The stone contemporary design fireplace pictured below right is as stunning for its simplicity and clean lines as the traditionally styled stone mantel (below left) is remarkable for its lavish ornamentation. Dramatically different in appearance, both styles can be equally dramatic in their respective settings.
Though generally comprised of simple geometric forms, the contemporary hearth and surround
can surprise -- even shock -- us at times with bold, irregular
and unfamiliar shapes, such as the two examples pictured here from Chazelles . . . . .
or unusual asymmetrical arrangements of common shapes.
Instead of carved or applied ornamentation, the contemporary stone fire-
place juxtaposes contrasting textures and colors . . . . .
even materials . . . . .
for optimal effect.
New techniques are being applied to create unique stone finishes and tex-
tures that were previously unattainable . . . and unimaginable. When or where else have you seen a brushed cinnamon decorative marble facing (below left) or a brushed chocolate decorative marble facing (below right) on a fireplace? The distinctive surrounds pictured here are from Chazelles.
traditional fireplace styles which generally fall into rather specific
categories based upon form, ornamentation, historic time line and country of
origin, contemporary fireplace design is often difficult to categorize. A well-executed design has no restrictions on form, time line or
geographic boundaries. In a sense it is truly universal and, as with many of the
ished traditional styles, it is timeless.
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