THE ULTIMATE IN DESIGN - ISSUE TWO - SPRING / SUMMER 2011
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WELCOME Summer is nearly upon us, so if you haven’t started already it’s time to turn your attention to your outside space. In this our second edition we are focusing on the fast growing trend to create an interiors feel outside aided by terriﬁc advances in furniture design, only the British weather could force you back indoors. We are excited to reveal the smooth curves and revolutionary technology of the new McLaren supercar and for an award-winning cookery book featuring recipes by 26 internationally acclaimed chefs, we head to Heston Blumenthal for some multi-sensory delights. For UBER’s designers and partner companies it’s the detail that set us apart when it comes to making a truly exceptional home and we talk you through many example aspects from artisan balustrade work of the staircase in one feature, the detail garden design process in another, to a clever use of tradition and technology to navigate a listed window planning application. As always our focus is on great design related to the home and life enhancement. Our travel features take us to the incredible surroundings of COMO Shambhala where you can fully immerse your body and mind to be treated to a spectacular array of services, treatments and of course exceptional accommodation and surroundings. We love creating, discovering and sharing beauty. We’ll go the extra mile to take your breath away whether you’re a client or a reader... welcome to UBER Lifestyle.
SIMON EVANS, Managing Director, UBER.
CONTENTS: ISSUE 2 SPRING/SUMMER 2011 12
MEET THE EXPERTS
UBER in partnership with world beaters.
12 FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
The region’s ﬁnest landscape designers, Barnes Walker, are approaching their two thousandth commission.
20 HIGHLIGHTS FROM HUNTINGTON HOUSE � PART 2
In this second look at UBER’s sumptuous design of Huntington House, Surrey, we take you upstairs, downstairs and on the stairs.
24 COMPROMISE � NOT KNOWN AT THIS ADDRESS Eden Park, Alderley Edge.
27 THE ONLY WATCH AUCTION Time is quite literally of the essence.
28 AUTOMATICALLY SENSORY
From cinema to lighting, music to air conditioning. Sensory brings it all together in a single system that’s effortless to use.
36 WE DEFY YOU NOT TO RELAX
On a jungle-covered riverbank estate in Bali, COMO Shambhala (meaning ‘peace’) has designed an experience that goes way beyond mere pampering.
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INGREDIENTS: (continued) PREPARATION: The razor clams: • 15g rishiri-kombu • 900g low-calcium mineral water • 40g white soy sauce (shiro shoyu) • 500g live razor clams, purged in several changes of fresh water The oysters: • Native oysters (1 per portion) The ﬁnal sauce: • 800g reserved ‘sea’ • 200g juice from reserved oysters • 30g white soy sauce (shiro shoyu) • Table salt • Freshly ground black pepper
For the oysters – clean the outside of the oysters with cold water. Using a short, wide-bladed knife, carefully open each oyster, transferring them and their juice to separate containers. Strain the juice through a ﬁne sieve and use this to wash the oysters. Place the oysters in a clean container, then strain the juice once more and add it to the container. Cover and keep refrigerated.
The sea urchins: These need to be prepared as near as possible to serving in order to maximise their fragrant ﬂoral character. 1 urchin yields 3 portions – 2 ‘tongues’ per person. • Live sea urchins To serve (per portion): • 10g reserved ‘sand’ • 1 level tsp reserved fried shirasu • 1 reserved ‘seashell’ • Reserved ponzu • 2g fresh Codium spp. seaweed, washed in several changes of cold water and separated into pluches • 2g reserved hijiki seaweed • 2g reserved pickled dulse seaweed • Reserved razor clams, thinly sliced • 1 reserved oyster • Reserved sea urchin ‘tongues’ • Reserved ﬁnal sauce (at room temperature) • 10g soya lecithin • 10g sodium caseinate trimmed samphire (approximately 3 x 5cm pieces per portion) 112
For the razor clams – wipe the kombu using a damp cloth, then place in a pan with the water. Heat to 60°C/140°F and hold at that temperature for 1 hour. Remove the pan from the heat and add the white soy sauce. Set aside until cold. Preheat a water bath to 65°C/149°F. Place the razor clams, in their shells, in a single layer in sous-vide bags. Add just enough of the kombu infusion to cover the clams, then seal under full pressure. Cook immediately for 4½ minutes in the water bath. Transfer the bags to iced water. When thoroughly chilled, remove the clams and discard the shells. Cut away the entrails and reserve the ‘tubes’ in the fridge until needed.
For the ﬁnal sauce – place the ‘sea’, oyster juice and white soy sauce in a container and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Cover and refrigerate until needed. For the sea urchins – rinse the sea urchins under running water to wash away any mud or debris. Using kitchen shears, cut around the top of each urchin to reveal the orange ‘tongues’ inside. With a small spoon, carefully remove these from the shell and place on kitchen paper. Finishing and presentation – place the ‘sand’ on a plate and use a rigid card or spatula to shape it into a vertical strip about 2cm wide. Sprinkle the shirasu on top. Toss the ‘seashell’ in the ponzu and place on the ‘sand’. Toss the Codium seaweed in the ponzu and drain on kitchen paper. Place in a pile by the edge of the ‘sand’. Place separate piles of the hijiki and dulse seaweeds on the sand in the same manner. Drizzle the ponzu over the seafood pieces, then place them on top of each pile of seaweed. Place the ﬁnal sauce in a container, add the soya lecithin and sodium caseinate, and foam the mixture using a hand-held blender. Spoon around the seafood to resemble the ocean crashing on to the beach. Garnish the dish with 3 pieces of samphire and drizzle a bit more ponzu over the top. Serve with the iPod. �
44 MERE LUXURY � WELLNESS IN WATER The Mere Golf Resort & Spa. Galgorm Manor.
52 FAR FLUNG FLOORS
Capitol Carpets of Chelsea have opened up a new world of ideas for ﬂoors.
56 THE PRIVATE SIDE OF PARADISE Your own personal island awaits you in the Maldivian North Ari Atoll: Dhoni Island.
58 WORKS OF ART YOU CAN WEAR Babette Wasserman’s exquisite sterling silver jewellery glows with originality and freedom of ideas.
62 HIDDEN MASTERPIECE
NEST, infrastructure specialists, are proud to show you – very little.
66 ESSENTIAL EXCELLENCE
Marrying 21st century joinery technology with traditional know-how and passion.
68 HOME SECURITY
UBER SEEKS OUT THE BEST IN DESIGN... 113
DESIGN THAT FEEDS THE SOUL Heston Blumenthal.
THE INSIDE GOES OUTSIDE The outdoor lounge - Gloster
10 LIVING IT, UP
Luxurious sustainable tree houses at Center Parcs’ Sherwood Forest by Blue Forest.
16 BACK ON THE MAP THE BRITISH SUPERCAR The McLaren MP4-12C
34 THE MAGNIFICENT 7
A selection of UBER’s favourite life-enhancing designs and experiences.
50 RIO’S RESTAURANT
The boy’s done magniﬁco. UBER visits Rosso, the Manchester Restaurant of the Year 2010/2011.
When did you last give some serious thought to the safety of your family and the security of your home?
Meet the EXPERTS
UBER in partnership with world beaters UBER Simon Evans UBER Interiors
UBER SOFT FURNISHINGS Cordelia Grimes
SENSORY INTERNATIONAL Neil Sherman Home Automation
BARNES WALKER Colin Barnes Landscape Architect
Simon’s passion for design, and his appetite for product and process knowledge, was �ired up during successful self-builds and commissions for prestigious developers. This inspired his dream to create a centre of design excellence - a dream ful�illed with the creation of UBER Interiors in 2009.
The marine sector provides a supreme test for automation, as former professional yachtsman Neil experienced �irst-hand. At Sensory, Neil oversees many of the marine installations and is constantly looking at new products and processes to give clients the very best experience.
SENSORY INTERNATIONAL Steve Cadman Home Automation
Steve heads up the design team recently overseeing the award-winning design and installation of complete automation systems for two of the World’s �inest 60 metre superyachts. He brings this level of design detail and integrity to all of Sensory’s installations.
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Interior design demands both instinct and experience, and Cordelia brings deep reserves of both. She has worked for more than 15 years in the manufacture and installation of beautiful design-led soft furnishings. Her eye for the finest details leads to exquisite solutions for her clients.
Colin’s 30 years as Chartered Landscape Architect has taken him into the private and public sectors, home and abroad. Since the formation of Barnes Walker, Colin has overseen in excess of 1,000 projects. He has also regularly lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University.
BARNES WALKER Nick Walker Landscape Architect
Nick is a Landscape Architect with over 22 years’ experience. His work includes award-winning design and implementation projects, numerous high-quality gardens and masterplans for business and technology parks.
