The Connecticut shoreline was the inspiration for ‘Maritime Magic’. The imagery is a fantasy world of wide-eyed fish, giant octopus, fish hooks and anchors, sea creatures large and small. A sailing ship pitches forward on a curling wave. Sea gulls careen above in a sun-filled sky. Look closely and you may find a message in a bottle.
This whimsical design is right at home in any environment. A special installation at Winvian Farm in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut – voted one of the 100 best hotels and resorts in the world by Condé Nast Traveler – featured my ‘Maritime Magic’ Fireball to delight guests on their beautiful grounds.
Since then, ‘Maritime Magic’ has found a home in other coastal environments including Islamorada on the Florida Keys.
Specifications: The ‘Maritime Magic' Fireballs shown here are 58" in diameter and wood-burning. As a re-purposed object, the natural steel feels right in this extreme coastal environment. Salt air accelerates the weathering process.
Fireplace screen brings the landscape inside
This fireplace screen design for ‘Maritime Magic’ features several major elements shared by the Fireball. The scale and composition fit the frame of the opening — a robust 4' x 4' Rumford style firebox. As the focal point to this Great Room overlooking Long Island Sound, the screen’s playful narrative connects the interior of this home to its shoreline environment.
Specifications: This ‘Maritime Magic’ fireplace screen is designed for propane, not wood burning. The 36" linear propane burner assembly is concealed within its black steel box with black glass media on top. The firebox itself has been painted matte black. The natural waxed finish of the steel has a warm burnished effect. The steel frame is self supporting with side panels that fit securely within its 4' x 4' opening. The screen stands on the raised granite hearth of the fireplace.