Thursday, 7 February 2008
new and old tile stoves
Photo top, middle Claes G. Svantesson, bottom Per Björn
Annika Svensson shows her tile stoves at Stockholm Furniture Fair. She creates both sculpted one-of-a-kind stoves and pieces like these, where the tiles are made in molds. Pretty and warmhearted, every little detail thought of. And functional.
Annika Svensson stoves
Slide show, how she makes them
Tile stoves originally came to Sweden from mid Europe and Germany.
Here and here, and here
I love the stove type that is still common, that is like a huge warm body in the kitchen of country houses, with room to curl up and dry wet socks on.
We don't have them. Here the stoves were improved to be more efficient (because of the colder climate, or there would be no forests left in Sweden). The major ceramic manufacturers had a variety of both plain and simple as well as richly decorated stoves. The most exclusive stoves for mansions and castles came from Marieberg, so elegant and rare.