Bert & May, Stovax Studio Air 2 Freestanding Wood Burning Stove, Timeless Design
We speak to Bert & May founder Lee Thornley, who has incorporated the contemporary Stovax Studio Air 2 Freestanding into his recent home renovation.
Lee Thornley, Founder of Bert and May, York
February 10, 2022
Tell us a bit more about your home project and your style.
The project was to transform a 1959 average box conversion into a modern design led home. I like to focus on the raw materials and therefore the aim was to inject beautiful materials into this 1950’s detached family home.
We adopted a strong look for the project, aiming to achieve a mid century scandi vibe.
We were keen to create a bright, light and sociable space that balances style and charm with functionality.
What made you choose the Stovax Studio Air 2 Freestanding fire?
We wanted a stove which was modern and in keeping with the Bert and May geometric tiles which were integral to the space design. The Stovax Studio Air 2 has a fantastic large window which gives the feel of an open fire.
Where did you get the fire installed in your home, and why that location?
It’s been installed in the centre of the main family living space which is the focal point of the property. You can enjoy the fire when cooking / dining and lazing on the sofas. We knew this space would be where the family spent a lot of time together so wanted to ensure it was comfortable and cosy as well as functional.
How does this fire fit with your fireplace and rest of the room?
Its fantastic, its clearly been beautifully designed and made but it doesn’t try too hard and just sits really well in the space. It’s an open plan area so we were looking for fixtures that would sit together and not attempt to steal focus, this fire fits that brief perfectly.
What drew you to a Stovax product?
They are timeless designs. Stovax has a great reputation for their quality and craftsmanship, which is really important to me. They also fit really well with the mid century / scandi aesthetic we love for this project.
What was the greatest challenge when undergoing your renovation?
Trying to bring character into a home which did not have 1 single architectural feature. Having an old building poses problems but they are in some ways much easier to design than a building with nothing.
Why is it important to you to have a fireplace?
It’s a central point for the family to relax and unwind. It creates an atmosphere and a focal point which is not a TV. It creates a cosy and homely atmosphere and the perfect vibe for family time catching up or playing board games.
Any tips for other people renovating?
Be brave and pick materials you love and you will enjoy it every day. Style comes from being brave and not copying everyone else on social media.
Social Media: @bertandmay
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Studio Air 2 Freestanding Wood Burning Fires
The Stovax Studio Air 2 Freestanding wood burning fire offers an impressive 8.2kW heat output, ensuring a stunning flame picture through its wide viewing window, and features a heat shield for reduced distance to combustibles. For enhanced visual allure and grandeur, Studio Air Freestanding models can be mounted on a Stovax stove bench. This Freestanding ... Find out more
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