Fire surround retro kits

Timber Surrounds – Reproduction (Kit Form)
The mantles on this page come in a Kit Form to ensure safer transportation. They are easy to assemble.

Please note there will be a delivery cost associated with the surrounds when placing an order and the price listed below is for the timber surrounds only and does not include any cast iron inserts, grates, fireboxes, tiles, stone hearth or margins unless specified.

All mantles in this section are box mantels. The Box Mantels are designed to house nominated heating appliances without the need for structural alterations such as cutting holes in walls etc. Simply screw to the wall.

The Victorian Mantle and the Hampshire Mantle are also available as direct mount (i.e. not boxed out from the wall)

The Victorian and Hampshire Mantles are available in the following finishes:

Polish Colours: Old Baltic, Medium Baltic, Light Old, Baltic, Traditional Cedar, Jarrah

Paint Colours: Antique White

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Ambience Victorian Timber fireplace
Code: Ambience – Victorian
Price: Direct Mount: $770.00

Standard Box: $1350.00

Corner Box: $1200.00

3/4 Box: $1300.00

Victorian Mantle (Shown with Burley, Waltham Electric Fire and Infill Panel). Kit Form

Finishes: See notes above.


Standard Box: Top 1400mm, Height 1190mm, Depth – Top 400mm, Box 300mm

Opening :Width 900mm, Height 920mm

Corner Box: Top 900 x 900mm x 1140mm, Height 1190mm

3/4 Box: Top 1140mm, Height 1190mm, Depth – Top 400mm, Box 300mm

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Ambience Hampshire Timber fireplace
Code: Ambience – Hampshire
Price: Direct Mount: $770.00

Standard Box: $1350.00

Hampshire Panel Mantle – Kit Form

Finishes: See notes at top of page.


Standard Box: Top 1400mm, Height 1190mm, Depth – Top 400mm, Box 300mm

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Ambience Kinsford Timber fireplace
Code: Ambience – Kinsford
Price: $450.00
Box Mantle, Kit Form, Includes Hearth

Finishes: Sandstone Colour Only

Dimensions: Overalll – Height 1000mm, Depth – 350mm, Width 1200mm.

Heater Opening: Height 720mm x Width 620mm

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Ambience Atlanta Timber fireplace
Code: Ambience Atlanta
Price: $450.00
Box Mantle, Kit Form, Includes Hearth

Suits the Burley: Drayton, Whitwell and Boston 5.5kw Electric Fires.

Finishes: Jarrah Only

Dimensions: Overalll – Height 1220mm, Depth – 400mm, Width 1450mm.

Heater Opening: Height 720mm or 600mm x Width 740 – 990mm

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Insider on Design roles @ Next plc – the design dept 2010

Design Roles with Next Plc: what you may need to know

I have had a number of meetings with NEXT plc over the years as they searched for an upholstery and furniture designer. The latest was with design manager Suzie Gibson which started with a long haul phone interview while I was on site in China.

Preparing for this type of senior role interview is a time consuming affair, preparing mood boards and portfolio.  My main concern was being asked something that had me stumped… so I had a list at hand and went over all my career details in respect… I thought out the most demanding case scenario: lots of probing questions and angles.

Suzi called nearly an hour late going on midnight my time downtown Canton!

The conversation was nothing like what I had expected… chatty and relaxed. It went around the mouses a bit and we set up the face to face at HO Leicester.

Arriving I was taken off through the sprawling NEXT campus and set up in a box office… no frills at NEXT.

Again late, Suzi arrived and we started going over my portfolio.

Out came her pad, hmmm.. been here before.

S:  So what kind of fabrics are you seeing?

NG:  Linens, naturals…

S:  I’ve got someone who I really want to move over to another role that will open this role…

NG:  Is the role definite then?

S: err um yeh well … yes

Long pause…

There was scant talk about upholstery – yet this role was for that area.

What was going on here was Suzi was interested not in me but in what I knew and had in my mood boards.

S:  What colours are you seeing for 2011

N:  Naturals, copper, silver will be a contrast to shades of teal

S:  Where did you get that information from?

N:  It’s what I do… the market place, my vendors.

By the end of our interview she had seen my entire portfolio and walked away with key trend.

I dug about at what the role JD consisted of and she struggled.

Feed back came 2 weeks later:

Hi Nick,

Finally! here is your feedback from Next

Suzie very much enjoyed meeting you, she felt you both had a good rapport in the interview. Suzie commented that you a very experienced home designer of home accessories and adept at putting ranges together.  Her concerns were a lack of recent retailer experience and she was concerned at your upholstery experience. Suzie would be very happy for you to work on any up coming home accessories freelance projects for them.

As you are aware Next are revamping the home Design department and their could possibly be some freelance working in the offing. they will keep me posted

Kind regards

Designing for retail is what I have been doing for 15 years.

When interviewing for a retail design role the chances are you will be place around the key candidate… if the role exists at all.

Think carefully about what you are prepared to show, or rather lose.


  • Base yr portfolio around their style.  Move on one or two things they are carrying.
  • Show concept not finished Skus.
  • Don’t include, ironically, yr best work!
  • Include work prepared on the smart side, for the interview.

The whole process can add up in expenses too, so be absolutely sure you are going after something other than a trend gaze.

Good luck!