To design contemporary stone fireplaces, the talented designers at Cam-
inetti Montegrappa are going beyond the bounds of conventional "wisdom" as to what constitutes a fireplace . . . . .
. . . . . to redefine this familiar, centuries old architectural element as something other than what we've been used to seeing in a natural stone fireplace.
A cutting edge Italian fireplace manu-
facturer, Caminetti Montegrappa has pushed the envelope to design a unique and exciting collection of stone hearths . . . . . . unlike anything we've seen before!
Though the company also manufactures traditional designs with a modern twist, such as shown in the sanded (right) and sandblasted (left) marble surrounds that follow . . . . .
. . . it is in the creation of unique contemporary surrounds where the Cam-
inetti Montegrappa designers truly excel! For example, the outer frame of the design pictured below, left, is made of reinforced clay with irregular ceramic mosaic inserts. The internal frame is crafted from marble that has been brushed and flamed, then coated with a protective varnish. Below, right, is a surround crafted from roughly-cut black slate that has also been brushed with a protective finish.
Elegance and understatement characterize the marble fireplace designs that follow. The sleek surround with
curved hearth pictured below, left, is made from polished Rosa Asiago marble. To design contemporary surrounds
such as the one on the right, the manufacturer carefully assembles the brushed marble components using
tongue-and-groove construction. The rectangular design is softened by rounded corners to offset the stark
mality, lending a touch of originality to the overall composition.
The design that follows juxtaposes simple geometric forms such as the square and circle to create a striking
composition. The dark circular frame is crafted from flamed marble that has been brushed and then coated with
a protective varnish. Similarly, the light-colored interior (square) frame and hearth has been brushed and
coated with a protective finish. Note how
the upward curvature of the hearth echos the curve of the outside circular frame.
The brushed stone surrounds that follow -- each distinctive from the other -- are crafted from two different varieties of marble.
To design contemporary fireplaces such as the models pictured below, Caminetti Montegrappa expanded the
overall compositions both vertically and horizontally. Extending from floor to ceiling, each design includes a
raised hearth that extends laterally to include a bench or benches. The stone surrounds that frame each of the
firebox openings, as well as the raised hearths and benches, are crafted from marble that has been pol-
ished, brushed or bush- hammered.
The "picture perfect" fireplace design at right is crafted from only one vari-
ety of marble but incorporates two distinctly contrasting finishes. The outer frame is roughly cut with a course texture while the inner frame has a smooth, polished finish. Need-
less to say, the overall effect is in-
And finally, with its surround in Venghé stone, the design pictured below looks very much like wenge wood, an exotic tropical hardwood with similar veining. Venghé is quite versatile and fits beautifully into different styles and settings. The soft and natural color of Venghé stone, polished and coated with a protective finish, lends a great deal of warmth to the room and complements its wooded setting.
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