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Hearth and Shelves

Interior Designer Brian Gregory came to me with the request to engineer and build a 10' tall by 12' long solid walnut shelving unit with a fireplace installed in its center - all with minimal support. Many fire-tests, weight-tests, anchor-tests, and patience-tests later, we came up with this. The ethanol-burning fireplace by EcoSmart is designed to have zero-tolerance fire rating and may be installed into a construction using combustible materials (when done properly and by a professional). Neither gas lines nor flue are necessary. The Stainless steal fire box touches no wood and 'floats' in a 7" air-envelope that circulates any excess heat into the wall cavity. A granite frame that surrounding the hearth helps deflect the rising heat away from the wooden structure.


Hearth and Shelves

Production House



Brian Gregory

Supporting Artists


Chicago, IL

Lead Artist

Trevor O'Neil

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