The firepit is becoming a thing of beauty
GIVEN that we’re currently engaged in extricating ourselves politically and economically from Europe, it’s ironic that we’re wedded to so much that is associated with a Continental lifestyle. It’s not just the obvious stuff—san Pellegrino, shoes without socks, an indifference to adultery—we also have a growing affection for spending the evenings outside, despite the fact that even the warmest summer evening is hardly on a par with Provence. This being Britain doesn’t tend to put us off—when the temperature drops, we wrap up in a blanket and chuck another log on the firepit, that summer accessory of choice for those of us in touch with our inner Fred Flinstone.
Firepits are rapidly evolving from purely functional objects into something verging on an artform. At their simplest, they’re an iron or steel receptacle in which logs can be burnt, but, increasingly, they’re becoming more decorative. At his Suffolk farm, Andy Gage makes breathtaking firepits or ‘fire balls’ that are a striking addition to any outdoor space. Themes inlcude the English Country, the Country Pursuits and the Equestrian. Feast your eyes at www.thefire pitcompany.co.uk
In Norfolk, the Thompson family— owners of the Wrought Iron And Brass Bed Company—has diversified into decorative firepits that it sells under the name The Iron Garden (www.theirongarden.co.uk). It will be launching them at the 136th Sandringham Flower Show on July 26.
Above: The Winter Bowl, from £499, The Firepit Company. Right: Flower Meadow firepit, £295, The Iron Garden