In 1978, Niels Wittus—a native of Denmark—and his wife Alyce began their company in Pound Ridge, a town of Westchester County, NY. Combining a love of his native homeland and a desire to pursue the American Dream, Wittus founded a new company modeling wood burning stoves on traditional European design: a baking compartment above, a firebox in the center, and wood storage below. Since then, their company, Wittus Fire by Design, has been perfecting elements of heritage, tradition, and craftsmanship for over 30 years.
"Nothing can compare to a person’s fierce love of home and hearth" - Niels Wittus
Since launching 30 years ago, the company has been able to integrate timeless design with evolving technologies to make beautiful, yet environmentally sustainable, burning stoves.
Behind their beauty, lies an advanced and sophisticated burning system, which has set new standards in the field of wood and gas burning today. The Shaker Stove, styled after American Shaker furniture and designed by Antonio Citterio, boasts adjustable air control, ensuring the cleanest burn from the wood. Its efficiency ranges from 75% to 93%.
A winner of several international design awards, these stoves have garnered prestigious media attention from the likes of Dwell, Metropolis, Fine Homebuilding, Custom Home, and House and Garden, and have been utilized by architects such as Cesar, Pelli and Associates; James Cutler; Bone-Levine; Don Brandenburger; Turnbull and Assoc.; and Robert Stern and Turner, in their designs.