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Founded in 1928, the German brand Klafs specializes in products dedicated to the body and soul. The family business has become a world leader in the field of Wellness & Spa products, with over 600 employees, offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland, and more than 60 international partners that guarantee the highest quality standards. The sauna originated in Finland and has evolved over the centuries; today, almost every home in the nation has some sort of sauna. In the rest of Europe and the world, many hotels have spas, but saunas are not very common in private dwellings. However, the trends are changing.
In addition to the hotel sector, Klafs targets the residential market so that individuals and families can discover a new dimension of wellness in their own homes, thanks to a series of attractive, manageably-sized, high-quality products. Klafs produces compact saunas, Turkish baths, relaxation and physical activity rooms as well as swimming pools. Whether designing products for hotels or homes, Klafs maintains the same attention to detail in a series of solutions that solve space-savings and energy-efficiency problems without ever forgoing aesthetics. Every product is designed for comfortable and practical use with the possibility of customizing them according to needs, adapting perfectly to any context.

Klafs saunas. Natural materials and respect for the environment

Every wood species has its own particular characteristics. Klafs chooses the right type of wood for each of its products. The robust knotless Canadian hemlock is perfect for saunas and SANARIUM®; even in extreme conditions, it does not deform and radiates very even heat. A soft, splinter-free, low-conductivity wood like abachi or poplar is used for seats, while screws are corrosion and rust-resistant. From the contemporary to the more traditional, Klafs offers a wide range of exterior finishes, some designed by internationally renowned figures, like Matteo Thun, who created and gave his name to a Sauna and Turkish Bath.
Klafs is actively committed to energy savings and the responsible use of raw materials to minimize carbon dioxide emissions. The high-quality wood used in sauna construction is sustainable, certified and complies with a series of ecological, social and economic standards. All production has the goal of minimizing waste, so the company recycles and reuses whatever waste does remain. Wood shavings are automatically fed into an oven so that it is transformed into heat, generating 80% of the energy needed to heat the factory without drawing on additional energy sources or creating new transportation costs. Klafs' uses local suppliers to increase quality and again reduce transportation costs. The Green Sauna collection meets the needs of the most environmentally-conscious customers who want exceptional moments of relaxation and maximum energy efficiency. Up to a 40% energy savings is achieved through a series of high-tech processes. The Solar Sauna uses the sun's energy to reduce energy consumption by almost 70% as compared to the conventional outdoor sauna.

The history of the Finnish sauna

The oldest known Finnish saunas date back 10,000 years and were simple earth dugouts with walls covered in animal skins. Today they no longer exist in this form, but their more modern counterpart is the tent sauna. The first sauna house, the forerunner of the saunas we know today, came a few thousand years later and consisted of a clay floor, three clay walls, a wooden door and a roof made of logs and grass. A rudimentary stove in the corner warmed the room, and a horizontally positioned tree trunk became the bench. About 2000 years ago, the smoke sauna was invented; it was used until the 1930s. A space is heated for many hours using wood to heat it and fill it with smoke. Once the desired temperature is reached, the smoke escapes and the heat can be enjoyed for many hours. Starting in the 18th century, saunas with a fireplace stove, first in masonry and then in sheet metal, began to be used, while gas and electric saunas came into use after the Second World War. ... More ... less

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