I love the look of artfully stacked wood. It's not just practical ~ it's sculptural. There is no reason why form and function cannot co-exist, even in the most utilitarian of objects.
Not unlike art in a room, the chopped wood becomes a focal point; a three dimensional element that is heavy on texture and layers in added warmth. Even if there isn't a fire blazing nearby, it still has a significant coziness factor.
I practice what I preach ~ my den; but you can be sure I make sure all the wood is stacked evenly. The structure of the stacks is where the artfulness comes in. Messy won't do!