Designer at Casa Decor, Lorna De Santos, reimagines the traditional in-home fireplace. Using Japanese philosophy as artistic inspiration, Santos turns the fireplace into a hidden secret. Lending from the wabi-sabi philosophy, which encourages an appreciation for imperfection, this modern fireplace design removes it from the focal point of a room.
Asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, modesty, and intimacy are important aspects of Japanese philosophy. All of these elements are incorporated in Lorna De Santos's design. Using a deliberate crack in the wall, the designer placed the fireplace into the gap to insight the viewer's curiosity. The subtle glow from the hidden flames indicates a secret gem is hidden behind the wall. The curtain-like shape around the fire adds movement and texture to the fireplace, mimicking the flame's natural flow.
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