Elena Colombo is a classically trained sculptor & architectural designer, who owns and operates Colombo Construction Corp. Colombo creates work that extends the realm of architecture further into the landscape by creating forms that are simple, elegant, modern as well as ancient, which address our primal need for the elements earth, fire, water and wind. Elena works in bronze, steel, stone, concrete and bone.
Colombo is currently manufacturing a series of interior and exterior fire features, the first of which is the outdoor fire bowls. The standard four to six-foot diameter bowls are fitted with a 150,000 or 300,000 BTU burner, a connection for propane or natural gas, and a manual pilot ignition system for safe and controlled ignition.
According to the designer: ‘I am ever inspired by the elemental nature of fire, and the primal need we have for it. Fire serves both our need for beauty and our instinct to gather around a warm lighted place; it is a destination wherever it burns. For 600,000 years we have shared food, stories, and experiences around the fire; during the last hundred, we seem to have abandoned the hearth as the focus of community. I would like to restore the hearth as a ceremonial place and as a point of convergence.’
Colombo’s Fire bowl has been nominated as ‘Best Outdoor Product’ by the 2004 Design and Decoration Awards, was the featured centre piece in horticulturalist Jamie Durie’s gold medal winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; and has recently been nationally certified by OMNI-TEST Laboratories Inc.
‘Fire Features’ are available worldwide! Please contact Francis Hausler at (email)