In 2009 designer Dick van Hoff created a contemporary version of the traditional tile stove with stove manufacturer Weltevree and ceramics company Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum.
Tile Stoves, a series of high-quality wood stoves in two sizes, are available in matte black, cream and natural green glaze. The gem of the collection, according to the designers, is the small white stove with the hand-painted Delft-blue hunting scene. We at CFile have to disagree. No doubt, the stove is a big seller, but the purity of the design works best with the simple monochromatic glazes you can see below.
Royal Tichelaar Makkum mainly produces tiles used for architectural work and the company was looking for ways to expand its offering of products. Dick van Hoff’s use of tiles in the stoves provides a nostalgic, Victorian look. The tiles provide a gentle distribution of heat from the stove.
The company states that Van Hoff’s forms are functional, but are designed to look robust, reflecting subtle detailing. They are social products, calling existing dogmas into question and offering new ways of experiencing daily routines.
Above image: Tile Stove by designer Dick van Hoff. Photograph courtesy of the designer.
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