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.
The Vulcan, as Senant calls it, was produced as a fun personal project. He lists his client as Hephaestus – the Greek god of metalworking.
“The overall concept relies on one principle: promoting sustainable energy through an user-friendly experience. In that matter, Vulcan rises from the flames by radiating heat during winter months thanks to a traditional stove technic. The added value comes from the fully customizable shelving system that allows anyone to use the stove safely as a furniture. You can place the wood nearby the stove to dry it up, hang blankets to warm them up, place your sleepers close by in the same aim, or even keep your hot coffee or tea warm enough just on top of it. It is fully made out of metal sheet, cast iron, glass and metal rods. No plastic here.”