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August 4, 2015
The fireplace isn't just a heat source: it's an opporunity to anchor a room with rich materials, sculptural forms, or even bright colors.
Miller House living area with cylindrical fireplace

This striking fireplace sits within the Eero Saarinen-designed Miller House in Indianapolis. Renowned designer Alexander Girard helped craft the inteiror as well.

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Originally appeared in Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
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Industrial furnace sits beside dining table in a Washington home

This retreat in Washingston state can withstand brushfires and several feet of snowpack; its rugged fireplace is a modern take on a classic 19th century design. 

Originally appeared in The Ranchero
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This house is also set within rustic settings - a Norwegian forest - but its firepalce has a more refined palette: marble hexgon tiles surround the flames while the remaining floor riles are birch.

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This sleek hearth overlooks an Italian factory-turned-home designed by Paola Navone; its charcoal black profile highlights the house's luminous white interior. 

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Originally appeared in Paola Navone's Industrial Style Renovation in Italy
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You don't need a new home to have a new fireplace: Spark Modern Fires offers products like this, the Cube, which are fueled by propane or natural gas.

Originally appeared in 4 Fireplaces from Spark Modern Fires
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To avoid a space-hogging fireplace, Johnson recommended a Bathyscafocus by Focus Creations. Hiller took the suggestion and now enjoys the warmth of a fireplace and the full square footage of her living room.

This nearly 2,000 square foot Colorado retreat uses bright floor-to-ceiling windows, radiant heating floors, and this classic hanging fireplace deisgn to stay warm.

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Originally appeared in Ski Lift
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Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

Also 2,000 square feet, this Istanbul loft places its large fireplace front-and-center: it straddles the living room and dining table, providing visual and sensory stimulus when eating and entertaining.

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Originally appeared in A Single-Room Loft with Impressive Wall-to-Wall Storage
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Miller House living area with cylindrical fireplace

This striking fireplace sits within the Eero Saarinen-designed Miller House in Indianapolis. Renowned designer Alexander Girard helped craft the inteiror as well.

Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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