It’s not easy, you know, finding modern fireplace accessories. Mostly because most modern fireplaces are gas and/or butane (or some hovering holographic flame in the middle of thin air) that don’t require tools. There are however people who are still putting in wood-burning fireplaces with a modern/contemporary look, that do require good old stoking tool sets. Today’s Top 5 Friday, is for you.
Fireplace Screen as Art
Vestal Lyle and Umbach Screen
The whole line of Lyle Umbach accessories is some of the greatest I have ever seen on the market, and forgive me, I have no idea if it’s available in Canada. Lauded in almost every international decor mag, my favourite of the roster is this amazingly sculptural Vestal fireplace screen forged of solid white or yellow bronze, or steel, and priced out of most people’s ranges (upon request.) You can check their "where to buy" list for stores that may ship to Canada, but for now, it’s enough to simply dream.
Basket? What Basket?
Blomus ‘Bebop’ wood rack available at Modern Karibou
Available through Canada’s foremost online style resource, Modern Karibou, the Blomus ‘Bebop’ wood rack is stylishly NOT a basket. Need I say more.
I Can Has Modern Fire
Carl Mertens butane lighter, AllModern.com ships to Canada
Even lighters are susceptible to style makeovers! Look at this handsome devil of a torch! I’d totally pretend to not know where my lighter is and send a guest to find it, just to hear them exclaim how delightfully amaze-a-gorgeous it really is.
Buying the Right Tools
I dunno about ‘modern’ tool sets. I find if you have too much glass, polished stainless and ‘clean lines’ in one room, it starts to look flat and uninspiring. Modern tool sets with the aforementioned characteristics abound, but I specifically avoid them. Instead, I think even modern fireplaces can handle a little rustic touch, providing it’s done right (and by ‘right’ I of course mean expensive.) In this case, designer Marco Ferreri for Ferro & Fuoco (Italy) did it right, by hand-forging the delicate, exquisitely proportioned set you see on the right, of recycled Italian railroad tracks. If you don’t want to spend in upwards of $600, check out Restoration Hardware’s simple and unadorned Rivet Hearth tool set, for less than half.
For the Fakers
Don’t feel left out if you have a fireplace that you can’t light a fire in. You can still shop your heart out for accessories. Many an older home have a beautiful hearth and mantle that no longer offer a safe place to actually light a fire, but those of you who do, can have a ball accessorizing with finds such as the above: the tealight geometric screen from Target (it’ll fit in your trunk when you go for your biannual US shopping spree) is quite the showpiece, and of course, (worth a Top 5 of its own) there is always the fireplace candelabra. Many of them are outdated in their ornate curlicues, but this one from Crate & Barrel is perfectly modern.
Have you found modern fireplace accessories that you’d like to share with us? Where???