Add fire’s sizzle
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.