The fireplace has always played a fundamental role in daily life since the Greeks and Romans. At that time it was used for melting metals and baking terracotta. Even in the house, it had a very important role: in the kitchen it was used for cooking food and in the bathrooms to heat the water for scents. The water was distributed into the floor pipes (the forerunner of the modern underfloor heating system).
In the Middle Ages it was placed in the middle of the room, it was large and slightly elevated. They started to lean it against the wall: dimensions are smaller and piers appear to protrude from the walls.
Over the centuries, the fireplace has become increasingly important. It was a councilor in the offices of noble Renaissance families, spectator of intrigues in the luxurious rooms of the lords of the 1700s, and warm embrace for the peasants, who return to their houses at the end of a long and hard day’s work.
Nowadays it still retains its value intact, although it is used for less burdensome tasks. It is the protagonist of many moments of the day, and is a piece of furniture, as well as a healthy source of heat.
People write about it “When we sit in front of a fireplace, we reflect on the past, on how has been the year just passed, we are getting ready for what will come. It is a psychological season, as well as a temporal one “.