There seems to be renewed interest in Swedish tiled stoves these days.
I have been in love with them since I was turned on to their very existence in the early 90's while in interior design school. I fell head over heels with Swedish Gustavian style with the light, bright colors, the painted furniture and down to earth fabrics.
I have longed for a Swedish tiled stove for almost as long - and now that they are getting more attention, why doesn't a company start up that sells to the American public? I guess demand might be low, after all, its a very specific, narrow niche! LOL
I will have to live with my old-fashioned black wood stove for now (which I might paint either red or oxford blue next year...we'll see) but I still long for a slender, rounded stove in the corner adorned with lovely blue and white floral tiles.
Then the other day I thought to myself "I don't have a Swedish tiled stove, but I do have a large armoire I am painting white, which is screaming out for some decorative paint work".
Now, I ran my own decorative painting business in the early to mid 90's called "a Gilded Vine".
I have painted a few pieces since then, but only for myself. My hutch (still in progress) and my bedside table (finished) and now this large, squared armoire which I needed to house coats and such near the front door to Elinor Cottage, given we have no coat closet!
I have decided to paint the armoire to look like a blue and white tiled Swedish stove!
I am going to get to work on it tonight, designing the layout, what each tile will look like (probably all florals) and drawing up my prototypes on transfer tissue. I am very good at trompe l'oeil painting. That's what I used to do with "a Gilded Vine". I will make the tiles really look like old tiles with weathered grout...just wait and see.
Stay tuned for future photos as I work my way around this monstrous piece of furniture, transforming it into a trompe l'oeil Swedish stove.
After all, the Gustavians did it too - if they wanted to balance a room using the symmetry of Neo-Classical design, they'd put a large cabinet on the opposite wall or corner from the stove, and paint it to match! I have seen and read about this in the many Swedish Gustavian books I've collected in these 25 years or so!