The first suspended, 360° pivoting fireplace was developed in 1968. It coincided with a farmhouse restoration in the village of Viols-le-Fort in the south of France. Former humanities professor, Dominique Imbert, had a penchant for metalwork, and forged a fireplace that hung from the ceiling. That design has been exhibited in the Bordeaux Contemporary Art Museum, the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Grenoble, and in New York's Guggenheim Museum. It also won first prize in Italy's Pulchra design competition in 2009, selected by 74,425 international online voters as the "world's most beautiful object" out of 100 designs.
The striking design now graces a multitude of homes in an array of styles, from rustic cabins to minimalist modern dwellings. Here are 20 floating fireplaces to channel all the hygge vibes.
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