Distinctive Fireplaces

On an island off Croatia, architect Steven Harris and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts restored a 15th-century house for themselves. In the living room, the 15th-century carved-stone sink and shelf “contrasts with the modern steel fireplace hood, which was handmade in Croatia,” says Roberts. (featured in Architectural Digest, August 2009)

Rock from nearby San Miguel County figures prominently in the interiors of a house built by architect Tim Blonkvist for a couple in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2010; Photo: Robert Reck)

A fireplace anchors a courtyard off the great room of Dana Johnson and Mark Nelson’s 10,000-square-foot residence in California’s Napa Valley. They commissioned architect Howard J. Backen to create the house and a winery on the 300-acre property. Mark W. Bowers was the landscape architect. (featured in Architectural Digest, March 2010; Photo: Adrian Gregorutti)

“The walnut paneling carries a warm feeling to the lower part of the room, allowing the white walls and ceiling to float above,” says architect Wendy Evans Joseph of the upstate New York studio she conceived for her husband, Jeffrey V. Ravetch. River stones adorn the fireplace. (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2010; Photo: Peter Aaron)

In the great room of architect David Jameson’s Maryland residence, the living and dining areas merge, with little more than a change in ceiling height to signal a division. “The puzzlelike interlocking of the stone fireplace and the teak casework continues the exterior design language,” he says. (featured in Architectural Digest, September 2010; Photo: Paul Warchol)

In San Francisco, architect Michael Palladino and interior designer Rick Irving, of Richard Meier & Partners Architects, reconfigured the interior spaces of a Pacific Heights apartment. In the living room, “the light coffers give the painted-wood ceiling a defined edge,” notes Palladino, whose firm also designed some of the furnishings, including the side table and rug. Above the fireplace are a 1980 sculpture by Ron Moore and a 1966 oil by Raimonds Staprans. (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2009; Photo: Tim Griffith)

Architect Monica Mauti created a relaxing, contemporary, single-floor London residence—in a Victorian-era apartment building—for a couple and their two children. In the living room, which features a modular sofa, she kept the original windows and French doors and added a large fireplace wall made of Italian ceramic tile. (featured in Architectural Digest, March 2010; Photo: Andrew Twort)

Our objective was to make a modern-day cowboy house based on Spanish haciendas,” architect Geoff Sumich says of B & B Ranch, a 4,000-square-foot residence and guesthouse he designed for Bruce and Barbara Goldreyer in Murrieta, California. A 1930s Navajo rug covers the bed in the guesthouse. “The owners have fond memories of cooking meals in the fireplace and enjoying the coziness of the small house,” Sumich says. (featured in Architectural Digest, January 2010; Photo: Mary E. Nichols)

Allan Shope designed an ecologically focused house for himself and his family in Amenia, New York, using trees from the site for the millwork throughout. The architect calls the massive fireplace in the living area “the center of the home.” The insect photo is by Catherine Chalmers. (featured in Architectural Digest, September 2010; Photo: Durston Saylor)

To create his Manhattan residence, violinist Joshua Bell worked with architect Charles Rose, who—at Bell’s request—put a limestone-tiled fireplace between the living and dining areas. The patinated-steel mantel cantilevers out on one end to double as a bar. (featured in Architectural Digest, May 2010; Photo: Scott Frances)
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