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Although I’ll admit to some cognitive dissonance at the notion of an expensive custom-made object intended to evoke homelessness, there’s no denying the purely aesthetic qualities of this fireplace by John Briscella. I’d really like to see what it looks like with a fire burning inside, and, while I’m at it, maybe some video of the 5-axis laser cutting out all those little pieces… [via Dude Craft]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Nate

    …while it definitely looks neat (not to mention rendered*), I think that thing is an accident waiting to happen.

    There is nothing to contain the fire/coals/ash/etc., so a good breeze comes along, and the burning material could start whipping out. Granted, the holes look fairly small, but it doesn’t take much to start another fire.

    *looks like a majority of things on his site are just 3D models. Not necessarily a bad thing, though.

    • Nate

      I should add, too…that I do think it looks neat. I like the use of maps in a 3-dimensional representation.