The idea behind The Marine Sauna was born on Midsummer’s Eve in 2001 in a homemade shed on a barely floating old wooden pier on a small lake in Sörmland. Against a blackened wall stood the welded heater and frizzled when the water was poured over the grey stones.
Despite the somewhat defective construction, it was a marvellous experience! The feeling of taking a sauna bath floating on the lake, the flickering gleam from the open fire and the proximity to the cooling water combined was very special. We experienced heat, chilliness, vapor, fire flames, warm wood, seawater and Swedish summer night all in perfect harmony.
It was a genuine sauna experience, essentially different from the bone dry, electrically illuminated and heated saunas with shower that are so common in Sweden nowadays.
After several years of planning and sketching together with two architects and a Finnish sauna-guru, the two brothers Björn and Mats Elzén founded the joint-stock corporation Nordic Marine Sauna, offering six architect-designed Marine Sauna models to the market. Our goal is that as many as possible get to share the experience that gilded our Midsummer’s Eve 2001 and was the starting shot of Nordic Marine Sauna AB.
After two successful years with Nordic Marine Sauna AB, we started to consider an expansion. The board of directors, chairman Christer Asplund and member Charlotta Möller together with the two founders, realized the potential of buildings that do not require building permits. About the same time as we contacted Sandell to design the Sea Cabin, our clients started to demand floating houses and the Swedish legislation was changed to permit 15, rather than 10, square-meter cabins which made it clear to us. We had outgrown NMS; we needed a new company with the same fundamental idea but with a wider variety of products: Nordic Marine Living.
We are now a company with the same passion for marine environments and stylish designs, but with a product range that exceeds floating sauna facilities.