Sometimes life is all about a fresh start.  Sometimes all one needs for a new perspective is the inspiration of another person’s actions.

One glance at Gaspard Tiné-Berès’ design work caught my attention, but it was as I learned more about his Short-Circuit trio of appliances and the affirmative business plan behind them that inspiration came.

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Hearth Cabinet Fireplaces

It’s a lovely thing to sit before the fireplace and watch the flames crackle.

I grew up with that luxury and then wound up spending close to twenty years as an apartment dweller, longing always for that childhood comfort – yet, in many cities, a fireplace in an apartment is either a near-impossible headache to install or, in the case of ventless fireplaces, downright illegal.

How nifty to find a solution to this little quandary!

Hearth Cabinet produces ventless fireplaces which require no flue, no electricity, and, instead of burning gas (which must be vented), uses a non-toxic isopropyl alcohol gel to fuel the flames.  They are the only ventless fireplaces legally approved for use in New York City. Read the rest of this entry »

Wall Flame by Radius Design

In the depths of winter the primal side of us emerges in a longing for nourishing food, cheerful company, comfort, and the security of warmth.  In the past all this often came together before the fireplace.  What better than to snuggle up and watch the flames flicker and dance, as the fire turns one’s home into a snug little burrow?

Today, however, the sheer energy-inefficiency of a traditional fireplace can make it a less-than-desirable fixture in one’s household.  Yet the allure of captive flame remains.  So, how to satisfy that ancient longing?


Why, bypass the fireplace, of course.


Enter Wall Flame I & II, the sleek brain-children of Michael Rösing, managing director of Radius Design, in Brühl, Germany.  Gone is the large, surrounding containment structure, gone the flue, gone the chimney.  In short, gone is the fireplace itself, and in its place is left a simplicity of flame. Read the rest of this entry »

Silent Running – Zephyr’s Next Generation Europa Range Hoods


Hear that?

You don’t?


Milano Wall

That sound you don’t hear is Zephyr’s new Next Generation Europa line of range hoods.

Napoli Island

The reason you hear hardly a thing isn’t because the hood is so loud it drowns out your smoke alarm when you set the bacon on fire (come on, it’s happened to all of us, right?).  No, it’s because these range hoods are equipped with Zephyr’s DCBL™ Suppression technology.

What’s that you ask?  Well, let’s take a look under the hood, shall we?

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