A subtle shift in philosophy

Thinking outside the square had a huge impact on the final outcome of the interior design of this apartment
Interior view of this traditional lounge ceiling, floor, flooring, furniture, hardwood, home, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, room, window, brown, orange
Interior view of this traditional lounge

Does a wall have to block the view? For the design team at Gunkelmans Interior Design, the answer they found was that it wasn't essential.


Interior view of this traditional lounge ceiling, floor, flooring, furniture, hardwood, home, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, room, window, brown, orange
Interior view of this traditional lounge

The impact of this small, but crucial, decision set them free to design a fireplace built into a glass wall. To create this, a piece with a base and top of polished stainless steel was encased in glass, providing a framework for the row of flames rising from the hearth.

Interior view of this traditional living space. Features ceiling, furniture, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, room, brown, gray
Interior view of this traditional living space. Features glass fireplace

Because it is transparent, it doesn't detract from its surroundings. Aesthetically, the fireplace from Bloch Design can be admired from the den and living room, yet it also ensures each space has some privacy. The glass wall gives this space in a beautiful historic Depression-era building a spark of the 21st century, which the owner wanted.

May 11, 2010
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