Radiator … feast for the eyes!

For­tu­nate­ly, the days when a design radi­a­tor in a domes­tic inte­ri­or was a rar­i­ty have passed. Now on the mar­ket you can find every­thing your heart desires, such as a tubu­lar radi­a­tor fram­ing a mir­ror. Such a device is able to dec­o­rate any hall­way.
Cast iron radi­a­tors in retro style from Turk­ish DEMIR DCM(a) and Span­ish ROCA(b)
A pan­el radi­a­tor with a flat, almost mir­ror-like front sur­face will not only dec­o­rate the inte­ri­or of the hall­way, but also dry wet clothes hang­ing in front of it on a hang­er-rack
“Stoves-bench­es” based on a radi­a­tor-con­vec­tor(a) and tubu­lar radi­a­tor(b)

Design radi­a­tors designed for instal­la­tion on a flat(a) sur­face and cor­ner (inner cor­ner)(b)



An exam­ple illus­trat­ing the role of a radi­a­tor in a mod­ern inte­ri­or. The tubu­lar design in the liv­ing room is per­ceived as a nat­ur­al and even nec­es­sary ele­ment of decor.
The use in the con­struc­tion of new sealed win­dows and ener­gy-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies allows you to place the radi­a­tor in a dif­fer­ent place- under the win­dowsill, and in accor­dance with the require­ments of the inte­ri­or style and archi­tec­ture of the room

Design­ers forced the tra­di­tion­al tubu­lar radi­a­tor to turn into an art object

Radi­a­tor with beveled top edge for instal­la­tion in the attic from ARBONIA(a) and a con­vec­tor with a dec­o­ra­tive soft pan­el for a nurs­ery from “IZOTERM”(b)

Con­vec­tors built into the floor, wall, niche or fur­ni­ture become “invis­i­ble” in the inte­ri­or

A mod­ern radi­a­tor has long ceased to be only “ribbed and warm”. It is func­tion­al, easy to install and beau­ti­ful. It would nev­er occur to any­one to hide this styl­ish thing behind a cur­tain or a dec­o­ra­tive screen. On the con­trary, design­ers often place it in the most promi­nent place in the inte­ri­or: a wor­thy cen­ter of the com­po­si­tion!

Design and radiator

At the begin­ning of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. design­ers have already explained to the whole world that any func­tion­al object can and should be beau­ti­ful, and beau­ti­ful, in turn, func­tion­al. It was then, at the dawn of a new indus­tri­al era, that the nar­row­ly pro­fes­sion­al term “Design-radi­a­tor” arose.- “design-radi­a­tor”. In fact, it would be more cor­rect to trans­late this expres­sion as “dec­o­ra­tive radi­a­tor”, but … The word “design”, fash­ion­able to this day, per­haps con­tains much more than the old-fash­ioned “decor”.

Skep­tics will notice that only in a mild Euro­pean cli­mate can one dis­in­ter­est­ed­ly admire a heat­ing device, and our harsh real­i­ty makes us think about the press­ing prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with the inex­orable laws of ther­mal physics. One Euro­pean engi­neer remarked: “Heat dis­si­pa­tion must be excel­lent, and the appear­ance- case tenth”. We can­not agree with this state­ment. Inthe inte­ri­or, as in a per­son, every­thing should be per­fect, even the radi­a­tor.

You do not need, but we- fusion!

It has become a habit to scold old cast-iron “accor­dion” radi­a­tors, which, by the way, have served us faith­ful­ly for decades. How­ev­er, think about it: in new homes you are unlike­ly to find such a “rar­i­ty”. There­fore, even if you have made a firm deci­sion to get rid of the old, mirac­u­lous­ly sur­viv­ing “accor­dion”, let your hand with an adjustable wrench stop for a few sec­onds. Dur­ing this time, you will have time to fig­ure out that for a fusion style inte­ri­or (a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent, some­times con­flict­ing design trends), or coun­try, or even high tech, you won’t find a more styl­ish and absolute­ly “authen­tic” acces­so­ry. First of all, check the safe­ty of your “rar­i­ty”. If it is not “over­grown” with rust and scale from the insideCon­sid­er your­self lucky, and feel free to get down to busi­ness. Remove mul­ti-lay­ered and real­ly unaes­thet­ic streaks of oil paint from pow­er­ful “ribs” (with a spe­cial hair dry­er or remover), go over them with sand­pa­per and cov­er with a thin lay­er of heat-resis­tant paint or “rust-like” var­nish. It will already be real, let’s not be afraid of this word, vin­tage! That is, a real­ly old, lived, seen a lot and there­fore a par­tic­u­lar­ly beloved and appre­ci­at­ed thing.

