During winter, fireplaces are hot properties for obvious reasons. Now designers are turning up the heat on these traditional sources for warmth and transforming them into haute spots for contemporary style year-round.
Everything about the fireplace wall in actor Patrick Dempsey’s living room says contemporary chic, especially the artful floor-to-ceiling firewood wall.
For those of us without a wall’s worth of cubbyholes for wood, we need to bring it in a few sticks at a time. Sure you can use an old metal bucket, but wouldn’t you rather use this fine Fern firewood carrier? Made of saddle-grade American cowhide, this sturdy log tote has an attractive turned white oak wood base with leather looped feet. $975.
Crafted of Italian gold-finished iron, the Golden Branch fireplace screen is gorgeous to view in the glow of the fire. $475.
Polished brass Lola andirons are worth their weight in gold, especially as light filters through their intricate filigree plate toppers. $1,080-set/2.
Ideal for small spaces like bedrooms, the Ferrum ethanol fireplace makes it possible to enjoy the open flame and atmosphere of a fireplace without wiring or vents. Ferrum mounts on the wall and delivers 6,000 BTUs of heat for up to five hours per burner refill. $400.
Hand-made of 100% New Zealand wool (or a pure silk/wool combo–you pick), the Argyle area rug anchors fireplace seating areas in contemporary style with its free form, three-dimensional spin on a traditional Scottish pattern. Made to order–$60 per sq/ft. and up.
Flank your fireplace with the Deck Chair by BDDW. Made in America (in BDDW’s Philadelphia workshop), this posh perch has a luxe leather sling seat, metal tube frame, shearling head cushion and circular beverage/snack tray. $5,880.
True, these furnishings will set you back a penny or two. However, they’re worth the investment. Each are beautifully designed and well-crafted so they should last for years. That makes the modern fireplace something we all can warm up to.