The ideal fireplace would look wonderful and serve a useful purpose, whatever the weather or time of year. This fine example approaches perfection by acting as a support for the staircase that runs immediately behind it and also by offering a variety of levels and surfaces on which to sit or display favourite possessions.
Fireplaces for small rooms are often delicately shrunken affairs. If this doesn’t appeal, a custom-built surround with a chunkier outline may be the answer. This one is made from rough-hewn sections of tree trunk arranged in a way that evokes the order and symmetry of neo-classical architecture.