NEST Tim Williams Mechanical and Electrical Design & Installation pert
WOODSCOPE Nigel Berry Joinery Expert
CAPITOL CARPETS OF CHELSEA Steven Foster Carpet & Floorcoverings
CHESHIRE WELLNESS Paul Hilton Pools & Spas
Tim heads up a specialist company providing the unsung, but vital, services behind the scenes: the mechanical and electrical infrastructure that heats, lights and powers beautiful homes and commercial buildings.
Steven began his career at David Linley furniture, working at the very top end of furniture design. He now teams up with leading interior designers to create �looring solutions of almost limitless variety.
Nigel is Managing Director of Woodscope and brings more than 25 years’ bespoke joinery experience to the �irm and its clients. He and his team combine craft skills with some of the most advanced woodworking machinery available.
Paul has 30 years’ experience in providing innovative and exciting Wellness facilities for the world’s most exclusive spas, hotels, luxury homes and super-yachts. His unrivalled knowledge is supported by a team of 50 professionals.
feeds the soul How should Heston Blumenthal’s profession be described on his passport. Chef? Sensory illusionist? Food scientist?
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One thing’s for sure: no simple job title can capture what Blumenthal has brought to gastronomy. Through the application of science he designs experiences that challenge everything you know and accept about food.
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Think ‘design’ and you tend to think of a visual medium. Heston Blumenthal believes eating is a multi-sensory experience and it is all of our senses that inﬂuence the perception of taste and ﬂavour.
Ironically, it was a problem of generating enough heat from his stoves that ﬁrst introduced Blumenthal to the powers of science. He talked to some physicists from Bristol University, and this led to fruitful investigations into areas as disparate as fragrance, history, magic and sound design. At the heart of his food is a fascination with multisensory perception and how the brain inﬂuences our appreciation of food. 109
His researches have fed his extraordinary fertile imagination. Only he could create nitro-poached aperitifs, crayfish ice cream, snail porridge and salmon poached in liquorice. But far from being gimmicks, these dishes at his Fat Duck restaurant in Bray have been accorded the coveted 3-stars from Michelin, a perfect ‘10’ from the Good Food Guide and, in 2005, the title of simply ‘the Best Restaurant in the World’. But Blumenthal does not only cook for the elite. He has also recently presented a series of Channel 4 bringing his own unique brand of ideas to improve the food in the NHS, a cinema chain, British Airways and even the Royal Navy. If a ﬁghting force marches on its stomach, it will certainly have been interestingly fed. Pictured opposite is Heston Blumenthal’s ‘Sound of the Sea’. This recipe can be found in the award-winning Gourmand cook book ‘a boy after the sea’. See Magnificent 7 on page 34 for reader offer.
UBER seeks out the best in design - Heston Blumenthal While the ‘sand’, ‘foam’ and ‘seaweed’ of this dish should visually transport the diner to the beach, serving it with the sound of waves lapping up on the shore, punctuated by the odd seagull makes this memory so much more powerful.
UBER seeks out the best in design - Gloster Furniture
THE INSIDE GOES OUTSIDE THE OUTDOOR LOUNGE
For too long, enjoying the outside has involved something of a compromise. No matter how good your garden furniture, you can never quite get that cosy, plump, curled-up comfort that comes with a beautiful sofa or a favourite armchair. That’s why a company called Gloster has caught our eye. Because with their outdoor lounge furniture ranges, they have found a way of taking the indoors outside. In the process, they’re transforming patios, terraces and gardens into outdoor oases of living, lounging and relaxing. It’s a demanding brief, replicating interior comfort in an external setting. And it starts with a basic question: what about the weather? Gloster have succeeded in combining innovative design and pioneering cushion technology that means outdoor lounge products can actually be left outside. In fact, they can live outside all year round, and you don’t even need to cover or protect them. Climatic practicalities aside, the concept also requires high-quality, modular sofa systems that are ﬂexible enough to ﬁt almost any size and shape of outdoor space.
On both counts, the outdoor lounge triumphs and it’s small wonder that big sofa landscapes are a major trend for the 2011 season. Simplicity is key here: highly modular seating units provide the building blocks for each of the three outdoor lounge collections - Club, Cloud & Bloc. It means you can integrate all kinds of units together, exploring almost limitless design possibilities. The colour palette for 2011 season features monochrome dominance in natural colours such as taupe, grey and sand, with white and black still going strong. Individual accents can be created by using scatter pillows and accessories. These are either matched in colours and patterns to create an elegant, minimalistic style, or highly contrasting colours and patterns to create a vivid, fresh and interesting look. Either way, fresh air has come to upholstery. Settle back into outdoor lounge for the summer.
In the last edition of the UBER magazine we introduced you to the fantasy world of tree houses. Now designers, Blue Forest, have gone one step further.
Living it, up BLUE FOREST
UBER seeks out the best in design - Blue Forest
No matter how grown-up we think we are, there is something about a tree house that brings out the six year old in us. Actually, when you’re talking about the work of Blue Forest, ‘tree house’ doesn’t quite do them justice. They can also design entire living spaces up in the air and love nothing more to allow their clients’ imaginations to run riot. That’s why last year Center Parcs in Nottingham beat a path to their door. They wanted something that people would talk about, be inspired by and, of course, pay to enjoy. No pressure there, then. In April 2010 Blue Forest and construction partners Jessops Construction got to work, with the challenge of developing three luxurious sustainable tree houses at Center Parcs’ Sherwood Forest location.
CENTER OF ATTRACTION As visitors this year will discover, the result is extraordinary. Each tree house offers a remarkably spacious 170m2 of living space. Indeed, each offers no less than four double bedrooms – each with their own en-suite bathroom – as well as an open plan living space and a kitchen.
And there’s more. A dramatic stroll along a canopy-level walkway takes you to a satellite tree house ‘entertainment pod’ complete a home cinema system, pool table and fully stocked bar. The main tree houses also include a number of exterior decks and balconies providing fantastic views of the forest, as well as a hot tub, sauna and an outdoor dining area for guests.
AN ENVIRONMENTAL MASTERCLASS Externally, the tree houses’ simple, rustic woodland feel is in perfect keeping with the light-touch impact they have on the environment. They are constructed in a variety of natural materials, including rustic timber boards and cedar shingles. Combining these in a non-uniform manner gives the tree houses an elegant yet natural finish and ensures that the structures blend in beautifully with their surroundings. Tree houses are also less demanding on the ground that supports them. They need very little foundation work and ﬁt into the surrounding environment with minimal impact on the local habitat. At Center Parcs, where concrete pile foundations were needed, they were located with full regard to tree root systems.
Andy Payne is MD of Blue Forest:
Our tree houses give you a completely new perspective on your surroundings, allowing you to rise above the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a great time with your family. Blue Forest Sustainable Buildings and Luxury Tree Houses - www.blueforest.com
Indeed, together with sustainable and recycled materials, and ‘A’ grade energy efficiency, these tree houses are now Center Parcs’ most sustainable accommodation.
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1: Full Colour Presentation Plan 2: Water Wall 3: The Portal Sculpture 4: The Globe Sculpture 5: Tree Nursery 6: Water Feature 7: Planting Specimen Shrubs 8: Full Colour Presentation Plan Detail
Image provided by David Harber
Image provided by David Harber
Image provided by David Harber
FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION THE REGION’S FINEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS, BARNES WALKER, ARE APPROACHING THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THEIR TWO THOUSANDTH COMMISSION. ONE OF THE MANY KEYS TO THEIR SUCCESS IS THE WAY THEY WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THEIR CLIENTS. The brief Like good designers in any ﬁeld, Barnes Walker begins every project with an intensive period of looking, learning and listening to the client. The team encourages the client to provide clippings, photographs, materials – anything that helps to convey their thinking. This ﬁrst stage also includes meeting the client’s Architect and Interior Designer. From there, they visit, photograph and survey the site. Where appropriate this may include a digital topographical survey, and tree and ecological surveys.
The response Now the creative thinking can start. Back in the design studio, the team reviews the brief and starts work on initial sketches. The designs are then reﬁned and worked up into full colour presentations, often with mood boards, 3D models, computer generated imagery, materials and ﬁnishes. Revisions follow until the client is entirely happy with the concept. Then the project can swing into action.
Barnes Walker also works with the client in choosing every element of the garden. This may involve nursery visits; hand selecting shrubs and herbaceous plants; and sourcing special topiaries and stone paving. They also handle special commissions for features such as sundials, garden sculpture, water features or summerhouses. On site Once the contractors arrive, the team also makes regular site visits to make sure the design is being interpreted correctly. The positioning of plants; lighting; irrigation; build quality – no detail escapes them as the plan becomes reality. Barnes Walker offer a ‘one stop shop’ design and build service which reduces paperwork, is often more convenient for clients and results in a tighter control on quality.
