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11 posts from art fire line: fire pits, grills + lighting

Fiery Fleur-de-lis firebowls on Lake Okanagan near Kelowna, BC

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Modern Luxury visits Rumfire, films Great Bowl O' Fire

Modern Luxury got some awesome video of my Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls at RumFire while doing a feature on the restaurant.

Great Bowls O' Fire at Tiki Beach, Grand Cayman

Tiki Beach is a newly launched premium quality beach facility on 7 Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island offering visitors a full range of guest experiences including a restaurant, bar, and beach activities. With a dramatic Polynesian styled roof, and four Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls, Tiki Beach has already become a navigational landmark for sailors.

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The Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl at Southwest Porch in Bryant Park, NYC

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The Southwest Porch, located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace, offers all visitors the ambience and luxury usually available only to a few. Equipped with a wood fueled Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl, Adirondack chairs, sofas, and couches typical of those found at expensive hotels and resorts, Southwest Airlines is giving all of New York an al fresco lounge to celebrate its new service to LaGuardia Airport.

Plus, stop by The Porch with your laptop, iPod, or cell phone for a different type of refueling – power outlets are available to keep all of your devices going.

The Porch is open every day, serving specialty snacks and drinks provided by ‘wichcraft. Founded by New York chef Tom Colicchio of craft, craftbar and craftsteak, ’wichcraft has received numerous accolades for its inventive menu and dedication to using high quality, seasonal ingredients. New York Magazine has named ‘wichcraft one of New York’s "best cheap eats" two years in a row.

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Great Bowls O' Fire at the Parc Hotel, Honolulu, HI

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Three of my Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls adorn the roof top pool at Parc Blue.

Waikiki Parc Hotel is the chicest boutique address in Waikiki featuring urban tropical interiors, rich ebony hardwoods, illuminated glass walls, undulating acrylic panels and selective works of bold art combined with innovative aesthetic technology and warm, personalized service. The property boasts a seductive roof top pool called Parc Blue, a sophisticated hospitality center called Connect, a contemporary conference center called Merge and the hottest restaurant in Oahu, Nobu Waikiki.

Great Bowls O' Fire at Rumfire

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One of the best photos I have of the Great Bowl O' Fire was shot at Rumfire, Waikiki Beach. The eight firebowls at the beach front patio have become one of the hallmarks of the restaurant. One of these days I am totally gonna have to visit Honolulu and try their amazing selection of rums.

Located in the heart of Waikiki, RumFire promises to be Oahu's hippest place to see and be seen.  Set against the alluring backdrop of Diamond Head, the oceanfront hideaway offers the largest selection of vintage rum in the United States, an amazing choice of food and fire pits adorning the 7,000 square-foot interior.

Amazing Great Bowl O Fire installation in Utah

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Dale Ayers is an architect in Park City, Utah. He just sent me some amazing photos of his Great Bowl O Fire firepit installed at his home in the Promontory development outside Park City. The fire bowl with gas burner is accessible from the deck, but what I really love is the way that it can be viewed from inside the house against the backdrop of the open landscape. This is definitely one of the coolest installations I've yet seen. There are more photos of Dale's home and firebowl in my flickr set of customer photos here.

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Font O' Fire Fire/water feature at the Glenn Hotel

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Fire/water feature at the Glenn Hotel in the heart of Downtown Atlanta using my 24" Font O' Fire firepit as a centerpiece. Photo courtesy Brian Sweeney of Sweeney Gardens.

The 24" Font O' Fire firepit has also been incorporated into a fountain fire feature at Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA. I haven't gotten photos back from the resort yet, but I found a photo of it on Flickr.


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Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl in Houston, TX courtyard

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Jeremy sent in this photo to show how he's set up the Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl in his Houston, TX courtyard. He says he'll send photos with fire when Houston cools off a bit.

Dancing Devils Firepit casts lively dancing shadows when you build a fire

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These dancing devils were adapted from a series of medieval block prints… although they also remind me of Indonesian shadow puppets. Especially because of the way that they cast lively dancing shadows when you build a fire in the firepit. As the flames leap, so do the shadows! How cool is that?

This design was cut freehand with no stencils or jigs. I don't know if I'll evr make another one quite this complex due to the time and effort that went into each figure. I love the way it came out, but future versions will most likely be a bit less detailed and simpler.

Dimensions: 30" diameter x 23" high overall. Bowl is 23" deep.

This is a one time custom firepit design that will never be exactly repeated and has been sold.

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