History of French Fireplaces

The history of fireplaces evolved when the first two important developments emerged in the 18th century.

The first development was the introduction of the convection chamber for the fireplace which greatly improved the efficiency of fireplaces and wood stoves. The airflow was a new discovery which required pulling air from a basement and venting out a longer area at the top. Then, in the later 18th century, fireplaces were designed with a tall, shallow firebox that was better at drawing the smoke up and out of the building. The shallow design also improved greatly the amount of radiant heat projected into the room.

Over time the designs of fireplaces has changed from one of necessity to one of visual interest.

18th Century Fireplace

For centuries the French have built a reputation as leaders in fireplace design and heating efficiency. And, when it comes to wood fire cooking and wood heating Godin and Cheminee Philippe have been manufacturing in France for over 2 centuries. Today, they are well known internationally for their significant contribution in wood fire cooking and the wood heating industry which has earned them a reputation as leaders in outstanding design, innovation and technology.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s apartment near Paris

Here we can see the exquisite opulence of the gold decorated room and the magnificent feature fireplace inside the apartment of Napoleon at Fontainebleau near Paris.

The fireplace gain commercial popularity the early 18th century, when installing a beautiful fireplace in the homes of wealthy French and Europeans gentry was a sign of prestige.

French Country Fireplace Designs

The homes in the French countryside had a more rustic feel, yet the grand façade was a distinct feature of ambience, the fireplace being the focal point for gatherings and social interaction. A popular past with family was relaxing by the fireplace smoking a pipe, needlework, reading or listen to music. View our showcase for popular Country Fireplaces.

Napoleon Bonaparte's Parisian Fireplace

Traditional Fireplace Designs

The classic and traditional French fireplace is still a popular feature in France today. The introduction and collaboration of classic French provincial and renaissance styletogether with modern interiors is a popular domestic and commercial interior design choice. View our showcase of classic traditional fireplaces.

Traditional Fireplace Designs

Contemporary/Minimalist Fireplaces Designs
The new contemporary fireplaces designs are ideal for the modern home and there are many design options. The stunning simplicity of a slimline wood fireplace is the perfect feature in a minimalist interior and will add a touch of warmth and ambience to the setting. View our Contemporary fireplace collection.

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Contemporary/Minimalist Fireplace Designs