The brick or stone wood-burning hearth is the historic center of a home, providing heat and light in the absence of radiators, electric heating or modern lighting – but even a sleek contemporary metal fireplace surround tends to displace a great deal of space, which can be challenging in small homes already low on storage area.
This modular shelving system extends the classic mantel-as-shelf approach by allowing people to build on their own extra shelves as needed, attaching them all to the core metal chimney of the wood-burning stove below. Hopefully this vent is extremely well-insulated – books do not do well in extreme heat!
Suspended from metal supports above, these shelves work on a tension system of mutual support. Right-angled modules allow wrap-around partitions that can surround spaces on all sides, making miniature cabinets and cupboards in addition to flat storage surfaces.
Unlike its rustic and antique counterparts, this modern fireplace design idea by Arther Senant changes the focus from built-in decorative designs (carved wood or elaborate stone). Instead, the objects put on the mantel and shelves become the center of attention.