I’ve always had a liking for Aga cookers especially since my family owned one back in the late-1980’s. What exactly is an Aga cooker anyway? The Aga was invented by Swedish physicist Dr. Gustaf Dalén in 1929 and is basically a stored-heat stove and cooker all in one. In modern times the cookers are made by the Aga Rangemaster Group. Unfortunately, demand for these distinctive cookers has fallen but perhaps a new decorative Aga cooker range my buck this decreasing trend.
Welcome to the polka-dot Aga cooker which is the creation of British pottery designer Emma Bridgewater. Whilst the age cooker itself is a typical model in itself, the decorative feature has never been seen before on such a respected and iconic kitchen appliance. For most kitchens this would look out of place but for certain design styles it would be a suitable addition. Bohemian themed kitchens that mix a rustic space with ecletic and modern designs would be the ideal setting for Bridgewater’s colorful design.
The combination of Emma Bridgewater’s pottery designs and Aga cookers is partly based on location. Bridgewater’s very popular pottery products are made in Stoke-on-Trent which is in the same region as Aga’s manufacturing base in Shropshire.
There are actually three different types of Aga cooker on the market. These are based on the number of ovens each one has. The versions include the two door, three door and four door Aga ovens. Depending on the age of the Aga, various modifications have been made which have meant the development of baking ovens and warming plate sections. Regardless of the type, all versions have two hotplates, one a boiling plate and the other a simmering plate.
You can read more about Emma Bridgewater’s reasons for designing this polka dot Aga oven here: Great British Cookers.