Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of SOM architect Arthur Witthoefft. A freestanding travertine-and-steel fireplace, open on all four sides, divides the living and dining areas.
photo by: Jason Schmidt
When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box. David Baker and cabinetmaker Thomas Jameson designed the freestanding fireplace / media console, which effectively divides the more formal living room from the dining and gathering space while concealing cords and other clutter.
photo by: Robert Schlatter
For this home in Sonoma, California, two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions create dynamic indoor-outdoor space. The home, completed in spring 2012 by architects Leslie and Julie Dowling, identical twins and protégées of Michael Graves, decked out the house in neutral tones, from fireplace surround to furnishings, to let the outdoors take center stage.
photo by: Matthew Millman
Argentinean materials dictated furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis. The living room resembles a Sticotti furniture showroom: The architect designed the couch, coffee tables, and stumplike stools. The fireplace is made of stacked stone from San Juan, a nearby province.
photo by: Cristóbal Palma
Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. In the winter, the architect's unusual cylindrical fireplace in the central living area was always ready for a fire. In spring and summer, the base was filled with plants.
photo by: Leslie Williamson
In this playful family room in Belgium, a simple white fireplace backdrop accents, but doesn't compete with, exuberant furniture, like a Low Pad chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini and a brass-and-steel coffee table was designed by Poorter and Holdrinet.
photo by: Frederik Vercruysse
The owners of this rehauled split-level in Vancouver, British Columbia, cozy up on a Flexform sectional in the den, where one of the home’s two original wood-burning fireplaces has received a new concrete hearth and mantel.
photo by: João Canziani
In the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, what started off as a decorating job turned into a full-blown renovation for Nicole Hollis. The living room and dining room were originally separated by a central fireplace, which Hollis removed to create this great room. She installed a custom eight-foot-long open gas fireplace in the living room (equipped with sensors that automatically turn it off when someone gets too near to the flames).