Necessity is supposedly the mother of invention, and this was true for the Swedes back in the 18th century. A critical shortage of firewood led to the development of a more efficient type of wood stove - the kakelugn. I'll show you the inner workings of one later in this post, but for now, lets just marvel at the fact in designing something so needed, they also created something so beautiful. Created in a range of colors, shapes and styles, these stoves burn hotter than the average wood stove, but use very little wood. They were designed with vents and channels to allow for a controlled burn that radiates heat day and night (see the illustration at the bottom). But enough about their inner workings, let's ogle some gorgeous stoves.
And for those who like to see the innards: