Heat is still what we need from fireplaces, but modern designs more and more often depart from the traditional wood-and-stone concept that instantly connotes warmth and coziness. Today, with the growing focus on artful minimalism, fireplace designs need to strike a good balance between the uniqueness of form and the efficiency of function.
The fact that a space is modern and minimalist does not mean, of course, that it cannot feel warm and inviting. The very presence of fire will make it so. Nevertheless, fireplaces have started to be seen as high-impact décor elements, and as such need to be a perfect match for the entire design scheme. Hence the appearance of glass, steel and futuristic forms that might at times seem even a little cold and hostile. Here are six unusual fireplaces that add a touch of unconventional beauty to a modern space.
The Bathyscafocus designed by Dominique Imbert is a perfect marriage of style and technology. Neutral and unobtrusive so as to blend well with virtually any room, it is unique enough to be in the spotlight. This hovering orb has a 360 degree rotation, so it can be situated in the middle of an open space (e.g. adjacent to a couch and a dining area) and wherever you choose to sit, the fire will follow. The model also comes in a porthole version with a closed hearth.
The name of this unique fireplace by antrax, Maunakea, says it all – the cylindrical shape rising from the wall is supposed to resemble a volcano and breathe (or spit) life into an ascetic, ultramodern interior. The mouth of the fireplace is partially closed to ensure maximum efficiency and the part connecting the fireplace to the wall comes in different colors. The fireplace is available in both wood and bioethanol versions.
The Lancer design by Malm is not an entirely new invention. The style gained popularity in the ’70s, but thanks to universal forms and a range of cool finishes, the fireplaces still look fresh and unique, especially when used as a bold pop of color. Here the brightly orange stove beautifully plays off the blue and green accents, making the otherwise plain, all white room brim with style and energy.
The Globe by Vauni looks more like a sculpture than a fireplace. Even when unlit, it is a beautiful, stylish piece of furniture that provides cozy, romantic ambiance to a modern interior. Most importantly, it is free-standing, with a foot that can be turned 360 degrees for optimal viewing angle and flexibility, and the use of a highly developed ethanol-based burning technology makes it by far one of the safest and cleanest fireplaces available today.
Fire is a phenomenon that deserves showcasing like a work of art, and they know it well at Bloch Design. Their stunning collection of glass fireplaces lets the natural beauty of fire take central stage and be marveled at from every angle, but at the same time protects it within a transparent enclosure. The company works directly with customers or architects which means that each product is truly unique. Swarovski inlay? You got it!
Eclypsya by Arkiane will both give warmth and add drama to your living space… any space as it is completely mobile and you can take it with you wherever you go around the house, indoor and outdoor. With glass on either side, Eclypsya is a fabulous space divider and a stylish decoration, whether lit or not.