Prof. Wulf Schneider
& Partner

Prof. Wulf Schneider lives and works in Stuttgart. According to the idea that „sympathy decides on long term acceptance of things“, furniture, environment and interior design projects have emerged from his 1976-founded design bureau for design concepts, for which Wulf Schneider has won numerous awards.

Elements, an interview with Prof. Wulf Schneider

September 18th, 2013

Interview with Prof. Wulf Schneider

Element Fire

SKANTHERM:   Dear Prof. Schneider, your objective is developing design, architecture and responsible milieu design for instead of against people. In your work to date, you have designed office areas, social buildings and furniture. How much of a challenge was it for you and what was the decisive reason for you to develop a chimney stove for skantherm while dealing with the element of fire?

PROF. SCHNEIDER:   I can afford to work only with the subjects I am interested in. The first and foremost are the twelve human senses. The third edition of my book "Sinn und Un-Sinn" on this subject is about to be published. Fire and light are highly interesting subjects to people in general and to me. A fire product for skantherm is an interesting subject aspect here.


SKANTHERM:   In addition to your first chimney stove "emotion" that you developed for skantherm, you have now also designed a second one, "elements". "elements" specifically leaves hardly any design limitations for chimney stove lovers. Anything is possible to integrate fire into the living room – with only three variable elements that you have included in this modular chimney stove system. What were you thinking of and what influenced you in this development?  

 PROF. SCHNEIDER:   First, I am thinking of the customer. How would he like to live with fire, what kind of a chimney stove shape would he like, how can it be technically implemented, how can fire be integrated into his rooms, how is the emotion of fire and wood shown most strongly, how can the connection to the chimney draft, which is not always well-positioned in the building, be considered while still ideally reaching the position of the seating area and dining table? We use all of these questions and more to develop an idea.

Story of origin

SKANTHERM:   Prof. Schneider, skantherm charged you with developing a new chimney stove for the company. Please provide us with a brief insight into the story of origin, from the first idea to handover to the company.

PROF. SCHNEIDER:   The most important phase is that of finding an idea. Innovation, long-term suitability and sensual orientation must be evident here. Good cooperation with skantherm's corporate management and the specialist departments is another important item that must be positively included in all development steps from fine planning to naming to catalogue design. All parties involved, product development and vendors alike, must support the product. This positive feeling will also be felt by the customer through the product.

Product development is more than just an idea under the shower. It is intense work to the minute detail.

Function and design

SKANTHERM:   How important was it for you to connect function and design in "elements"? Are these parameters always a pair?

PROF. SCHNEIDER:   Yes, this is a matter of course!

Future development

SKANTHERM:   We are living in a fast-moving age. Technical change specifically is developing faster and faster. One update chases the next and consumers quickly lose the overview. Therefore, they often relax at home. What kind of a future development do you expect? What do you think will chimney stove look like in 2025?

PROF. SCHNEIDER:   The sensual qualities of fireplaces will become more and more important in future. Fuels such as gas, oil or solar power offer heat, but are politically sensitive and expensive. They have no sensual charm, but only intellectual technology. We need them but they do not give us pleasure. Diverse sensual experiences, in contrast, are found in fireplaces. The original experience of fire and wood gives us a feeling of independence and self-determined traditional action.

Sense of vision, sense of movement, sense of hearing, sense of smell, sense of touch, sense of life

Burning flame, never repeating, never looking the same the fire form is always interesting and can never be boring.

Crackling wood, which burns and which gives off this special scent, rough wood, round or edged which has to be refilled and which creates radiant heat gives us a true feeling of security and comfort. Having all these versatile experience of senses makes a stove and its fire always be attractive!

When formulating these experience of senses  I get first impressions for a design concept, creating a new approach and design idea - that´s great – we should talk about fire in its best form in the near future…

SKANTHERM: Dear Professor Schneider, thank you very much!

  • Prof. Wulf Schneider Elements


    Only three elements for an

    infinite number of combinations.

    »elements« inspires by its simple and sophisticated modular system construction: Three elements can be pushed together into any kind of combination, permitting adjustment to any room. A fireplace thus becomes a piece of furniture, which in turn morphs into a modern, comfortable and warming element in your life.

  • Prof. Wulf Schneider Emotion


    This stove shows

    much of the fire and fits

    perfectly into every room.

    »emotion« brings all together. This stove shows much of the fire and also creates an effect when it’s not heated. It can be freely positioned and features a rotating top, thereby providing new possibilities as a room partition. Available in two different sizes and due to its low depths it perfectly fits into each room situation.

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