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October 31, 2007

Modern Concrete Fireplaces

Span_pl_2Solus makes modern, minimalist, warm looking fireplace surrounds and tiles. It's rare to find such smooth finishes and deep, even colors in the company's medium of choice. concrete, but Solus achieves it in a  variety of styles. Check the website for images of its 10 cast surrounds, and 4 tile shapes, which can be used on floors, walls, or of course, fireplaces. Don't see the concrete style of your dreams? Contact them. Solus can customize to meet your needs, everything's handcrafted anyway.

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Thanks for the opportunity to comment. As an artist and a modernist dealer, I recognize there is NO such thing as "beautiful" or "ugly" material. All materials are at the mercy of good and bad suppliers, designers, and makers. I LOVE seeing the so-called "modest" materials used in unique and sensitive ways. The challenge to overcome the public's reaction to substances they think they already understand is a great one, and I admire those creators who are willing to rethink those things we see and use everyday.
Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques

Posted by: Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques | Oct 31, 2007 10:51:40 AM

Hi Ron - You're so right. Common materials elevate the design and make it even more interesting. Any other examples of this sort of thing I should know about? Thanks!

Posted by: sbpainting | Oct 31, 2007 9:58:15 PM

Ronn here. Sorry it took a few days to get back to you! That's a good question. Let me think about it, and I'll get back with some ideas.

Posted by: Ronn Ives | Nov 9, 2007 10:32:43 AM

Okay, I'm back. Ronn here. Though I can easily make the argument "ALL materials are modest", I thought I'd keep it simple with three great examples:

The 1929 German Pavillion in Barcelona Spain by Mies van der Rohe. It is a supreme example of using materials for their intrinsic beauty aside from any assigned monetary value. This is an easy Google-Images search, should someone be unfamiliar with this Icon of Design.

The sculptures by artist Deborah Butterfield. She tends to make life sized "horses" from twigs, lumber, and other materials one often views as "scrap" or "trash". Not only are they beautiful, but made even more poignant due to these materials. Again, a Google-Images search will do the trick.

Finally, the exquisite concrete counter tops by artist Fu Tung Cheng. He is responsible for blowing the dust off of work surfaces design (kitchen, etc.). They are a real revelation in the use of so-called "modest" materials.

Check them out. Let me know what you think.

Posted by: Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques | Nov 10, 2007 10:48:57 PM

This was some incredible concrete fireplaces; one was shaped kind of like a molar - very sculptural, elegant and even sensual.

Posted by: Utah fireplace | Jan 12, 2009 3:35:27 AM

It comply with the new style of tremendous decorations for fireplaces.This is fabulous make the place more modern and elegant.

Posted by: fireplace screen | Nov 7, 2010 1:36:03 AM

This is a true beauty indeed. Before buying a fireplace, you must always think first of the kind of fireplace that suits your place the best. A fireplace can be a wonderful addition to a home.

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