Art Deco Fireplace Mantel with Contemporary Insert

Product Information

One day I was searching for Art Deco furnishings and found this gorgeous, genuine 1930s, antique mahogany fireplace mantel from 20th Century Fires.

A 1930s mahogany, Art Deco fireplace from c20fireplaces.co.uk

A 1930s mahogany, Art Deco fireplace from c20fireplaces.co.uk

Isn’t it beautiful? The seller describes it as:

“An original early 1930s Art Deco Fireplace Mantel removed from a house in South London.
It has a “High Deco” star-burst fan radiating from a central block and an extraordinary double shelf stepping back to the legs.

The block feet have radiating folds ascending to the top of the opening and the mantel has elevated castellations with diminishing blocks running down.” – from c20fireplaces.co.uk

Fireplace Inserts

Instead of a classic brick or tiled insert I went with a more contemporary one. Here are some contemporary, inspiring fireplaces:

Contemporary fireplaces. Left and middle: the Stratton mantel with pebble gas fire, the Kassette shown with a landscape backplate of black granite, both from raybould.co.uk. Right: Spark's gas closed hearth, vent-free, built-in fireplace 'Fire Ribbon'. See Sources below for details.

These days the gas closed hearth, vent-free fireplace is becoming the “in” thing so I thought I’d try modeling something similar.

3D Visualization

I couldn’t resist modeling the antique mantel and adding a cool new insert! I changed the original mahogany material to look more like blonde oak.

An Art Deco fireplace mantel

An Art Deco fireplace mantel

I used black granite for the surround, and made a brushed silver metal alloy texture with hairline pattern for the opening. The result is this:

A model of an Art Deco fireplace mantel with contemporary insert.

A model of an Art Deco fireplace mantel with contemporary insert.

I added a black lacquered pedestal and voila! Our Art Deco-meets-New (Hot) Kid on the Block fireplace is complete.

Here I created a room with the fireplace as the heart (and hearth) of the home. For the mantel material I reverted back to mahogany, since the reddish hue goes well with the silver theme of the room.

The fireplace in an Art Deco-style room

The fireplace in an Art Deco-style room

I love how the fireplace design complements all things Art Deco.

In a New York City setting

In a New York City setting

I think the design is so versatile it could also be turned into a TV frame or a bed’s headboard.

Get the Look

Here are some fireplaces that would look good in an Art Deco room.

SEI Black Arch Top Wall Mount Gel Fuel Fireplace

The SEI Black Arch Top Wall Mount Gel Fuel Fireplace is a wall-mounted fireplace that is easy to install. With its chic black color, it will make an elegant statement in any room. I love the arching top and gold trim.

Dimplex Bella Electric Fireplace with 26 Inch Self-trimming Firebox

I like the contemporary gloss white and black finish as well as tempered glass top of the Dimplex Bella Electric Fireplace with 26 Inch Self-trimming Firebox. The life-like flame is gorgeous!

Dimplex Holbrook DFP4765BW Traditional Electric Fireplace Mantle with 23-Inch Firebox, Burnished Walnut

Finally, the Dimplex Holbrook DFP4765BW Traditional Electric Fireplace Mantle with 23-Inch Firebox in Burnished Walnut has such a classic style and rich walnut color it will add warmth and comfort to any room.

Books to Consider

Related Links

External Links to Sources

20th Century Fires – you can buy the 1930’s antique fireplace mantel here!
Spark at ArchiExpo – source of the Fire Ribbon vent free fireplace photo.
W. Raybould & Sons – Fireplace Factory Outlet – source of the Kassette shown with a landscape backplate of black granite, and the Stratton mantel with pebble gas fire photos.

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2 Comments

  1. hanS says:

    Love this! I want a mahogany one 😉

  2. john bond says:

    These are lovely furnishings. Although I’m uninterested in artificial furnaces, I do appreciate good craftsmanship when I see it, and these are definitely well done. I want to replace my fireplace with a newer more luxurious one and hope to do so soon from one of these manufacturers.
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