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Golden flames are the focal point of this minimalist gas fire, whichcomplements the uncluttered look of the modern living room

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Few of us can resist the allure of a glowing fire – especially if it evokes the pleasure of fireside evenings from our childhood. But if we choose a clean minimalist look for our interiors, then gas fires need to follow the same aesthetic, says Nigel Bamford of Escea.

The company has developed a range of gas fires that focus on the fire and the flames, with a slim aluminium surround that recedes into the background.

"It's an understated look that works best in modern homes with a minimalist decor rather than turn-of-the-century villas," says Bamford. "Many interior designers and architects have told us that they appreciate the clean lines and the fact that the fire takes up such a large area."

Technology is also important. The fire can be controlled from a mobile phone or the internet, with an Escea i-con accessory.

"This means that you'll never again come home to a cold house," says Bamford. "You simply dial up your Escea gas fire from your mobile on the way home and by the time you arrive, the house is warm."

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Owners can also pre-programme their fire to come on at any future date or time. Once home, owners control their Escea fire from a wireless wall-mount control, which maintains a constant room temperature.

For details of your nearest dealer, contact Escea, freephone 0800 173 000. Website:www.escea.co.nz .

First published date: 27 April 2007

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