A customer had forgotten to order an insert for a brick
fireplace, which gave architect Bent Falk the idea of designing a
free-standing wood burning stove that could be manufactured in
advance and ready for installation, just like the customer wanted.
And so it started!
The RAIS 1 design turned out to be groundbreaking and
trendsetting: a stove in three sections with a covered firewood
magazine at the bottom, a firebox in the middle and a baking bay on
The name also practically came automatically. The stove was
manufactured in Randers, which was called Rais in Viking times.
The owner of Paustian in Copenhagen wanted to exhibit the
wood-burning stove; the next RAIS 1 was built for this
purpose. After 3-4 years, interest in the stove began to grow.
In 1974, the first series of RAIS 1 stoves were produced; at the
same time, the company began advertising in the Danish interior
design lifestyle magazine, Bo Bedre.
And a number of smiths around the country tried to produce
copies of the stove during those first years...
The fundamental idea and the main elements of RAIS 1 proved to
be long-lasting. The stove has been further developed and is today
known as RONDO.