From tradition- to the avant-garde

Of course, not every­one is so tied to the past to be touched by the sight of a rusty accor­dion. But why does it have to be rusty? Com­pa­nies ROCA (Spain) and DEMIR DCM (Turkey) skill­ful­ly took advan­tage of the retro mood, which is now wide­spread all over the world, and offered a series of artis­tic retro-radi­a­tors dec­o­rat­ed with a relief pat­tern (made using the tech­nique of artis­tic cast­ing). The cost of Span­ish prod­ucts- from 80 per sec­tion, Turk­ish- from 40. Note that for a clas­sic inte­ri­or there is no bet­ter option.

Not only the décor men­tioned above, but also the pro­gres­sive evo­lu­tion of the form can be per­fect­ly seen on the exam­ple of cast-iron radi­a­tors from VIARDUS (Czech Repub­lic), demon­strat­ed at this year’s ISH exhi­bi­tion in Frank­furt am Main. Mod­el Guss­ra­di­a­tor (trans­lat­ed from Ger­man- “cast radi­a­tor”) with sec­tions hav­ing a trape­zoidal con­fig­u­ra­tion, it will be appro­pri­ate in both tra­di­tion­al and quite avant-garde inte­ri­ors.

Com­pa­nies that do not pro­duce cast iron radi­a­tors also bring a lot of new things to the design of their prod­ucts. Yes, the com­pa­ny SIRA (Italy) pro­duces RS bimetal­lic radi­a­tors, in which not only the shape has been changed (it has been giv­en the “aero­dy­nam­ic” round­ness so rel­e­vant in mod­ern design), but also the design. The inter­nal ver­ti­cal ribs are com­plete­ly hid­den here.- the very ones that usu­al­ly col­lect dust and dirt on them­selves and are not acces­si­ble to either a brush or a sponge. BUTthis, you see, not only improves the appear­ance, but also sim­pli­fies the main­te­nance of the heater.

The domes­tic com­pa­ny KZTO remem­bered steel con­vec­tors, which at one time were irrev­er­ent­ly called “croc­o­diles”. An ele­men­tary design improve­ment, demon­strat­ed in the “Effect” series (instead of a “scale” bent from a steel sheet, short sec­tions of a two-inch pipe are used), turns an imag­i­nary retro into a real avant-garde. Anoth­er advan­tage of this mod­el- small dimen­sions: height- 200mm, sin­gle row depth- 51mm, dou­ble row- 117mm, length- from 290 to 1776mm. Price- 12–80.

By the way, not only the shape, but also the col­or of the radi­a­tors is “mod­ern­ized”. Radi­a­tors paint­ed in all col­ors of the rain­bow are offered by the Croa­t­ian com­pa­ny Lipovi­ca, the Aus­tri­an Olympia and Vogel noot, Ital­ian plant FARAL (part of ZEHNDER GROUP, Switzer­land).

Don’t for­get that you can choose the fin­ish col­or of your choice and ask any man­u­fac­tur­er to accept it as your cus­tom order. It is usu­al­ly per­formed from two to four weeks, such a mod­el will cost 15–30% more than a ser­i­al one.

Radi­a­tor made from flat pipes looks like a dec­o­ra­tive wall pan­el
A sim­i­lar radi­a­tor, equipped with a mir­ror, can be placed next to the front door in the hall­way.
Design radi­a­tors can be installed in the hall­way, liv­ing rooms, kitchen

original design

The famous phrase “Form fol­lows func­tion” is ful­ly applic­a­ble to the design of radi­a­tors. Let’s trace this on the exam­ple of two types of heat­ing devices- pan­el and tubu­lar. Note that both of them are wide­ly used pre­cise­ly because of the rich choice of sizes.- from small to huge. This is what allows you to use both types of radi­a­tors in an unusu­al qual­i­ty.

