The history of Focus Fireplace
It was by sheer chance that Dominque Imbert switched professions from a history teacher at a Paris school to shaping metal. Studying literature in London and Paris, Imbert moved to Alaska to be an ethnologist and then an assistant chef in Manhattan. Following those stints, he was awarded a Doctorate in Sociology at the Sorbonne and became a history professor in a Paris lycée.
After the style is thought up, the design phase begins. The Research and Design team works to make the idea, not a workable model. With environmental regulation and efficiency parameters to take into account, this is no simple task. This process can take years of testing and verifying.
The Focus Fireplace factory is in Theus, within the Cavaillon region of France. The materials used are entirely recyclable and due to the high standards set forth for design and production, models are guaranteed for at least five years.
The Hetrofocus Stove is sculpted in raw, polished steel with visible welding seams. Each stove is numbered and signed.
For all models, an anti-corrosion coating or a resistant black paint can be added. Otherwise over time, a hematite rust develops a unique patina on the outdoor designs.
Imbert’s designs have been awarded the French National Prize for Creation and are displayed at many world-renowned design museums. In all honesty, we aren’t surprised!