The sculptural elements of this classic fireplace rival anything I saw in the castles of Europe! It makes me want to relax in front of the fire while listening to Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto Number 3 in G Major." That music always makes me feel uplifted in spirit, and I think it fits the fireplace.
This immense fireplace reminds me of the monolithic sculptures of artist Richard Serra.
Shown from another view you can see what interesting angles the fireplace has.
Selecting the right piece of stone and choosing the direction of placement shows off a stunningly beautiful natural work of art. It's an ancient piece of stone, yet it reads like a contemporary abstract painting.
This fireplace is on a more intimate scale than the previous examples, but still wonderfully artistic.
I love the glow of light through the textured glass panels. The chunky mass of the marble mantel is beautifully offset by the thinner and unexpectedly floating marble hearth. What a delight!
This amazing fireplace was custom designed for the client and hand carved from stone. I would listen to Bach again, but this time it would have to be "Tocata and Fugue in D Minor," a much heavier piece.
I don't know what material this fireplace is made from, but it reminds me of the Mexican black clay pottery from Oaxaca. It has such a beautiful, glossy black surface with a slight variation in color. The shape is softly organic, as if it were handmade on a potter's wheel. The organic shape feels so natural that it actually took me awhile to notice that it is set off center in the wall.
This series of giant gray blocks brings the carved stones of lost civilizations to mind — think Egyptian temple blocks. It also fits perfectly with the painting on the wall.
This is such a unique surround with its asymmetrical placement of copper and stone. I like the way the copper picks up colors in the fire.
I think the interesting layering of geometric shapes and the alternating vertical and horizontal wood grain definitely give this surround an artistic flair.
I thought I would wrap up this ideabook with a few more fireplace surrounds created by the same firm whose work is shown in the lead photo. The green patinaed metal surround can be open to expose the fire within ...
... or closed to give just a glimpse. This mysterious slash of an opening would look beautiful even when the fire isn't lit.
Without a fire underneath it, I would expect to see this in a modern art museum.
And this one too!