Arts and Crafts fireplaces are generally the focal point of a Craftsman Style home. An open floor plan, which is typical of the style, affords easy access and an unobstructed view of the hearth. As a result, the fireplace is a prominent architectural element that often sets the tone for the overall style and decor of the home's interior.
The designs pictured here are ex-
traordinary examples of the style and reflect the outstanding quality and craftsmanship that goes into creat-
ing and executing these veritable works of art. Whether made from wood, stone, tile, copper or forged
iron . . . or any combination of these materials . . . . . . . the finely craft-
ed handiwork and superb detailing are a powerful and tangible testament to the philosophy and ideals of the orig-
inal Arts and Crafts Movement . . . . .
and, in large part, the very reason for its subsequent revival and immense popularity, once again, today!
The copper hood or canopy was frequently employed in the design of Arts and Crafts fireplaces. The beautiful example pictured below, by Archive Designs in Eugene, Oregon, is a stunning tribute to that particular design element!
Similarly, the present-day example pic-
tured at right is combined with hand-
forged iron and placed above an Arts and Crafts tile surround to create a very striking composition. Once again, this design -- as well as the two that follow -- are from the highly skilled ar-
tisans at Archive Designs.
In the examples below, the entire sur-
round is crafted from hammered cop-
per and forged iron. Note the beauti-
fully detailed repousse panels in the example on the right.
Not to be left out, the finely crafted wood mantels and surrounds pictured below are veritable masterpieces of the woodworker's art. Note the precise fit and finish of the two mantels in the close-ups directly below, as well as the beautifully detailed corbels, or brackets, supporting the mantel shelf in the example at bottom. (Design pictured below, right, from Hazelmere Mantel)
In the following examples, the Arts and Crafts detailing has been extended beyond the fireplace to include the window and/or ceiling treatment. And once again, the fit and finish in each example is superb!
Though more common in Europe than America, natural stone is also used to make Arts and Crafts fireplaces. The simple but elegant limestone designs pictured below are made in England.
With an Arts and Crafts fireplace, the design of accessory items such as fireplace doors and screens is
as important as the design of the mantel
and surround to ensure an authentic Arts and Crafts look. As with the mantel and surround, no design element or detail is too small or insignifi-
cant to be overlooked. Consequently, like the reproduction metalwork and Arts and Crafts tiles shown above, some extraordinary handcrafted designs for fireplace doors and screens are being produced that capture and em-
body the essence of traditional Arts and Crafts design. One such example, pictured below, left (top row), is by the Iron Thistle Forge in Whitefish, Montana. The fireplace door directly to it's right is by Archive Designs in Eugene, Oregon, as are the fireplace screens shown in the bottom row.
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