Fire it up

Not in­clined to faff around with kin­dling, logs and matches? Let Escea pass you the re­mote.

Homestyle New Zealand - - STYLE -

There’s some­thing pretty spe­cial about watch­ing flames flicker in a fire­place on a win­ter’s night, but even the most dex­trous among us can find wood fires tricky to start – not to men­tion messy to main­tain. Thank good­ness for gas fire­places, then, which can serve as the cen­tre­piece of a home while of­fer­ing touch-of-a-but­ton con­ve­nience and a clean, mod­ern look.

Dunedin-based com­pany Escea is at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ments in gas fire­places. For more than 15 years, they’ve been push­ing the bound­aries on every level, from heat out­put and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, to aes­thet­ics and in­stal­la­tion. Their fire­places com­bine con­tem­po­rary de­sign with in­no­va­tive tech­nolog y, in­clud­ing Escea Smart Heat, which con­nects your fire­place to your home net­work, so you can con­trol your fire re­motely with your smart­phone to en­sure you al­ways come home to a warm wel­come.

Escea fires heat high-end homes around the world – like that of in­te­rior con­sul­tant Re­becca Sh­nider, who chose one for the liv­ing room in her fam­ily’s art deco Mel­bourne abode. When she and hus­band Bra­ham were ren­o­vat­ing their 1930s char­ac­ter home, they were in­tent on strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween old and new, and wanted a fire­place that blended well with the rest of their dé­cor. Escea’s sleek de­signs fit­ted the bill.

Opt­ing to keep the fire­place sur­round the same colour as the walls, Re­bec­cca added a hearth that dou­bles as a shelf for the TV and dé­cor items. “It’s a great use of space,” she says. “The TV can be hid­den away un­der­neath when it’s not in use.”

Escea gas fire­places have zero-rated clear­ance, which means the in­te­rior wall stays cool enough to han­dle al­most any sur­round ma­te­rial and elec­tron­ics right above the fire. Re­becca took it a cre­ative step fur­ther, adding a kilim rug as an ex­tra­or­di­nary piece of art.

STYLE TO BURN Re­becca chose the Escea DL850 gas fire­place with a ce­ramic log fuel bed. Its in­set Ti­ta­nium Sil­ver fas­cia has a tra­di­tional ap­peal and looks as strik­ing when the fire’s turned off as it does when it’s ablaze.

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