The industrial, freestanding look celebrates what’s raw and untouched, so the fireplace speaks for itself. This look is often emphasised by the addition of luxurious furnishings and subtle pops of colour and texture. Thanks to Escea’s zero clearance technology, freestanding gas fires are also capable of being fitted directly onto raised joinery without risk, which Richard says makes them a great retrofit option.
In 2021 you’ll also see freestanding fireplaces positioned on top of designer ledges rather than on the floor – giving you eye level, front row seats to the flame show!
There is a bit of contention around TVs placed over fireplaces as often they can take away from the aesthetic of the fireplace design. Samsung has solved this issue with its introduction of “The Frame” a TV that doubles as a world class art gallery. Thanks to this innovation and our zero clearance technology the two can sit closer together than ever before.
Art has always been a key element of interior design, but in 2020 when the world stopped, we relied on art so much more as a sense of worldly exploration and as a form of self-expression and this will remain important in 2021.
“Its great that Escea fires allow for the lowest TV clearance on the market, but when you see the detailing of a contrasting timber frame around the TV itself it just looks next level” – Richard Miller
Image 1: Escea DS1400 Gas Fireplace. Image 2: Escea DS1650 Gas Fireplace.
We spent more time in our homes than ever before in 2020 and it got us itching to take to the tools and spruce things up. We expect to see a big trend towards renovating in 2021 and in particular, embracing heritage features with retrofit fireplaces. This trend is also driven by the clean air regulations and initiatives we’re seeing to clean up the air in our towns, according to Richard, “using a clean-burning gas unit that’s designed to fit the majority of older chimneys like the Escea DF range means so many spaces can have a fire again”.
We’re also anticipating the return of the mantelpiece. For everything you need to know about retrofitting old fireplaces, click here.
Escea DF700 Gas Fireplace. Design by Paul Tilse Architects. Photography by Roderigo Vargas.
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Last but not least, we anticipate more and more examples of innovative design and bespoke fireplace settings. Zero clearance technology has taken fireplace design to a whole new place where a fireplace can be surrounded by almost any material. This means we’re seeing fireplaces appear in timber cabinetry and open shelving. So there’s no need to decide between a TV, library, bar, or a fireplace – you can have it all in one beautiful, integrated space.
“The integration of flame into what is essentially furniture (like a bookshelf or entertainment unit) is so imaginative and totally possible. Understanding the boundaries can be confusing but by consulting with Escea’s Architectural Advisory team we can have these concepts approved at the design stage.” – Richard Miller
Escea DS1150 Gas Fireplace
Escea’s Architectural Advisory team are on hand to provide expert advice and answer all fireplace related questions at the project planning and implementation stage of your build. Get in touch with the team here.