Adriane Strampp – AGA 4 Oven Owner
Visit the much sought-after loft of Melbourne-based Artist Adriane Strampp, featuring an eclectic collection of re-purposed and antique furnishings, her own incredible paintings spread along the walls of her home, and her old 4-oven AGA cooker.
If the interior of this home looks familiar to you, you’re not alone. What was once an empty warehouse in the heart of Collingwood, became the much sought-after loft that Nina Proudman from the TV show Offspring lived in. Owner of the home Adriane Strampp often lends her home to the backgrounds of TV shows and magazine photoshoots. Plus, the beautiful AGA cooker is constantly finding it’s way on our Instagram feeds; it’s antique shell mixed with the rustic aesthetic of the whole house is a kitchen we’ve always envied. So it was a dream when I found myself driving to Adriane’s home to interview her and finally see this magnificent space.
Originally from the USA but living in England, Adriane grew up with an AGA cooker that ran on anthracite. When she moved to Melbourne, an AGA was a must-have. So, she bought a second-hand 4-oven AGA in Cream online that ran on oiled had it converted it to natural gas. When Adriane got the AGA delivered, the driver underestimated just how large and heavy the cooker was; fortunately she found a man with a forklift in a nearby factory who came to the rescue to help get it into the house.
AGA cookers are multi-purpose. They can cook incredible food and are a perfect source of heat for the home, but every once in a while I’ll hear another great use of the AGA. This is one I’ve heard quite often – making Yogurt. Making yogurt and an oven are not two words you would think you would hear in the same sentence, but with an AGA, it’s unquestionable. Adriane’s favourite thing about her AGA is that she can make yogurt perfectly. This is how she does it: first she sat a pot of water in different locations on the Aga to find the right resting temperature, next to the boiling plate works perfectly. She then heats the milk before adding the yogurt culture and lets it sit overnight.
If I had visited Adriane in the Winter, I would have found her cat Eugene sleeping on top of the Warming Plate in his bed; that’s his usual position during the cold months. He has become quite famous for it, often finding himself on Adriane’s Instagram page for all her followers to see. Although, he does need to move when it’s time to do ironing, which Adriane also does on top of her AGA.