March 07, 2006

The Heat Wave

Is it art? Is it good design? What does it do ... hang there and look amazing or what? Well, wonder no more. This amazing wall radiator is art and function at it's best. What could be better for us living in the cooler climates than something so beautiful and warm as this? Bonus time for the summer months as well, it is just as beautiful when it is turned OFF!
It is not a new design as it was introduced in 2003, but for the first time it is now for sale on the consumer market. Droog Design has taken the Heat Wave into production and has further developed the design. The electrical version of the radiator was presented for the first time at the Droog's stand at the Ambiente. This fair took place from 10 to 14 February 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany .
The radiator Heat Wave proves that decoration and functionality do not have to be mutually exclusive. For a good heat exchange one needs a large surface area. It is exactly this which is provided by the baroque - like design.
Joris Laarman has succeeded in finding a style which couldn't be further from pure functionalism: he designed an apparently functionless decorative object, which in reality is a perfectly functional heater. Heat Wave is a modular radiator, made of concrete and aluminum consolidated by glass fiber, that, starting off with 4 basic elements, can be extended as one pleases. It can go around corners magnificently!
No, artstream is not going to carry radiators, but we would recommend speaking with your heating people about this one! Is it fine art? No. Is it truly great design? Yes!

The word for the day is ... graceful ... like a manner of speaking, your dance step or your radiator!


Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Now that is a something better then the old ugly big grey thing or white flat raditors! Very nice design!

angela said...

oh susan...

absolutely adore this.

radiators are the most ugly design... until this came along!

thank you so for sharing this!