Fireplaces: Functional, Shmunctional...They're Hot In Design
Fireplaces are no longer about burning wood or even keeping warm. They're not just about winter. They are about bringing a lively natural element into our interiors, for its beauty and its contemplative features. And, by using ethanol as fuel, designers have an unlimited range of applications. Here are three of the latest design 'places for fire.'
1. O'Flut Decorative Fireplace for Swimming Pools
Designed by Marcelo Inacio, born a 'blaze,' O'Flut is the latest of his "True Temples of Fire," designed for the Portuguese studio Glammfire. The base is made of medium density fibreboard, which is moisture resistant and more dense than plywood, so it can withstand outdoor weather. Side panels are tempered glass and the mirrored glass layers are fire resistant and give greater dimension to the flames.
2. EVO2 Ethanol Fireplaces
Portuguese designer Acácio Viegas Pereira expanded his original EVO designs in this delightful pear-shape wall frame.
But he didn't stop there. Here are two additional EVO2 models, where Viegas Pereira added some geometric forms and a splash of color to the fireplace frames.
3. Hot Chocolate Coffee Table
There are many contemporary 'fire places' embedded in furniture today, but I find the Hot Chocolate Coffee Table by Planika one of the most interesting. The large glass vase is lined with natural stones that give rise to a fairly mighty fire. But the brilliance of the moving shadows on the surrounding chocolate wood is even more spellbinding. And the teardrop shape recession in the table base gives the spout effect.
You can see the Hot Chocolate Coffee Table live here.
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