An Art Collector’s Fireplace

When art collector Linda Gray approached Dei about designing the interior of her Pacific Palisades home, his task was to make the home a showcase for her collection and also a piece of art in itself. The home’s fireplace is an example of the careful thought and detail that has gone into each area of the home’s design. Produced in Dei’s Venice Beach studio, the fireplace features a ripple pattern that Dei describes as an investigation of movement and light, and which also serves to tie the home’s interior to the cliff-side pool just outside. The fireplace’s fluid ripple pattern evokes images of water and creates a powerful contrast to the fire it frames. The fireplace not only highlights natural elements, it celebrates them with the Green process used in its construction. It is made of plaster, fabricated locally, burns earth-friendly ethanol fuel and is reinforced with hemp fibers.

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