FIRE PIT

$2,600.00

Connecting with fellow makers has injected the joy of discovery into the Mr and Mrs Ward project to design and produce 10 favourite things in order to celebrate the milestone of a decade in business.  And this firepit is no exception.

“At home, we have a much-loved firepit in the gin paddock which is westerly facing and sheltered. We always entertain around it: use it to cook on or for roasting marshmallows,” says Janice Kumar-Ward.

Although they live in the country enclave of Oratia, the couple wanted to share the love by creating an urban version of the traditional outdoor firepit.

Julian was instrumental in the design of the size and scale, having made the mould himself, learning by much trial and error and from what worked in mainstream imported versions.

It was also important to use local talent to help and Julian worked closely with Iain Hobson of Liquidstone, a West Auckland business that has been family run for three generations.

“We manufacture products from glass-fibre reinforced concrete – it’s thin, light but very strong,” says Iain, who travelled to the States to learn about this innovative technology.

In the Mr and Mrs Ward firepit, a shallow, 1-metre-square box made of Liquidstone contains a wok hand-spun from mild steel – also artisan made. “It means the finished product is so light you can put it on a deck or a table top” says Iain. “You can also easily pick it up and store it away.”

Simple, sleek and practical, it’s a product that has many obvious selling points but the best is its undeniable ability to form connections – both in the initial collaboration that imagined it and in the way it draws people to gather round in summer or winter. “Sitting around a campfire is a rite of passage in New Zealand. It’s something we should be able to do in the countryside, at the beach or on the deck in the back garden,” says Janice.

Lead time 2-3 weeks

 


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