Making it happen At the outset Barnes Walker would consider if there are any planning or listed building issues to consider. If so, the team will prepare the necessary submissions and reports. A suite of drawings may also be needed if the project is to go out for tender. Detail is everything here, right down to the last coping stone and lighting ﬁxture.
THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION HERE IS A SMALL SELECTION OF BARNES WALKER’S RECENTLY COMPLETED COMMISSIONS
A LISTED COUNTRY HOUSE IN KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE Once a working farm, these stately gardens were created by Barnes Walker for this refurbished country house on the outskirts of Knutsford. The main house was extended and the associated barns were converted into new dwellings. A series of beautiful formal family gardens, with semi-mature trees, imposing topiary and instant hedging created the look of an established garden. Colour-themed herbaceous borders, a tennis court, orchard and outdoor entertaining spaces, hand selected topiary and specimen shrubs all combine to create a magniﬁcent setting for the refurbished hall. The main picture above was taken immediately after the project was completed and shows the extraordinary transformation from the site’s agricultural past.
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A ROOF TERRACE IN MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE The client was keen to breathe new life into the under-used roof spaces of this prominent Manchester building. Barnes Walker created three roof terraces: one large space as a relaxation area for staff, and for corporate functions, and two private terraces adjoining directors’ ofﬁces. The result is totally contemporary and creates a seamless extension to the ofﬁces themselves. Cloud box and yew topiary provide year-round structure, enlivened with changing seasonal displays. Theatrical lighting adds drama and prolongs the terrace’s use at night.
FAMILY GARDEN, NEWCASTLE A transformation project both inside and out, Barnes Walker designed and project managed the exterior work for a family in Newcastle. The gardens were dramatically reappraised to include formal gardens to the front and sides of the house. A Knott garden framed with flowering borders replaced a previous misplaced water feature. Barnes Walker also manipulated the garden’s levels to create an outdoor entertaining space, children’s play features and a summerhouse.
A CONVERTED FARMHOUSE IN MOBBERLEY, CHESHIRE This quintessentially English farmhouse had been painstaking restored and the client wanted the same design rigour applied to the garden. Barnes Walker designed and oversaw the implementation, with dry stone walling and intricate paving details softened by cottage-style planting.
UBER seeks out the best in design - McLaren MP4-12C
BACK ON THE MAP THE BRITISH SUPERCAR The McLaren MP4-12C AS THE SUNDAY TIMES PUT IT “THE MOST ANTICIPATED CAR OF THE YEAR AND THE MOST IMPORTANT BRITISH SUPERCAR FOR A DECADE.” DOES THE FIRST ALL-MCLAREN CAR FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF TO TAKE THE CROWN FROM A NEW BREED OF HEAVYWEIGHTS?
The ﬁrst time you heard the name ‘McLaren’, it was probably belted out by the legendary voice of Formula 1, Murray Walker. And indeed, this extraordinary racing team has garnered an extraordinary depth of knowledge on the Formula 1 circuits around the globe. But, off the track, McLaren’s record is every bit as remarkable. In 1992, they launched what was to become the world’s most critically acclaimed supercar: the hand-built McLaren F1. It was the brainchild of Ron Dennis and Gordon Murray and each was hand-built to be the ultimate road car – complete with a central driving seat. For a staggering 13 years it would be the fastest production car (at 240mph), as well as one of the rarest; so few were made they still command prices of up to £2 million. They followed this in 2003 with the world’s best-selling luxury supercar, the MercedesBenz SLR McLaren. And now in 2011, perhaps the most exciting development yet: a range of sports cars that will mark a new dawn in high performance on the road.
The ﬁrst of three models to be built over the next six years is the McLaren MP4-12C, a car bristling with innovation derived directly from their Formula 1 expertise. This is coupled with a revolutionary chassis architecture and a total focus on efﬁciency. Departing from their hand-built era, McLaren plans to produce up to 4000 cars a year, challenging the world’s leaders in automotive technology, just as they have on the track. “We’re building more than a car, we’re building a brand” declares Ron Dennis, McLaren MD.
INTRODUCING THE CARBON MONOCELL It was 30 years ago that McLaren pioneered the use of carbon composite construction. It was a lead which others quickly followed. They were also the ﬁrst to bring carbon ﬁbre to road cars (in the McLaren F1), and created a carbon ﬁbre chassis and body for their SLR. Now they’re going one step further: the 12C embodies the advantages of carbon composite (light in weight, high in strength / torsional rigidity, longevity) – but as a one piece moulding. Never has a carbon ﬁbre chassis been produced in this way. This carbon MonoCell is the heart of the car. It delivers not only dynamic beneﬁts, but engineering opportunities that form the basis of the car’s unique character. Its much narrower structure also contributes to a more compact car that is easier to position on the road and is more rewarding to drive.
NOT TRENDS. TECHNOLOGY The 12C has the highest speciﬁc power output in its class, as well as astonishing power- and torque-to-weight ratios. Indeed, it delivers the highest horsepower-to-CO2 ratio of any car with an internal combustion engine. It will also change the way we think about supercars. Its form is deﬁantly different from the current vogue for sexy angular lines (think the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Bugatti Veyron or the Pagani Zonda…). In fact, some see the McLaren as visually sober, but that misses the point. Every line and curve is there for a purpose: for design purity, efﬁciency and performance. This is a timeless classic, and a design that will endure long after the current trends are drawing wry smiles in museums. No, it’s the sheer joy of driving on which this car will be judged. McLaren’s FI drivers are usually cocooned away from any PR mayhem, but they couldn’t hold back former World Champion Jenson Button. He was nothing short of desperate to show off the capabilities of this remarkable car at the recent press launch at a Portuguese circuit. And this is the man who has owned a Bugatti Veyron and a Ferrari Enzo, both world title supercar contenders. He said: “Nothing will turn like this, nothing gets me as excited on a circuit like this. I could drive this all day.” No supercar he’s owned has the direct response of the 12C. The Proactive Chassis Control system along with the radical new suspension and brake steer technology offers ground breaking handling and allows the car to corner phenomenally quick. And McLaren’s forensic focus on ‘occupant packaging’ offers new levels of comfort and everyday usability.
MCLAREN HAS WRITTEN A VERY BROAD DEFINITION OF THE CONCEPT OF ‘PERFORMANCE’. AND IT INVOLVES MUCH MORE THAN MERE SPEED.
DESIGN: EVERYTHING FOR A REASON What is the essence of great car design? A car that simply demands to be looked at as it passes by? Not at McLaren. Whether you look at any of their Formula 1 cars, or the now-legendary McLaren F1, the priority of every line, surface and detail is included with a job in mind. It is then beautifully styled to create not a ‘ﬂash’ car, but a timeless one. That’s why in years to come the 12C will still communicate its engineering - rather than fads - through its styling.
The 12C’s body has been styled to support sector-leading levels of downforce which in turn leads to unrivalled lateral grip and stability. The car also manages air ﬂow to support McLaren’s performance and weight targets. For example, placing the radiators adjacent to the engine keeps the car narrow and reduces weight. But it also results in a huge challenge of ensuring ample air flow to the radiators. That’s why you see dramatic air scoops and integrated turning vanes. At the same time, the designer ’s skill has come into play by creating air scoops that recall the McLaren logo (as do other features around the car). Just two ‘pure’ lines ﬂow round the car. When integrated with several dramatic convex and concave surfaces, they present a car that looks compact, low and beautifully proportioned.
MCLAREN FROM THE GROUND UP Remarkably, every part, switch and button on the new 12C has been created for this car. Not a single item has been sourced from another manufacturer’s parts bin. It is, quite literally, every inch a McLaren, and all that means in terms of performance, style and the driving experience. The 12C is powered by a bespoke McLaren ‘M838T’ 3.8 litre, V8 twin-turbo engine producing around 600bhp. The shift is a McLaren seven speed Seamless Shift dual clutch gearbox (SSG). And while this car is unquestionably and unashamedly quick, McLaren has written a very broad deﬁnition of ‘performance’. Much more than just speed, it means focusing on dynamics including in-gear acceleration times; braking performance in all conditions; and efﬁciency of power delivery combined with the lowest possible fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. By any standards, the launch of McLaren’s ﬁrst road car for some years is a major event. The Daily Telegraph has already described it as “a stunning debut for a supercar that’s arguably more practical than its rivals.” The car becomes available – in limited numbers, naturally – from May 2011. The price tag? A surprisingly reasonable £168,500.
