Jøtul has refined the manufacturing process for its wood-burning iron stoves since the first one was cast in 1853. Now, the Norwegian company has turned to a homegrown design studio run by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll to help it set the stage for the next 160 years. “It doesn’t matter that the product itself can last a lifetime if the design is outdated in ten years,” says Jøtul’s vice president, Marius Torjusen. “We wanted to take a step back and create a stove where the functionality is not compromised, while ensuring design remains a key factor in the decision-making process.” In 2012, Jøtul reached out to the Norwegian designers, who are known for their appreciation of the Nordic tradition and their tendency to break from it. Although Jøtul’s commission has marked a rare foray for Anderssen & Voll beyond furniture and lighting design, the smooth surfaces of their F 305 stove have retained some of their signature qualities. “It has a certain mix of sensuousness and boldness that you might also find in our work for companies like Muuto or Magis,” Anderssen says.
The F 305 boasts a spacious burn chamber that allows ample room for wood. “It’s a veritable heat machine,” says Voll. But the design is also deeply embedded in Jøtul’s sustainable traditions of clean manufacturing and reclamation, producing cast iron from its aqua-powered factory on Kråkerøy, an island off the southern coast of Norway. “Wood stoves are one of the few environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources that remain accessible to the majority of the population,” Torjusen says. Nevertheless, creating a sense of comfort remains central to the experience. “I think people appreciate the idea of coming home and relaxing in front of a fire,” he adds. “There is something calming about flames that you can’t really get from anything else.”