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NPD 2015 - THE 2015 NATIONAL DESIGN PRIZE

NPD 2015 - THE 2015 NATIONAL DESIGN PRIZE

Text by Anton Bendis, the Jury Chairman

The NOX wood-burning ceramic stove.
Design by Michal Staško
Producer: Athenika, s. r. o. (limited liability company) Piešťany

The NOX wood-burning ceramic stove is an attractive product thanks to the interconnection of minimalistic rational forming and the strong emotional effect – nostalgia without sentimentality. The simple wavy ceramic profile sophistically hides the division of the individual tiles in the playful light and shade reflection of the surrounding world. The product is a modular construction set making an impression of a monolith radiating warmth. The construction set solution is suitable for the producer, warehousing of the product, but for the very function of the heater, too. The wavy profile enlarges the area radiating warmth and at the same time hampers the convective air current eliminating thus dustiness. The upper closing segment with hollows that stones from the Váh river may be heated in and thus enable “stealing“ some heat, does not only finish the stove poetically as a whole, but also illustrates how well the designer understands the ceramic material used and the technology to process that material. The funny details of the door opening, the elaborated technical solution and even the fact that the design of the NOX wood-burning ceramic stove lets it “come along “ with various interior types, provides the product with interesting commercial potential. It is besides a classic of what interconnection of an enlightened investor and a smart designer may lead to. Of a designer who can make use of an opportunity offered.

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