The design of contemporary fireplaces has been revolutionized like never before. The conventional design constraints of the past several centuries have been tossed out the window. All the rules have been broken. As a major design element in the home, the contemporary fireplace has undergone an extreme makeover!
Fireplace Above by After 6 Design Studio
Ironically, it is somewhat of a contradiction . . . . . at least in part. As many of us move our fireplaces away from the wall and into the center of our rooms, we are doing what early man did when he first began to use fire indoors. In a way, we have come full circle.
On the other hand, with the rapid advances
of the past decade in the areas of burner technology, metallurgy, electronics, and re-
fractory ceramics and glass, we are now able to create fireplaces that our ancestors could not have even imagined. The fireplace, as we
know it, has changed dramatically!
As we journey toward the outer limits (the "wild side") of fire space to explore the realm of cutting edge contemporary fireplaces, take note of some of the "milder" -- albeit unconventional -- forms along the way. And remember that when we view the latest in cutting edge design, we are only scratching the surface. Just imagine what the next decade will bring!
If you can't decide where to place your fireplace within the room . . . or even which
room to put it in, a portable fireplace may be just what you need. As the name implies,
these units can be moved anywhere in the room . . . or even from room to room. Eco-friendly and fueled by a blend
of ethanol, they are remotely controlled and come in a wide variety of unique shapes.
If you know where you want to position your fireplace but need the flexi-
bility to install it anywhere in your room, these freestanding units truly do stand out. Crafted of metal and glass, they make a strong visual impact.
If you like pyramidal shapes, either one of these two exotic fireplaces will surely stand out in your room.
If you prefer the space-saving advantages of a wall unit, they now come in about every size and shape imaginable and are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Emphasizing graphic art, functionality, and sculpture, they redefine contemporary hearths as we've come to know them.
And finally, if you're into heavy metal, these massive modern marvels will command attention in any space . . . maybe even outer space! Sculpted of metal in a variety of forms, they make a powerful design statement!
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