interior décor. The style is essentially two-toned, with white walls and matte black carpentry – as well as several aspects of the façade.

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In short, a home featuring simple and straight lines and built on a level plot that is ideal for those seeking a relaxing haven.

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Idyllic Living This outstanding contemporary villa enjoys an excellent setting within the La Cerquilla urbanisation, on a plot that borders a natural stream and mature vegetation in Marbella’s “Golf Valley”. The villa is built on three levels and forms an L-shape facing south-west. Large covered terraces and a gazebo bar surround the pool, which extends towards the garden area. The main features and amenities include air-conditioning (cold and hot), under-floor water heating throughout the house, domotic home automation, and European-profile aluminium car-

pentry that facilitates the creation of large windows with minimal rims. The ideal option for luxury living in this celebrated golf area…

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Regal Panorama The Río Real urbanisation is one of Marbella’s most internationally renowned and exclusive, located in a stunning setting on the eastern outskirts of the city. It is home to the venerable Río Real Golf Club, which this year (2015) celebrates its 50th anniversary and over the years has provided an elegantly verdant residential haven for celebrities and aristocrats from around the world. This three-storey, newly-constructed home is built on a hillside, facing towards the south with magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea and northern African coastline. The property is designed in a way that is orientated towards capitalising on the area’s all-day sunlight.

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The U-shaped layout provides all the rooms with views, while the patio area blends perfectly into the infinity pool – adding a seamless outlook to the exceptional views beyond. Materials of the highest quality have been used on the façade, including natural stonework and wood.

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Chic Minimalism in Elviria Designed by Carlos Lamas, The Westcliff is surrounded by nature. Located in a stunning “green” setting in Las Cumbres (Marbella), the villa overlooks a green area with pine trees, towards the Mediterranean, Morocco and Gibraltar and a sweeping backdrop of mountains. Its main orientation is south-west – ideal for enjoying spectacular sunsets – and it is conveniently located for beaches, hotels, restaurants (from Michelin-starred to cosy chiringuitos on the beach with delicious seafood), beach clubs, health centres, doctors’ clinics, supermarkets and shops. All these amenities are nearby but far enough away not to disturb the exclusive ambience – with golf clubs and open countryside just around the corner. The Westcliff extends over approximately 630 square meters (6.781 square feet) of built area on a 1,611 square metre plot (17,341 square feet). A designer-made driveway leads you from Paseo de Bolivia into the property and to the carport. You enter The Westcliff via a loggia and a bright entrance hall, before passing a gallery with large glass walls towards a patio and garden and further on to a central living room (with fireplace), a dining room and an open kitchen featuring a cooking island. Glass walls open up to the terrace and an infinity pool, an al fresco area that offers beautiful views all around, even while cooking or dining. On the right-hand-side next to the staircase is a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, while two other bedrooms, also with ensuite bathrooms, are located on the first floor, as well as chill-out terraces and a balcony overlooking the verdant hills. In the basement there is a machine room, a panic room, a pre-

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installed home cinema area, a storage area and two more bedrooms (pre-installed) with en-suite bathrooms. You will also find enough space for a laundry room and to create a spacious bodega to store your wines in optimum condition. On the technical front, the house features air-conditioning (cold and hot), under-floor heating, Wi-Fi, sophisticated three-level alarm system including outside cameras, satellite TV, high-quality motorised blinds, outside lighting, sound system, and intercom system with camera. A domotics home automation system makes handling of the property a simple matter. You can control the house (heating, alarm, cooling, water, lights, music, pool, blinds) via iPad and even from outdoors and when abroad. Three iPad stations are positioned throughout the house to pilot the property. Other key features include an automatic watering system in the garden, solar panels for hot water, solar-heated pool shower, pool with light system for various effects, and a carport. The windows and doors between the interior and outdoors are certified security Resistance Class 3 (German WK3) on the ground floor and certified security Resistance Class 2 (German WK2) on the first floor; and the alarm system is connected to the ARCHI security company. The household items and technology include German/Swiss brands such as Gutmann, Geberit, Miele, Gaggenau, Neff, Blanco, Hans Grohe, Villeroy & Boch, Duravit and Philippe Starck. Construction has been made to the highest quality standards including, for example, isolation against humidity with double isolated walls.


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Inspiring Concept Located in the ultra-select La Zagaleta urbanisation, in the majestic Sierra Bermeja mountain range above the Costa del Sol, this singular modern villa is the product of a design concept involving some of the finest talents in Marbella. A team made up of outstanding professionals in their fields – construction, home technology, décor, landscaping and architecture – has had the opportunity of starting from a blank canvas in a prime location and transforming the original home into a new statement of elegance and refinement, with all the benefits of an established position. According to architect Carlos Lamas, whose role it was to develop the design concept of Villa Fortuna, the aim was not to create an “avant-garde home that looks fantastic in magazines but would be impractical and unpleasant to live in”. A true modern design reference is one that looks amazing and sets new standards but also functions on a personal level, says Carlos. “What we are creating here, after all, is not a public icon but a private villa where a family will live, entertain and feel at home.

It is with this brief to ourselves in mind that we set out to design a luxury living concept that transcends fads and trends, and has the credentials to become a modern classic.” To that end, a team of highly experienced professionals, all passionate about their work, gathered to contribute their respective skill sets to the project, with Udo Fleischmann of Atlas Group ensuring the highest standards of construction, Victor Periañez of Illusion responsible for state-of-the-art home entertainment and automated systems, and Gonzalo Moreno of Gunni & Trentino heading up the bespoke interior dressing of the villa. This desire to work with the best also ensured the collaboration of suppliers and companies such as Román Clavero, the leading window and door makers in this region. “We have resisted creating a cavernous house or one that is steeply terraced,” says Udo, “and have worked hard to create a pleasant flow to the home and its grounds, while incorporating all the space, amenities and luxuries you would expect of a villa of this stature.”

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“Usually there are all kinds of compromises when you embark upon a project of this kind,” adds Carlos Lamas, “but we have minimised our concessions to the bare minimum by forcing ourselves to come up with solutions that are visually and functionally elegant and in keeping with our concept.” The result is a free-flowing villa full of light and dramatic perspectives whose treatment of volumes is such that it belies the actual space. Rather than producing an unending succession of Bauhaus-like right angles, the architect has allowed his pencil

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to leave the ruler and weave sensual forms that are modern yet without the need for cold regimentation of form. From its prominent hillside position, Villa Fortuna commands inspiring views of a broad swathe of coastline all the way back to the verdant surrounding hills.

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Seafront Splendour Located just metres from the sea, in the Casasola urbanisation, these two family homes have been designed immaculately with pure lines and open, well-lit spaces. They are developed on three levels, comprising four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a toilet, and a private pool.

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The architecture features white walls and natural stonework, with large floor-to-ceiling windows, while the top-class amenities include air-conditioning, under-floor heating and domotic home automation.


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Majestic Haven Like a watchtower presiding over the mountain peak, this three-storey villa in La Panera (Estepona municipality) opens out with south-west views to Gibraltar and northern Africa. The architecture features white walls and natural stonework, with double-height windows in the central part of the home. The pool represents the key focus of the property and its access points. The main door opens out onto two levels, with the pool extending beyond the picture window towards the south-west – blending into an infinity overflow that enhances the sense of endless space.

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Beachside Bliss Scheduled for completion in 2016, this villa is a superb example of modern beach living. It is located on a second line beachfront plot in Marbesa, extending over a sprawling 220 square metres of built area on two levels. It also has a large basement with an additional living area. The villa has been designed with the same impeccable standards as other recently completed Essenza properties, pending further minor details to personalise its features in line with specific requests by the future owners.

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LIVING THE DREAM Many contented owners on the Costa del Sol are now enjoying the style, comfort, conveniences, pleasures and chic modernity of a home designed and developed by Essenza Living. On the following pages we highlight some of the stunning Essenza Living villas that have been sold over the past two years… from magnificent frontline beach settings to picturesque mountain locations…

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Immaculate Modernity Situated in the Monte Mayor golf urbanisation in BenahavĂ­s municipality, this contemporary villa was completed in November 2011. It is finished to the highest standards and features magnificent panoramic views. The villa comprises four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with 344 square metres of built area on a 2,800-metre plot. Other features include underfloor heating throughout, split air-conditioning system, modern fittings and fitted wardrobes.

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VERDANT TRANQUILLITY IN CASCADA DE CAMOJÁN This contemporary luxury villa is set on a large plot of nearly 2,400 square metres, overlooking the stunning coastline in a lush green, tranquil and secure area, only a few minutes drive from Marbella centre and Puerto Banús. The villa has a wide driveway leading to a large garage and an imposing entrance door made of Iroko wood. Its three levels are connected by a lift and a main staircase, as well as a service staircase to the garage.

SEASIDE MASTERPIECE IN RIO VERDE PLAYA Located in one of the most impressive frontline beach projects in Marbella, this is the only new contemporary-designed villa on the renowned Golden Mile. It combines the very best of modern architecture with the ultimate in interior décor, installations and technology. The approximately 1,000 square metres of constructed area are distributed on three levels; while the garden area features a massive 80 square metre heated pool surrounded by decking.

CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 · (+34) 609 572 275 · (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com · www.essenzaliving.com

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Panoramic Splendour Absolutely stunning in every respect, this contemporary five-bedroom villa is located in the highly sought after Marbesa residential area, just east of Marbella and within walking distance of the beach, restaurants and local amenities. Construction was completed at the end of 2013 and the property is now for sale. In addition to its exquisite attention to detail and high-quality architectural features – designed by Carlos Lamas and promoted by Lifetime Connection – the villa has a unique setting at the highest point of Marbesa, with exceptional sea views enhancing the “wow factor”. An “intelligent home” with sophisticated home automation preinstalled, the villa features hot and cold air-conditioning in each room; under-floor heating in the living room, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms; a gas fireplace; aluminium double-glazed windows

from floor to ceiling; Italian ceramic tiles for both the interior and exterior (60 x 60); sanitary items from Villeroy & Boch, Loft & Bath, Dornbracht, Alape and A. Lupi; and incorporated speakers with preinstallation for B&O, Bose audio system or Sonos. The designer kitchen is open plan and equipped with Miele appliances; a Schindler lift connects all floors (including the rooftop lounge terrace, which is finished in wood); there is pre-installation for a heated pool; and the carport has space for two cars.

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Obtaining Planning Permission in Marbella Although the purchase of a property in Spain is a straightforward and transparent transaction, the process of obtaining planning permission – both for new construction and renovations – can be rather more complicated. What’s more, there are no all-encompassing national laws, as each autonomous region qualifies the parameters according to its own planning directives. The applicable planning guide, or PGOU (Plan General de Ordenación Urbanistica), in our region therefore is that of the Región Autónomo de Andalucía, and even it can be subject to further local regulations, so it is important to work with an architect and team with local knowledge and experience. We are often asked to source or inspect land or properties on behalf of clients wanting to build a new property or renovate an existing one. From the client’s perspective the most impor-

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tant factor is quite naturally the location, in terms of its views, orientation, the attractiveness of its surroundings and easy access to services. Different people have different preferences, and so we will be asked to look at rustic hillside locations and seaside settings, but also in conventional residential areas close to golf courses, schools and shopping facilities. While sourcing the desired property/plot in the ideal location we also look at it from another, more technical perspective aimed at filtering suitable candidates from a construction point of view. Our experience in this field allows us not only to assess the economic viability of the project, to see if it falls within the established budget once the purchase cost, construction and dressing of the home have been taken into account, but in the first instance to see if it fulfils the requirements for construction.


