There are fireplaces, and then there are fireplaces. And, due to their standout tech and striking design, the offerings from Los Angeles–based EcoSmart Fire belong squarely in that latter, italicized category.
First (and most importantly), all EcoSmart Fire fireplaces are made with a nod to environmental sustainability. Each is fueled by clean-burning bioethanol, a renewable energy source that comes from fermented plant products. The result — an orange, dancing flame — isn’t just eco-friendly; it’s also mesmerizingly attractive.
Another benefit of ethanol flame is that it doesn’t need a flue or chimney. This has made fireplaces a reality for a whole slew of apartment-dwellers for whom fireplaces were previously nothing but a distant dream. On a more practical level, it also means lower heating costs in winter, as the heat it gives off stays indoors, rather than being vented outside. The flueless quality also means EcoSmart Fire fireplaces can be used in a variety of areas around the home.
And there’s no need to worry about what fuel to use, and how — the lighting process just takes a few seconds and you can buy the bio-ethanol right on Gilt. EcoSmart Fire also provides information on where to buy replacement bio-ethanol in your area, and includes a plethora of safety info with its products, as safety is just as important to them as design. “EcoSmart Fire pioneered, and continues to lead the evolution of fire through its innovative, clean burning, versatile ethanol fireplaces that provide not only unparalleled style and functionality, but a level of safety not found elsewhere,” notes the company’s CEO, Alexander Eburne.
Just as important as EcoSmart Fire’s commitment to the environment, is its passion for good design. These are more than fireplaces; they’re art pieces. Choose from everything from wall-mountable versions, to standalone designs like the portable, square Cube (which houses a stainless-steel firebox at its core), or — one of our favorites — the sculptural Zeta, which effortlessly incorporates leather, stainless steel, and glass.
And it’s not just an indoor affair; if you want to bring the look outside, there are outdoor-specific models too (we especially love the bowl-shaped Dish, with its antique-looking rust finish).
Intrigued? Check back on Gilt Home for future EcoSmart sales.