Small-space ingenuity: The Sigmafocus hide-a-cue

The French company Focus has designed a truly beautiful barbecue grill that folds into the wall:

From pg. 120 of the focus catalog, the Sigmafocus:

Finally — an alternative to the unattractive contraptions on capricious wheels that have cluttered up our gardens and decks for so long. The Sigmafocus and the Diagofocus [another product Focus offers] prove that aesthetics and ergonomics aren’t confined to interior design. It can be used with either wood or charcoal and comes equipped with a stainless steel grill and a range of barbecue tools. The quality and thickness of the steel used guarantees the longevity of the barbecue, which meets the EN 1860-1 standard.

This wall barbecue for gardens and balconies folds up, so that when closed it takes up limited space.

Attractive in both open and closed positions, it offers a range of cooking heights. It is easy to fix to any-wall (there are only two fixation points).

The generous ash pan allows the barbecue to be used a number of times without having to empty it out. The disc that attaches to the wall protects the wall from smoke.


I couldn’t find a price or shipping details, but the full contact information for the company is in the back of the online catalog and on the company website. I cannot tell you how amazing I think this grill is, especially for someone like me with the world’s tiniest backyard. Genius!

(via NotCot)

17 Comments for “Small-space ingenuity: The Sigmafocus hide-a-cue”

  1. posted by Deanna on

    I would be worried having a BBQ that close to the house – grease fires are scary.
    I guess on a stone/brick house it would work well, though.

  2. posted by Kevin Miller on

    It’ll be hard to get a good fire going without any ventilation on the bottom. You’d probably need to use a chimney starter (unitasker alert!) to get the coals really going. Glad they have an “emptying position” and account for the ashes in the storage position, though.

    It also looks small, but it’d probably be fine for small-home owners who are most likely to benefit from it.

    Installation would be a pain since you want to use a brick/stone wall and make sure it’s properly anchored.

  3. posted by Laura @ PARING DOWN on

    What an ingenious idea!

    Happy Saturday,

  4. posted by Susan in FL on

    Do not use this or any other barbecue in close proximity to vinyl siding! That pesky vinyl has a way of melting or sagging when cooking temperature heat is nearby even though the heat is not high enough to ignite the siding.

  5. posted by Brad on

    I am sure that this beautiful item is illegal in most cities.

  6. posted by Ruth on

    It looks wonderful to me, but pretty much every house is made of brick or stone here.

  7. posted by John on

    That’s just insane. That BBQ just looks like the perfect gift for your enemies and frenemies so that you can watch their house burn down.

  8. posted by Andy on

    Houses made of anything other than brick or stone are fairly rare in France, although they may have some wood siding. Which you may or may not want to avoid with this. The BBQ also seems to have a large metal disc to protect the wall, and the actual burning coals seem to be around six inches out from the wall, which might help. I bet it’s not as dangerous as it looks.

  9. posted by richard on

    Wow,2 thoughts

    that would be so illegal here in Montreal. I think the rule is that the BBQ must be minimum 2 meters from any wall.

    secondly, what happens after you’ve cooked in it.. and want to fold up away the bottom egg ? you have to water the content to extingiush the carcoal, and where does the mess go ? And wouldn`t it then drip a bit on the nice clean wall.

    I give it an all around F

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  12. posted by Daniel on

    The wall of my house to the garden is white. Yet.

    With the barbecue grill attached to the wall, it will get… smokey. πŸ˜€

  13. posted by Sandi on

    I checked out this company’s website and they’re truly amazing in their innovative design of all kinds of fireplaces as well as this grill, which I, too, absolutely love! I don’t care fo the big monstrosities we call grills here πŸ™‚ I already have a kitchen in my home and have no need for another one (a huge unitasker in my view!) I believe one could care for safety issues. We have a concrete wall which would work nicely; for aesthetics, a piece of sheet metal would look sort of industrial chic. And I don’t believe one needs to water down the coals to close it…no drippy mess.

  14. posted by rober on

    A huge flame next to the wall of the biggest and most expensive thing that you own? The rain washing a charcoal mess down the side of your wall? A nice big rust spot after a few years? Soot stains? Grease stains?

    Oh sure. That’s much better.

    There is just something about French engineering?

  15. posted by Pammyfay on

    If I was tight on space, I’d much rather pick up one of the cheapo grills you can find in a supermarket. Those always worked perfectly fine for our family cookouts. I’ve always been taught that a grill needs to have space all around it. The wall version just seems like if there is any breeze at all, and it’s moving toward your house, you’d get a charcoal-sooty mess on the wall. Aesthetically pleasing, tho!

  16. posted by Jean-Christophe on

    To answer a few objections: this barbecue folds down so you can empty it (when cold). And the metal plate should be enough to protect any brick structure.

    These are indeed beautiful but, well, they are not cheap by any mean. I went on their web site and they have an american reseller:

    82 Canyon Hill lane
    87505 Santa Fe, NM

    tel : +1 505 992 0123

    I didn’t see this model on Euroflues, but they have other innovative models too…

    The fireplaces are also gorgeous, but the entry price is around 10K… so……… πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the dream anyway πŸ™‚

  17. posted by Monique in TX on

    Here in TX, there are apartment fires every year caused by people grilling on their balconies. Often, it’s not the balcony or the wall that catches, but the overhanging roof. Unless a structure has NO eaves, this could be a disaster waiting to happen.

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