A TRUE DRIVERS CAR THAT’S USABLE EVERYDAY
SPECIFICATION Engine 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 CO 2 emissions 279g/km Horse Power 592bhp 0-62mph in 3.3sec 0-186mph in 24.5sec Top speed 205mph Power-to-weight 419bhp/ton Price from £168,500
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM HUNTINGTON HOUSE PART 2 IN THIS SECOND LOOK AT UBER’S SUMPTUOUS DESIGN OF HUNTINGTON HOUSE, SURREY, WE TAKE YOU UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS AND ON THE STAIRS. At UBER we’re passionate about every facet of design, right down to the knobs, handles, catches and accessories. But the larger the project the more difference we can make in creating a stunning, cohesive whole. One such case is Huntington House in Surrey. Here, a design-loving owner – and a capacious 17,000 sq ft of living space – means our designers have a delicious challenge: to give full rein to their creativity while maintaining an eagle eye for detail. Wrought iron balustrading is a recurring theme here, bringing a fine sense of understated elegance to this beautifully proportioned country residence. It makes a proud statement at the gates, and also imbues the ‘Juliet’ balconies with a touch of romance. Both sets of ironwork were traditionally forged by artisan Peter Weldon by hand and worked
using centuries-old methods of the traditional blacksmith. They have also been galvanised and painted to acknowledge another age-old tradition: the British weather. Stairway to heaven This craftsmanship continues inside, too, throughout the internal area of the house in the central staircase. Here the wrought iron work is further enhanced by the antique bronze of another key expert hand, to reﬂect the delicate silver leaﬁng in the ceiling ﬁnishes. In contrast to the understated elegance of the upstairs main reception rooms of Huntington House, the initial proposal for the downstairs basement leisure rooms offers a complete change of tempo to appeal to a more international style of entertaining...
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SHAKEN AND STIRRED. WHAT IS A BASEMENT, IF NOT FOR A BAR? This is design at its most full-on; dazzling, extravagant and with a real sense of hedonism and fun. THE BAR: Curvaceous and dramatic, the structure is shaped like a Viking ship’s hull, with under-lighting and the nickel footrest also accentuating this striking form. THE SURFACE: The highly polished feel of the granite bar reﬂects everything around it, giving an ‘inﬁnity’ ambience – especially when you look upwards to the backlit mirrored canopy. There are champagne chillers concealed within the cosmic black-honed granite, and the bar is wrapped in snakeskin leather-look which also clads the wall panels. THE WINE CELLAR: A tortoise shell marble backlit fascia extends the bar feel by echoing the design of the bar canopy. The wine shelving to the side and the wine cellar behind is scalloped to accommodate each bottle neatly. THE SPIRIT COLUMNS: More visual drama, with the columns sitting on a slowly rotating motorised platform. Blue light reﬂects up and down directly through the mesh shelving, refracting colourful light as it illuminates the liquor bottles and casting a tableau of shadows. AND THERE’S MORE: Top up that ﬁzz and wander through to explore the rest of the downstairs has to offer including a bespoke pool & spa, treatment rooms, dance ﬂoor and fully equipped gym.
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UBER are proud to be the interior designers of choice for this Alderley Edge one-off gated development, Eden Park. We are preparing to bring to the market something unique, inspired and with totally creative interior ďŹ nishes. Every element of the layouts has been considered to enhance the lifestyle of each home. Bespoke doors and oversized door casings with one-off handles are being designed by the UBER Team and are being combined with dramatic glazed staircases that will reinforce a truly luxurious lifestyle. Special marble slabs are being hand selected from quarries across Italy to combine with the very latest in private wellness sanitaryware from leading European suppliers. Double sided ďŹ replaces allow views between rooms, whilst raised ceilings embellished with polished plaster draw your eye to the detail above. Purchasers of the plots will have the opportunity to work with UBERâ€™s award-winning team to put their own stamp on their properties, drawing on talent and materials from around the world.
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Time is quite literally of the essence
The Only Watch Auction Every two years, a sumptuous collection of timepieces is brought together to raise vital funds for medical research into muscular dystrophy. Below, we preview this year’s event, and in our next issue we will unveil some of the most exquisite watches ever made. Only Watch 2011 Group picture
THE 2011 AUCTION The Auction takes place in September 2011, and the event received a royal launch at the close of last year when H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco addressed the elite of the world’s watchmakers. Indeed, contributing to this year’s auction are some of the world’s most desirable brands:
BELL & ROSS - BLANCPAIN - BOVET FLEURIER BREGUET - CELSIUS - CHANEL - CHAUMET CHOPARD - CORUM - DE BETHUNE DELACOUR - DE WITT - FRANCK MULLER FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT - GIRARD PERREGAUX - HARRY WINSTON - HERMÈS HUBLOT - IKEPOD/MARC NEWSON - JAQUET DROZ - LAURENT FERRIER - LOUIS VUITTON MAURICE LACROIX - MB&F - MONT BLANC PATEK PHILIPPE - PIAGET - RICHARD MILLE ROMAIN JÉRÔME - TAG HEUER - ULYSSE NARDIN URWERK - VACHERON CONSTANTIN VAN CLEEF & ARPELS - VULCAIN - ZENITH
In 2009 this unique watch by Patek Philippe sold for €535,000.00 Sometimes, it takes the power of a community to create a force for good. When that community is a roll-call of the world’s finest and most prestigious watchmakers – you have a powerful force indeed. The reason they come together is to unite in a ﬁght against a particular form of muscular dystrophy: ‘Duchenne’. This debilitating neuromuscular illness affects one boy in 3500. Indeed, throughout the world around 250,000 children, teenagers and young adults are affected by this disease.
In 2011, the watchmaking community will hold the fourth ‘Only Watch’ auction. The previous auction in this bi-ennial event raised vital funds which were channelled to 15 scientific partners and their teams. These included some 90 researchers and clinicians in 5 countries (United States, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Switzerland).
Each auction gathers more momentum, and the collection will ﬁrst embark on a world tour with stops in Asia, the United States and Europe. The auction catalogue will also be made available and iPhone and iPad apps to generate the widest possible participation in the event.
In total, the auction raised a remarkable £3 million. One can only imagine the glittering array of timepieces that galvanised such passionate bidding – and will do so again, later this year. Frederique Constant Heartbeat collection set of 59 3 ladies watches €22,000.000
Automatically Sensory From home cinema to lighting, music to air conditioning, Sensory International doesn’t only offer the latest generation in automation; it brings it all together in a single system that is effortless to use. Sensory recently worked with a typical client, who wanted to bring some of the beneﬁts of automation to his home. He also wanted clear guidance, inspired ideas – and a company who would work to, and stick to, his budget. Like every project they handle, the ﬁrst step for Sensory was to sit down with him, in his home, and just listen. Listen to how he and
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his family lead their lives, what’s important to them at home, and how they could contribute to making their life simpler and better. From, there, Sensory were able to conﬁgure a design recommendation and produce a design package which encompassed all the requirements. He then had the opportunity to see the key component parts of that design in action: Sensory has a leading-edge demonstration studio, and a home cinema experience, located in the heart of the UBER showroom. As a result, the client was able to green-light his own project with real conﬁdence.
IN THE LAST ISSUE OF THE UBER MAGAZINE, WE INTRODUCED YOU TO SENSORY INTERNATIONAL AND THEIR INNOVATIVE WORK IN CREATING MEDIA ROOM EXPERIENCES. BUT TV AND MOVIES ARE JUST A SMALL PART OF THEIR STORY. 29
Automation can transform the way people live and work, and Sensory configures solutions that encompass some, or all, of these innovations: • Home Cinema • Security • Lighting Control
THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM Every automation system needs a well designed cable network. This carries messages from the central control unit to all of the key components. Part of Sensory’s skill lies in being able to embed your network with minimal compromise to your interior design. As importantly, it is also future-proofed for seamless upgrades.
• Audio Visual • Secure Wireless Networks • Integrating Air Conditioning and Heating • CCTV Installations • Entrance and Exit Solutions • Biometric Door Locks • Window Treatments The system Sensory designed for a new client brings together a balance of the essentials (heating, security...) and indulgences (movies, music...). Sensory’s team was also able to incorporate all these technologies into a single remote control.
LIGHTING We know better than most how lighting plays a critical role in interior design. Sensory work closely with the lighting design team, creating computer-controlled systems that not only create mood but even remember your preferences at any time of day. They also save energy and add security. HEATING A heating system should be like any other: completely at your command. Sensory design heating controls than can be operated from anywhere. So before you return from your winter vacation, a few taps on your iPhone will guarantee you receive a warm welcome at home.
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VIDEO Even a modest budget can bring you a powerful cinema experience at home. But if you can go further, the result can be a feast of 3D, HD, Blu-ray, LED, 5.1 Dolby... . And you can add to this automated lighting, remote controlled hidden screens and an array of other technologies, neatly tucked away out of sight. If you’ve ever dreamed of a dedicated cinema in your home, Sensory can create it. Or, if you want a cinema on demand, the entire technical hardware of a leading-edge home cinema can be cunningly hidden behind panels, tucked into recesses and slipped into ceilings. See photos overleaf of how we created multi-function, multi-choice room – Living room by day, local cinema by night. AUDIO The quality of audio should not be underestimated for a truly emersive and moving experience especially when associated with video.
