Thursday, July 1, 2010

Design: Fireplace

So I have a minor obsession with mantles and fireplaces in a home. As a design element, I really feel that they should be the focal point of the living area.

Back when fireplaces were a necessity to keep the family warm and happy, it became a central gathering space for games, activities and conversation. The modern version of the fireplace is the TV. The same concept is in place for both perspectives, gathering the family for a shared experience, but I am still extremely partial to making the fireplace a place for gathering instead of the TV.

HGTV had some good examples of fireplace design

Faux fireplace from Ann Wood

William C. Whitney was a man who understood the idea of what a fireplace should be. Built from 1903 – 1906, his home located in New York at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue across from Central Park is the best example of an Italian Palazzo in the U.S. Whitney had an extremely keen eye for design and interior decorating. He wanted everything to be authentic and had buyers purchase authentic Italian fixtures, furniture and textiles to create his lavish home.

William C. Whitney House, New York, NY

His fireplaces were plentiful, and there were said to always
be burning to make sure everyone felt at home.

Whitney was famous for being a part of the Cleveland Administration, helping to build up the Navy. Eventually buying part of the Metropolitan Railway Company to become co-owner, his wealth only projected him further into high society. He was loved by all who knew him and those in his circle gathered regularly at his house for good food and good conversation.

To learn more about the William C. Whitney House, read this article.

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