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TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD While we analyse construction-related issues such as gradient, soil type, drainage, access and technical infrastructure – and in the case of renovation the cost of rebuilding – we also check up on planning issues. After all, if you’re not allowed to build, or are very limited in what you can do or change in a particular location, it will likely eliminate itself as an option there and then. The first step in this is to ascertain the planning status of the zone that the plot forms part of, and ensure that it falls within a residential area where homes can be constructed. Next we request the specific planning directives relating to the area to obtain a full list of details, including the ratio of permissible construction to plot size, limits on vertical height, how close you can build to the perimeter of the land and yet more detailed requirements such as the topographical plan regarding access, garages, driveways, terracing, pools and how technical services such as waste, water and electricity will link into the grid system. In private communities such as La Zagaleta there may also be aesthetic rules limiting the range of architectural styles and materials that can be used. Few of us expect to be building an oriental-style pagoda, but you don’t want to be faced with unexpected restrictions that will force you to change your plans after the fact.

SPECIALIST EXPERTISE The process of obtaining information regarding the planning directives is just the first step towards getting planning permission for your new-build or renovated property. Once you know what the rules are concerning the land or home you have in mind, and know what can be done on it, you will be able to make an informed decision and draw up your design plans accordingly. The architect’s plans, once finalised and signed off by the client, will then have to be presented to the town hall’s planning department, initially to be signed off for technical approval by a technical architect to ensure they are structurally sound and conform with the overall building criteria. The next step is to submit the plans for actual planning permission, and now both the plans themselves, the construction/renovation project in concept, the land/property and their impact on the surroundings will be assessed and held up against the requirements set out in the local PGOU. Some adjustments and alterations to the plans may be required, but a successful application will result in the project being granted a building permit. In environmentally sensitive spots the process can be drawn out further by additional analysis and consultation with ecological experts, river departments, archaeological

departments or infrastructural authorities, though such cases will very much be the exception, not the rule. The overall process sounds pretty straightforward and, indeed, there are foreign buyers inexperienced in the building process who have taken it to completion, but usually they will be the first to tell you, “Never again. Next time I’m having a professional take care of it all for me.” The main reason for this is the requirement not just of speaking the language fluently, but also of being intimately acquainted with the rather complicated legal, technical and architectural jargon as well. In addition to being professionally at home with topics relating to architecture, engineering, construction, planning, accounting and law you also have to know how to deal with the local authorities in such a way to make the process as quick and fluent as possible. As people who deal with these issues on a regular basis and have long-standing contact with all the professionals and agencies involved, we are in a position to ensure it is exactly that. Contact Essenza Living: Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 info@essenzaliving.com www.essenzaliving.com

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Building in Marbella While a lot of people might still associate Spanish – and in particular Andalucian – construction with white-plastered walls and terracotta tiles, the reality is that over the past 10 years the processes and materials used have been modernised and improved greatly. These days Spanish construction has evolved right up to the build standards common in other parts of Europe and, when it comes to bathrooms, terraces and pool areas, it has retained its traditional Mediterranean advantage in terms of quality, luxury and styling. Quality control, however, remains as important as ever, and today consumers are better protected as Spanish regulations have come into line with the rest of western Europe in defining the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in the construction of a property. These naturally include the construction firms, specialist technicians and suppliers of building materials, but also professionals such as architects and commercial entities like the promoters. Such clearly defined roles and quality, against which each of the above are expected to work, not only makes the entire process

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more transparent but also easier for those buying or building their home to redress possible complaints.

BASIC OVERVIEW You are free to play as big or as small a role in the design of your home as you wish, and the more experienced homeowners will sometimes come up with many of the ideas themselves, but ultimately you will need a qualified, registered architect to put these plans on paper and convert design concepts into technical drawings that form the blueprint for subsequent construction. For this reason the Spanish law requires homebuilders to appoint an official architect, who is a member of the College of Architects, to draw up the plans according to the prevailing planning directives, technical standards and operational procedures imposed upon all professionals involved in the building process. This design project is then submitted for review of compliance to the local planning authorities and will have to be signed off by their resident technical architect before a building licence is granted and it progresses to the status of a building project.


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The on-site construction process itself falls under the technical supervision of the Direccion Facultativa, a professional team made up of the architect and a quantity surveyor, or aparejador. The construction company contracted to do the building will have to work under the supervision of these professionals, with the design architect ensuring that the building is made according to the original designs and the terms of the licence granted by the planning authority, while the technical architect (aparejador) ensures that the technical specifications are adhered to as well. Commercial developers of real estate, known in Spain as promoters (promotores), are under legal obligation to take out an insurance policy on the project that covers the structure and its technical components for a minimum of 10 years from the moment of completion. This insurance covers potential repairs, large or small, as well as possible reparations made to homebuyers in the event of failures or problems caused by faulty construction or technical standards.

ensure that the building project does not exceed the established budgets and that the end product conforms to the aesthetic, technical and quality standards expected of it. For this reason it is important to work with skilled professionals whose technical expertise matches their local knowledge and ability to get things done. Essenza Contemporary Living are proven specialists in this field with a portfolio of projects and clients that speaks for itself. What gives their clients complete peace of mind is that they manage and quality control all the elements: creative design, surveying, costing and management of the construction process. Ensuring it is done to budget, to deadline and to your – and their – exacting standards. Their project management isn’t simply there to make sure the job gets done: it acts as on-site quality control over the entire process, from concept, design and planning through to construction, dealing with third parties and suppliers – right down to completion and the final dressing of the home.

CHOICE OF BUILDER Who you choose to build your home is, of course, of prime importance. In most cases the decision will be taken either by the private owner or by the project management team of a commercial promoter, who will invite different builders to tender for the work and measure price against quality and reputation before selecting the construction firm they believe offers the best combination of these factors. Decisions of this kind involve a complex assessment that also has to take into account quantity surveying of the costs, quantities and quality of the materials and technical systems required in the construction of the property. Given the number of options and variables, it takes skill and experience to get this right and

ESSENZA PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES: • Supervision on-site during construction • Tendering of builders • Regular reports • Purchasing of materials and installations

Contact Essenza Living: Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 info@essenzaliving.com www.essenzaliving.com

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Essenza Refurbishments HOME MAKEOVERS… FROM MAJOR TRANSFORMATIONS TO MINOR REFORMS Are you considering re-styling your home? Updating your apartment with a modern twist or to the latest standards? Transforming your villa into a refreshing, bright and contemporary look? Or perhaps simply wanting to create a unique living space in your idyllic location by purchasing a property to reform, either for investment or personal use? Then Essenza’s Reform Solutions, led by renowned Marbellabased Argentinean architect Carlos Lamas, may be your perfect partner. Our portfolio highlights our delivery capabilities, accomplishments and high standards, whilst facilitating and enhancing contemporary living.

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In addition to new build villas or large refurbishment projects, at Essenza we also undertake smaller partial or integral reforms, depending on the volume and requirements. The budget will obviously depend on the chosen standards, qualities, level of new installations and finishings, but the results achieved are absolutely stunning.

ESSENZA REFORM PROJECTS Distinctive taste, imagination and viability are Essenza’s keys to transforming a space from ordinary into absolutely extraordinary. With our meticulous approach, we take care of every single de-


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After tail from sourcing the most desirable properties to delivering the key to the completed project. Essenza’s peerless standards create memorable concepts, perfecting your dreams. Essenza offers an endless choice of bespoke furnishings and personalised interior design while selecting only the highest quality and innovative materials sourced from all across the globe. We also produce and import our own tiles, natural stones and flooring; thus giving your property a tailored, unique finish executed with exceptional craftsmanship.

PROJECT PLANNING When you have decided that your property needs refurbishment or renovation, we will have an initial meeting to enable us to become fully informed about your plans and ideas. We will establish whether they are feasible within the planning regulations; and we will also give you an idea of time scales for obtaining the required building permissions and how long the actual work will take.

DESIGN REVIEW STRUCTURAL SURVEYS If purchasing your property, we recommend carrying out a full structural survey to establish any defects that need immediate attention or which might require work in the near future. We can provide an estimate for this work as well as giving you advice on electrical and plumbing issues and water supply.

Throughout the planning process we believe in sharing views on design and layout. At Essenza we want to understand our clients’ exact needs before establishing objectives, in order to control delivery of the project in terms of quality, budget and schedule. When the design and specifications are agreed between the client and architect, we will review them for budget consideration and project costs, together with our construction team.

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Once we have established that your plans are feasible and are in line with the building regulations we will apply for a building permit. This can be a permit for small works, for major works, or for construction of a pool, etc. Obtaining building permission is normally one of the most time-consuming aspects of the renovation or refurbishment, and therefore we always advise clients to ensure the application is submitted in the early stages of the project. Obtaining a licence for major works normally takes around six months or longer. We inspect and control quality on-site on a daily basis throughout the process. We ensure that everything is executed to the plans and specifications, and provide you with a weekly report on progress.

Essenza has painstakingly assembled an interior design team led by Carlos Lamas, Patrick van Dam and Piet Boon, whose combined creative and technical expertise delivers timeless, trend-transforming designs with a harmonious balance between functionality, aesthetics and distinct style, and meticulous attention to detail – fulfilling the most demanding requirements and maximising the value of clients’ homes. Our interiors are created with a client-centric approach. Typically modern, luxurious and seductive while at the same time remaining understated and enduring… in tune with the delights of contemporary living.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT The refurbishment process deals with many different parties and collaborators; coordination is challenging and requires control and expert supervision. At Essenza, we scrupulously manage the entire process from inception to completion.

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CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 952 857 615 • (+34) 609 572 275 • (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com www.essenzaliving.com www.vimeo.com/essenzamarbella


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SMALLER REFORMS Once we have established that your plans are feasible and are in We have transformed smaller houses and bungalows with a typical Mediterranean look (and often layouts with many small rooms and windows) into appealing, open-plan living areas with high windows, bright materials, and a new distribution to optimise the flow and routing – thus creating stronger indoor and outdoor connections. In some of the villas we have removed the existing tiled roofs and created a rooftop terrace to enhance the modern (Ibiza) look. In others we have preserved the roof but enhanced the contemporary character. We also work with materials such as stucco, microcement and mosaic tiling. Depending on the specific project, on some occasions (for minor licences) work can start within one month. Featured here are some examples of refurbishment projects carried out in 2014, with a Carlos Lamas design and Essenza project management.

