Patricia Urquiola has turneda stove into an architectural object
Designer Patricia Urquiola makes her debutin the fire sector with the Wall pellet stove,designed for MCZ. For the Spanish designer, working on the project was an extremely stimulating experience, since she has always made sure that the products she designs are environmentally sustainable. ‘In recent years there has been a major shiftin thinking in the pellet stove sector,’ Patricia Urquiola explains. ‘These heat sources are neutral in terms of CO2 emissions, and this iscrucial for us. ’In order to characterise the stove also as a decorative object, she decided to go for a minimalist design. Avery simple cylindrical element, without front ventilation grilles, is placed next to a linear shape that rests against the wall. For the special design of this structure, entirely made of Black painted steel, Patricia Urquiola came up with a simple but innovative solution to conceal the pipes and the technical connection elements of the stove. The simplicity of Wall is enhanced by a unique and very attractive detail: the base. ‘The base is an element that connects to the home, turning the stove into a furnishing item, and therefore transcends its formal simplicity, ’she explains.
In addition to Black steel to match the structure, it is available in various natural materials, suchas stone, marble terrazzo, wood or cement. The opportunity to choose between finishes that have such different textures is a detail that adds character and charm to the whole house. Wall is a stove that you can control directly from your smartphone. ‘Pellet stoves are smart objects designed to interact and communicate with us.
These conversations with objects will soon become more and more common in our homes,’ she concludes.