Is it possible to be impartial about the primal fascination and heat of a fire in Paris in 2010? Is it possible that this symbol of man’s first step towards civilisation will be authorised to return to our towns? When the time is approaching for the inevitable news reports lamenting, like every year, the homeless facing death from the winter nights, Duende Studio and François Bauchet join forces to propose an urban fireplace conceived to offer fire to Parisians with maximum security. New furniture for the city, the funding for the prototype is now open to co-production: we are appealing to anyone interested in this project to participate via a financial pledge in order to raise the 10,000 Euros necessary for the manufacture of the prototype.

Envisaged like a new Morris column in terms of its size, format and installation in the city, the urban fireplace is literally a cage of fire. A column of pierced sheet metal which permits the diffusion of heat and visual comfort, rules out any danger of burning. Fuelled by wood provided by the city, as is already the case for the water fountains, this public fireplace is a proposal in homage to Yves Klein’s project to equip Paris with fire fountains, pointing out that our climate justifies such heat sources in winter, at least as much as water fountains to refresh ourselves in the summer. A functional design response defending climatic architecture, this public fireplace is for us necessary general equipment for comfort. Now the challenge is to finance a first example in order to propose it to the city of Paris as a test. We are fully aware of the incongruous character of this proposal at a time when any homeless gathering, any fear of an “accident” brings to light an overly cautious, excessively safe period, lacking confidence in its citizens, hence for that reason has a normal, useful and perfectly primordial character.


How to give money for the project ?

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2/ Use the comment function. tell us how much you’re abble to give and your details.

3/ Each participation will be published so everybody will be abble to have a look at the total amount.


4/ Once the amount reached, we’ll contact you to actually give the money and pay for the prototype


François Bauchet is one of our great French designers, dedicated to form in its purest and most literal expression. Born in 1948 in Montluçon (France), he studied at the École des beaux-arts in Bourges. Since 1982, he has taught at the École des beaux-arts in Saint-Étienne. In 1983, his first project, carried out with the support of the VIA and christened ‘It is also a chair,’ was presented at the Salon des artistes décorateurs (SAD). From 1984 to 1998, he collaborated with the Galerie Neotu. In 1987, he created the Fondation Cartier offices in Jouy-en-Josas (78) and participated in Documenta 8 in Kassel. Various projects followed: show cases and reception furniture at the Vassivière-en-Limousin Art Centre; the reception at the Museum of Art and Industry in Saint-Étienne; exhibition furniture and the café at the Jeu de Paume gallery, in Paris; furniture, a footbridge and a folly for the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau park…In 2000, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris organised an individual exhibition about his work. In 2001 and 2003 Galerie Kreo dedicated two individual exhibitions to him. In 2002, he was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Salon du meuble in Paris. His furniture and objects are currently edited by Galerie Kreo, Cinna, Ligne Roset, Ercuis, Haviland and GHM…, some notably belong to the permanent collections at FNAC, Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris and the Design Museum, Lisbon.


Duende Studio is a conception studio led by Anthony van den Bossche, dedicated since 2007 to the illustration of complicities between archaism and technology. The studio proposes exhibitions like “La part des Anges”(The Angels’ Share) (La Cuisine) and projects produced in tandem with designers like Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge, Eric Jourdan, François Bauchet or Elium Studio. Anthony van den Bossche has devoted himself to design since 2001 after a career as a journalist, creator and television producer. He has been curator of exhibitions such as “”, “Norway says” or “Eden ADN, genetic design” (Design Biennial St Etienne 2006) dedicated to the functional and decorative improvement of organic matter by man. Member of the purchasing committee for the decorative arts department of the National Contemporary Art Collection, (2002 to 2004), he created the  international topical website (2002 to 2007) before founding Duende Studio and Duende PR, a press relations agency specialised in design, architecture and art in tandem with Elsa Sarfati.