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Market Outlook We previously forecast that Marbella would live up to its growth expectations in 2014-15, and we believe these positive trends will continue over the next few years – especially in the luxury market. Strong demand from an increasingly diversified client base of Scandinavian, Benelux, French and Arabian homebuyers adds to record tourist numbers and lends buoyancy to the local economy. We have seen this reflected in official statistics released by the Ministry of Public Works: figures for 2014 revealed a 27.7 per cent increase in property transactions in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís municipalities. The rise of the pound against the euro had an impact on the local property market, with British buyers showing renewed interest, and this should lead to the Costa del Sol’s traditionally biggest market growing significantly and regaining its prime position in 2015-16. Patrick van Dam, founding partner of Essenza Living, notes that, “although Marbella has been one of Europe´s top holiday destination for over 20 years, it appears that an increasing number of visitors previously staying in hotels, or rented villas, are now choosing to buy their own properties here – as a holiday or second home. Many are actually choosing to relocate to take advantage of the climate, international schools, and safe and healthy environment in which to bring up children.” Demand for stock in the very best locations is such that there is an increasing shortage of supply, which in turn has led to more and more people choosing to construct modern villas on existing plots – a great way to combine 21st century luxury with the finest locations, and create investment value in the process. Another trend is increasing demand for contemporary homes, not just in terms of architectural styling and décor, but also modern construction standards, technical amenities and comforts. “In our experience buyers are getting younger but also a significant proportion are settling here permanently; therefore practicality and functionality are key criteria when purchasing their home,” says Patrick.

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“Most of our clients are very well travelled, so they are used to a modern international style in boutique hotels and homes and expect the same standard here. Naturally there is scope to adapt the styling to the local setting, but modern contemporary architecture is very much what people are after now.” The most desirable areas for high-end new modern villas are still Camoján, Los Monteros, Guadalmina, Nueva Andalucía and the Golden Mile, with Sierra Blanca and La Zagaleta also in great demand for their unmatched level of privacy, security and exclusivity. However, in most cases even well-heeled buyers struggle to find the right kind of property in these most sought after locations. GROWING TREND FOR RENOVATIONS This means there is growing interest in the Marbella periphery, new areas west of Marbella such as Benahavís (La Alquería, El Paraiso, Los Flamingos); further inland (La Quinta, Los Arqueros, El Madronal); and east of the city (El Rosario, Altos de Los Monteros, Elviria and Marbesa). “The biggest issue,” adds Patrick, “remains a challenge to find a good selection of existing properties that fit people’s requirements. Although homes built in the past 10 years are much improved in comparison to what was built before the mid-nineties, they often fall short of buyers’ expectations because they were still primarily conceived as second homes. As a result, a lot of people who might actually prefer to buy an existing, ready-to-move-into property are coming to us wanting to renovate or build their own new villa.” The desire to combine such homes with a great location leads many to effectively rebuild existing villas, a growing trend which Essenza caters for with its bespoke and specialised services. Essenza also assists clients, both individuals and investors, to source desired locations. In conclusion, says Patrick, “Marbella’s fantastic cosmopolitan lifestyle and microclimate, complemented by the aforementioned international markets, is truly en route to a very bright and prosperous future.” www.essenzaliving.com


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The Professionals The Costa del Sol is home to a select group of world-class, cutting-edge companies that cover the whole spectrum of property industry services and products, and provide highly experienced professional support to the Essenza Living team. From conceptual ideas at the drawing board stage to bricks and mortar – contemporary décor to state-of-the-art furnishings – the professionals featured here are Essenza’s preferred partners.

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BANNI ELEGANT HOME

STANDARD-BEARING INNOVATION AND QUALITY IN WOODEN ENCLOSURES Interview with Carlos Toledano (General Manager) Photos by: Black Elk Studios

BANNI has a showroom in Barcelona and two in Madrid. Tell us why you decided to open a new showroom in Marbella… We opened our showroom in Marbella with the objective of being able to operate closer to the demand in Andalucía for our high-quality products and our commitment to doing things well. A great deal of this demand is from foreigners who want us to work with them on their home projects.

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What services are offered by BANNI? We are specialists in the complete decoration of high-end homes, and a standard-bearer in Spain for interior décor and decoration projects for all kinds of settings and styles… kitchens, bathrooms, ceramics, lounge areas, bedrooms, outdoor areas, wardrobes. At BANNI, interior decoration goes even further, reaching every corner of the home, hotel, real estate development, office or commercial premises.


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What are the main brands you work with at BANNI? At BANNI we offer our own brand, as well as the top design and decoration brands at an international level. What do you enjoy most about working in this industry? Everything in general, although it’s not so much the industry as the clients themselves. We throw ourselves into offering each client what most suits their lifestyle, personality, habits and needs. Our objective: a satisfied client.

In your opinion, what makes Marbella stand out from other areas in Spain? Here we’ve found the kind of clients who know what they are talking about, who are demanding in what they seek from us, and who are interested to know how we are going to carry out our work. A high percentage are foreign clients who are in love with southern Spain.

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In conclusion… We have the latest trends in high-end decoration. Our team are specialists in interior decoration and offer the best solutions and options for each client. We are present in Marbella, Madrid and Barcelona, although we offer our services throughout Spain and at an international level. Our showrooms showcase the latest trends, and we will be delighted to welcome you and provide what you are looking for.

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i BUSINESS FILE BANNI Elegant Home Established since: 2002 (Marbella 2014) Services/products: home decoration… kitchens, bathrooms lounge areas, bedrooms, outdoor areas, offices, contract projects C.C. El Capricho, Local 7, Boulevard Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Km. 179.6, Marbella - Tel. (+34) 952 777 050 contacto@banni.es - www.banni.es


The art of diamond setting and flawless craftmanship

The oceans of Eden

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Boutique and Jewellery design studio C. C. Cristamar, Locales 15-16, Puerto Banús (Marbella) www.paves.es • paves@paves.es • Tel 952 818 822


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DESIGN CONCEPT

PREMIUM BRANDS AND HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE

Interview with Fernando Fernández and Rosa Hernández

What brands do Design Concept mainly work with? We work with many premium brands to enable us to give the high-quality service that we are known for providing. In kitchens we work with Poggenpohl, Blanco, Miele, Corian, Gaggenau, Siemens and Neff, to name but a few. With regards to home decoration, we work with the likes of Ivano Ridaelli, Cattelan Italia, Minotti Italia, Bonacina Pierantonio and Lema, plus many more. We choose our collaborators carefully so that we can maintain our high standards in premium furniture and home solutions.

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Tell us more about Poggenpohl… Poggenpohl have very avant-garde ideas and are wellknown for their modular kitchens. They merge living and cooking, uniting the whole living space from the floor and wall to the ceiling. They are represented in over 70 countries and have been established for more than 120 years. Though Poggenpohl is one of the oldest kitchen brands in the world, they have continued to reinvent kitchen life. Their aim is perfection, which is achieved through the ut-


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+SEGMENTO most attention to detail. The German founder, Friedemir Poggenpohl, had a vision that the kitchen was not just a place to prepare food but a place in the home where we can come together. You work with important kitchen ranges such as Porsche and many ranges by Poggenpohl such as +Segmento and +Modo, but tell us more about +ARTESIO +ARTESIO is an iconic kitchen using a modular construction with matching front and side panels to harmonise the

panel walls, base units and furniture with a dramatic arch and grooved wall that unites the kitchen with the surrounding space. This design links cooking and living areas with seamless harmony. The wall is multi-functional with a grooved panel concealing a horizontal LED strip that directs light upwards and can take stainless steel shelves for books, ornaments or kitchen tools. There is a stainless steel panel within it which can accommodate switches, sockets and wall fittings. The distinctive +ARTESIO arch is highly functional, concealing

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cables whilst providing ambient light for the kitchen area. It makes a real statement in the kitchen, linking the kitchen with the space beyond it. Who was the architect for +ARTESIO? Hadi Teherani was the architect for the +ARTESIO kitchen and it was the first time that Poggenpohl commissioned an architect for one of their kitchens. He planned the kitchen so that it offers new multifunctional blends and transitions which can be planned as compact or space-encompassing solutions. What is the background to one of your Italian brands, Lema? Lema was founded by the Meroni family in 1970 and is renowned for its strong tradition in craftsmanship, which is reflected in the quality of each furniture piece. The company has designed and manufactured home furniture for over 40 years, collaborating with a great number of well-known designers such as Nendo and Piero Lissoni and offering comfort and harmony through the use of light colours and ambiences dedicated to rest and relaxation. Lema furniture fits perfectly into hotels, restaurants, office headquarters and luxury residences.

i BUSINESS FILE Design Concept Established since: 1993 Services/products: interior decoration Calle Zinc, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 828 657 mail@designconcept-marbella.com www.designconcept-marbella.com

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For Lema, the house is “like a place of coming and going… intelligent living system organised but free, capable of dealing with the present and the past, gathering suggestions and differences.” Lema designs and produces essential structures for the living space, with objects “designed and planned to represent private trips and personal storytelling”.

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JENSEN STORE

STATE-OF-THE-ART INNOVATION FOR QUALITY SLEEP

Interview with Stefan LovĂŠn Tell us more about the beginnings of Jensen and how the company has evolved over the years? The company was founded on 14 February 1947 and the first Jensen mattresses were produced more than half a century ago. Much has changed since then but one thing has remained steadfast: a clear philosophy that our consumers should be able to see and feel that the bed they are lying on is a true Jensen bed.

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Currently, more than 150,000 mattresses are produced each year at the factory in Svelvik, which is on the shores of the Oslo Fjord. As a result, Jensen has naturally become an international household name. Here we consider ourselves to be the leading quality bed store on the Costa del Sol over the last 10 years. We are the sole distributor for Spain but we also deliver to many other countries.


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What does Jensen offer for the best night’s sleep? The key to quality rest is the zone system principal. Back support in combination with a soft shoulder zone ensures a totally new sleep experience. Most people have broader hips and shoulders, while they are heaviest, and generally narrower, around their waist. Because the task of the mattress is to support the body, it is divided into zones – providing more equal and comfortable support when the shoulders and hips sink deeper into the mattress. At the same time, more support is provided to the waist.Mattress tension is one of the choices that you make when buying a new Jensen bed. Most of our springs are available in various tensions from soft to extra firm. The tension is determined on the basis of height, weight and the desired level of comfort.

Has Jensen brought out any new products? Yes we have brought out some very interesting and innovative products. One product Jensen has recently launched is the Exact Comfort Adjustment, which allows you to alter the continental bed to a softer or a firmer feel, according to your needs, at the simple touch of a button. Another new feature we have brought out is that on a continental bed you can now choose, without any extra charge, a cover that is concealing the two bed bases, and with just four bed legs show­ing. This makes the bed look more aesthetically pleasing. There are no other beds in the market that offers these two new possibilities.

