The brief; A Canberra couple had a beautiful old house in the historic Canberra suburb of Red Hill. Their living room had a disused fireplace that was at odds with the rest of the room; they asked Evan if he could do anything with it. Evan’s concept was to create a surround that gave the illusion of radiating heat. Central heating may be efficient, but who doesn’t love an open fire? Evan designed a piece that utilised slip matched re-sawn figured Otway blackwood.
The fit is perfect and the effect the fireplace surround has on the room is remarkable. On a cold Canberra winter’s night, the illusion of radiating heat coming off this piece is sublime.