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A Modern, Modular Wood-Burning Stove Is For Showing Off (And Warming Up)

Now even modernists can warm their hands by a fire.

There are substantial benefits to wood-burning stoves. For starters, they run on dead trees, which are a renewable resource, unlike oil, gas, or coal. And they allow you to lower your thermostat, effectively slashing your utility bill. But if you’re a modernist, there’s a decided aesthetic drawback: Black iron furnaces conjure up life on the prairie rather than in a glass house.

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But here’s a design that even hard-core minimalists can cozy up to: Stack, a modular, fully customizable ceramic system, by the Italian studio Adriano Design, that combines Italian craftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic. The collection consists of five round and three square stackable units–handmade at the Castellamonte workshop in Turin–that can be stacked into a stove that is as much a piece of sculpture as a functional heater. And the designers say that ceramic is highly energy-efficient since it retains heat longer than metal.

Go here for more info and pricing details.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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