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Photo by: Peter Staes

Tell us more about the Jensen App… To provide you with an even better experience with your Jensen bed, we have developed two applications: MySleep, which helps you gain control over your sleep; and Appjustable, which works as a remote for your adjustable bed. It’s now easier than ever to adjust your Jensen adjustable bed. Our new app makes it easy to select your favourite sleeping position. MySleep helps you take control of your sleep. It includes, for example, functions which make it easy to take a “power nap”, to obtain statistical data about your sleep, to wake up to your favourite music, and to find out what kind of weather the day is going to bring and what the latest news is in your part of the world. What is Jensen’s Build A Bed 2.0 function? This is a great innovation where you can simply put together your own bedroom through our website, customising everything from not only the bed itself, but the legs, headboard, bedside tables and lamps to much more. This very simple-to-use function allows you to create the bed of your dreams which you can then print out and bring to us to organise. Alternatively you can share your bedroom idea with your friends on social media. Are Jensen Beds ecologically friendly? When we are developing new products here at Jensen, we not only focus on sleep comfort but also on our responsibility to en-

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sure that our products promote good health and that our manufacturing processes do not harm the environment. With the qualification criteria for the Nordic Swan, the official eco-label for the entire Nordic region, becoming ever-more stringent, we are proud to announce that we have been licensed to use this label on many of our mattress collections for a further two years. Only those products that meet strict environmental requirements throughout their life cycle receive the Nordic Swan eco-label. All of the relevant environmental challenges in terms of the sourcing of raw materials, product manufacture, the use of chemicals and recycling are carefully considered. Last but not least, the product must be safe for the consumer to use, and durable.

i BUSINESS FILE Jensen Store Established since: 1947 Services/products: Scandinavian-style beds Polígono Nueva Campana 23, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 908 855 info@jensenstore.com www.jensenstore.com


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CPAD GROUP

CREATING A BOND OF COMMITMENT, QUALITY AND PROFESSIONALISM

Interview with David Navarro Photos by: David Toms Tell us about the origins of your company and how it developed over the years… It all began 12 years ago when I was working as a builder’s labourer and I decided to throw myself into a business venture. I started out by becoming a partner, creating two companies, Estructuras Dama, specialising in foundations and structures, and Pinturas Nawa, specialising in decoration and painting. Years later, and with a view to expanding my operations and ambition, I decided to go it alone, founding my own company, covering the whole construction sector. CPAD Group was a major personal and professional dream for me. After years of hard work and dedication, it was transformed into a team of young and enterprising professionals who worked in perfect coordination, securing the confidence of clients and

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colleagues in the sector and positioning ourselves as a reliable and highly recommended company. What are the main factors behind your company’s success? Attention to detail and passion… beginning with how we look after our clients, creating a bond of commitment, friendship and professionalism. Listening to whatever is their dream or project, and being by their side at every moment, guiding and proposing the best way to carry out the work. Making the complex and special operative process easier and more manageable. Working hand in hand with all those involved in the project, as if we were just one. Offering the best relationship between quality and price, paying particular attention to the finer details and finishing the project punctually.


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Team and rapport… A company is not just a name, or one single person. It needs to be forged and shaped by a team of professionals who, from day to day, give their best in their respective spheres. And who manage to be the best without following a direct line but rather an open and wide curve in order to continue advancing. What inspires you in your work? Knowledge… Architects and designers are, and always will be, our inspirations because, from the beginning of time, they have been the creators of different construction styles, adapting them to each environment and moment, without forgetting the owner’s original proposal and their preferences and ideas in respect of the materials, use of space, etc. So together with these influences, and our knowledge and experience in construction, we always achieve the result that the client is after. My passion is to continue every day doing what I most enjoy, building and doing it in a special way – that’s what I was born to do. I have the good fortune of being able to capture and express each minor detail of an idea or to sketch the reality. I’m inspired by giving life to something wonderful that will become a home, a leisure centre, etc. To learn something new every day, learn from your mistakes, learn from others, be open to innovation and be more competitive.

To continue teaching each member of the team how to be better, that there is only one way to do things, making them feel that they are the company, part of my dream, and that they turn it into a reality. Hoping that all of this enables me to achieve the levels I aimed for when starting up the company. That it was not just the biggest but the most meticulous, intimate and professional. How do you see the current state of the market? With optimism… Unfortunately there isn’t enough work for everyone but we remain optimistic and press ahead with determination and firm resolve, thanks to our perseverance, qualifications and professionalism, committed to quality work that earns the confidence of clients, architects, etc. We have reached the desired point, now more than ever before, where we have the opportunity to show everyone who we are. That’s what really motivates me to continue working and to provide what my clients need, want and desire. How do we achieve that? By asking questions, listening, observing and learning. What is your view of modern architecture in Marbella? Impressive… It’s a window open to a universe of possibilities that give you the option of expressing whatever you can im-

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agine. A place where the east and west come together, where everything is possible as far as volume, space, shapes, materials, technology, decoration, etc., are concerned. Every day we feel more closely involved with these projects, having the opportunity of working with great architects with a new way of looking at construction in the traditional Marbella. In addition, with clients from all parts of the world who want to settle here and share with us a very cosmopolitan style, that’s what enriches and encourages us to continue progressing as the serious professionals that we are and that we feel we are. To become pacesetters at an international level, in architecture and construction… The future of modern architecture, particularly in Marbella, is fantastic. Decoration and design are breaking the traditional mould. But this break is not final and complete, because even lovers of traditional architecture are blending and incorporating elements of the most innovative architecture in spaces designed and conceived from a more traditional perspective. Today it is the style most in demand, not only by existing owners

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in the area who carry out these kinds of changes but also by new owners who don’t have the option of buying a virgin plot of land and building from zero and who therefore are unable to choose such factors as location, orientation, views and layout of the property. In addition, there is a group of potential buyers who don’t place such importance on proximity to the town centre. For them, there is still a large variety of plots in the area and the possibility of building a home in accordance with the surroundings. Creating wonderful homes for their inhabitants and those who have the opportunity of contemplating them…

i BUSINESS FILE CPAD Group Pol. Industrial Estepona, C/ Marconi 5, Estepona, Málaga C/ Tecnologia 10, Oficina 1, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz Tel. (+34) 951 974 564 / 956 185 661 / 630 553 811 Email. info@grupocpad.es Web. www.grupocpad.es


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LOANI HOME

Encompassing a Broad Spectrum of Interior Design

Interview with Lola Alario Loani Home has been operating in Marbella for three decades. Tell us about the company’s history… We’ve been in the textiles sector for more than 30 years. For the first 20 years we had a Descamps franchise in central Marbella. We then took a franchise with Yves Delorme for five years, and in 2003 we moved to Calle Jaime de Mora. We eventually had several brands – the best in the textiles sector – and we expanded the business to cover all aspects of decoration and home accessories. Our shop is located near the Piruli copper

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tower, which is a privileged address in Marbella, easily accessible for clients. It’s an attractive store, very well illuminated and pretty. What services are offered by Loani? Now, in addition to home decoration, we can also carry out renovations, allowing us to hand over the keys to a client’s completely finished home. We hold preliminary meetings with the client to become familiar


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with all their needs and tastes, with the aim of causing minimum bother, and to ensure that all the work is carried out to their liking. Our main objective is that clients have confidence in us, and that they are satisfied. What brands do you work with now? There are many of them, including furniture, armchairs, beds, rugs, paintings, decorative objects and upholstery, as well as everything related to the kitchen… dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, sets and kitchen accessories. We also stock bathroom accessories and a large home scent range. They can all be checked out on our website. To focus on textiles, which are our speciality, we work with such prestigious brands as Frette. Bellora, Trussardi, Lexington, The Jacquard Francaise, Abyss-Habidecor, Designers Guild, Rob-

erto Cavalli, Christian Lacroix and Bluemarine. All of these offer the finest quality in bedclothes, bathroom towels and table linen. We also have our own workshop, where we make bespoke products and sizes. Our clients have known us for many years and we have extensive experience. What do you enjoy most about working in this industry? Dealing with clients and ensuring they are happy, and being able to show what can be done. What do you see as the main trends in home interiors this year? As always, quite original – but this year even more so. I don’t know if it’s been because of necessity, or that things emerge and now was the time, but this year there is more colour and more design, above all else very casual and bold.

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In conclusion… We love our work and we’re very positive, happy people. We are here to look after our clients and we enjoy pleasing them.

i BUSINESS FILE Loani Home Interior Design Established since; 2003 Services/products: complete home decoration and home textiles experts C/ Santa Ana 3, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 771 469 clientes@loanihome.com www.loanihome.com

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Total Lighting Experience at your service

ILUMINACIÓN DELTA LIGHT ESPAÑA, S.A. C/PONT DE CAN CLAVERÍ, 58, P.I. “LA LLANA” 09191-RUBÍ (BARCELONA) TEL / 93.586.19.00 · FAX / 93.697.95.00 marketing@deltalight.es · www.deltalight.es

C/Ávila N° 17, Local 2 29670 San Pedro Alcántara Málaga / España Teléfono +34 952 781 669 info@e-illusion.es www.e-illusion.es


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BOCONCEPT PLUS STORE

SHOWCASING THE BEST OF SCANDINAVIAN STYLE AND DESIGN

Interview with Jan Petersen & Susanne Brandt Tell us more about the concept of your showroom in Mijas… We have two floors in the showroom: downstairs is exclusively BoConcept and upstairs is the Plus Store, a multi-brand store offering the best of Scandinavian style and design. In the BoConcept showroom we show customers the possibility of customising the collection. Sofa and wall systems are completely customisable and can be changed to fit the customer’s

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space. We offer a wide range of fabrics and finishes that lead to many possibilities. In our Plus Store, we offer the following brands: by Lassen, Cane-line, Carl Hansen & Son, Fatboy, Fritz Hansen, Hay, Kartell, Marset, Menu, Muubs, Nordal, Sika and Skagerak. All of the brands work really well together and we urge our customers to mix and match to create a style unique to them – so


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every home has the customer’s personal touch. We want to provide the customer with a custom-made solution for their space. What kind of services can customers expect from BoConcept Plus Store? We strive to give the customer an exceptional shopping experience – from the moment they walk into our store until the last piece of furniture is delivered and assembled. The customer’s satisfaction is always our priority. We prepare a customised proposal for every client, showing them what the furniture will look like in their space and providing them with a collage, 3D views and a floor plan. We try to go out of our way to make the customers happy.

