As the weather gets a bit cooler, I am thinking about cozy nights by the fire. Considerable innovations have been made in the production of fireplaces, these objets d'art now transcend the hearth as we once knew it. Here are some of my favorites on the market.
FABER BRIGHT The see-through frameless glass fireplace shown above is by Faber, a fireplace manufacturer in the Netherlands. Their built-in gas units provide considerable heat with a modern edge. Not yet available in the U.S.
METAFOCUS 8 This limited edition sleek wall mounted fireplace designed by Dominique Imbert incorporates sculpted bronze facade which mimics wood. The doors slide open to reveal more of the rippling flames within. How cool is it that it moves? Anyone else thinking James Bond. Base price $33, 800 from Euroflues
PONTON FIREPLACE Based on the concept of the campfire, this portable glass column fireplace by Ponton is a favorite. The stainless steel firepit appears to float. The fire is fueled by standard fuel paste and can burn for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Available at PID for $2909.
MALM FIREPLACE At least one of these should be pretty easy to buy, my choice, the Malm Fireplace, available in white and stainless at Design Within Reach. My preference is for the steel version, cost $1500 white (shown), $2900 stainless.