05 March 2008

Wickedly Hot Coffee Tables.

"Groundfloor" square coffee table design with flame

My friend Matt in New York brought these Most Excellent coffee tables to my attention. I think it would be tremendously cool to install one of these coffee or side tables as the centerpiece of a room. Imagine the dramatic impact! An apartment or home without a fireplace now has a stunning alternative.

A coffee table with real fire! Manufactured by Planika fires there are several table versions. Composed of glass, wood or slate in a variety of wood species and finishes. These are truly pieces of furniture with a double function. The forms resemble a typical coffee table or side table. The Glassfire® Technology included in the construction of each model allows enjoyment of the ambience of fire. The "Groundfloor" design, (shown above and below), was designed by a French designer Christophe Pillet, and comes in two finishes. American black walnut veneer is placed alongside ruby red or traffic white high gloss varnishes. Groundfloor is hand-made in Europe and does not require any flue installation.

Planika Fires use biofuel FANOLA®. As a result, the fire is free of smoke or smell. Having been thoroughly tested, the fuel received a positive opinion of specialists from the Environmental Toxicology Department of the National Institute of Hygiene as regards its safety for people and the environment with reservation of use in accordance with designation, label instructions and operations manual. FANOLA® is a biologically clean product of plant origin, which has undergone rectification three times. It constitutes a wholly renewable source of energy. Burning FANOLA® is not accompanied by fumes or smell. Only water vapor and CO2 are emitted - in proportions similar to those contained in the air exhaled by humans.

Planika Fires do not require any special installation. Each model comes with easy and detailed instructions of usage and assembly. It is possible to enjoy real fire after 10 minutes of receiving the product. The lighting of Planika Fire is extremely easy and safe. After filling the container with FANOLA® fuel, a special lighter, with an extended tip, is used to ignite the charm of the living fire in an instant. http://www.planikafires.com

"Groundfloor" design by French Designer, Christophe Pillet

Long coffee table design in wood with chrome legs

Square table design in natural slate

"Veranda" glass fire side table

Square table design in natural slate