Fireplaces are a heartwarming addition to any space, although the logistics of the traditional fireplace deter a lot of people from having one in their modern home. If you are located in a city, purchasing real wood can be a pain as well as irritatingly expensive. Not to mention the hazards of lighting a real fire and real logs with the side effects of real smoke and the sacrifice of the Sunday Times. The electric fireplace is a solution to this, but there is something unsatisfying about flipping a switch to see some fake logs "lit" by a small flame.
Prometheus. Designed by Safretti.
For apartment dwellers, fireplaces become even more inaccessible, as the supply of fresh air and a flue become difficult to come by. I've seen flue-less fireplaces before, although burning perfectly good fuel for a little visual stimuli seems wasteful in this age of eco-consciousness. Thankfully, Safretti is making eco-friendly flue-less fireplaces that burn potato-infused bio-alcohol. Their cradle-to-cradle concept, a first for the industry, makes sure that fuel and materials used in product and packaging are officially sustainable.
Aside from sustainable, Safretti fireplaces are gorgeous. The newest line, Double-Vision by designer Jan des Bouvrie, combines the eco-flame, in a cerebral move, with a flat screen TV. A statement about the visual art pieces that fireplaces have become, Double-Vision also solves the problem of how to hang your television over the fireplace without fear of an electric meltdown. True irony would be playing a dvd of a fireplace while watching your own potato-burning fireplace below. Other lines of Safretti fireplaces include the Curva, the Gaya and the Nemo, to name a few. Each line is unique and modern, and truly pushes the concept of a fireplace as combustion art.