You have to admit that these retro fireplaces — all still made by Malm and for sale brand-new today — are sexy as can be. I’ve shown some once before, but with winter ahead – it’s time to adjust the thermostat.

These fireplaces are all so very ski bunny… you need a Flokati rug and Irish Coffee and you’re all set. I want I want I want. But I think I also need a cozy A-frame to put them in. Or…perhaps this is another reason to finish the attic, which needs its own heat source?!

If you are on a budget, you can hunt for used fireplaces like these by searching both “Preway” and “Malm” on c*list.  There seem to be a fair number of Preway’s out there. Orange was the hot color…and they seem to  go for about $150-$250.

The thing about the new Malm’s, though, is that they are…well, new. You have a much greater selection of shapes and many more colors to choose from. In addition, you can get them with gas logs – which is very convenient for creating mood – and warmth – instantly.

I love many of the current Malm models – up through the 70s and 80s styles, too.

They make such an architectural statement. But because of this, I do tend to see them in a room with pared down detailing. Set the fireplace in a useful, focal area, on nice tiles, and let the fireplace be the attention-grabber.

Here’s the link to Malm – happy shopping!

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  1. Rod says:

    Does anyone have suggestions on how to paint a black freestanding fireplace and have it look shiny and original like the orange colored Cone fireplace? Does it need to be power coated?

  2. Marissa says:

    I have one of these in my master bedroom but it is in the slate color. I really want to paint it white!! What type of paint would I need to do this? Please help I want to paint it ASAP!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi Marissa, considering these are fireplaces with high heat — a safety issue, I recommend that you consult with the paint companies directly to ensure you are using a paint that can withstand the heat. Companies like Rust-Oleum sell a wide range of spray paints — I bet they have a 1-800 number you could call for info. Good luck.

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