The joy of digital entertainment is that virtually every song ever recorded is now within your reach. Sensory brings you music on demand, whether from your own collection, someone else’s iPod or from the full breadth and depth of the Internet. You also have access to the world’s radio stations as well. BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Sensory believes that although automation should be clever, controlling it should be simple and intuitive. At the heart of your system is a user-friendly and tailored control system, with the option to enhance its functionality with remotes, touchscreens, iPhones and iPads. For example. In the children’s designated areas the entertainment system will only allow material of a rating you have approved. Meanwhile, in the living room you have access to your complete collection. Just reach for the single interactive remote that also controls the lights, security and CCTV.
SECURITY For many, security is not a mere ‘nice to have’; it is an essential part of a modern automated home that demands technology and expertise to configure 360o protection for your home and family. At the same time, your home is just that: a home, not a bank. In Sensory’s hands, you have all the protection of high deﬁnition cameras, remote monitoring and intruder detection systems. You can also operate and check the system from any location with an internet connection 24 hours a day. Sensory’s sister company Sensory Secure combines specialist advice with this leading-edge intruder detection and CCTV. Naturally, these systems are purpose-built to integrate directly into your Sensory automation system. Sensory Secure is SSAIB accredited. As you enter your front door, a single switch disarms the alarm, lights the ground ﬂoor, shuts and locks the garage and gates, and reactivates the perimeter alarm. Welcome home.
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DESIGN AND CONSULTANCY All Sensory projects have a unique feature they are all different! Your plans will beneﬁt from our consultancy services and the full resources of our dedicated design team. We draw on years of experience of fulfilling the dreams of highly discerning clients.
We draw on years of experience of fulﬁlling the dreams of highly discerning clients
We only specify hardware and software that we have ﬁrst bench-tested ourselves and we build and test each complete system at our facilities. It can be ﬁne tuned before it is installed in your home. Throughout the project, you also have a single point of contact through a dedicated Project Manager and their team to create and deliver your bespoke system.
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YOUR TEAM Designing and installing a Sensory automation system demands a number of highly skilled disciplines. Every client therefore receives the services of:
A LEAD PROGRAMMER Programmers are the techies who speak your system’s language, and translate what you want into digital instructions. So, understanding how you live is a key aspect to their task.
A LEAD DESIGNER The Lead Designer is responsible for designing every aspect of the system: from the speciﬁcation of the components to all technical drawings that are required to deliver the system. This includes general arrangement, schematic and detail drawings that specify the location of everything – for example, the height of a TV on a wall.
A LEAD ENGINEER With your system programmed off site, the engineer now takes care of every aspect of the installation. It has already been fully checked, but will then be tested again in situ to make sure everything is working perfectly.
A PROJECT MANAGER The Project Manager makes sure everything happens, precisely as it has been speciﬁed. This starts with managing the system build schedule, and goes right through to liaising with architects, builders or electricians you may have engaged, to make sure the installation is seamless.
SERVICE AND SUPPORT But our commitment to you doesn’t stop there. We provide a number of different support solutions, ranging from remote monitoring through to full service level agreements. Our systems are programmed to ‘self-diagnose’ issues and report them to us. Some can be addressed remotely, while for others, parts can be ordered and an engineer booked to visit your home. With our service agreements you can be assured of many years of enjoyment from your system.
These staff will be with you all the way through the project to handover, when you will be introduced to Sensory’s Service and Aftercare staff.
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The Kokoon garden furniture range has been carefully designed to help get away from the hectic world and help create a private universe to relax within. Be harmoniously suspended between the In a long career as a chef, Rick has cooked twice for earth and the sky, alone or with some one special, Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street, once for the French President Jacques Chirac, and on one auspicious occasion for the Queen and Prince Philip within the Kokoon hammock. A set of curtains can to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. He was also honoured with an OBE. be added to make your special space even more of a Rick still lives part of the year in Padstow. He misses romantic place to dwell. the company of his small Jack Russell, Chalky, who And so we have Rick’s philosophy on food, dining and restaurants – namely that cooking and eating together are generous activities, to be taken seriously, but which should also resonate with joy. His books and ﬁlms show a commitment to the quality of food too, and a concern for sustainability in ﬁshing and good husbandry in farming.
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DUO BATH WITH 50,000 YEAR-OLD WOOD The DUO collection was designed by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez for Neutra Design. It is shaped with a single block of stone with the same approach as stone crafting. The stone pieces are beautified by the refined creativity of Matteo Thun, a pioneering master of eco-sustainable design. The combination with Swamp Kauri wood was conceived to pair stone with another material – which likewise has many thousands years of history – for a truly unique final product. Kauri is a beautiful and particularly rare fossilized giant tree that grew some 50,000 years ago. These thousand year-old trees are extracted whole from mud beds in New Zealand’s swamps without needing to cut a single tree. Kauri is used to make counters in which the semi-recessed wash-basins are set; the bathtub is inserted in a large Kauri counter, leaving the wood surface with a natural finish to keep the material’s unique quality and history alive. The Neutra Duo collection includes wash-basins in two different heights, a monolith, a shower tray, a bathtub and a variety of wooden shelves.
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We defy you not to relax ON A JUNGLE-COVERED RIVERBANK ESTATE IN BALI, COMO SHAMBHALA (MEANING ‘PEACE’) HAS DESIGNED AN EXPERIENCE THAT GOES WAY BEYOND MERE PAMPERING.
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WELCOME TO COMO SHAMBHALA Nestling in a spiritual enclave of jungle, river and sun-rich clearings, COMO Shambhala is a destination for the body and the spirit. It is located just north of Ubud, which derives its name from ‘ubad’, the Balinese for ‘medicine’. Such is the profusion of unique medicinal plants in the dense green forests.
Unlike the conventional destination spa that focuses on pampering, COMO Shambhala is known as ‘A Retreat for Change’. It provides a total, 360-degree experience closely tailored to each individual’s needs, offering comprehensive lifestyle as well as healing programmes to mend mind, body and spirit. Here, specialists in Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi provide inspiration and nurture, working in harmony with Activity Guides for mountainbiking, hiking, climbing, rowing, whitewater rafting and outdoor circuit training. Regular retreat weeks focus on subjects ranging from Yoga to Tibetan Buddhism to an Ayurvedic experience which is individually tailored to you alone. Above all, COMO Shambhala is a place of beauty where silence reigns. In this uninterrupted, unhurried environment, the guests ﬁnd the energy to make informed life changes that last long after their stay.
Design for the senses
If breathtaking design is a pre-requisite to your sense of calm and well-being, COMO Shambhala understands you perfectly. The architect Cheong Yew Kuan has created an oasis of harmony, balance and empathy with the extraordinary surroundings that grace the estate. Materials combine local stone, wood and traditional Alang-Alang rooﬁng.
Koichiro Ikebuchi has designed the interiors of the health facilities and the Private and Retreat Villas. Ikebuchi’s uncomplicated, succinct approach to design allows guests to engage with the greater purpose: to clear the mind of all but thoughts of better physical, mental and spiritual health. Spa facilities draw water from The Source, the Estate’s natural spring.
Ojas: designated and relaxation area
THE RESIDENCES The Estate has ﬁve unique themed Residences, each with four or ﬁve suites and a large swimming pool, designed by Cheong Yew Kuan. The aesthetic combines Asian and European inﬂuences, high-spec features, handmade furniture, Indonesian artifacts and architectural details that exude the spirit of the region. BAYUGITE (WINDSONG) Bayugite is an architectural exercise in simplicity, combining the simple lines of Balinese tradition with details from colonial Java (Victorian antique baths, Venetian and Dutch colonial beds). TIRTA-ENING (CLEAR WATER) Reminiscent of old Javanese homes TirtaEning is dominated by a 91sq metre principal COMO Shambhala suite with a Japanese water garden featuring a private waterfall. The entire Residence has a Zen feel. The sound of water can be heard throughout. TEJASUARA (SOUND OF FIRE) Constructed with 1200 tons of island stone Tejasuara is a bold, primitive-style residence, with tribal cloth furnishing and black bamboo beds and a ﬁre pit burns beside the inﬁnity pool, which overlooks ﬁelds of lemongrass. WANAKASA (FOREST IN THE MIST) Wanakasa is set amongst the trees, the pool’s semi-circular edge echoing the bend of the Ayung River that lies 100 metres below. The main living pavilion is supported by huge columns fashioned from the wide trunks of bingkirai trees.
