Rinnai is shortly launching a new gas fireplace collection, which features a unique new burner technology that creates a hyper-realistic flame. ArchiPro caught up with managing director Ray Ferner to discuss the collection and the latest in fireplace design.
Tell me a little about the inspiration behind the Linear collection?
At Rinnai, we are constantly researching trends in architecture and interior design and how fireplace design is evolving. Minimalist, clean interiors that feature long, low types of fires are very popular. The modern gas fireplace has a high quality of log media, thin frames and a large viewing area. It is seamlessly integrated into the home and doesn’t look like an appliance.
We’ve undertaken a lot of work directly with our customers about what people want from their fireplace and what is important, from both a performance and aesthetic perspective. Performance is easier of the two – people want heat and a focal point, but the aesthetic part is more subjective and personal. People have an innate affinity with fire – it’s mesmerising, comfortable and protecting.
For the Linear collection we’ve focused on super realism with an organic feel. The timber we use in the fire is the central element, and by using driftwood, we have taken inspiration from our natural, beachy New Zealand landscape identity. The ceramic logs themselves are moulded from real wood that was collected on a west Auckland beach. We have other media options, such as pebbles, and they are also moulded from the real artefact, so we are keeping it as real as we can.