Antti Nurmesniemi. Sauna Stool. 1952. G. Soderstrom, Helsinki. Laminated birch and teak. 16 3/4 x 16 7/8 x 16 3/4" (42.5 x 42.8 x 42.5 cm). Gift of the Palace Hotel, Helsinki. 170.1991. Architecture and Design
This finnish sauna doubles as a steam room. Our general recommendation is to stay away from wood when building a steam room, because the steam can warp, stain, and otherwise damage the water. Nevertheless, the contractor behind this house pulled it off, and this room has been in existence for years without a noticeable problem.