Top 5 Maltese Crafts

1- A craft that flourished under the Knights of Malta was gold and silver smithing. Today, Maltese goldsmiths continue to thrive, with the graphic Maltese cross being the most often requested item for purchase.

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2- The unmistakeable and universal scent of wood shavings appeals to nearly every traditionalist. Wood carving is a thriving industry in Malta with traditional pieces often receiving a layer of gilding before they make their way to the shop floor.

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3- Tole painting, the art of adding elaborate designs to tin and metal serving pieces, is another thriving artform.

Dabble Savvy: Items that lay flat and are non-breakable qualify as ideal suitcase splurges. Save room when you pack.

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4- Traditional weaving crafts such as lacemaking, basketry and wicker furniture production are widely visible on the islands.

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5- A relatively new craft in Malta, glass blowing was introduced in the 1960s. Shops typically sport hand and mouth blown vases and bowls in bright Mediterranean colours.

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Take 3: Closet Case

Always ready to serve, the humble closet has so much potential as a design element. Ready to ditch those drab “builder’s special” closet doors? Dabble has three stylishly innovative solutions to give your entrance closet the welcome attention it deserves.

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Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

Bold Barn
Who knew anything labelled “barn” could be so sleek and modern? This industrial stainless steel barn door provides simple sliding closet access. Backpainted glass offers a gentle glow from reflecting sunlight and sultry sparkle at night.

Dabble Savvy: Tempered glass is heavy. To accommodate the weight load, it’s critical to provide appropriate blocking (support) inside walls.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Ditch the Doors
Who says there has to be a closet in the foyer? This quick and easy update takes the entry from blah to BLAM. Remove the original doors and add a bench, providing a soft landing for changing shoes. We’ve added hooks on either side of the alcove to flaunt seasonal necessities.

Dabble Savvy: If you require storage, swap out the bench for a 3-drawer chest or even an armoire.

Design Tip: Choose a highly patterned rug for an entry to hide everyday dirt.Instead of art, try a large floor mirror behind the bench to give the illusion of more space.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Perfect Portrait
Create an elegant entrance by backing tempered glass doors with a black and white image on vinyl film. The high contrast between black walls and photographic doors puts this focal point in sharp focus.

Dabble Savvy: For traditional spaces, search architectural salvage shops for interesting and original doors as an alternative to glass.

 

All About the Glass

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Dabble’s in-house Chef, Corey Burgan, participates in a Riedel Wine Seminar at the Miele Gallery in Vaughan, ON.

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‘The glass is the taste maker, says 10th generation wine glassware maker Georg J. Riedel. Each wine has its own range of unique features from its aroma to its taste and that’s where the glass comes into play. With a wide selection of designs, shapes, and sizes, Riedel glassware creates the perfect vessel to exact the aroma and taste of the wine. Having the proper tools and investing in the right glassware enables you to enjoy your wine to its fullest potential.

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ABOVE: Georg J. Riedel and Dabble’s Resident Chef, Corey Burgan, at the Riedel Wine Seminar.

For more information about Riedel glassware, visit Riedel

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

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While the architecture doesn’t disappoint, the exterior’s most distinguishing feature is a mosaic depiction of the Last Judgment, fashioned of Bohemian glass and produced with the help of Venetian artisans. On sunny days, the exterior display is rivalled only by interior views of the stained glass and rose windows. Catholics are allowed free entry to the chapel in order to pray.