Tell us more about the collaboration with Mads Mikkelsen… In February BoConcept released The Call starring renowned Danish film star Mads Mikkelsen. In just a few weeks it became a viral must-see, hitting more than one million views. It’s not a commercial in the traditional sense: it’s a real film created by some of the best professionals from the Danish film industry. The entertainment factor is high and what really makes The Call stand out is the intense drama between Mads Mikkelsen and beautiful Swedish co-star Malin Buska. BoConcept’s furniture merely plays a silent yet very stylish backdrop. Mads Mikkelsen is at the peak of his career, and renowned worldwide for his roles as Le Chiffre in the James Bond movie Casino Royale, in the TV series Hannibal and in his latest films

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The Hunt and The Salvation. The Call is the first of two films Mads Mikkelsen and BoConcept have produced together. The second film, The Guest, is a comedy that is also intended to live a viral life. What do you enjoy most about working in your industry? Working alongside modern Danish design classics, new and old. We love mixing the different styles in the store to create a unique and exclusive look for every customer. What do you think makes the Scandinavian style so popular? The clean lines, style, functionality and quality. It truly has an exclusive, long-lasting aesthetic that can easily be added to both new and old spaces. In conclusion‌ We provide a personal, reliable experience for our customers. We are not only selling furniture: we are selling trust and an exceptional experience.

i BUSINESS FILE BoConcept Plus Store Established since: 2007 Products/services: interior design, furniture and decoration Ctra. de Mijas. Km. 3.5, Mijas Tel. (+34) 951 242 092 malaga@boconcept.es / malaga@plusstore.es boconcept.es / plusstore.es

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How much can you take in between breaths? The New Continental GT Speed. Fuel economy for the New Continental GT Speed in mpg (1/100km): Urban 12.7 (22.2): Extra Urban 28.0 (10.1): Combined 19.5 (14.5), CO2 Emissions (g/km) 338. Bentley Marbella. Carretera de Cádiz 171. San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella, Málaga, 29670 For more information call +34 952 78 52 58, visit www.marbella.bentleymotors.com or email dlara@bentley-marbella.com The name “Bentley” and the “B” wings are registered trademarks April 2013 Bentley Motors Ltd. Model shown: Continental GT Speed.


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ROMÁN CLAVERO

STANDARD-BEARING INNOVATION AND QUALITY IN WOODEN ENCLOSURES

Interview with Marcos Oliver Román Ocaña Photos by: Black Elk Studios What products and services are offered by Román Windows and Doors? At Román Clavero we have been specialists for wooden and wood-aluminium windows for 30 years. In fact, we were the first ones in Spain to manufacture the first European-system wooden window, in the mid-eighties, which is why we have always been considered a flagship company at a national Spanish level when it comes to innovation and quality in wooden enclosures.

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We also offer our clients entrance doors and all options for interior carpentry, including connecting doors, wardrobes and dressing areas. In addition, there are other departments in the company which offer a complementary range of products and services that satisfy all our clients’ requirements, including a roofs section with options in wood for pergolas, interior roofs, and gazebos and chiringuitos (huts) for the outdoor garden; a wood


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furniture and decoration section with options for bathroom furniture, stairs, panelling and bodegas, for example; and the long-life section, which provides efficient post-sales services to our clients, as well as maintenance and varnish refurbishment services. Romån Windows And Doors’ technical experts are specialists in managing and undertaking projects from start to finish, from the initial quote, works management and personalised manufacturing to the post-sales service. Our knowledge and experience in all phases of the process

means we can provide a rapid and effective service for design prototypes and quotes, while also offering a speedy works schedule and completion of the project. What are the main new trends and products in your industry? The trend in window systems in recent years is clear: a reduction in the width of the profiles to give more prominence to the glass. People are seeking windows with increasingly larger glass areas and with as narrow a profile as possible, with no visible obstacles.

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The development of glass technology that improves thermal insulation and protection from the sun, and the appearance of weightier ironwork systems, makes it possible these days to build larger windows that, a few years ago, were unthinkable and not recommended. Wood-aluminium systems are becoming increasingly prevalent in our production, and motorised aluminium roll-up blinds have definitely taken over from traditional products as options for controlling light in homes. At Román Clavero we have been developing a sliding system in wood and wood-aluminium, with surprisingly narrow profiles (50 millimetres) and great capacity for large glass sheets, and we will be presenting these this summer. For entrance doors, six years ago we started to focus on hidden and pivoting ironwork systems and motorised locks; while plain models with modern veneers are replacing the classic Andalucian doors that have been so popular on the Coast. We are also committed to starting production on doors that completely incorporate fingerprint or keyboard access, without the need for additional installations on the walls – easy to use and connectable to domotic home automation systems. We are going to present new entrance door models decorated in 3D optik wood, where you can notice a strong contrast between the natural look and warmth of the door and other modern materials such as glass and steel. A new trend in interior carpentry that began seven years ago – less is more – has now become unstoppable. The objective was to reduce visible structures, and these days hidden hinges and frames without cover plates represent 80 per cent of our door production. The trend among architects and decorators is to install an invisible, or almost invisible, door. You could say that it is a neutral door in the context of the décor – that it is absent. At the showroom this spring Román Clavero is launching new Román FrameLess door systems with a completely invisible

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frame, and Román FrameBlock systems with minimalised doors and very flat designs without any moulding, complemented by new-design handles, magnetic locks and borjastyle (double palette) keys. These models are going to become prevalent in the next few years, especially for designer villas. What are the main future priorities at Román Clavero? To continue innovating and be the first to offer our clients the latest in design and current solutions in the market. To continue growing at a national level with our local headquarters in Madrid and Cataluña, which almost represent 20 per cent of our sales. And to continue expanding our international projects so we can continue to take our products around the world and show that a small town in Andalucía manufactures products of a high quality, the same as at the top factories in Germany and Italy. What is it you like most about working in your industry? To be able to manufacture and install high-quality products designed around the needs, tastes and concerns that our clients pass on, and to be able to provide the correct advice. This is what makes each project a challenge, requiring you to ensure there is ongoing change and evolution in your services and products.

i BUSINESS FILE Established since: 1979 Services/products: wood carpentry, windows, doors, wardrobes, dressing rooms and roofs Paraje Puerto Ronda, Crta. Manilva-Gaucín, Casares Tel. (+34) 952 894 149 info@romanclavero.com www.romanclavero.com


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DANESPAN

Aesthetically attractive and highly functional kitchens

Interview with Flemming Frank Petersen Photos by: Peter Staes

You relocated your showroom recently to the Golden Mile. Tell us why you decided to make the move‌ Where we are now in the Oasis Business Centre is a much better location for us. We wanted easier parking for our customers and more space to exhibit our products. The showroom is more contemporary, with a larger open-plan space which better suits our needs.

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What are the main new kitchen ranges you have this year? We work with high-quality kitchen companies such as Miele, Gaggenau, Neff, Siemens, Bosch and Bora to name but a few. In your opinion, what makes a perfect kitchen? A perfect kitchen should be aesthetically beautiful and highly functional. There is a kitchen to suit everyone’s needs if chosen carefully.


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What do you enjoy most about your area of work? I love client liaison and I thrive on finding the ultimate solution to someone’s kitchen requirements. Working closely with the client from the primary consultation right through to seeing the final result is very rewarding for me.

What new developments have you noticed within the kitchen sector as a whole? The kitchen sector is very active and it is constantly evolving. We have noticed that extractor fans are starting to be phased-out – they are now built into the hob or ceiling. The handle-less kitchen is very popular now, which makes a kitchen look very slick and

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modern. The desire for more natural looking kitchens, such as using wooden grains, is returning. Also, we seem to be moving away from composite stone and going towards more special stone materials such as granite. In terms of the market, Spain is certainly enjoying an upturn in the economy after such a long crisis period. With the increased investment in Marbella from property buyers, the kitchen sector can only benefit from this. i BUSINESS FILE Danespan Established since: 1989 Services/products: kitchens Oasis Business Centre, CN340 Km. 176, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 868 071 info@danespan.com www.danespan.com

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Ctro. Comercial El Capricho, local 3-9 Boulevard PrĂ­ncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, s/n 29602, Marbella T. (+34) 952 868 071 info@danespan.com - www.danespan.com


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ALUDOMO & K·LINE

Cutting-edge designs for high-quality window projects

Interview with Joaquín García Delicado Tell us a bit about Aludomo… Aludomo is a company that distributes and installs K·Line windows in Málaga province and Andalucía. K·Line is the main manufacturer of finished windows in Europe, with a daily production of more than 2,500 windows and five ultra-modern factories in France and Spain. At Aludomo we complement the K·Line catalogue with cuttingedge products from other brands, in order to be able to offer our clients the finest options in the market – always bearing in mind the budget for each specific project. The main virtue of our systems is being able to offer windows with the largest glass surfaces in the market – systems with hidden shutters and built-in options that minimise visibility of the aluminium rims. You can only

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offer these options with an excellent material like aluminium and an exceptional design. Using minimal rims does not result in any reduction in thermal and sound insulation. In fact, these latter parameters are a key foundation of our products. What are the main products offered by Aludomo? All our KL-FP and RK-80 hinged windows have hidden shutters: i.e. the rim of the window hides the frame of the shutter. This means that the aesthetic of a hinged window is the same as a fixed one, but with a 20 per cent increase in the glass surface for the same window space. Our KL-BC sliding rails are designed in a minimalist style, with a shutter junction of just 40 millimetres, designed to withstand


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winds up to 195 km/h and with glass as thick as 160 kg/sheet. For very large spaces or glass up to 300 kg/sheet, we have sliding rail options with an elevated system and a visible profile of just 93 millimetres. We complement all of these products with state-of-the-art products from other manufacturers, such as hidden drawers for blinds, self-inhibiting and micro-ventilation security blinds, motorised pergolas, glass curtains, skylights and moving roofs. What are the advantages of working with Aludomo? The main guarantee we offer is our association with Europe’s leading window manufacturer. This enables us to handle anything from minor window renovations to major projects. At Aludomo we have our own engineering department that can resolve all requirements or concerns by our clients or architectural colleagues. We offer bespoke options for any problems raised by our clients. K·line’s manufacturing capacity and specialisation, together with our team of specialists and fitters, means our clients have cast-iron guarantees for their projects.

What is it you enjoy most about working in this industry? We enjoy it right from the start of the project, seeking out options that improve the design and aesthetics without prejudicing the home’s interior comfort. Currently, most of our projects are contemporary homes with large glassed-in areas that require the involvement of highly qualified staff able to provide solutions that can, at times, be quite specific. And that’s where we come into the picture!

i BUSINESS FILE Aluminio y Domotica S.L. & Ventanas K·Line Established since: 2005 Services/products: manufacture and installation of windows, glass and solar control systems Urb. Señorio de Cortes 64, Estepona Tel. (+34) 654 330 707 comercial@aludomo.es www.aludomo.es

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AÑIL HOME TRENDS

ENRICHING HOMES WITH CREATIVITY AND HARMONY

Interview with Mili Benítez Tell us about how and why you started Añil Home Trends… I set up Añil Home Trends in 1993. Previously I worked in the world of fashion in the Canary Isles, and studied in Barcelona, when still very young. I have always felt a close association with the world of design and décor, due to its creativity and the opportunities it offers. What are the main foundations on which the company is based? Professionalism, honesty and creativity, providing clients with a maximum degree of satisfaction, while always aiming to surpass their expectations. We are well aware of the importance of and effort required in giving life to a space, filling it with colour, textures and emotions. We are very serious about that and you can see it in all our projects.

