Humans and fire: scholars tell us that over 600,000 years ago our human ancestors learned to control fire. We turned to fire to light the dark, protect from predators, cook food and stay warm. It was a necessity to keep the clan alive and thriving. Over time, capturing and using fire evolved from fire pits roasting meat on a skewer, to the Franklin stove of colonial New England, to charming brick fireside hearths with rustic wood mantles, to the sleek fireplace in today’s home as a symbol of comfort and elegance.
Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes and can be produced to fit almost anywhere. One leader in fireplace design, Ortal, has been selected to frame the flame for two very different homes at the Street of Dreams this year.
You can find the Ortal Clear front facing H natural gas series model in The Barclay, built by BC Custom Construction. The Barclay’s mid-century space includes a stunning floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the great room that creates modern, contemporary lines. With a glass viewing area of over 77” wide and almost 22” high, and an efficiency rating of over 73%, the cool wall technology promises all surrounding walls remain cool.
Andy Todd, Ortal representative, says, “Ortal is the only manufacturer of gas fireplaces that incorporates ‘cool wall’ technology, which allows complete freedom to decorate the fireplace wall any way one wants....finish in wood, tile, marble, or Caesarstone. TV's can be 12" above the fireplace. “
In contrast, SUTEKI, built by Westlake Development and Suteki America, chose two different Ortal natural gas models, the 130 Island and the 130 RS corner fireplace for their home. In English, the Japanese word “Suteki” means “natural” and “comfortable.” It conveys a philosophy of connectedness and excellence.
In the suteki great room, the island gas fireplace is a 4-sided unit with no posts to block one’s view. All 4 sides are double glass with a decorative hood for direct venting, designed for stunning visuals at every angle.
Andy Todd shared this, “All Ortal fireplaces incorporate Ortal's unique glass to glass design. This allows one to see the flame and have no metal interfere with the view. Ortal has over 80 models to choose from and are made in Israel.”
You can find the Ortal corner model in the master bedroom. This natural gas fireplace adds warmth and elegance without sacrificing valuable space and echoes the home’s Japanese roots of an intimate relationship with nature. What’s more captivating than the flickering light of a bedroom fireplace, with the lights turned down and one’s favorite quilt pulled up?
While time has moved on and technology has evolved, nothing has replaced the charm of a fireplace. Be sure to check out all of the beautiful indoor and outdoor natural gas fireplaces at the Street of Dreams. Be Inspired.