UMABONA (HOUSE OF THE EARTH SON) As the Estate’s grandest accommodation: interiors include hand carvings, ﬁne antiques, courtly furniture, gilding, richly painted walls and precious textiles. Relax in your private inﬁnity pool and jacuzzi with views looking towards Mount Batu Karu. ULTRA-PRIVACY Additionally, you can opt for an even more private experience: • Four Private Villas feature two or three bedrooms, various types of living space and private pools. Designed by Cheong Yew Kuan and with interiors by Koichiro Ikebuchi, the villas are more contemporary in style than the Residences. • Five Retreat Villas are cool, contemporary one-bedroom villas which are perfect for guests wanting to maximise their time with treatments. They feature a private therapy room (for couples) and a pool, and are close to Ojas, one of the property’s principal wellness areas. • Two-bedroom Duplex Retreat Villas are close to the tennis court, and also have private pools, large living spaces and dining areas. Their terraces overlook the forest. LUXURY AS STANDARD All accommodation comes with the service of a Personal Assistant, as well as expected amenities. Dine in either the all-day ‘Glow’ restaurant, or use the 155 year-old Kudus House at breakfast or in the evening for diverse Indonesian ﬂavours.
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There are more than 20 Asian – inspired and western holistic treatments including 8 specialities such as Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Reﬂexology, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy, Nutrition and Counselling Psychology. AYURVEDA: AN EXPERIENCE TAILORED JUST FOR YOU Ayurveda belongs to the ancient Indian tradition of healing. Meaning ‘the science of life,’ it focuses on rectifying imbalances in the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha – that make up the constitution of body and mind. When these three properties are not in balance, disease develops. The aim of Ayurveda is to promote the harmonious rhythm of these energetic principles to maintain health and vitality, and prevent disease. All the Ayurvedic therapies on offer from COMO Shambhala are holistic and completely natural, and are devised specifically for you by the Estate’s experienced team of doctors and therapists.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS INCLUDE: ABHYANGA This rhythmic massage uses speciﬁc herbal oils that can loosen toxins in tissues under the skin, opening the blocked channels to stimulate circulation of blood, lymph and prana (energy).
UBTAN This involves the gentle rubbing of special herbal powder to the body, which functions as cleanser, astringent, stimulant and skin tonic all at the same time.
PIZHYCHIL Warm, special herbalised oil continuously ﬂows over the entire body and is combined with a soothing massage.
AYURVEDIC FACIAL This herbal-infused beautifying treatment involving an ancient cleansing routine is followed by a luxurious facial massage designed to nourish the skin.
SHIRODHARA After an oil massage, a steady stream of herbal oil is gently poured over the forehead and ajna (eyebrow) chakra. This deeply calming treatment improves clarity of the senses.
AYURVEDIC SCALP AND FACE MASSAGE This traditional treatment is ideal for harsh weather conditions as it deeply cleanses and refreshes the skin and revitalises dry, brittle hair.
SWEDANA This herbal steam improves circulation and detoxiﬁcation through skin, relieving stiffness within the body.
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This was always going to be a contract of contracts: the opportunity to design, create and build one of the most exciting wellness facilities in the most prestigious of surroundings. It was awarded to our friends at Cheshire Wellness, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Mere Golf Resort & Spa has set new standards at every turn. Already a sought-after wedding and conference venue, a luxurious 5-star hotel is now being built and is scheduled to open in 2012. Outside, Mere’s golf course is one of the practice courses for the Open Championship. Originally created in the 1930s from 150 acres of Cheshire parkland, it has been described as ‘the Wentworth of the North’. So when it came to creating a spa that would do justice to Mere’s ethos and passion for creating unique experiences for their guests, Cheshire Wellness was the natural choice. For more than 25 years they have been designing and building exquisite spas and pools in luxury hotels and private residences across the world.
Mere’s design brief was uncompromising. They wanted to create a destination spa in full keeping with the beauty and quality that permeates the location. They wanted something extraordinary that would push the design boundaries and be talked about and, of course, drive a major demand for memberships. Just to make things particularly interesting, they also had a firm opening date that could not be relaxed. The end result surpassed every expectation: an exquisite space that brings together inspired design, the ﬁnest in materials and true sense of luxury and well-being. Its features include: • Magniﬁcent 20m deck level swimming pool with a grand stepped entrance and bespoke glass mosaics.
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• Cascading Therapy Spa with Air Loungers, Hydrotherapy seating, Body Massage Stations and two stainless steel Swan Neck Cannons cascading towards the terrace. • Rasul tucked away in the intimate turret of the original building, the Rasul is home to traditional Arabian mud treatments. • Hamman steam treatment room, a modern twist on the 500 year old Turkish tradition it is home to a large heated Hamman slab with heated benches and water features. The room is dramatically accentuated by large format tiling and a vaulted ceiling. The up-lit water features shimmer light onto the ceiling enabling bathers to relax further whilst they enjoy an authentic soap massage. • The Steam Room a modern high temperature alternative to the Hamman, characterised by bespoke glass mosaics throughout and a cathedral style roof.
The Mere Spa ranks as one of the ﬁnest in the UK and is another example of the signature creativity of Cheshire Wellness. It’s therefore exciting that their long experience is also available to private residences, opening up the possibility of creating your own unique wellness centre which is becoming more and more common at home.
• The Caldarium inspired from the traditional Roman Caldarium bathing experience the Caldarium is a dry hot room invigorated with essences to give a unique atmosphere inside. Stone mosaics on the relaxing loungers, stone clad walls and recessed ceiling also enhance the ambience.
• The Ice Fountain in this especially created design feature, ice is released into a marble bowl from a concealed stainless steel pipe, and lit using blue LED lights. The ice is used to rub all over the body to cool down and contract the blood vessels, this is extremely refreshing and a natural cleaning method for the veins.
• The Experience Shower a sublime four programme cycle – Cold Mist, Caribbean Rain, Atlantic Ocean and Drench Shower – coupled with changing coloured lighting and essence injections of Icy Lime and Passion Fruit to endulge and stimulate the senses.
• The Sauna made in the most beautiful hemlock timber, the room has two-tiered benching. The room is softly lit from the walls and underbench units. The Sauna is said to introduce a fever like temperature to help reduce virus born infections.
• The Salt Room you are greeted by an illuminated salt block feature in a room adorned by shell mosaics. Breathe deeply: this atmosphere is created by salt particles in the air to clean and assist the respiratory system.
• Changing Rooms for client convenience the men’s and women’s areas mirror the sauna and steam rooms. Each also has a quiet wind-down area to help you fully relax.
Different space, different place One deliberate design decision was that the Mere Spa should not have a consistent ‘house style’. Every space has its own identity, so as you move from room-to-room there is a constantly refreshed feeling of individuality and discovery challenging one’s perceptions. Cheshire Wellness has pioneered an exciting surge in possibilities in ﬁne homes, penthouse apartments and even superyachts. Wherever you want to capture that unique state of wellness, their skills can make it happen, beautifully.
Galgorm Manor The luxurious extension to Galgorm Manor Hotel is another ﬁne example of Cheshire Wellness’s talents. Built alongside a landscaped river and in extensive grounds Galgorm Manor is situated in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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The Hotel was featured in the highly acclaimed Conde Nast Travel list in 2007 and more recently was also awarded ‘Commercial Health Pool of the Year 2011’.
The pool and spa facilities include: • 9.5m x 6.2m Hydropool with Inﬁnity Edge: Hydrotherapy Seating, Air Loungers, Volcano Pad and 3 Water Cannons • 2.8m Outdoor Cascade Spa
UBER seeks out the best in design - Rosso Restaurant
the boy’s done magniﬁco ROSSO RESTAURANT
UBER visits Rosso, the Manchester Restaurant of the Year 2010/2011. When you consider what he does for the ‘day-job’, there was only going to be one contender when the owner named his restaurant after a colour. Rosso, and not azzurro, is Rio Ferdinand’s Manchester eatery, where the Italian food on offer is sumptuous, stylish and simple. His first good move was the location. Rosso has been created from a fine Manchester ediﬁce that is 114 years old, but Grade II listed. This former Victorian bank boasts pink granite, exquisite marble, stained glass windows – and, perhaps most memorably, two mighty domes. Rosso is all about the Italian essentials: from starters such as bruschetta and sizzling plump sardines; to steaming mains of tagliatelle, pollo caprino (chicken with goat’s cheese) and ‘giganti’ gamberoni (fiery tiger prawns). The wine list offers a robust selection of Chiantis, Valpolicellas and Barolos and, should you wish to extend the evening into stickier territory, Amaretto Disaronno, Sambuca, Grappa and much more awaits. With starters at £5-£10, main courses typically £15-20 and wines from £17 a bottle, you won’t need a footballer’s wage to eat there, either.
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CAPITOL CARPETS OF CHELSEA HAVE OPENED UP A NEW WORLD OF IDEAS FOR FLOORS.
