AFA 2014: The Before & After

2014 Architectural Finesse Award Winner

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Alise O'Brien


Directions in Design, Inc.
Architect: John Peckham, AIA

Directions In Design, Inc. turned this ordinary fireplace in to an extraordinary piece of art. The contemporary stair-stepped white marble fireplace was designed with a large recessed area featuring hand-blown colorful plates. Lit two ways, one with halogen art lights from the slanted coffered ceiling and the other around the perimeter of a raised panel holding the plates in the recessed area, the pieces of art shine as the focal point of the space. 

The firebox was raised since the previous traditional firebox was close to the floor. The new rectangular firebox features a ribbon horizontal flame.

Why the judges love it:
A “wow” look! What a change! This fireplace breathes new life into an otherwise typical, tired space. Simple and graceful, this truly was a sleek transformation.  

Designer: Directions In Design, Inc., 314-205-2010
Marble: Global Granite, 314-426-1466
Glass Plates: Tony Cray, 636-398-4125
Granite fabrication/installation: Weis Marble & Granite, 314-647-2549
Firebox: Spark Modern Fires