"Paris’ sexy, curvy metro subway stations are iconic, but do you know the architect? Hector Guimard designed the Art Nouveau stations, but of course, they were not his first architectural commission. That honor goes to Louis Coilliot who asked Guimard to craft this c.1900 fireplace. Guimard used his patron’s invention, a unique enameled stoneware reconstituted from volcanic lava powder, to make the piece. It was offered by Jason Jacques Gallery at the Winter Antiques Show."