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Design Sleuth: Traditional Swedish Tiled Stoves

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 08, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Feb 07, 2013

It was the tiled stoves at Stockholm's Ett Hem hotel that sparked our obsession. As it turns out, the traditional stoves (kakelugn) marry form with function, burning wood at a slower, more efficient rate with the capability of heating large living spaces. The stoves were first designed in Sweden in the 18th century in response to a shortage of wood suitable for burning. With a heat-retaining cast iron core and long multi channel flues, the kakelugns retain heat, keeping rooms warm up to a whole day after the fire is out, according to Appliancist . Today, the stoves are available in their original design in Sweden and abroad through Lindholm Kakelugnar , or as a modernized version from Contura ; read on for more information. Above: Antique kakelugn vary in shape (they can be round, rectangular, or columnar) and are designed to be placed in a corner or against a wall. Heights range from about 5 feet 10 inches up to 9 and 10 feet tall, but can be altered according to the height of an interior. Above: In Ilse Crawford's Ett Hem Hotel in Stockholm, Swedish tiled stoves feature prominently in the bedrooms. For sourcing ideas in the room featured, see Steal This Look: A Serene Swedish Bedroom . Above: The modern Contura 560K Glazed Stove is reminiscent of the traditional stoves with specially made ceramic tiles (available in white and sand) but equipped with modern features like a fan that pushes heat uniformly from room to room. With an output of 3-7 kilowatts, the stoves heat spaces sized up to 120 square meters. For other options without tile, see our post: 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wood Stoves . Above: Lindolm Kakelugnar, based in Sweden, has been selling and building antique tiled stoves for the past 45 years. The company stocks a range of pieces, including a selection of stoves manufactured from the 1860s to the 1920s. The Kakelugn 238 D (above R) is made to fit flat against the wall and features an upper warming oven. Alternatively, a traditional-style kakelugn can be custom made in Ontario by Stone House Pottery . Keep warm with 59 of our favorite Fireplaces & Stoves in our Shop section. Looking for more wintery Scandinavian style? See our recent issue, Saint Lucia , in our archive.






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