The Victorian Flatpack Fire Feature is the first in a new line of architecturally inspired designs. The interior of the Fire Feature glows a warm orange while the exterior is backlit in silhouette. The sunburst of rays casts lively and beautiful shadows projected by dancing flames. This play of light and shadow, positive and negative space and projected imagery is reminiscent of another Victorian classic, the magic lantern. Even when not in use, the Fire Feature functions as gorgeous outdoor sculpture, harnessing the sun's passing to craft intricate shadows than slowly shift like the shadow of a sundial.
Like my Sculptural Firebowls, The Flat Pack Architectural Fire Feature is first and foremost a beautiful sculpture designed to interact with light and shadow. But it is also a new direction— unlike the standard rust patina of my recycled work, Flatpack Fire Features are laser cut from heavy-duty stainless steel that retains its finish and will never stain decks, patios or stonework. The shine of the surface allows more reflection of the flames and makes the fire feel even more present. Flat Pack Architectural Fire Features will last many generations as the thick stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, making them the perfect fire feature for ocean air and coastal outdoor living.
The Flatpack Fire Feature assembles easily with no tools or hardware and can be up and running in minutes with its plug and play gas system. Installation, dismantling, moving or storage are equally simple and yet the clever interlocking design makes the Fire Feature exceptionally stable, easily passing the most rigorous tests. Once assembled, there is no seam or indication that the Fire Feature is not a solid piece. The design has been thoroughly tested to insure that it can be safely used on wood or Trex decks without concern for combustion. The top of the Fire Feature has a beveled edge and slightly rounded corners.
I've always loved architecture, and because these Fire Features are an extension of the home, I was inspired to base the first designs on architectural motifs from different styles and periods. The current design is based on Victorian ironwork and future designs will reference other architectural motifs— Art Deco, Modernist, Prairie Style, and so on. I want to create an entire line of designs which will harmonize with the architectural style of homes. Eventually there will be designs that fit any period home. I would also like to create narrative panels and designs based on forms from natural history.
Each Flatpack Fire Feature is signed by the artist on an engraved stainless steel plate. A signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity is mailed separately.
The Flat Pack Architectural Fire Feature is the result of over a year of design, testing, prototyping and collaboration.
As an artist, I wanted to expand on what I was capable of creating on my own and put the tools of industry to the task of creating beauty. I believe a factory is like a symphony orchestra, a collection of skilled people with specialized tools who can bring great art into being if you give them a plan. Just as a composer of classical music creates art that requires specialists to bring it to life, I wanted to leverage skills and tools to create more intricate, detailed sculpture.
There were a number of design constraints I wanted to solve with the new design:
I built a number of prototypes to experiment with the best way to create a seamless looking design that could ship flat and assemble easily. All of these were done in steel, by hand— I've always drawn with a pen not pencil, and I always make prototypes in the actual material rather than CAD or paper mockups. I feel that you learn better when exposed to the real constraints of a project. But also, I'm just a lot better at sculpting steel than I am at mechanical drawing. In the end, the final design didn't reveal itself until I was in a meeting with the patent attorney, trying to explain the mechanics of assembly to him.
To insure safety and functionality, I sent my final prototype to an engineering consultant who co-authored the current regulatory code for gas fire features, and worked with him to insure that all safety standards are met. He produced the CAD files for the factory based on our revised prototype, while I provided the hand drawn artwork for the cutouts. To insure the highest quality of the finished sculptures, we chose an American facility in New Hampshire that the engineer has worked with for many years.
The Victorian Flatpack Fire Feature Easy Assembly Instructions
Dimensions: 27" H x 33" W x 33" D, base is 25" x 25" Top opening 23" x 23" Weight: 150
Materials: The Flat Pack Fire Feature is made from 1/8th inch thick Stainless Steel Angle, 11G and 16G Stainless Steel sheet, with a 2B mill finish (shiny but not mirror shiny). A stainless steel plate fits into the top so fire features can be used as a table when flame is not lit.
Dynasty Guarantee: Flat Pack Architectural Fire Features will last many, many generations.
Watch the video below to see how easily the Flatpack Architectural Fire Feature assembles without tools or hardware. Click here to download the manual in PDF.
The Flatpack Architectural Fire Feature ships ready for use with propane.
Flatpack Fire Features include everything you need to set up quickly with plug and play ease— built-in automatic ignition burner with safety shut off, regulator and hose. Gas connections between the LP regulator/hose, the valve and the burner orifice are fully assembled and leak tested before shipping. The control system provides flame supervision in wind or rain and consists of components listed to the appropriate ANSI/CAN standards. The burner and control system have been tested to meet the requirements of ANSI Z21.97-2010 “Outdoor Decorative Gas Appliances” by one of the authors of the code. They have not yet been submitted to a lab for ANSI or CSA approval. Tests performed include tip test and static load test; wind test; rain test; clearance test to insure it is safe for decks; and temperature limits for components such as valves, regulators, hoses and LP tanks.
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