With a collective experience of over 100 years, Capitol Carpets of Chelsea have been searching the world for new concepts in ﬂoor coverings. There’s nowhere they won’t go, with the result that you have the very best of the world’s ideas (including craftsmanship from Tibet, China, India, the US...), exquisitely made and beautifully presented. Not surprisingly, their floorcoverings have long adorned some of Britain’s finer residences, as well as yachts and even palaces around the world. Capitol Carpets of Chelsea have shops in Notting Hill, Knutsford and Tetbury, filled with everything your design demands: from luxuriously soft, deep, pure new wool carpets; to natural flooring and woods; to vinyls or rugs; to every design, colour and finish you could imagine. The best of the world is now at your feet.
FINER DINING Where is it written that ‘practical’ has to mean ‘boring’? A dining room (previous page) needs flooring that recognises its use – but Capitol Carpets of Chelsea gave this one a true air of luxury with Art-silk with a wool mix for durability, and a cut and loop double texture. This synthetic mix is the way forward: it has the look, feel and qualities of traditional silk but the practicality, durability and stain resistance of a modern day fabric. The colour also perfectly complements the dining chairs.
A DRAWING ROOM OUT OF THE MOVIES This splendidly large-proportioned room (right) was too large for standard sizes. The best solution was to go made-to-measure; although this sounds costly, it was actually more costeffective as there is minimal wastage. The result: a very special seamless carpet which has been hand-woven. It can then be custom-dyed and, in this case, the designers chose to complement the fabric on the sofa.
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Adding to the brief the room also called for an acoustically good carpet since it doubles as a home cinema. The client therefore chose a dense pile that deadens the sound reverberations and aids the audio experience.
STARRING THE STRIPES Behind the wow-factor of this stunning zebra print (top left) lies some common-sense thinking. This carpet runs up the stairs and into a child’s bedroom. It therefore needs to be hard-wearing for the thoroughfare of the stairs and hall yet fun for the bedroom too, and cunningly patterned to mask any everyday marks. There were other options including leopard, crocodile, cheetah and antelope patterns – animal cunning at its best.
WHAT’S HOT (AND NICELY WARM...) Capitol Carpets of Chelsea has discovered a stunning new generation of synthetics. They pass every test when you’re looking for real luxury, but they’re also harder wearing. Also, if you have underﬂoor heating, ask them about carpets with lower tog ratings. They feel soft and snug, but let the warmth waft upwards.
THIS SPLENDIDLY LARGE-PROPORTIONED ROOM WAS TOO LARGE FOR STANDARD CARPET SIZES. THE BEST LOOKING AND MOST COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION WAS TO GO MADE-TO-MEASURE AS THERE IS MINIMAL WASTAGE.
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THE PRIVATE SIDE OF PARADISE YOUR OWN PERSONAL ISLAND AWAITS YOU IN THE MALDIVIAN NORTH ARI ATOLL: DHONI ISLAND.
The fantasy of your own, totally private island hideaway is something buried in everyone’s psyche. On Dhoni Island, you can make it a reality. A mere speck on the sparkling, azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Dhoni is in the North Ari Atoll of the stunning Maldivian Islands. It is also the only private island there where you can literally take it over for a completely exclusive experience. It has everything your dream demands: the softest white sand between your toes, lush tropical palms rustled by warm sea breezes and the chance to populate your own paradise with a hand-picked few, at your invitation. Dhoni Island offers just six, tastefully decorated lodges, each sleeping two. Surrounded by tropical ﬂowers and plants, each lodge is detached, completely private and just steps from the gentle, warm waters of the Indian Ocean. They have a bathroom en suite that leads out to a private courtyard garden, complete with outdoor waterfall shower and Jacuzzi. Four of the lodges also feature a freshwater plunge pool.
Take a stroll along the stunning beach to the twin-peaked, thatched pavilion that houses the Dhoni Bar, wine cellar, expansive living room and adjacent dining area. The ﬂoor is simply sand - enhancing your relaxed, barefoot experience - a complete match for the rustic, natural environment that is Dhoni Island. Taking care of each couple is a personal Thakuru (butler) and the island also has a private international chef to prepare every memorable dining experience to your exact wishes. You also have the services of your personal captain and crew. Why? Welcome aboard your personal Dhoni...
THE OCEAN IS YOURS Astonishingly, each lodge has its own Dhoni – a traditional Maldivian wooden yacht. It is yours to do as you wish: to explore the oceans, dive, snorkel, fish, visit tiny, uninhabited islands or simply snooze in your beautifully appointed cabin suite. Each Dhoni is 65 feet long and powered by inboard engines or by wind billowing in its canvas sails. The captain steers by traditional tiller and
rudder, guided by satellite navigation and his intimate knowledge of this magniﬁcent ocean. In the cabin there is a fully-equipped gallery and dining saloon. Sliding wooden doors open to reveal your stateroom with a king-sized bed, wardrobes, timber deck and ceiling, and bathroom en-suite. In the bow of the Dhoni is a sun deck with outsize cushioning for lazing. Aft is a deck for alfresco dining and for rod and line ﬁshing as the Dhoni cruises.
FIRST, FIND YOUR EXCUSE Whether it’s a week of activity with incredible diving, whale-shark expeditions and taking full advantage of the water sports facilities; several days of full-on lazing with relaxing treatments from the fabulous Balinese Spa therapists; or a special occasion celebration with family and friends, Dhoni Island awaits. This island is something truly special. Indeed, it is so private, they say it’s paparazzi-proof.
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BABETTE WASSERMAN’S EXQUISITE STERLING SILVER AND GOLD JEWELLERY GLOWS WITH ORIGINALITY AND FREEDOM OF IDEAS. BABETTE WASSERMAN
Works of art you can wear
It takes a very special talent to propel your name and your craft to fame in more than 30 countries. Discover Babette Wasserman’s work and you quickly see why. Classically trained in Jewellery Design at Central St Martin’s College of Art, and working from her own studio in London’s Notting Hill, Babette ﬁlls the niche between fashion and precious jewellery. Her fascinating use of materials results in both bold geometric shapes and soft organic forms. Her designs are also clever, with a single piece making an effortless transition from day wear to something glamorously nocturnal. Colours are also a passion: you see it in each of her collections, emphasising the innate strength of each individual stone, either by juxtaposing complementary colours or by subtly graduating analogous colours. Babette revolutionised the idea of setting Swarovski crystals into coloured enamel, inviting the eye to glide over the jewel revealing a glittering plane of uninterrupted colour. Interchangeability adds an extra dimension, inviting you to reverse a double-sided necklace pendant, or to swivel a cufﬂink revealing a secondary colour. A restless desire to surprise and captivate pervades each jewel. Prices start from a very reasonable £72.00 for a set of Deco Stud Earrings to £780 for a signature piece such as the Scarf Lariat necklace. Visit the complete collection online for more details.
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HIDDEN MASTERPIECE NEST, INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALISTS, ARE PROUD TO SHOW YOU – VERY LITTLE. “Form follows function” is a design philosophy you may already know. In essence, it means that a building or object should be created around what it’s for, not for any aesthetic look. A Formula 1 racing car, for example, looks the way it does because of the purpose it must serve. The laws of physics demand it. NEST is a specialist company that understands function perfectly, but they also enable designers to achieve the best of both worlds: to create homes that work – but which also look fabulous. As the region’s leading infrastructure specialist, NEST make sure that essential services such as power, data communications and plumbing are available exactly where they’re needed. But with the minimum of aesthetic intrusion. They create solutions that make sure everything works without compromise – both technically and visually. Indeed, this company actively hides its skills: they’re concealed behind walls, tucked under ﬂoors and channelled across ceilings. For this reason, you cannot involve NEST too early in a project. Drawing on years of experience, and an unrivalled knowledge of the possibilities of new technology, their contribution at the design phase is simply invaluable.
Mechanical, electrical and technical design at the right stage in the project is crucial if we are to achieve seamless integration
Equally, in the whole history of construction and design, no one has ever avoided the need for a change to the original plan. Again, this is where NEST’s experience comes into play, devising solutions that meet the practical needs of live projects.
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You know where the devil lurks... and so does NEST, and that’s why every detail of a project ﬁrst passes through a rigorous sanity-check. For example, a seemingly small problem like a forgotten power point can quickly escalate into an unacceptable compromise in the location of equipment, or an unsightly workaround. That’s why NEST trains a practised eye over every planned socket, tap, fitting, shower, conduit, pipe and cable. They make sure that every component is where it should be and can function perfectly. Typically, this entails studying interior designers’ CAD drawings showing room and furniture layouts. It also requires detailed calculations: when a guest turns on a shower 30 metres and three ﬂoors away from the plant room, NEST makes certain he’ll receive the temperature, and the shower pressure, he’s expecting. Similarly, NEST can install devices and systems that mean you can control specific lighting circuits from a bedside panel. Or see who’s at the gate via a video link to your iPad. Not surprisingly, NEST’s skills are in demand for buildings of all kinds: from sumptuous private residences, to shops and ofﬁces, to 5-star hotels. And with the installation complete, they offer full maintenance and after-sales programmes as well. As one of our chosen partners, NEST is a hidden secret we’re delighted to reveal here in the UBER Magazine.
