Design ideas to inspire your perfect cottage sauna
Though a sauna can be as simple as a room with a fire, there’s much you can do to improve the experience and make the sauna more efficient. If you’re hungry for more design ideas, Michael Nordskog’s new book, The Opposite of Cold, looks at the history and design of saunas in North America. The book focuses on the area surrounding the western Great Lakes–northwestern Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan–where many Finnish immigrants settled, starting slowly in the mid-19th century, with large groups arriving in Canada in the 1920s and 1950s.
Where there's heat, there's wood
Aalto used wood for his sauna door handles; metal or glass hardware gets too hot to touch. Try making a one-of-a kind pull from driftwood. On benches or walls, avoid exposed nail heads to prevent burns.