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What provides you with inspiration in your work? The sources are endless but observing your environment closely, and contemplating the changes it is experiencing, provides you with a great deal of information. I also remain very interested in feng shui, seeking to integrate all elements according to their energies. In order to remain on the cuttingedge of interior design, we visit all the major fairs and provide the shop with the latest trends, showing clients our long-term commitment to the industry. What are the main factors behind your company’s success? The most important resource that a company has is the people working for it. I believe I have managed to instil in my team the necessity of working well together. It might sound arrogant, but my main passion is my work. I look forward to


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it each day with enthusiasm and all my energy, and the rest of the time I dedicate to travelling and learning about other cultures. This provides me with additional information to help me know more about my clients and the ambience that they, probably, want to recreate. How important is the ongoing development of modern architecture in Marbella to A単il Home Trends? Marbella has the good fortune to possess unique and very well-defined architecture, integrating new modern concepts without losing its essence. We have always been at the vanguard of design, following this same evolutionary path, and today we can claim to be one of the companies that best re-

flects this sense of modernity. We foresee trends in order to surprise our clients with their requirements and requests. Thanks to its location, climatic conditions, etc., Marbella is perhaps one of the few places in the world where there is wide scope for this kind of architecture of pure and open lines, integrating the extensive vegetation and achieving a unique fusion. In Marbella, a real laboratory of ideas has been created in architectural terms, and we have exported many of these new conceptions, which have then been introduced in other areas. Immersed in a melting pot of different cultures, Marbella has undergone a constant evolution that has made it such a special place.

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What are the key ingredients in creating a dream home? Your home is the place where you feel safe and where you spend the best moments of your life… It’s important to spend time on its layout so that it is adapted to you as a person. The materials you choose for your home should reflect those moments in your life and, if we or our circumstances change, then our environment should change also. It is important to maintain a harmony that encompasses our practical needs and reflects our personality.

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i BUSINESS FILE Añil Home Trends Established since: 1993 Services/products: interior design Urb. Las Petunias, San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 780 044 / 952 781 819 www.anilhometrends.com


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SPAZIO2

Offering a fresh approach to luxury bathroom style

Interview with Mariola Cabezas Ruíz Photos by: Black Elk Studios

Spazio2 was inaugurated recently… What prompted you to open a showroom in Marbella? Throughout the decision process, the human factor was the only prevailing consideration: the need to lead our professional career along a path that makes us happy. In early 2014, when we considered the fact that architects and interior decorators required professionals for their projects, we came to the conclusion that what they needed was a “partner” who provided them with outside advice on those subjects for

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which they lacked a deep knowledge. Our team has a great deal of experience in the bathroom sector, porcelain stoneware, glass mosaics, Schüco enclosures and pergolas. We know what architects and interior decorators want, and we provide the best options. What services are offered by Spazio2? Our work methodology is based on a constant presence at fairs, where we learn about the most important latest trends, new initiatives and technical advances.


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We are able to fulfil the specifications of commissioning architects and other professionals, and adapt them to the needs of the eventual client. We provide fast and efficient delivery of our products to the final destination. What kinds of brands do you work with at Spazio2? Latest trends and exclusivity, made-to-measure by the industry’s leading manufacturers, including Gessi, Bisazza, Artelinea, Kos,

Renson and Schüco, among others. In addition, together with the Can Tintoré company, we highlight the fact that we are the only authorised distributors of Schüco in Marbella and on the rest of the Costa del Sol. We manufacture latestgeneration equipment and we also undertake installations, all of which makes us an even more solid company in the high-end market.

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What is your company’s philosophy? After a year working on this new project, this is how we would define Spazio2: a new philosophy, like a breath of fresh air within the industry…. keeping to deadlines, work done well, quality product, the best option – leaving our mark.

i BUSINESS FILE Spazio2 Established since: 2015 Services/products: luxury bathrooms, retail and design Calle Oro 3, Polígono Industrial La Ermita, Marbella Tel. (+34) 951 899 279 / 609 334 625 info@spazio2.es www.spazio2.es

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ILLUSION

SPECIALIST OPTIONS FOR CREATING A HIGH-TECH HOME ENVIRONMENT

Interview with Victor Periañez Tell us about the services offered by Illusion… We are specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of lighting, audio-video and control automation projects, from start to finish. We have various different departments and professionals for design, installation and projects. You have refurbished your showroom in San Pedro de Alcántara. Why did you decide to undertake this project and what advantages does it entail for your business? Yes, we have in fact updated our shop, offices and ware-

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house over the past few months, to improve the showroom space and working area. We are sure it will improve our capacity in the areas of display, service and productivity. What brands do you work with at Illusion? First I would like to say that we are an independent company, and we really like it that way. Of course, we have become associated with various brands and we always choose the leaders in their respective sectors. Delta Light for lighting; Lutron for lighting and curtain control automation; Crestron


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for integration; Loewe for television; Sony for film projection; Sonos, Meridian and Linn for audio. What do you enjoy most about working in your sector? The relationships with other people and the opportunity to meet a very diverse range of people. Over the past few years I’ve met very interesting people in different spheres – clients, collaborators, suppliers and staff.

What do you think about the recent transformation of San Pedro de Alcántara (the boulevard)? I was born in San Pedro, so I’ve seen the town change a lot over the past few decades. The changes in recent years have been important and I think that, thanks to those changes, we can look forward to a very promising future. I’m proud of our town.

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In conclusion窶ヲ We invite everyone to visit our shop or website. We will be delighted to study the options to help you develop your projects, with a team of 15 professionals and all our experience at your service.

i BUSINESS FILE Illusion Established since: 2006 Services/products: design, installation and maintenance of lighting, audio-video and control automation projects Calle テ」ila 17, Local 2, San Pedro de Alcテ。ntara Tel. (+34) 952 781 669 info@e-illusion.es www.e-illusion.es

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ATLAS GROUP

Developing Homes for the 21st Century

Interview with Juan Mancha Photos by: David Toms and Black Elk Studios In your opinion, what makes an ideal build? The ideal build is the one that covers all the needs of the end user or client with the standards and finishes demanded. There are many differences between the design and build of a home for a client and a villa that has been built to sell. Both may be very similar products, but the approach and design should be more open for a commercial product. At Atlas Group we pay special attention to the comfort of the future users of our projects, so we make sure the clients

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are fully informed of all the latest gadgets and different possibilities for home automation systems, which make life easier and add value to homes and buildings of the 21st century. Tell us more about the recent expansion of Atlas Group‌ Without having an active strategy on geographical expansion, due to the ongoing relationship with our clients and our excellent reputation we will soon start to build houses in Monaco, southern France and even the luxurious neighbourhood of Pedralbes in Barcelona.


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How is Atlas Group different to other construction companies? We are 100 per cent committed to the client’s needs. Atlas Group has a tailor-made strategy which takes into account all objectives of the client when they want to build a villa. It doesn’t matter if it is a dream home or an investment, Atlas Group takes into account all the different aspects to maximise the investment – indeed, exceeding the client’s expectations. Our values are based

on excellence, effort and dedication to achieve the best results and provide the highest standard of services. To achieve this level of excellence the company’s two partners work very closely firsthand with clients, to the point that many of our wealthy clients became good friends and even request our help for personal matters long after the work has finished. We call it “the family approach”.

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What do you enjoy most about your work? Knowing that thanks to our effort and dedication there are many happy clients willing to recommend our company and our work. This, at the same time, gives us the opportunity to build new villas, creating more jobs and allowing us to use new materials and the latest home automation systems. In conclusion‌ We are very proud to say that our company has been going since 2006, more than doubling its annual turnover during the last few years. This has enabled us to improve both the services and the quality that we can provide to our clients, as well as our image within the business sector, which of course gives our clients, suppliers and team of trusted and loyal employees the knowledge that they are working with a solvent and viable business.

i BUSINESS FILE Atlas Group Established since: 2006 Services/products: design and construction of private villas, swimming pools, commercial premises, renovation projects, decorative detailing and landscaping Centro Comercial Diana, Bloq. 1, Local 17, Estepona Tel. (+34) 951 272 140 info@atlas-group.es www.atlas-group.es / www.atlasbuild.eu

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AMP CONSTRUCCIONES

A DYNAMIC COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND QUALITY

Interview with Ángel Martín What were the company’s beginnings? AMP Construcciones was born in 2005 as the culmination of a personal professional project. After working for different companies and learning the whole construction process from the basics – when I was young I combined my studies (building engineer) with working as a builder’s labourer during the holidays – I decided it was time to realise my dream. That is, setting up my own construction company where I could impart my knowledge and way of looking at a project, and share this vision with other professional colleagues I knew I could trust. We are a dynamic company involving people with extensive experience and, in that sense, combine the vigour of innovation and the wisdom of maturity. We have the capacity to provide very satisfactory results for our clients, as well as for our professionals and suppliers. What are the basic principles behind the company? For me there is one key principle: honesty. Working from that principle, our business commitment comprises three objectives: quality, price and deadline.

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How would you summarise the market at present and how you fit into this market? Personally, I don’t like to talk about crisis, and I always try to look at life from the positive side. The situation is difficult, yes, but these days there are no “intruders” in the industry – those of us who remain are very professional. To return to a balanced situation – which is what is desirable, in my opinion – the way ahead is forwards and upwards. Our business model is solid: it didn’t grow in size when the market was abnormally expansive and it will not shrink when the situation is abnormally restrictive. I believe we are very good at what we do, and in that respect we are firmly committed to maintaining our place among those in the industry who provide a proper balance. What are the inspirations and influences behind your work? Clients provide my inspiration. I am more of a producer than a creator, but I can claim to have executed projects for leading architects in a skilful manner. For me, true grandeur is achieved by paying attention to the small details, as they are what ensure the


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greatness of the whole. And, above all else, I am inspired by the knowledge that, that when we are working on a project, we are not building a house or a building but rather a home, a living space. What is your vision for the company, and tell us more about your passions? My vision might seem to be naïve in business terms but I believe that companies are essentially about the people who form a part of them – so people are their main asset. I spend a lot of time getting to know the people I work with, both the professionals who – on a daily basis – work on AMP Construcciones’ projects and my suppliers. Not all problems that arise during a project are caused by people, but it is always people who find the solutions. I’m passionate about the construction process, about observing the growth of a building from its foundations and its transformation from an inert object into a living space, a home.

What are your thoughts about modern architecture in Marbella and how are you involved? Honestly, I don’t believe it is easy to find places in the world where there is so much architecture committed to innovation, and Marbella – in its relatively small dimensions – is one of the few. I like working as close as possible with architects – the creators – making my own contribution to the final result with my knowledge and experience. I like it even more when a specific project contributes something to the overall residential and landscape complex within which it is integrated. For me, good modern architecture is that which provides a proper balance between the external areas that are created and the home’s interior spaces. If we achieve that balance we are making an important contribution to preserving the harmony of the natural environment where our home is located – and that in turn enhances our quality of life. At times, it seems incredible that – in spite of certain urban excesses – Marbella remains such a rich crucible of architecture. This

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may sound heavy, but I believe it is architecture that has alleviated the effects of an at-times perverse urban development. How do you see the future of modern architecture (particularly in Marbella)? With a hopeful outlook... As I mentioned before, I always look at things from the positive side. From my point of view, there are two elements that are key in looking to the future with a sense of hope: the capacity to create, and fortunately talent is one quality that remains in abundance while other aspects have failed us; and a determination to progress, and I’m not sure if this is fortunate or unfortunate but recent experience has shown us that a direct line is not always the quickest path – and hardly ever the best path. If talent is once again valued highly, and the money supply values talent, if we recapture this balance, the future of modern architecture in Marbella and the future of Marbella in general will once again be closely linked.

