AGA Cooker (03:52)
The cooker had a bulky, iron frame that was not aesthetically pleasing; it was expensive to buy and install. Product designers resisted change for decades, yet the cooker remained in demand.
Inventor Gustaf Dalen (05:29)
Dalen was born in Sweden in 1869. He was a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, engineer, and inventor known for his work on warning lights for lighthouses. An accident that left him blind indirectly led to his invention of the AGA.
Symbol of English Country Life (04:42)
During the 1930s and 1940s, the AGA became especially popular in British rural areas. As an added benefit, the AGA turned the kitchen into a cozy oasis in homes that lacked central heating.
AGA Manufacturing (03:28)
The AGA is no longer made in Sweden; the British center for manufacturing is Shropshire. The manufacturing process includes shot blasting, three days of enameling, and firing to 850 degrees Celsius. Parts are assembled to order on site.
Utilitarian Design (06:54)
The AGA’s design had wide appeal. Irena and Tony Harvey wanted a sturdy cooker that would last for decades. Bavarian model Susanna Linsmayer had an AGA installed in her third-floor flat.
Credits: Design Classics: The AGA Cooker (00:39)
Credits: Design Classics: The AGA Cooker
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