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height family room and the much smaller snug. The difference in volume between the two spaces created an imbalance in the draw on the two sides of the fi replace, causing smoke to spill out into the living space. The ineffi cient fi replace had to go. Fortunately, our client found us


in a white glaze, decorated with a blue fl eur-de-lys on each tile. As the stove would be standing in a hall that was open to the rafters, we agreed that a suitable height would be an imposing 2.95 metres.


Athens Whilst we all think of Greece as a holiday destination with guaranteed sunshine, most of us are unaware that temperatures in some parts can plummet to quite a few degrees below zero Centigrade in winter. Our client in Athens had a problematic fi replace, situated between the double-


and the perfect solution - a ceramic stove. Following the initial enquiry, my discussions with our client began in a fl at in Cheyney Walk in Chelsea. There was a promising start and a tentative agreement to proceed, but then, not untypically, there was a bit of a lull. Fortunately, a holiday in Corfu presented the opportunity to offer our client the benefi t of a site survey, as a result of which the choice of stove was fi nalised. It was to be a Kungsholm, glazed in Buttermilk, standing at 2.65m tall. As the stove was placed between two separate spaces, there was a decision to be made as to which would have the door. As befi ts its name, the snug won, which is why the door can’t be seen in the adjacent photo.


Down to Earth Whilst it could be argued that each and every installation of a ceramic stove in this country could be considered exotic, it should be recognised that these stoves were intended, from the outset, to heat not just palaces, castles and public spaces, but domestic homes, peasants’ cottages and maids‘ bedrooms. Despite their relatively large size (compared to a metal woodburner), they are just as well suited to a smaller room as to a large one. The


lower surface temperature creates a far more comfortable environment, without the ‘exclusion zone’ associated with a metal stove. These smaller stoves tend to be simple in form and predominately tiled or painted in light colours. However, this is not always the case, as can be seen below. As it’s been said many times before in many contexts, “You pay your money and you takes your choice!”


Winshape One of the joys of working in a niche market is that you occasionally get written about without your knowledge. This was graphically illustrated a few years ago, when I was contacted by an architectural practice in Atlanta, Georgia. I discovered


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