The Designer

Federico Otero is an Industrial and Interactive Designer from Latin America; with a combined design education from Italy, the US and Peru.

After working for companies and design studios such as Delta Faucet, Tag Heuer, Marcus Koepke and Jozeph Forakis, he decided to open his own design studio.

His contributions to design include a wide spectrum that ranges from lighting, furniture, faucets, and luxury products.

Otero’s work has been recognized in the business realm academia and the press. His work has been featured internationally including Dwell, Interni, Vogue, Metropolis, Interior Design Magazine and CNN.

The Design

The COCOON designs run on bio-fuel, making the products clean and environmentally friendly. As the fuel burns the main body of the fireplace heats and radiates warmth throughout the room. The combustion chamber holds 1.5 liters of fuel and burns up to 6 hours depending on the heat setting, which can be adjusted for comfort. produce a stunning range of fireplaces and products that are as functional as they are beautiful.

The fireplaces are smoke free and require no flue. They represent not merely decoration but real fireplaces which enhance an outstanding environment.

This piece will make a practical and aesthetic addition to any environment. COCOON fireplaces offers a simple and practical solution for functional and attractive heating. All models are easy to install and come complete ready to use.


Frequently asked questions

What type of fuel is used?
The fuel used in the fireplace is denatured ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol or grain alcohol. It is a biofuel which can be derived from plants including corn, wheat, barley and sugarcane. Please refer to our instruction manual for correct name of fuel in your country.
Denatured Ethanol is a renewable resource, when it’s burning there are no harmful emissions, so it’s very safe for the environment and the people who are using it.

How do the COCOON FIREPLACES models work?
Ethanol is poured into the combustion chamber and then placed inside of the fireplace. A starter is used to turn on the fireplace. You can then regulate or turn off the burner by a sliding mechanism.
Initially the flame will have a blue color, and will gradually change into an attractive orange/yellow flame compared to a wood fire flame.

How long does the fireplace burn for?
The duration of the flame depends on the climate conditions, and the height of the flame. This duration is reduced in an area with more air current. 1.5 liters can last for up to 6 hours.

How much CO2 is produced by the fireplace?
The CO2 produced by the fireplace is compared to the one of a candle.

How much does a unit cost?
Please see our where to buy for the contact on your nearest dealer. You can also email COCOON FIREPLACES directly to obtain a price.

Do they provide heat?
Yes the Cocoon designs have heat capture which enables the Cocoon to deliver beautiful ambient heat. The units produce approximately 3.6kw which is the equivalent to a small to medium gas or electric heater.

How to install?
The COCOON models are very easy to install. The units come complete and ready for installation.

Do the COCOON models require a flue?
No, the COCOON design does not require a flue.
However, if the unvented decorative appliance is used in a small room where less than 200 cubic feet (5.7 cubic meters) of air space is provided for each 1000 Btu per hour of unvented decorative appliance rating (considering the maximum burner adjustment), the door(s) to adjacent room(s) should be kept open or a window to the outside should be opened at least 1 in (25.4 mm) to guard against potential buildup of indoor air pollution. Do not use the unvented decorative appliance in a bathroom, a room where sleeping accommodation is provided or any other small room.