If the concept of the outdoor living space traveled East from California, so followed the modern-day fire pit. After all, what outdoor accessory epitomizes SoCal cool better than a low-slung, concrete-like table from which perfectly controlled flames spring forth? Just add wine and the roar of the ocean. Of course, the Northeast has long had its own tradition of stoking the flames. Summer on Cape Cod isn’t complete without a bonfire, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, and marshmallows on sticks.
Resorts have been incorporating fire tables into outdoor décor for some time. That said, Covid-19 rendered residential fire pits ubiquitous; the warmth of the flames allowing pod mates to gather more safely outdoors despite less-than-ideal temps. While there is no shortage of backyard models, sublime, contemporary designs are harder to find. We favor more site specific styles, like Andres Monnier’s hand-chiseled table that doubles as a work of art, Ak47’s circular fire-cum-storage that is a an undisputed focal point, or Focus’ Bubble, a chirpy little ball of fire on wheels.