Add fire’s siz­zle

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - INTERIORS -

Ev­ery­one agrees. Lighting can in­stantly change a room’s mood and help us per­form tasks bet­ter. But there’s more than the amount of il­lu­mi­na­tion at stake. Why put a lamp (the term for a bulb) into some non­de­script hous­ing (the fix­ture it­self ) when you can show­case it glam­orously?

These days you might swap out a dainty pen­dant for some­thing big­ger and bolder as Los An­ge­les de­signer Lori Gilder of In­te­rior Makeovers did in a foyer. The over­sized 31-inch di­am­e­ter bam­boo hous­ing helps com­pen­sate for a shal­low ceil­ing and re­flects to­day’s in­ter­est in sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als. “The ma­te­rial and the pen­dant’s or­ganic shape and pat­tern cre­ate an im­pact the mo­ment you walk through the door,” she says. You can also use a fix­ture as daz­zling eye candy, the aes­thetic equiv­a­lent of a stun­ning piece of jewelry, said Chicago de­signer Darcy Bon­ner.

There’s lit­tle visual com­pe­ti­tion for wak­ing up a room when there’s a roar­ing fire with an ar­ray of swirling hot col­ors. These days hav­ing a fire­place no longer re­quires a ma­son to la­bo­ri­ously con­struct a stone or brick fea­ture.

Many man­u­fac­tur­ers re­tail free­stand­ing mod­ern takes on the old-fash­ioned wood stove, some­times with the whimsy of an­thro­po­mor­phic feet. New York-based Wit­tus, Fire by De­sign, of­fers mul­ti­ple ex­am­ples with state-ofthe-art tech­nol­ogy, in con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic col­ors and the ap­peal of en­vi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness since they use real wood, a re­new­able en­ergy source.

They can even work in an apart­ment if there’s ac­cess to a roof, says co-founder Alyce Wit­tus.

For an ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary look, the Fire­orb is a sus­pended wood-burn­ing fire­place that hangs in mid air that gives the ef­fect of a float­ing fire.

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