Christmas at Home: 8 Stunning Contemporary Fireplaces Around the World

Most end-of-year holiday celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere tend to take place around, or at least nearby, a fireplace. In the grand tradition of Christmas, where as the story goes, Santa shimmies down chimneys to deliver presents to children worldwide on Christmas Eve. The fireplace is the central totem of Christmas gatherings — a place for stockings, special meals, gift giving, Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, holly and of course, Santa’s milk and cookies. While those traditions have not diminished over the years, fireplaces themselves have transformed beyond recognition, with some striking modern hearths and flues now forming the centerpiece of many contemporary residences. In anticipation of Christmas this weekend, we offer you this collection of modern fireplaces around the world. Take a look at these cozy crackling fireplaces as you prepare for a feast, gift exchange, party or whatever other festive happenings you may choose to partake in. Four-cornered villa by Avanto Architects Ltd, Vaskivesi, Finland Situated on a horse-shoe-shaped island, this cross-shaped villa luxuriously provides four very different view points of the surrounding Nordic landscape. The structure itself is carbon neutral, heated by a tall obsidian fireplace and a silvery ...
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