It is winter over here in the Northern Hemisphere, and although Spring is approaching in foreseeable time, I would like to present you Serie T. More than just a heater the manufacturer, Antrax IT, says. A piece of furniture that integrates into spaces with great personality but does not want to be the centre of attention. For me Serie T, designed by the internationally recognized Italian designer Matteo Thun, stands out in it’s basic and light appearance. The radiator derived its name from the T-shaped section and is available in various configurations, in both vertical and horizontal versions. The radiator is made from extruded aluminum which provides great heat output with a small water content, meeting the increasing needs of high heat efficiency.
Arteplano is a design by Runtal Design Studio - an elegant and minimalist radiator. Its impressive design is celebrated by combining modern heating technology with a smooth plain finish. Runtal Design Studio focus its development in new materials and finishes, creating innovative and practical solutions, and making sustainable use of energy and water. This design caught my attention because more often than not, radiators fail to impress on the design front, particularly for contemporary spaces, whereas Arteplano subtly integrates itself into the room whilst potentially acting as a piece of art.
Monolithe is, in my opinion, a fantastic radiators line by the newly established brand Needo. It is a new concept, which cleverly combines heating and lighting with mobility. It has a an impeccable and elegant design, far different from that of traditional radiators. Monolithe has an innovative and patented system for optimally distributing warmth without energy waste, spreading a more homogeneous heat, which generates a perfectly safe atmosphere thanks to technology that does not dry the air. The recycled aluminium radiator also has an LED light on the top, completing its impressive design.
This week, Japanese design studio Plus Minus Zero (±0) who produce household electrical goods and household items, released their latest product – the Mini Ceramic Fan Heater. Last year Minimalissimo featured their original fan heater, however the mini version is of course smaller, thinner (H210 x W105 x D148mm), lighter (1.2kg) and less expensive. Available in three colours – red, brown and blue, the Mini Ceramic Fan Heater appears to offer an undeniable simplicity and subtlety, even more so than its predecessor. How functionally effective this heater is though, I’d like to experience.
The colder weather is beginning to set in, at least in my city of Edinburgh, so naturally my thoughts turned to heating. Japanese design director Naoto Fukasawa of Plus Minus Zero, has produced these beautifully simple and modest infrared electric heaters. Made from steel polypropylene resin, measuring H310.0 x W330.0 x D165.0 mm and weighing a mere 1.5 kg, the smooth corned design of these heaters are simple in form and function. Featuring an easy three-step rotary selector switch; 800W (strong), 400W (weak) and off, they are available in a range of colours including light brown, beige, red, brown, pink and grey. Plus Minus Zero have also recently designed the infrared electric heaters with a steam feature, which offer a similar design in terms of its smooth corners, but vary in size and power. If anyone has bought one of these heaters, please share your experience.
As part of the New Simplicity Exhibition in London, ‘Climate Station‘ – designed by Denmark-based Thomas Wagner – is a product line composed of a minimalist fan and radiator. The interesting aspect about Climate Station is that it uses no wires. It plugs directly into a special extension cable, and can be stored alongside books when not in use. The designer, aware of the seasonal usage of fans and radiators, wanted to design objects that would be attractive anywhere, anytime. Made of plastic and aluminum, the fan and radiator measure 297mm in height and 210mm in width. Unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing, Climate Station serves to comfort the user while looking real fine.
This donut right here is radiator Zero Otto. With its round, sensual curves it is an interesting alternative to the regular square radiators. Zero Otto was designed by Francesco Lucchese for Italian heating company Antrax. It comes in a single and a double version, which you could place horizontally and vertically. The single element has a diameter of 80 cm, the double version measures 80 cm x 140 cm. It is these two versions which inspired the name: Zero Otto is Italian for Zero Eight – the two shapes.
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the two founders of my favorite Italian design agency Palomba Serafini, designed radiator Square for manufacturer Tubes with a vision: “We wanted to investigate the concept of formal reduction as a ‘qualifying value’. We believe that formal reduction of an object does not mean just simplifying it, but revealing its essence, its core, its most intimate part, its deepest nature.” Its features of technical and formal innovation earned Square the 2007 Red Dot award in the “Product Design” category, and the 2008 Design Preis awarded by the German Design Council. And a post on Minimalissimo ;-)