You’re probably thinking that this fireplace doesn’t look like the wood-burning units you’re accustomed to. But who says a fireplace has to look traditional? This fire ribbon from Spark Modern Fires represents a new type of gas fireplace. Establishing a modern vibe, the new DV48 is a 48-inch direct-vent unit that the manufacturer developed in response to calls from designers for a size between its 3-foot and 6-foot models. The fire ribbon brings more focus on the flame because of its linear design and the ratio of flame to box. Plus, it allows consumers to use different types of media in the bed surrounding the burner, such as stones and fire glass. www.sparkfires.com.