Fireplaces are no longer just about winter warmth. Now they are year-round focal points in our living spaces.
Sculptor Cathy Azria takes the concept still further – creating totally one-off installations in which fire animates a structural composition. Lit or unlit, they are significant pieces of art.
Born in Tunisia, Cathy came to London in 1980 to study sculpture. Living in London ever since, working for private clients, architects and decorators, her sculptural installations draw their inspiration from natural materials and organic forms. She explores the concept of fire in conjunction with metal, chosen both for its sculptural potential and for the way that it responds to heat, transforming into glowing forms.
Cathy never mass-produces. She works by establishing a train of thought with the client, then developing and refining it in response to the commission. Each piece is unique; signed and numbered by its creator.
From the beginning, mankind has been fascinated by fire. A source of heat and comfort in primal times, no wonder that it came to represent the essence of ‘home’. Today, our sculptures replace sticks and branches with steel shapes. But they are far from inert; steel is a natural material, glowing intensely when hot and emitting crackles as it heats and cools.
Depending on the background colour chosen for the fireplace aperture, the sculptures will either sit discreetly in the fireplace and spring to life when the flames flare through the steel (dark background) or make a stronger permanent statement when sitting in front of a light background.
At the beginning of each commission we will assess the proposed fire opening and work with the client to decide which “family” of sculptures they choose from, ie Bonfire, Metropolis, Urchin; Loop, Coil, Planes or Moon. The client will also choose the desired finish.
Each sculpture is individually created and signed.