Got an eye for fireplace design?


MRM is told that UK company,  J. Rotherham is now looking to the industry’s young, modern and upcoming British designers to put pen to paper and design a concept for a revolutionary new range of contemporary fireplace surrounds.

Whether you are inspired by the stark qualities of a minimalist interior using sleek lines, subtle detailing and a neutral colour palette, or it’s the contrast of rustic design met with the modern world that excites you, then this competition is the design portal for you.

mattJ. Rotherham welcomes you to think outside the normal parameters of contemporary fireplace design and express your true self with a modern concept for its new contemporary collection. Take this image for example, from J. Rotherham’s own 2014 Trends Guide; clearly identifying this resounding trend for ‘less is more’.

Speaking on behalf of J. Rotherham, Commercial Director, Matt Rotherham (pictured) told My Renovation Magazine, “We are really looking forward to working with upcoming designers who are able to put forward cutting edge contemporary designs.” He continued, “We want to take J. Rotherham into the future with the help of technology and the innovative, fresh concepts we receive from this new generation of British designers.”







Competition ‘Terms & Conditions’

Each design being submitted needs to be set against a wall or blank backdrop and not freestanding in order to meet competition judging criteria. The concept designs can be configured to frame any type of fireplace appliance, for example a hole in the wall, gas fire, bio-ethanol burner. The participators will have the opportunity to utilise J. Rotherham’s extensive collection of natural materials, such as Granite, Marble, Quartz and indigenous British Limestones and have access to limitless resources. This encourages the benefit of highly creative and precision production methods via a ‘UK first’ state-of-the-art CNC machine.

ENTER J. Rotherham’s design competition by emailing your entry with supportive workings and illustrations to

Entries open 1st September 2014 and close 30th November 2014.  Please include any relevant mood boards and written explanations to support the design concept. Multiple designs can be entered by one individual.

The winner will be chosen to develop a range of 12 innovative designs that will become part of J. Rotherham’s Contemporary Fireplace Collection.  J. Rotherham are looking for designs to take the company into the future of British craftsmanship and are willing to commission £1,000 per future qualifying design. So get those creative juices flowing before it’s too late!

For further information on J. Rotherham’s exclusive British design competition, material and technical guideline parameters then please visit or J. Rotherham – Tel: 01430 861047 or visit


About Author

Melanie Jarvis is the Editor of My Renovations Magazine and the Community Manager for The Sussex Newspaper, the largest online newspaper in Sussex, UK. She is also the Editor of the social media guide - How to use Facebook for Business. Alongside her editing roles Melanie Jarvis is the Project Manager for extension specialists, Onebuild. Not only does she oversee all of the residential builds, she also places supervisors on extensive commercial works in London.

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