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Who better to complete the M&E installation than the M&E consultant responsible for the design. Nigel Huxley, Managing Director.
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A WINDOW TO THE PAST AND FUTURE What marks out a beautifully crafted home from an ordinary one isn’t just a question of dramatic design statements or exquisite furnishings and fabrics. Rather, it’s a dedication to getting the tiniest details right; details that may only catch the eye weeks or even months after you’ve lived with them. It’s a concept that Woodscope understands perfectly. Whether it’s a door architrave, a run of skirting or the sill of a window, none of these is ordinary in their eyes. Each demands and receives the same care – a lipped ﬁnish here, a radius edge there – which, together, combines to create a stunning home that’s the result of skill, standards and love. Below are two projects that show Woodscope’s obsession for getting the details right. Project 1: A project which engaged both Woodscope and UBER – and a good example of paying real attention to the basics. Woodscope purposedesigned four individual architraves (2 of which are illustrated left) so that each is in perfect proportion to the varying heights and widths of the doors and windows. Even the plinth at the bottom of each door frame was scrutinised; this led to an extra lip edge being added to give a bespoke air to the ﬁnished article. Woodscope even took the step of making their own raw materials. In this case creating their own ‘pre-sandwiched’ wood to remove any chance of architraves suffering from warp.
Project 2: There’s a lot we can learn from old skills – and much we can enhance with carefully applied new technology and materials. The brief was to meticulously restore this Grade II listed house, carefully preserving all the original detailing of this statuesque Victorian gem. The client also wanted a large extension, marrying the best of traditional skills with all the advantages of leading edge machine technology. A particular challenge was the windows. The originals were metal, of an intricate design which featured very thin glazing bars. In those days, single glazing was not only state-of-theart but had a hand-blown ﬁnish. Today, and regardless of energy efﬁciency or noise, the strict Grade II listing did not allow traditional double glazing for this type of window: the glazing bars were too thin to hold the thicker glass. It was also not aesthetically desirable for such a beautifully intricate design. Fortunately, the team at Woodscope relish a challenge: in this case, to satisfy both the Grade II requirements and the owner’s wish
for 21st century eco-efﬁciency. The ﬁrst task was to replicate in wood what had gone before: the same intricacy and thickness (or rather, thinness) of the listed windows. The next challenge was to scour their contacts to ﬁnd the impossible. They not only needed a very different type of double glazing which met the thinness criteria, but which also gave the impression of having been hand-blown. This quality, and the way it refracts light so beguilingly, is redolent of glass produced in Victorian times. Amazingly, the answer did exist in the form of a remarkable new superthin double glazing called Slimlite. Because it is ﬁlled with krypton and xenon gases (instead of the traditional lighter argon) it is even more effective at reducing noise and boosting insulation. It is also so slim it is virtually undetectable as double glazing. Its overall appearance satisﬁed the planners, delighted the owners – and everyone was happy.
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WHEN DID YOU LAST GIVE SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT TO THE SAFETY OF YOUR FAMILY AND THE SECURITY OF YOUR HOME? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. MOST PEOPLE START TO THINK ABOUT PROTECTION ONLY AFTER THE EVENT. AND THE TRUTH IS, STATISTICS SAY THAT AN ‘EVENT’ IS NOW INCREASINGLY LIKELY. BURGLARIES ARE RISING, POLICE RESOURCES ARE FALLING AND A BEAUTIFUL HOME MAKES A VERY ATTRACTIVE TARGET.
Whether you have an existing system, or are considering security for the ﬁrst time, Sensory Secure design highly sophisticated systems that are also unobtrusive and easy to use.
INTRUDER ALARMS The greatest worry for most of us is the thought of someone getting into our home, particularly at night. Sensory Secure offers a variety of technologies that provide you with a well designed and installed intruder alarm that is a part of your security strategy.
CCTV Once the preserve of ofﬁces and commercial premises, CCTV is now part of the front-line defence of a family home. It can be used as a visible deterrent, or carefully installed to be unobtrusive. If you already have CCTV, Sensory Secure can assess your current system and, if required, recommend suitable upgrades.
MONITORING One step better than a basic alarm is a monitored system. At any time, day or night, if your alarm (smoke, intruder or panic alarm) is activated, the relevant emergency services will be automatically alerted. Sensory Secure can also offer monitoring for your CCTV system, using single and dual path monitoring devices such as Dualcom, Redcare and Adpro. These use a combination of communication paths such as phone lines, the mobile network and your broadband connection.
PERIMETER SECURITY Modern Infra-Red technology means that 24 hour surveillance is now possible and Biometric door locks ensure that only veriﬁed family members or staff gain entry to private areas. Bespoke options can include pan, tilt, zoom cameras that allow a much broader ﬁeld of vision - although static cameras are still a cost effective solution in many cases. Sensory’s team truly understands how best to integrate the many new developments into a cohesive and structured integrated package without prescribing costly and unnecessary options.
PERSONAL SECURITY Sensory Secure recognises that in some cases our clients require the presence of expert personnel. Our experienced and fully qualified team, from a variety of military, police and civilian security industry backgrounds, gives us the highest calibre protection operatives in the field. Having worked with a number of high profile individuals and in some of the most demanding situations around the world our team has proven itself to be thoroughly efficient. Communication, planning and impeccable conduct are the cornerstones of the team’s ethos. Sensory Secure is committed to client confidentiality and a respect for personal privacy, thus creating protection without intrusion, whilst never compromising on
achieving the highest levels of safety and security at all times. Sensory Secure offers a full range of Personal Security services, including: • Close protection • Residential security • Security drivers/ chauffeuring • Event security • Witness Protection • Surveillance and investigations
REFURBISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE If your security system needs servicing or is in need of repair, don’t worry! Just give us a call. Sensory Secure are happy to assist you in any way we can. Our highly trained engineers have experience with many different makes and models of security equipment and can help with Intruder, CCTV and Access Control Systems. If a repair is not possible then Sensory Secure can advise and install a replacement system to meet your requirements, all at very competitive prices. Should you be unhappy with your current installer or feel you are not getting the service you expect, Sensory Secure can take over any security system and provide you with the service you deserve. At Sensory Secure, we pride ourselves on our customer care and support and we want to work for you for many years to come.
For more information on Sensory Secure and a complimentary risk assessment, please call 01625 505720. www.sensorysecure.com
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Winner, Best Marine Installation SENSORY INTERNATIONAL, WORLD LEADERS IN THE MARINE AND RESIDENTIAL MARKET, HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE ‘BEST MARINE INSTALLATION’ ACCOLADE FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY THE CUSTOM ELECTRONIC DESIGN AND INSTALLATION ASSOCIATION (CEDIA) AT THEIR 2011 ANNUAL INDUSTRY AWARDS CEREMONY IN LONDON. Sensory International was honoured by the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) at their 2011 annual industry awards ceremony in London. The prestigious award was given for Sensory’s installation aboard the superyacht MY Cloud 9, built by CMN Yachts in partnership with the acclaimed yacht designers Andrew Winch Designs. This is the second award-winning yacht launched by CMN from their 60 metre series; the ﬁrst, MY Slipstream, earned Sensory the ‘Best Marine Installation’ award in 2010.
The panel of judges for 2011 included leading figures not only from within the industry but also from the world of architecture, interior design and technology. The judges commented that “the jaw-dropping technical installation here is every bit as enthralling as the visual spectacle of this yacht”. They applauded Sensory’s “ability to tease out full performance from every aspect of the equipment’s specifications.”
For further information, or to discuss current or future projects, please contact Nigel Sherlock, Business Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org www.sensoryinternational.com
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The owners have embraced ﬁne local materials to create what will be an enviable entertaining lodge with spectacular views. Many regions lay claim to being the location of “God’s own country”, and as UBER discovered Perthshire is right up there with the most beautiful. In the next issue, we take you to Gleneagles; more speciﬁcally, to the 13th hole of their legendary golf course where we are creating Tantallon Lodge as a retreat for private clients. It boasts breathtaking views of the course and the Highlands from each and every window. Indeed, so ﬁne are the views that they have driven the architecture: balconies and full-height glazing frame the views from many aspects. There are wellness facilities in the private areas, whilst others have a clear and unabashed purpose in mind: the joy of entertaining in a cavernously generous space, warmed by log burning stoves. A bar, clad in rustic panelling and adorned with hunting and golﬁng memorabilia, is a pertinent reminder of your surroundings. Indeed, there is also a 75-course golf simulator room. So if you want to play Augusta, Valderrama or Sandwich – just head for Gleneagles.
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