As a designer at Prakti, I worked on a number of stoves and cooking accessories with the primary goal of improving usability and reducing manufacturing cost.
Prakti aims to design specific stoves for the unique context where they will be sold. Our goal with this stove was to design something that would integrate seamlessly with the existing cooking traditions. The most common style of stove in South India is clay singe-burner wood stove that is built into the wall of the kitchen or external wall of the home. Initially, we thought that mobility of a stove would be appreciated, but after observing users packing clay around one of our existing models it became clear that having a built-in design was important to the user. By removing the outer body of the stove we were able to reduce the cost of the stove and make and thus reach a larger target audience.