Design Covet | Contemporary Indoor Fireplaces

  • From a hilltop home in Northern California to a Portsea beach house, we uncover a contemporary design take on the indoor fireplace in the living room.

    As temperatures begin to cool, we look indoors towards warm and inviting spaces, made even cosier with an indoor fireplace. Inbuilt or freestanding, there’s no doubt that a fireplace serves a simple, functional purpose. In this day and age, it’s also considered a luxuriously modern element. From architecturally striking to refined and minimalistic, we uncover seven of our most coveted contemporary indoor fireplaces to help us prepare for the winter months ahead.

    Brighton Residence by Studio Tate and Tecture

    Hans.J Wegner’s Flag Halyard Chair evokes a soft, cosy feel and provides the perfect fireside spot for a glass of wine.

    Brighton Residence II by Tecture and Studio Tate

    Pragmatic and full of personality, the living space inside Brighton Residence II by Tecture and Studio Tate is family functional. As a continuation of the customised storage and artwork, the open fireplace featured here is modern in every sense. Creating a Scandinavian-inspired cosiness, Danish design icons such as the Flag Halyard Chair by Hans J Wegner and the Mags Soft Sofa from HAY make the perfect fireside match.

    Art House by Nina Maya Interiors

    The Art House by Nina Maya Interiors sees the eclectic, art-filled redesign of a Californian-style Sydney home overlooking the Harbour Bridge. In the formal lounge, curvaceous furniture pieces such as the Vladimir Kagan lounges with custom ball cushions and Bongo tables by Meridiani offset the square lines of the in-built fireplace. An adjacent shelf with exposed firewood grounds the glamorous home, evoking a homely ambience. 

    Project VV by Pieter Vanrenterghem

    Project VV by Pieter Vanrenterghem

    Belgian based Project VV by interior architect Pieter Vanrenterghem is a master class in warm and simple minimalism; an aesthetic which extends to the clean-lined, black steel framed fireplace in the central living room. Creating an almost industrial-inspired focal point, this fireplace works well in contrast to the surrounding neutral palette.

    Bondi Junction Home by Alexander&CO.

    With the utmost respect for materiality and quality craftsmanship; Alexander&CO.’s Bondi Junction Home provides a modern spin on a Victorian terrace. This concept extends to the reclaimed fireplace which was integrated into the family-friendly living space to provide the family of six with seamless and child-safe functionality.

    A custom-built, timber banquette by joiner Jonothan West ensures every square inch of this family space is maximised. The Slit Table for Hay also features in this space.

    Albert Park Home by Robson Rak

    Albert Park home by Robson Rak

    A contemporary addition to this Albert Park Home, Robson Rak’s inclusion of The Shaker fireplace from Oblica creates a sculptural feature in its own right. Inspired by the ‘heart-of-the-home stoves’ of a bygone era, this modern revision incorporates strong lines. The unique silhouette of this fireplace enhances this unique home’s quirky and artistic approach to interiors.

    The Portsea Beach House by Studio Esteta

    The Portsea Beach House by Studio Esteta was created in perfect synergy with its modernist past and in keeping with its coastal context. With a design scope firmly grounded in its beachside locale, the inbuilt fireplace in the living space not only honours the home’s modernist elements and original character, but it also celebrates the iconic furniture that surrounds it.

    Hans J. Wegner’s timeless Circle Chair and patterned crazy paving on the floor add an intriguing modernist touch to this space.

    The Pavilion by Feldman Architecture

    With views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Feldman Architecture’s ‘The Pavilion’ in Northern California lifts Modernist-style design cues through low-slung wings and a glass pavilion. In the drop-down living room that overlooks the San Jose Foothills, a contemporary indoor fireplace with an adjoining window seat taps into the modernist aesthetic through its clean lines and linear minimalism.

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