written by:
January 20, 2016
New to the American market and armed with a compelling story, Eldvarm reminds us how extraordinary everyday tools can be.

Designed in Scandinavia and handcrafted in France out of sustainably sourced, local materials, these fireplace accessories have won us over with their exceptional quality and style. 


Available through StudioTwentySeven and designed by Emma Olbers, Eldvarm’s collection of fireplace accessories takes cues from a nostalgic connection to long Scandinavian winters. Photo by Frederic Lucano


Each piece from the curated line (ranging from $180–$640) was ethically designed with thought and care, maintaining simple form, quality composition, and a modern use of traditional materials. Photos by Frederic Lucano.  


As the founder and mastermind behind the brand, Louise Varre takes us back to her Scandinavian childhood where the fireplace became the chosen spot of the home for swapping stories, catching up on a book, or spending quality time with family and friends. She says, “As the pace of life continues to gain speed, these rare moments have become some of my most cherished memories.”

When it came time to bring her vision to life, Varre discovered a community of skilled craftsmen in the region of Nantes, France, where they developed ways of hand-making these tools out of the best materials she could find. Some of these include untreated French beech wood, vegetable-tanned leather from a 143-year-old Swedish tannery, natural horsehair from a French family-run business, brass details, and steel that’s powder-coated with paint from a Swedish company that has roots dating back to the 1600s.



Eldvarm’s brushes are created with traditional machines at Brosserie Julio, a family-run business that’s been operating in Nantes, France since 1947. Because horsehair innately holds a large amount of grease, it has a long life span while working well with high temperatures. Photos courtesy of Eldvarm.


To bring her mission full circle, each piece within the collection is produced, assembled, and packaged with the goal of keeping their ecological footprint to the bare minimum. When the final product is ready to be shipped out, they work with Adapei, a local French organization that provides rewarding opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.


Varre took great pride in seeking out the right producers for the job. During her search, she found inspiration in the art of woodworking, displayed here at her chosen workshop in Loire, France. Photo courtesy of Eldvarm.


When asked how she defines great design, Varre explains, “A beautiful object has to stand the test of time, while being able to do the work it’s created to do.” True to her goal, these tools are meant to be used, and will only look and feel better with age. 



Varre's fond memories remind us of when Architect Per Bornstein and his daughter Velma invited us into their cozy Swedish residence (shown above and below). We can imagine his home being the perfect place to warm up to the fire throughout the cold winter months.

Photo by: Pia Ulin

Originally appeared in Knotty by Nature on April 3, 2010  


Photo by: Pia Ulin

Originally appeared in Knotty by Nature on April 3, 2010  



Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

45 dva 2270 persp1 cmyk 0
The prospect of retirement doesn’t just signal the end of a career; it offers the chance to recalibrate and re-prioritize in life.
July 25, 2016
You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016