Pan­el radi­a­tors are metal­lic (steel, less often- cop­per or alu­minum) box with fins on the back side. Ini­tial­ly, they were cre­at­ed for a mod­ern inte­ri­or, emphat­i­cal­ly func­tion­al and devoid of any decor. Tra­di­tion­al radi­a­tors in such cas­es, in order not to vio­late the styl­is­tic uni­ty, are some­times cov­ered with a flat and one-col­or (usu­al­ly to match the walls) screen. Pan­el mod­els fit per­fect­ly into the min­i­mal­ist sur­round­ings with­out any dis­guise. Lacon­ism and some “archi­tec­ture” of their appear­ance sug­gest unusu­al dec­o­ra­tive solu­tions to design­ers. For exam­ple, high ver­ti­cal pan­els are placed sym­met­ri­cal­ly on both sides of the door (win­dows, mir­rors), as a result of which they are per­ceived as a kind of pilasters. Long mod­els are also used. Panoram­ic glaz­ing from ceil­ing to floor- a favorite tech­nique of mod­ern archi­tects- does not allow the use of radi­a­tors of nor­mal height. Low and long mod­ules-pan­els installed along the perime­ter of the room (which, by the way, can have com­plex out­lines) do not vio­late the “trans­paren­cy” of pent­hous­es and lofts and at the same time pro­vide a suf­fi­cient amount of heat.

Not so long ago, ZEHNDER, KERMI (Ger­many), VOGEL NOOT (Aus­tria), THERMIC (Bel­gium) andoth­ers began to pro­duce mod­els with a flat and com­plete­ly smooth front sur­face (an addi­tion­al flat pan­el is fixed on the front “ribbed” side), which is paint­ed in var­i­ous col­ors. This is no longer quite min­i­mal­ism, since the shades are the bright­est. In addi­tion, the pan­el can be paint­ed with heat-resis­tant paints (we rec­om­mend invit­ing a pro­fes­sion­al artist for this pur­pose) and as a result you get a thing in the spir­it of pop design or kitsch that is so fash­ion­able today.

Steel tubu­lar radi­a­tors. Their body is formed from steel tubes. FROMfrom a ther­motech­ni­cal point of view, these radi­a­tors are quite com­pet­i­tive- they have a small inter­nal vol­ume and low ther­mal iner­tia. BUTfrom the point of view of aes­thet­ics, this is a real gift for lovers of con­struc­tivism and high tech style.

Round pipes. Let’s start with the fact that the high strength of the result­ing struc­ture allows the man­u­fac­ture of radi­a­tors up to 6m and almost unlim­it­ed length (the widest range of such mod­els is offered, for exam­ple, by Ger­man com­pa­nies ARBONIA and ZEHNDER). Anoth­er pure­ly design advan­tage of tubu­lar mod­els- they can be giv­en almost any con­fig­u­ra­tion, includ­ing a curved one (the min­i­mum bend­ing radius for each series of radi­a­tors is dif­fer­ent). ATas a result, from tubu­lar sec­tions con­nect­ed to each oth­er, it is pos­si­ble to obtain straight and wavy “screens”, high “columns” (tubes locat­ed almost close to each oth­er form a relief sim­i­lar to the relief flutes of real columns) and even rail­ings for stair­wells and all kinds of podi­ums or fram­ing bar coun­ters . Curved mod­els are easy to fit into bay win­dows or semi­cir­cu­lar nich­es- in a word, wher­ev­er it is nec­es­sary to fol­low a non-stan­dard con­fig­u­ra­tion of walls or par­ti­tions. ATas orig­i­nal balustrades, you can use spe­cial­ly designed prod­ucts of com­pa­nies JAGA (Bel­gium, Vide series) and ZEHNDER (Excel­sior series).

Curved tubu­lar radi­a­tors are made main­ly to order, the lead time for which ranges from two weeks to one and a halfmonths. The price is about 50% high­er than flat mod­els.

Pan­el radi­a­tors with absolute­ly flat front sur­face from THERMIC(a) and VOGELNOOT(b)
Man­u­fac­tur­ers give tubu­lar design radi­a­tors a vari­ety of shapes. True, design delights always try to com­ple­ment func­tion­al­ly. For exam­ple, they make shelves for hats that com­ple­ment the hang­er-dry­er.

By equip­ping a tubu­lar radi­a­tor with spe­cial hooks, you can cre­ate an excel­lent hang­er-dry­er for wet clothes. A won­der­ful solu­tion for our cli­mate

Hide behind bars!

A long time ago, when domes­tic heat­ing appli­ances still did not please any­one with their exclu­sive design, there was an opin­ion among archi­tects that a good radi­a­toris an “invis­i­ble” radi­a­tor. Those leg­endary times, for­tu­nate­ly, have passed, but even now the radi­a­tor is by no means always a “wel­come guest” in the inte­ri­or. For exam­ple, coun­try style implies a stove or fire­place rather than pan­els and pipes that are com­plete­ly “urban” in style and spir­it. ATIn this case, built-in con­vec­tors can pro­vide a huge ser­vice to the design­er. Usu­al­ly they are hid­den from pry­ing eyes in spe­cial recess­es in the floor, nich­es in the wall and even in fur­ni­ture. The device of such mod­els is quite sim­ple: a heat­ing ele­ment on a spe­cial stand and a met­al box cov­ered with a dec­o­ra­tive grille. Of the entire struc­ture, only she remains in sight (the rest- in a niche), there­fore, this dec­o­ra­tive ele­ment is made of pro­filed alu­minum rods or planks of pre­cious wood paint­ed in dif­fer­ent col­ors.

