Ideas for building a fireplace showcases the work of one of the most creative stone artisans working in North America today. His unique stone fireplace designs will -- quite literally -- stop you in your tracks. Unlike anything we've ever seen before, his work truly rocks!
Andreas Kunert, principal of Ancient Art of Stone in Victoria, British Colum-bia, Canada, is deeply passionate about creating artistic, articulated forms employing his favorite medium -- natural stone. Inspired by the principles of sacred geometry, his distinctive work is rooted in the order and flow of nature. In describing his uniquely handcrafted works of art, Kunert sums it up best: "Every innovative piece is one of a kind and naturally, through its form, is connected to the great spiral, the ebb and flow of life."
Whether building a fireplace or a stone wall, Andreas Kunert's "signature spirals" clearly identify his work. The stone fireplace pictured above, right, with a close-up below, shows the intricacy and meticulous attention to detail employed in his unusual creations!
The stunning stone wall that follows employs a broad range of stone sizes to form the intricate spirals. A rainbow of contrasting color is also used for dramatic effect!
Similarly, when building a fireplace such as the striking example below, Mr. Kunert employs a comparable stone
arrangement and color scheme to real-
ly make it stand out. As with the stone fireplace design pictured at top, large contrasting stone sizes and shapes are used for the hearth and around the firebox opening.
In this particular example, contrasting textures are also employed. Note the smooth polished surface on top of the
hearth, while the edges and framing members around the firebox are roughly textured. For added bal-
ance, a few strategically placed stones above the overmantel spiral echo the size and shape of the stones on the floor supporting the raised hearth.
The stone fireplace design pictured below also employs a palette of colorful stones -- albeit to a lesser extent --
in its undulating spiral pattern. And, once again, the large hearth and stonework that frames the firebox open-
ing employs a combination of both smooth and textured finishes.
When building a fireplace design of the complexity exhibited in the example that follows, even greater planning --
and skill -- are required. This com-
position employs virtually every element used in the foregoing designs . . . and then some! In addition to color, starkly contrasting stone sizes, shapes, textures, and surface variations, i.e., projecting stones, are used to create a visually intoxicating feast!
For an up close and personal look, the stone mosaic panels pictured below (top row) and the wall mural (bottom row)
demonstrate the extraordinary skill -- and patience -- involved in creating them. Though mortar is used
to hold the stones together, it is not visible, giving the appearance of dry stacked stone.
Using stones collected from around the world, Andreas Kunert created the colorful design that follows. Part of an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area, it includes a convenient gas-fueled firebox.
And finally, the undulating curves of the stone wall pictured below are absolutely mesmerizing! Stunning in both its design and execution, it features several spirals and is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art!
Following is a short video that features Andreas Kunert at work on one of his outstanding stone wall murals.
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