The fireplace is one of the most significant objects in the history of mankind. A vessel that both protected and restrained the fire, it was often the only source of warmth and formed the focus of domestic life. People adored it, decorating its tiles with reliefs and pictures recounting Bible stories, allegories and myths. I am fascinated by the idea of giving shape to the source of warmth, which these days is mostly hidden, and therefore creating a warm centre in the house once again.

Cloths do not only provide warmth, they cover and conceal something, thus always contain a secret. The cloth as a mediator of mystery harmonizes with the stove as a place swathed in legends and myths. The shroud also embodies the enigmatic fascination that has surrounded fire from time immemorial.