As citizens of the 21st century, we are entranced by the achievements of our civilisation and the technical possibilities they offer. We appreciate top-quality industrial products as well as the artefacts created by manual craftsmanship. We surround ourselves with design and are inspired by its perfection in terms of function and appearance.
However, parallel to this public side of our life and lifestyle is another element, one that is shaped by age-old desires, anxieties and preferences. In these regions of our human nature, fire takes a central position, representing warmth, protection, light, community and culture.
It is therefore no surprise that we always wish to integrate living fire into our lives, even if we have to domesticate its intrinsic properties for this purpose. The fireplace may be subject to the same approach and treatment as other objects within the home, but at the same time, the powerful appeal it has on us operates at a higher level. Accordingly, our lead article, ‘Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth’, places our love of the open fire in a cultural and interior-design context.
Contents in brief:
Architonic Photo Tours: Kortrijk 2014 and Orgatec 2014
Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth
Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results N° 35: Wood-burning Stoves
Inspiring Spaces N° 27: Living Areas
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic
Architonic’s newsletter for November 2014 can be read (and subscribed to) here.