Woodstoves are a great way to heat your home in the winter — and these days, homeowners with limited space or modern tastes have more choices than just the traditional cast-iron woodstove with a vent pipe sprouting out the top.

For example, last week, designboom.com featured this cute sculptural woodstove. Created by Swiss designer Wuehl Yanes, the compact stove has a dual function as a fireplace or a heater, depending on whether you leave it closed or open. It has a concrete base to store wood, and it vents out the back so that you can warm kettles and basins on its flat top. The stove is small enough to fit in a corner of a room, making it perfect for homeowners with tiny spaces to work with.

What do you think of this design? Would you put a stove like this in your home, or do you prefer more traditional woodstoves and fireplaces?

Credit: DesignBoom.com