It used to be the image you would pensively stare at for insight and answers, like a mysterious oracle of the same sort as the ocean waves or restless clouds. Nowadays we largely replaced this contemplation with smartphone apps, while we keep ourselves warm through centralized heating with built-in floors and walls applications. But you have to wonder, why do we still keep the fire in its obsolete primal form in our homes?
The answer could be feng shui or perhaps the fact that it is beautiful and special, the one force in the house that cannot be mastered, although it can be contained, a piece of untamed nature. It is interesting to look into, even if most of us don’t know about the healing and decongesting power the infrared temperature has for our eyes grown tired due to modern artificial light sources.
A living room is a great place to enjoy the warmth and the spectacle of a fireplace, be it in a rather traditional or a highly minimalistic frame. There are many constructive approaches to the fireplace and the majority place it in a centralized location. Rather than a rectangular hole in the wall, there is a sleek long shelf for the fire god to do his magic, stealing the show away from the large flat screen TV that is sometimes even banned on a side wall of lesser hierarchy.
Some fireplaces are their own construction, in a partition wall between the adjacent living and dining area to serve them both. A pedestal for the flames, like a home altar, and a wall or the shaft suspended over it, bringing a structural eye-catcher to that of the fire.