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Stolen fire

Martha Taylor-Brown |
Fireplaces is one of the oldest ways of home heating. Now, fireplaces are back in trend.

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That's partially because of their ecstatic values and these days so many times mentioned caring of the environment, and partially because of homey feeling that also counts. On this field fireplaces are intangibles.

In the period of Renaissance, fireplace got a special meaning in people's hearts. The sound of burning fire became very inspirational to some of them making birth of many songs and romantic souls. Somehow in that time people started to pay a lot of attention on shaping fireplace's fronts. That resulted with wood and stone decoration inspired by the elements and motives from classical Greek and Roman architecture. As the time was passing by, the fireplaces experienced many changes and they became smaller and smaller.

Baroque style and rococo and classicism that comes after them had great influence on shaping fireplaces in 17th century. The fronts started to be decorated with marble and iron elements and at that time fireplace got a big mirror or a picture above it. The Victorian time brought a number of new changes and as we come closer to the 19th century fireplaces started to be shaped more simply.

Today, we can enjoy in fireplaces that remind us on great historical times, more often in fireplaces that have clean and simple lines or, even better, in fireplaces that float.

The Netherlands-based Safretti company produce a range of exclusive decorative fireplaces which are powered by iquid fuel. They have five lines: Curva, Cubico, Prometheus, Riviera and Gaya.

Curva fireplaces are contemporary designed but with a wink to the 60's. Curva line comes in three colours: red, white and black. Cubico line is perfect for both living room and a garden. Its merrily flame remains visible from all angles, so can lay back in a chair and enjoy with a glass of hot wine. Prometheus line is rounded shaped. The line got the name after Greek god who stole the fire from the gods and offered it as the gift to the human beings. With this fairytale fireplace you will feel close to Greek gods.

Riviera is tightly and timeless line suitable for home but also for your working place. So, if you feel these days that your fire for a job slacken, go and rich out for the new flame. Gaya, Safretti's last line, is the last word of design and as its designer says: "It is a design that has been reduced to pure simplicity." Simple it is, but simple just on the edge to suit everybody who search for a perfect flame.


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