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What does a “home” represent to you? It’s the most important thing. For me, your home is a space you dress up in order to lay bare your emotions and share them with the people you love. In conclusion… What I noted before, that’s what I believe is most important: honesty, people and commitment.

i BUSINESS FILE AMP Construcciones Established since: 2005 Services/products: construction and refurbishment of luxury villas Tel. (+34) 952 786 271 www.angelmartinconstrucciones.com


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Sánchez & Beck Abogados es un despacho especializado en todo tipo de procedimientos judiciales de materia civil, penal, administrativa, mercantil e inmobiliario, así como asesoramiento extrajudical, emisión de dictámenes e informes jurídicos e intervención en compraventas y otros contratos. Nuestra filosofía es la del trabajo serio y profesional, prestando a nuestros clientes un servicio directo y personalizado. Sánchez & Beck Abogados is a law fi rm that specialises in all kinds of court proceedings of civil, criminal, administrative, company and real estate nature as well as in delivery of legal opinions, advice, legal reports and intervention in sale/purchase operations and other contracts. Our philosophy is that of responsible and professional work and rendering a direct and one-to-one service to our clients. ESSENZA

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SHUTTERS IN SPAIN

CREATING A COMFORTABLE, COSY AND STYLISH HOME

Interview with An Dignef Photos by: Peter Staes Tell us more about Shutters In Spain and what new products you have in your showroom‌ In 2013 we started selling and installing wooden shutters and blinds from Jasno, the most important brand in northern Europe. Although wooden shutters are common in the US, UK and other parts of the world, in southern Spain they were hard to find, so their introduction by us was a success. After a while, however, it became obvious that we had to diversify to meet demand, so two more

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brands were added, Bodecor (Belgium) and Sunway (Holland). Now Shutters In Spain covers all technical window dressing: wooden shutters, horizontal and vertical blinds in different materials, roller blinds, roman blinds‌ We have invested in a private showroom where we display most of the systems and materials we have to offer. You can see, feel, touch and operate them for yourself, and become convinced that you receive value for money.


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What have been the main factors behind your company’s success? High quality window dressing represents a durable investment in homes and other projects. Every element from A to Z must offer maximum quality: not only the products, but also logistics, marketing and (after) sales. Having operated for over 25 years in Europe and abroad, aiming to please the world’s most demanding customers, we still carry on working with the same northern European standards.

What are the benefits of having shutters in your home? We want to give people a comfortable, cosy and stylish home. We believe we can make a difference with our products. Take, for instance, our wooden shutters. When fitting Jasno shutters something remarkable suddenly happens: every room is turned into a special place, with its own unique atmosphere.

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What plans do you have for your company, and how do you predict your market sector will progress in 2015? Quality always sells, so even in times of crisis we have been growing steadily. Construction seems to be picking up little by little, and so will interior decoration. Already with a strong presence, Shutters In Spain can only benefit from this growing market. Shutters In Spain’s aim is to keep growing. We will try to become the benchmark in technical window dressing. Remaining passionate about our products, and constantly developing new and better window dressing, will guarantee our future.

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i BUSINESS FILE Shutters in Spain Established since: 2013 Services/products: technical windows dressing Calle HungrĂ­a 16, Marbella (only by appointment) Tel. (+34) 681 055 383 / 608 299 309 info@shuttersinspain.com www.shuttersinspain.com


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AMBIENCE HOME DESIGN

INSPIRING IDEAS FOR CREATIVE LIVING SPACES

Interview with Andrea Böck If you invited us on a tour of your house, what would we learn about your personal style? I like a combination of sleek modern lines and raw organic shapes. I like to feel good on my terrace overlooking the ocean, so large comfortable sunbeds and wind-lights for a serene candle-lit evening will make me feel at ease after a long day’s work.

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Any interior design tricks you’d like to share? I would say, take the time to put ideas together, create your idea scrapbook, and think about what it is you’re trying to focus on. We can be easily carried away with all the amazing ideas we see in magazines, on the internet, etc., so it’s important to make the right choices. Depending on the size or layout of the room, I suggest you choose one or a maximum of two fo-


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cal points and decorate around them. It will be much easier to achieve the right look without overcrowding the space. What qualities do you most admire in a room/property? Light plays a big part in the feel of a room and how it speaks to you. I also tend to immediately look at the floors, ceiling height and window placement, and what the views are like. Any interior designers/architects you really admire or are influenced by? I have quite a few. Saota have great skill in mixing modern architecture with organic shapes, raw woods, contemporary items and striking artwork. The result is a balanced minimalistic, but not stale, interior that dresses the architecture and brings it to life. Nothing is overpowering, but pieces stand out brilliantly.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I like Kelly Wearstler’s innovative and creative way of combining colours, patterns and texture in an unexpected and unique way that works timelessly. What I love about design are the endless possibilities of making something look beautiful. What project you have worked on makes you feel most proud? There is always an element of pride with each project we complete when I see our client’s face of satisfaction. Villa Marbella was a fantastic project to work on; the mix of contemporary furnishings within the Mediterranean architecture worked very well. I designed it closely with my client, and it was gratifying to achieve what she had in mind, and we were both very happy with the outcome.

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In Stockbridge, Hampshire, we did an 1800s barn conversion, maintaining the historic elements and bringing in all the comfort of today’s materials. The furnishings were a mix of minimalistic lines with a selection of elaborate pieces to enhance the history of the space. In Belgium, the new build project was a very fun project to design as it combined youth, energy and elegance. I love vibrant colours as I love neutrals, and I love simplicity as I love intricate and ornamented pieces, so it was a great experience to be able to combine these in the Belgium project. What are the key design trends for 2015? The mix of metals such as gold, copper, brass and black is really hot at the moment. The ongoing trend is to unite styles, texture, colour and patterns freely, to create a naturally puttogether look, avoiding the sterile and perfectly matched décor. Modern lines on oversized sofas and large cushions can generate a feel of luxurious comfort. For colours, black and white patterns have stolen some hearts, creating contrast against brighter colours, while indigo blues bring vibrance when combined with paler tones. For an earthy colour, Pantone’s colour of year, Marsala, is seducing and a great option for the home. I personally really like corals and salmon tones.

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How has Ambience Home Design ridden the economic ups and downs and flourished for almost 13 years? What makes you different? I would say persistence, hard work and a creative team that doesn’t compromise on the quality of our products, the level of our service or our core values, which are based on honesty and a flawless communication with our clients and co-workers. We endeavour to create spaces that our clients feel good in, and we value their confidence in us. In what direction is Ambience headed for the next few years? We’ve recently opened our second showroom in Marbella, and we are currently working on projects in Spain, Egypt and Belgium. Our goal is to continue to expand in the international market and experience new cultures, styles and challenges, and broaden our horizon within the world of design. i BUSINESS FILE Ambience Home Design Established since: 2002 Services/products: interior design Blvd. Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe C.C. La Poveda, Local 6, Marbella - Tel. (+34) 952 858 699 / 616 488 181 info@ambiencehomedesign.com www. ambiencehomedesign.com


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Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa Beach Club · Tropical garden · Restaurants · Pools · Tennis & Sports Club · Golf desk · Nikki Beach · Unique services www.theoasisdoncarlos.com · Avenida Zurita s/n · 29604 Marbella · Telf.: +34 951053333


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FANTASTIC GARDENS

CREATING LANDSCAPE PROJECTS THAT MAKE DREAMS POSSIBLE

Interview with Juan Miguel Gil & Ángel Gil Photos by: David Toms What kinds of projects do you undertake? All kinds, including tropical, Mediterranean, Japanese and minimalist gardens. In accordance with our clients’ requests, and providing our knowledge, opinions and guidelines, we carry out the most appropriate project for a specific garden area – In agreement with the owner. What services are offered by Fantastic Gardens? Maintenance, renovation and creation of gardens, pesticide supplies, sales of all kinds of garden pots, planters and ac-

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cessories, from tools to furniture… We also maintain, renovate and build pools, and supply accessories and coatings in reinforced laminate overlays. What can you tell us about your staff? Our team is the pride of the company; they are the foundation on which it is maintained and sustained. Bearing in mind how long most of them have been with us, in effect they have become a family, people who are qualified in every aspect – including accounts staff, designers, salespeople,


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managers, drivers, machinists, gardeners and assistants. All have a role in the consolidation and good working practices of this company. What do you enjoy most about working in this industry? We start enjoying it from the moment we make the first technical visit to check out the work required‌ that first time paying special attention to the client to win their confidence

in the creation and eventual completion of the project. Our enjoyment reaches its maximum level when the work is underway and you can see the landscaping ideas come to fruition. In your opinion, what is the perfect garden? For us, the perfect garden is one with which both the company and the client are in total agreement. One for which, on

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completion, a good bond and relationship has been forged between the two parties. Satisfaction is the most important thing. In conclusion‌ Fantastic Gardens is a company known for its serious attitude and responsibility to the work being carried out, which is guaranteed according to the terms previously agreed. We work with individuals, developers, builders and communities of owners. We have a full arsenal of tools and equipment to carry out any kind of garden or pool job, complemented by approximately 10,000 square metres of installations, 12 hectares of our own plantation and a qualified team of employees.

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i BUSINESS FILE Fantastic Gardens Established since: 1992 Services/products: gardens Avda. Principe de Asturias 10, Bajo B, San Pedro de AlcĂĄntara (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 952 784 429 (San Pedro) / 952 006 841 (Ronda) info@fantasticgardens.net www.fantasticgardens.net


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LIP SEGURIDAD

PROTECTING PEOPLE AND HOMES WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART SECURITY

Interview with José Manuel López Photos by: David Toms, Reche

Tell us more about the beginnings of Lip Seguridad… Lip Seguridad is a company with more than 25 years of experience on the Costa del Sol, and considerable prestige in the private security industry, in all its aspects. The combination of all the group’s businesses makes it a sound and secure option in this sector. Our technological development and the human element mean we can offer firm and complete answers, without any gaps, in

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the world of security. The time involved in developing our activity is key to being able to offer the services and products sought by clients. We are able to adapt easily to clients’ requirements, as we coordinate and have possession of the whole process – both services and products – that we offer to clients. Throughout these years we have been committed to creating the best working protocols and training the best team, able to adapt day-to-day to clients’ needs – no matter how specific or


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special – and of course in their own language, which we consider to be of vital importance in carrying out the work they entrust to us. What products and services are offered by Lip Seguridad? Lip Seguridad is responsible for shaping its own protocols and procedures, adapting them to each client and each specific situation. This is possible because we control the whole process of service and attention to clients. We install and maintain the systems, which enables us to design our own security systems and facilitate the development of specific protocols that we use in our own central alarm headquarters, with staff chosen and trained within the parameters and development of years of service in

the world of security. The design of these systems comprises exclusive and secure communication systems, thus enabling us to attain a level of competence in our area that no other company can achieve. The only limit is what the client stipulates in respect of their requirements and their capacity for investing in security. Tell us more about the latest products on the market‌ The level of our commitment to clients means we can offer systems comprising four or five communication routes, which is key when it comes to protecting people and the assets they entrust to our care. Being able to unite fixed home systems with the ability to not only protect people and their assets when they are at home but also when they are away from their prop-

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erty – and being able to operate with our team of armed guards – represents a unique and exclusive option on the Costa del Sol, only offered by Lip Seguridad. What is the future in security systems? The future is written every day, and we’re building it. Currently we are developing training for our technical and operations staff in preparation for the possibility of using drones to guarantee the security of people and assets. Also, protection systems for homes in the event of fire, comprising protection curtains for plots that guarantee an impregnable firebreak. And not to forget aspects of cyber-security and tele-assistance permitted by the new law and which go hand in hand with the security and services we can provide to ensure that the circle of security guarantees a comfortable life for our clients. What do you enjoy most about your work? The most exciting thing about this work is, every day, being able to offer the best security options to people who contract our services, adapting them to the budget they allocate us, and guaranteeing that we will use all the means and human resources at our disposal.

