- Paint: matte black metalized steel
- Optional cover
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This wall-mounted brasero serves up its flames like an enthusiastic waiter.
Its elegance, simplicity and panache make the Sunfocus radiate style.
It can also be used as a barbecue.
The fire in a vessel of steel.
DOMINIQUE IMBERT, A BIT OF THE PASTâ€¦
Dominique Imbert, the creator of Focus, was born in 1940 in Montpellier in the South of France. After studying literature in London and Paris, he became, â€œby accidentâ€, as he puts it, an ethnologist in Alaska and an assistant chef in Manhattan, before being awarded a Doctorate in Sociology at the Sorbonne and becoming a literature professor in a Paris LycÃ©e.
After teaching for four years, he decided he preferred shaping metal to molding young minds, and in 1967, he set up a workshop making steel sculptures in the village of Viols-le-Fort in the garrigue north of Montpellier. It was at this studio that he designed his first fireplace for his own personal use, then repeated the exercise for others who fell in love with what he had created and this was how Focus began.
This self-taught sculptor-designer moves easily between his many passions, creating bronze and steel sculptures as well as fireplaces and furniture. The thread that unites all his creations is his insistence on quality, a pursuit shared by the exceptional team that works with him. In order to attain the quality he demands, Focus runs the production and distribution of all their products, and in the face of outsourcing has chosen to support the local production sites of their fireplaces.
For this free-spirited artist, the independence to follow intuition rather than convention or trend is his guiding force: â€œWhat interests me is discovering and shaping the poetry and spirit of an object,â€ he says.
Yet this artist has also negotiated million-dollar contracts in Japan, exports fireplaces to markets from Lithuania to Russia, Australia to Israel, and is directly or indirectly responsible for some 80 jobs. When asked to explain his singular philosophy, he simply cites Le Corbusier with an enigmatic smile: â€œTradition consists of inventing your epoch.â€
Focus fireplaces are made at the Cavaillon production site in the south of France. Mindful of its economic, social and environmental responsibility, some 20 years ago Focus chose to take over the metal workshop that produced all its fireplaces after it ceased operations, saving ten jobs. Today, Cavaillon employs over 70 people, and major investments have recently been made to improve its operational capabilities. For Dominique Imbert, this takeover was both a way to show his appreciation to those who had supported him in riskier times, as well as to ensure his continued independence. His decision would transform the declining workshop into a factory that today produces fireplaces for customers from Russia to Brazil and Australia to North America
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