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Art Maniac's Interview with Dominique Imbert
In French but shows a very good example of how the Focus fires are made by hand in the factory in France
We Won Best of Houzz in 2014 and 2015 !
Diligence Fires were again voted by the Houzz community as the winner in the Best of Houzz 2015 awards!
Our fires won in the Design category, as our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in both 2013 and 2014.
Diligence Fires was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 15,000 active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.
Focus - A Strange Story
Hot off the press from Focus is their latest brochure depicting the story of Dominique Imbert, the creator of Focus. The story begins in 1967 in a cold ruined farmhouse in the village of Viols-le-Fort. Dominique salvaged scraps of metal to create a smouldering smile of iron hanging from the sky: The Antefocus was born.
A year later, this first fireplace would give rise to a second, which was revolutionary in every sense of the word. As with its predecessor, the fireplace was suspended, but this time the hearth could pivot 360° to face any direction. Several enthusiastic friends wanted their own ‘rotating hearth’ – gyrofocus in Latin. And thus began, in all simplicity, the history of Focus and its iconic Gyrofocus fireplace.
Soon, these first prototypes would become archetypes.
Click on the image to the right to read A Strange Story
Focus Inspires the Architects
Since the 1970's architects have been Focus' best ambassadors. They have widely contributed to make Focus the principal in the field of contemporary fireplaces and to position Focus as an internationally renowned brand.
Preview a new area of the Focus website designed for architects which showcases the 'prestigious realisations' achieved through their collaborations.
Grand Designs - House of the Year
We are delighted that Neville & Nicola's house in West Sussex has been shortlisted for the House of the Year on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme which was aired yesterday evening. Click on the picture to the right to watch a short clip from the programme featuring the Ergofocus. They also have a Bathyscafocus in the bedroom that can be seen in the full length episode.
Last year's winner was Stormy Castle in Wales which has a Gyrofocus installed in the living area.
Two New Products Launched by Focus
Launched in October 2015, the wood-burning Cubifocus is a wall-mounted fire that is suitable for use in low-energy houses. It can be manufactured to face right or left. With its 39 x 39 cm glass panel, it offers a full view of the fire. Launched in November 2015, the wood-burning Domofocus is a fully suspended pivoting fire.
With a diameter of only 1100 it is smaller than the iconic Gyrofocus.
Click on the links above to view more details on these exciting new fires by Dominique Imbert
We Were Featured on Houzz
Diligence International were hand-picked by one of the writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz. Warm up your home with a cosy contemporary fireplace features not one but two of the striking fires from the Focus range.
Read it by clicking the link in the picture to the right
Looking for an original wood carrier? Take a peak at our accessories page which showcases our fantastic new range of luxury leather and hide logs carriers, direct from Italy, which can even be supplied with wheels to make the job of moving your logs so much easier. Due to the natural products used each piece is a little unique and a such no two items will be the same. They would make a fantastic gift and with Christmas soon upon us why not treat someone special. Prices start from £198.
Diligence would like to thank everyone for a fantastic 2016 and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
We hope for a prosperous 2017 and look forward to working with lots of new and exciting projects. Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 21st December until January 3rd 2017. If you require any details please complete our catalogue or quotation request forms and we will contact you as soon as possible in the New Year.
New Year - New Award from Houzz UK. Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland said “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Diligence International. “Each ofthese businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeownersand design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams in to reality.” We love using the Houzz platform to showcase our fires and we receive lots of feedback and questions from those wishing to know more about our products. It's a fantastic place full of great design ideas and we look forward to working with them in 2017.