A NEW WRAP FOR AN OLD FLAME
Designer Jane Hope, who lives in a condo built in the early 1990s, felt her fireplace was overdue for an update. The fireplace was built when unfinished concrete first came into fashion, the writer and designer says, and a previous owner had opted to clad it in a combination of onyx and drywall. “The materials in the space are wood, concrete, and stone,” she says. “I didn’t want more of those materials, but I needed something with similar visual heft. The fireplace is in the middle of the room, with glazing on two sides, and I felt it would be a shame to block the light, so I began to explore transparency using metal.”
Hope settled on an antique plated SZ-3 architectural wire mesh from Banker Wire & Iron Works. Frequently seen in commercial and hospitality projects, wire mesh is often used when architects and designers want transparency while also providing a hint of separation.
A custom hearth by Anthony Concrete grounds the metal surround with the surrounding architectural elements.