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The firepit is be­com­ing a thing of beauty

Country Life Every Week - - Interior Design The Inside Track -

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 pit­com­

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.theiron­gar­ 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

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