Once upon a time, luxury living meant having the family’s fire inside the cave. With a vent to take the smoke away, the hearth was born: It provided light and heat, cooked the meat, and fired the clay pots. It was a cozy place to tell stories and, a bonus, it kept away the bears!
Along came the lintel, post, and beam, and the stone fireplace evolved into a highly decorative and symbolic architectural form that has warmed the winter tales in ancient castles, royal palaces, and stately homes.
With the advent of central heating and eco-friendly technology, today, fireplaces blend artistry and innovation. Whatever its style, be it an intricate, stone-carved gothic mantelpiece or a contemporary, high-tech bio-fueled flame, a fireplace brings comfort and grandeur to any hearth and home.
Herewith, this Luxury Defined edition presents the tale of five homes with cozy fireplaces to warm body and soul this festive season.