Wall Street Journal Contributor Aili McConnon discusses how fireplaces are getting hotter this winter as "burn season" heats up. What really makes a fireplace is the mantel, which is where homeowners can show off their artistic style. That's where Vicente Wolf comes in.
The designer has introduced a new line of custom-made, contemporary mantels for Manhattan House luxury condos in New York. The high-end wood mantels start at $2,000 to $3,000, while the marble pieces can range from $5,000 to $10,000.
McConnon presents a round up of stunning custom mantel pieces, featuring companies like London-based Chesney and Tartaruga Design, that carve custom--and pricey--mantels from high-quality stone. Chesney sells a limited-edition mantel made of rainbow onyx for $22,000.