Playing With Fire
We just had our first snow! While every year it comes too soon and we still have the fall fire colors in our minds, I cannot help thinking of Robert Frost’s poem Fire and Ice. However, today I want to share my version of it:
“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But with one condition:
let the fire be stylish.”
I have always loved fireplaces, but I love their accessories even more. They serve as tools in the winter but can be so decorative during those few months of the year when the fireplace is not being used. Andirons are the best example.
I once saw these bronze “Elephants-Chenets” designed in 1999 by Xavier-François Lalane at a Christie’s auction and realized I could use the fireplace as a canvas to display art!
I was pleased to see that many talented artists had the same idea, and the list of interesting and beautiful andirons is endless!
This pair of Modernist andirons from George Nelson are classic and chic:
For a fun touch, why not try these Totem andirons from Hubert Le Gall?
I cannot leave this piece by Diego Giacometti out of the list:
Or these from Jean Royère:
When looking for a custom piece, nobody beats John Lyle! His designs and finishes are astonishing:
Luxe in black and polished bronze
Douglas andirons and tools in polished Chrome
Alexandra in Nickel
John Lyle happens to also be my favorite source for fire screens. From the simplicity of the “bloc” to the sophistication of the “vestal,” there is a piece for every fireplace!
So let’s embrace fire!