The mercury has really dropped here in Hong Kong in the last few weeks. At first it was a relief from the hot sticky summer we’ve had, but now I’m not so sure. I know I shouldn’t complain because there are much colder places in the world, but it really seems like winter has done a deal with autumn this year to do a no show. Its around about this time each year though that I start daydreaming about having an open fire. Plus, I love a good fireplace, it usually adds such visual interest to a room, and makes a great focal point. So here are a few of my recent and all time favorite more modern looking fireplaces…

A stunning apartment by Laura Kirar from the latest (and last) Metropolitan Home (so sad!) – photographed by Peter Murdock.

A luxe combination of snakeskin and onyx in the apartment of Jason Pomeranc, decorated by Steven Sclaroff. Photographed by Timothy Kolk for Elle Decor Nov ’05.

Black marble in Pierre Yovanovitch’s own apartment. Photographed by Marina Faust for Architectural Digest Feb ’08.

In the hands of William Sofield marble is pure sex-appeal. Two examples – both for Tom Ford.

Sleek and chic by Portuguese firm Oitemponto.

Minimal by Christian Grevstad.

A bronze beauty by Christian Liaigre.

Two marble masterpieces by David Collins Studio – he always does beautiful fireplaces in my opinion.

Vintage goodness by Paul Dupre-Lafon. From the book “Meubles et décors des annees 40” by Anne Bony.

A whole wall of marble in Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach house – so much more than just a fireplace. Photographed by François Halard for Metropolitan Home and other recent publications.

An over scaled fireplace in the Chakib Richani designed home of fashion designer Elie Saab, photographed by Fernando Bengoechea for Elle Decor Oct ’04.

And last, but definitely not least, another over scaled fireplace in a home by David Kleinberg. One of my all time faves. Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Elle Decor Jan/Feb ’09.

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