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In conclusion… The phrase that defines us best as a company, and which we use during corporate meetings, is that our objective and our strategic plan can be summarised as, “Do things well”. And that is what we do every day and what has brought us to this point.

i BUSINESS FILE Lip Seguridad Established since: 1989 Services/products: security systems, central alarm headquarters, security and protection Plaza de Chile, Local 1 & 2, Urb. Elviria, Marbella Tel. (+34) 902 222 344 info@lipseguridad.es www.lipseguridad.es


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AQUAPOOL SPAS

Helping to bring relaxation and wellbeing into people’s lives

Interview with Anja Mynster Kielskov Photos by: Peter Staes Tell us more about Aquapool and what new products you have in your showroom… We started Aquapool Spas in 2004 with the idea of creating a company specialised in supplying top-end spas on the Costa del Sol. Our first aim is to help people find their dream spa. We listen to the client’s needs, and with our wide spa selection there is always a good match. In summer 2014, we expanded our showroom by another 60 square metres to have enough space to display 20 spas on the ground floor and to make space for two major changes in our product range.

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Our HotSpring spa range was re-launched with a new design in summer 2014. BMW Group Designworks in the US was given a free hand to come up with a new spa design that is more modern and more European. The result is simply amazing and our clients love it. The design is just so different to the normal “box-spa”. We also launched “Fantasy Spas” – a very economical spa range. It’s from the same HotSpring supplier that we have had for the last 11 years, but at a very low price. This range has proven perfect for holiday lets, and it is selling well with a starting price of €3,995.


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What factors do you need to consider when choosing a hot tub? The most important is to find a supplier that offers a reliable brand with a good warranty and with an after sales service. Investing in a spa is investing in your wellness and relaxation for many years, and therefore you need to be assured that the warranty is supported and that you can have your spa running for many years to come. Secondly, I think you should see the product and, even better, try the spas before buying. If you buy a car, you would never buy without testing it first. We offer all our clients the opportunity of testing a spa in a private area in our showroom. A lot of clients have only tried spas in gyms or hotels, and what we offer is so much different. These are private spas with many more features that what a public spa can offer. The massage is like what you get

from a private masseuse and the cleaning can be as natural as you want it to be. What about having salt water cleaning – then the water is actually healthier for your skin than tap water! What is the difference between a hot tub and a hot spring spa, and what are their benefits? First of all I would say experience says it all. HotSpring spas have been on the market for 38 years and, during the latest recession that we are just coming out of, they have continued to develop products, which means our spas are just light years ahead of any competitor. Our top-of-the-range HotSpring Spas are unique in various areas, but I always keep it simple by focusing on two important areas: Cleaning system – You decide how your spa will clean the water.

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Anja and Claus won three HotSpring “Territory of the Year” prizes from 2012 to 2014.

You can choose to have an ozone generator as the main sanitiser, or if you want to get a unique bath experience our salt water cleaning system ACE is healthy and easy to maintain. No matter your choice, the spa will be cleaning silently 24 hours a day. Massage experience – seven different patented jet systems. HotSpring produces its own jet systems so no standard jets are used. For each massage seat, there is well thought-through engineering work behind it. Each seat will give you a different massage experience, so take five minutes in each seat and move to the next seat to get a full body massage. What is the future of spa design? One year ago I would have said a more European, modern design – and that is actually what BMW came up with when they designed the new HotSpring spas last year. Access to the spa is important. The spa has to be easy to get into (cover removal system). Until recently, all covers had to be put on and off manually, or with a semi-automatic system that held the spa cover in place. Last year a new cover system was launched, a fully automated electrical system called Foldaway. You can push a button or even use a mobile app to remove the cover. It’s amazing: not only is it easy to work, but it also gives a 360-degree lookout while you are in the spa, as the cover sits low. We installed one system on our new HotSpring spas and it was sold instantly. Another feature that we are waiting for to be launched in Europe in summer 2015 is a new control system for your spa. It is called Connexion – and basically it gives you access to control your spa remotely. Via an app you can check the spa features, and if there is an issue with the spa you will be advised instantly. In our market, it

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will be a great service to offer, as many of our clients are here parttime, but with this system they will oversee the spa from wherever in the world they might be. What do you enjoy most about your work? We love to help people find the perfect spa match. For us it’s all about fulfilling dreams. Is your dream to have more quality time with your family? Or is it to be able to give your friends a great spa experience? Some people want a spa for health reasons – such as, for example, arthritis – and a spa is a great complement to the treatment. In conclusion… It’s a pleasure for us to see how our personal dream of helping people to bring more relaxation and wellbeing into their life is being fulfilled. For three consecutive years Aquapool Spas has been elected the number one dealer in southern Europe among all HotSpring dealers in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

i BUSINESS FILE Aquapool Spas Established since: 2004 Services/products: American HotSpring spas Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara, Carril de Picaza 17, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 927 811 amk@aquapool.es www.aquapool.es


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KOMCRET

LIVING THE DIFFERENCE WITH HIGH-QUALITY DECORATIVE MICROCEMENT Interview with Leo Fernandez Del Río Photos by: David Toms What products and services are offered by Komcret? The Komcret® microcement product is a smooth, polished decorative coating that provides good adhesion to different surfaces, in any room of the house (bathrooms, kitchens, lounge areas, pools, etc.) and on any firm surface, without the necessity of having to remove the existing foundation. We can turn any project into reality, transforming foundations in contemporary ambiences, adding the finish that only Komcret® microcement can provide, with natural effects and an incomparable aesthetic.

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What are the advantages of using microcement? We have extensive experience in the area of cement coatings with minimum thickness. All our professionals have years of experience in the application of microcement, one of the comparative advantages that enables us to stand out in the market, as the artisanal ability of our appliers is only achieved afters years of dedication to the craft. Another advantage is that using our product means it is not necessary to remove the existing foundation in order to apply microcement. We can do so on old terraces, marble, ceramics,


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clay tiles, mortar, plaster, etc., which results in savings in the cost of clearing-up and preparing a new foundation, providing a uniform appearance without any joints appearing on the surface. Where can microcement be used? In home living rooms, business premises and bathrooms, on stairs, in pools, on furniture, both outdoor and inside surfaces. What is it you enjoy most about working in this sector? The most comforting is creating unique spaces with natural and minimalist finishes, with our product often able to be used to

provide technical solutions for many different projects… for its minimal thickness and quick application. In conclusion… Komcret® is a young company specialising in decorative microcement coatings, the result of many years dedicated to research, manufacturing and the application of microcement. Komcret® is, without a doubt, the microcement that the market will make its own, thanks to its high-quality characteristics, natural and solid look, incomparable aesthetic, latest-generation components and wide range of colours – the most extensive in the market.

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Taking all that into account, and because we know our market, we invite clients to live the difference. Komcret速 microcement enables you, with the same material, to insert logos, graphics, photos, guards and any kind of graphic art or computer graphics that you would like to incorporate into floors and walls. Komcret速 microcement is not limited to a standard colour palette, as our coloration method enables us to create colours, including those based on traditional tinting. Komcret速 microcement is a polished cement just two millimetres thick, which can be applied to many different surfaces. On

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cement, concrete, metal, plastic, asphalt, mosaics and even smooth ceramics, microcement can be fixed completely firmly. i BUSINESS FILE Komcret Established since: 2007 Services/products: microcement coating for floors, walls, stairs, furniture, interiors and outdoors Carril de Mariana 20, Mijas info@komcret.com www.komcret.com


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Thermal Break Aluminium Glass Glass curtains Blinds Awnings Stainless steel Railings Garage doors ALUMINIO Y DOMOTICA S.L Urb. Señorío de Cortés 64- 29680, Estepona, Málaga Tel: (+34) 654 330 707 Web: www.aludomo.es Email: comercial@aludomo.es

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ELEMENTS LIVING

Imagining and creating homes with a unique style

Interview with Josean Zingale Photos by: Peter Staes Tell us how Elements Living came about‌ Elements Living was launched in 2000 as a personal project with the objective of satisfying the needs of a few select clients. We quickly experienced great demand for our services and grew to become the well-established team we are now.

carry out reforms, creating high-quality interiors to reflect clients’ desires. We can also design innovative kitchens and offer advice on any other aspect of design, from building to the smallest detail. The services we offer are fully comprehensive and dealt with through our in-house team of professionals.

What products and services are offered by Elements Living? Elements Living mainly specialises in personalised turn-key residential and commercial projects. We offer all services related to the interior design of a property. We coordinate projects and

What makes Elements Living stand out from other companies in your market sector? Our work premise is client satisfaction. We only take on a certain number of projects, and this means we can guarantee quality of

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service. We like to get to know our clients and establish a personal relationship with them – which in many cases has lasted for years – and we dedicate as much time as necessary to each project to ensure the success and results we expect. Our flexibility and creativity, and the back-up of a large variety of national and international suppliers, allows us to project unique interiors in very different styles to suit the tastes and needs of our clients. We do not follow a particular style or trend but listen to the client and try to reflect their ideas as closely as possible in the result of our work. That

final result is unique, as we do not repeat pieces or combinations of furniture and fabrics in any of our projects. What do you most enjoy about your job? I enjoy most of all the challenge of creating something new from scratch every time we commence a new project. I especially thrive on meeting complicated challenges, turning something old into something new, or something tired and lifeless into something stunning and vibrant. “If you can imagine it, it is possible”… that’s my philosophy.

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What key trends do you see developing in interior design this year? The trend this year among my clients is a movement to a warmer ambience with a touch of vintage. I see a tendency towards a fusion of different trends from the past with the modern elements we have been seeing in recent years. Retro and industrial designs are back, but integrating more modern materials. The use of more ecological materials and natural recycled wood is very much in fashion, reminiscent of a more Nordic style. I see a dynamic mixture which opens up the spectrum for choice and infinite combinations. In conclusion… We are devoted to what we do and our aim is to create homes that our clients love to come back to.

i BUSINESS FILE Elements Living Established since: 2000 Services/products: interior design, reforms and kitchens Calle Álvaro de la Iglesia, Edif. Albatros II, Loc. 2, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 815 628 elements@elementsliving.net www.elementsliving.net

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