Top 10 Creative and Unusual Fireplaces

The problem with fireplaces is that the older open ones are a little dangerous (without supervision) and the newer ones are just plain boring! Well, what I want is something in-between, fresh, modern and a great talking point when people see it. So I thought I would try to see what is hot and what is not in the World of modern fireplaces…


Top 10 Creative and Unusual Fireplaces


Piets Indoor Stove
Piets Indoor Stove

10 – The Gold Standard

This gold effect fireplace actually runs on ethanol so there is no point in having a chimney! What that does mean is that you can have it almost anywhere in the house and with the reflective back it is sure to only direct heat in the directions you need it to!

Table Top Fireplace
Table Top Fireplace

9 – No rubbing required

Who needs built-in fireplaces when to have a romantic dinner when this modern-looking centrepiece has all the light and warmth you will even need and zero smoke! Made from sleek stainless steel, the log effect set against a natural slate base makes it one of the best you will ever see.

Attika Feuer Gas Fire
Attika Feuer Gas Fire

8 – Fireplaces go widescreen

This impressive looking wide range fireplace from Attika Feuer is super modern with a very fresh design but dare I say it also has a little touch of retro about it.

Attika Feuer Glass Showcase Fireplace
Attika Feuer Glass Showcase Fireplace

7 – Standalone and stand out.

This incredible standalone “tunnel” fireplace is once again from Attika Feuer and not only looks amazing but it also offers 360 degrees heat output!

Curva XT Modern Fireplace
Curva XT Modern Fireplace

6 – Help! That giant I-pod is on fire!

This very elegant looking fireplace is from Safretti and to me looks like it was inspired by the I-Pod. But then again a massive I-Pod fireplace wouldn’t appear so odd in today’s technology driven homes.

Arkiane Flame Fireplace
Arkiane Flame Fireplace

5 – Now this is what I call a Flaming Good Fireplace.

This incredibly stylised flame that evokes movement and heat of the fire. This fireplace actually protects the environment with low CO2 emissions! So modern, eco-friendly and it would make for a great talking point in any home.

Minimalist Ergonomic Fireplace
Minimalist Ergonomic Fireplace

4 – Welcome to the world of ergonomics.

This ergonomic branch effect fireplace would make any home warm and stylish with its bright, warm colours and 360 degrees heat it would certainly make me feel warm.

River Rock Fire Bowl
River Rock Fire Bowl

3 – “Waiter, Waiter my bowl of rocks is on fire! ”

These very impressive fire bowls are made with a mix of concrete and fibreglass and topped up with natural river rocks. Perfectly safe for indoor use with un-scented fuel only they actually run on “Real Flame®” Disposable Fuel Single-Use Can! So easy to refill and a really good talking point at any dinner party and best of all is that they are cheap as chips!

Fire Glass, Outdoor Fireplace
Fire Glass, Outdoor Fireplace

2 – The wonderful world of Fire Glass

What you are looking at is what is called “Fire glass” and it produces more heat than wood, there is no smoke, it’s odourless and doesn’t produce any ash waste at all!  So why not stay warm and toasty without cutting down trees and best of all you can have it indoors as well!

Roll Fire Ultra Modern Fireplace
Roll Fire Ultra Modern Fireplace

1 – Fireplace bot! Roll out.

For me, it just doesn’t get any better than this rolling fireplace made by Conmoto. Running on ethanol with a cool circular design I would just sit there watching the flames dance around the middle of it for hours on end. I couldn’t find out where to buy it from sadly, but expect it to be enough to burn a hole in your wallet.

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  3. Gosh, Russell, of course it gets cold here. Why I can remember when I had to wear a sweatshirt for almost a whole day!! Please don’t cry. We do get cold days here in the winter. I’m sure we have. Gosh, when was that? Hmm…

  4. Most of these are useless if you have animals or children. and why don’t you use your fireplace? Please don’t tell me because it is always warm where you are because I think I will have to cry.

  5. I think a brick fireplace and mantel piece are one of the joys of life, those cold winter days just sat reading in front of one are the best times in life.

  6. I’m a bit of a purist with fireplaces. These are fun, ultra modern fires, but I really love my old brick fireplace, mantel, slate hearth. There’s wood to cut, soot to scrape…and worth every minute of the work that goes into enjoying my traditional fireplace.

  7. I think these are too predictable – sterile in a way … no sparks flying up really high… no crackling of the wood … no smoke from damp wood that sticks to your clothes and reminds you of the lasting things … Maybe I am getting a little carried away here 🙂 I always get something out of your posts … they are awesome 🙂

  8. It’s been so many years since we used our fireplace we’d have to hire a chimney sweep before we could use it! I’d like to see #2 on our patio but with all our animals guess it will have to wait!

  9. oh, and another thing – although not quite as money making, you should check out some of the sun cookers (using refracted solar), that various ngos are making with local communities in sub saharan Africa and in the Indian sub continent – really interesting -please don’t feel obligated to post this if it’s too off topic

  10. well, I lived on a boat, a very small boat, for about 6 years, and I had a no. 0 wood burner inside, so I cooked on the inner metal bit of a car wheel (sans the rubber) outside and very fine it was too- your picture no.1 reminds me mostly of going to the launderette – do they still have them out in the big wide world? If they do, I would call that photo, ‘pants on fire’ – possibly not the most commercial of strap lines, but I’d definitely save up for a washing machine first….and then start playing with matches – am feeling covetous of the picture labelled no.10

  11. I love fireplaces!! These are some amazing ones!! But I will definitely stick to the in the wall kind of ones. I walked into a wood stove and have a scar from it so I’m too klutzy for anything else!!

  12. Love them all really, given it’s coming up to winter here, I would take any of them if they made my house warmer than it is at the moment. I do prefer the old fashioned ones, but numbers 2, 5, 7 and 8 are my pick of these.

  13. I like number 7. However I just like the old fashioned kind myself. Great for those carpet picnics with the romance partner. My work, well not much into fireplaces in the office. Ash just can get everywhere.

  14. Not so much for the modern look … still the best fireplaces are the ones outside in a stone pit… sitting around with friends and a guitar… oh yeah and marshmallows …

  15. They are quite unique, the flame shaped one #5 is the best. However, I am more traditional so crown moulding and simple fireplace is more my speed. All of these are too modern for a die hard traditionalist.

  16. Great post as always. I must say that I like them all however 7 seems to be my choice, we need a fire in winter to keep our house warm. We currently have two gas units, but they sure aren’t as trendy as these. Ivan.

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