The inglenook fireplace designs featured here showcase a vast array of looks ranging from rustic to "rad" . . . . . and almost everything in between. Finely crafted from a variety of materials in a wide range of styles, they are timeless and enormously appealing!
Few architectural elements have the nearly irresistible allure of a cozy hearth tucked inside an inglenook or alcove. Warm and inviting, they beckon us to nestle up beside them for comfort and camaraderie. Large or small, the inglenook fireplace draws us in like a child to a camp fire!
And few inglenook fireplace designs are larger than the rustic surround pic-
tured below. Part of a legendary Adirondack Great Camp in Upstate New York, it is one of two monumental fireplaces in the main lodge living room which measures 80 feet wide by 100 feet long . . . and 30 feet high! Cere-
al heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built this spectacular 68 building com-
plex, called Camp Topridge, in the 1920s.
A dramatic departure from the rugged and rustic fireplace pictured above is the inglenook fireplace design
that follows. Richly carved, paneled and fin-
ished, and highlighted with gilded accents, this striking alcove is part of an equally elaborate dining room in the Swan Turnblad mansion, completed in 1908. Now the American Swedish Institute, it is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
When it comes to designs for inglenook fireplaces, it doesn't get much cozier than the design pictured below. Neatly tucked under a beautiful wooden staircase, the detailing of the the brick fireplace surround echos the curve of the arch framing the inglenook.
Continuing with a brick theme, the fireplace that follows was created by Clay Chapman -- one of, if not THE finest brick artisan working today. Recesses and layers of brickwork are masterfully arranged to create striking, one of a kind designs that are both visually and architecturally intoxicating!
The Arts and Crafts inglenook design pictured below combines classical de-
tailing -- in the form of modified Tuscan columns -- with an arched firebox opening surrounded by river rock, and capped with a Craftsman Style man-
The inglenook fireplace designs that follow were created for mountain re-
treats. Pictured at right is a striking stone hearth created for a magnifi-
cent private lodge in Montana. De-
signed by Ewing Architects, based in Pasadena, California, the lodge con-
tains several extraordinary stone fireplaces.
The imposing stone hearth that follows is for a mountain retreat in northern California. Designed by Walker/Warner Architects, based in San Francisco, California, it is crafted from massive slabs of stone.
Photo Credit: Cesar Rubio
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The handsome Kiva fireplace design pictured below is highly unusual, as it is rarely found in an inglenook. Originating from the American Southwest desert region, the Kiva was historically placed in the corner of a room.
The inglenook fireplace design that follows draws its inspiration from
ish Revival architecture. Set against a richly stained and paneled back-
ground, the soaring stone fireplace has a commanding presence in this room!
The unique and innovative contempo-
rary design pictured at right was cap-
tured through the camera lens of one of the highly talented folks at Roger Wade Studio. It features a roughly textured stone surround with an al-
cove for storing firewood under the raised hearth/seating area.
Conversely, the contemporary inglenook hearth design that follows is faced with a smooth stone surround. The elegant raised hearth features gently curved extensions on either end for seating.
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