In our mar­ket, such mod­els are offered by com­pa­nies JAGA (Mini Canal and Canal Plus series), Mohlen­hoff (Ger­many, SK and GSK series) andoth­er cost: recessed in the floor- 280‑5000, depend­ing on the size (length- 1–5m), mate­ri­als and design of the lat­tice.

Hav­ing added a high tubu­lar radi­a­tor curved in an arc with a “base” and a “cap­i­tal”, we get … a “col­umn”
A radi­a­tor with a pho­to of your child will be the high­light of the inte­ri­or of the nurs­ery

Radiator in a new role

Beau­ty and func­tion­al­i­ty, we repeat, things are quite com­pat­i­ble. That is why the design­ers quick­ly came to the con­clu­sion that the “free area” of the radi­a­tor can not only be dec­o­rat­ed, but also some­how prac­ti­cal­ly used.

We dare to sug­gest that the first design­er or engi­neer who guessed to make a bench out of a radi­a­tor was often crit­i­cized by school teach­ers for the habit of sit­ting on a heater. First­ly, it’s not aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing, and sec­ond­ly, it’s hot, and even the “ribs” dig in. Of course, you need a seat! Now, sev­er­al com­pa­nies offer sim­i­lar “stoves-bench­es” on the Euro­pean mar­ket: ZEHNDER, ARBONIA, JAGA and KZTO.

The inge­nious design is based on var­i­ous types of heat­ing devices: tubu­lar radi­a­tors with hor­i­zon­tal sec­tions (Bank Radi­a­tor mod­el from ZEHNDER- from 650, a sim­i­lar mod­el is offered by ARBONIA), with a ver­ti­cal arrange­ment of sec­tions (“Zavalin­ka” from KZTO, Charleston Relax and Charleston Bank from ZEHNDER). There are mod­els based on con­vec­tors, for exam­ple Bank Radi­avek­tor from ZEHNDER and Pan­el Plus Bench from JAGA. The seat itself is usu­al­ly made of nat­ur­al wood.

Is it nec­es­sary to explain that such a cozy “stove-bench” can be used in any area of ​​​​the inte­ri­or: in the bath­room (it is gen­er­al­ly not rec­om­mend­ed to sit here in the cold), in bay win­dows and on veran­das (every­one is cold, and you- in warmth and bliss), in gyms, win­ter gar­dens andt.n. Espe­cial­ly for rooms with high humid­i­ty, some man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as ZEHNDER, man­u­fac­ture gal­va­nized bench radi­a­tors.

It is clear that the busi­ness was not lim­it­ed to shops. High pan­el and tubu­lar radi­a­tors can be suc­cess­ful­ly used as hang­ers. The device is ele­men­tary: hooks for clothes are fixed on the front pan­el. You hang a wet rain­coat and scarf on them, and an hour lat­er they hang in the same place, but already dry and charm­ing­ly warm. A log­i­cal con­tin­u­a­tion of the idea would be to attach a mir­ror with shelves for acces­sories to such a radi­a­tor. For exam­ple, in the Ron­dotherm mod­el from ARBONIA the mir­ror opens like a door, and behind it you can hide a plumb­ing niche, an elec­tri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion pan­el, an elec­tric meter and oth­er not very attrac­tive, but nec­es­sary “house­hold details”.

Othe fact that the heater can serve as a screen and even a par­ti­tion, we have already said. But here is the radi­a­tor as a dec­o­ra­tive screen for the bath- it’s some­thing spe­cial. The com­pa­ny offers this mod­el. JAGA. Spe­cial heat exchang­ers, steel per­fo­rat­ed screens and cor­ner ele­ments are installed on one or even three sides of the bath, form­ing a dec­o­ra­tive screen. Andas a result, warm air not only heats the room, but also main­tains a con­stant water tem­per­a­ture. Set cost- 386–485.

Inter­est­ing projects were pre­sent­ed by the Euro­pean com­pa­ny “IZOTERM” togeth­er with design­er Vic­to­ria Maly­she­va. Instead of the tra­di­tion­al front pan­el of a con­vec­tor, we see… a dress­er front with draw­ers and brass han­dles. A spe­cial pan­el has been designed for the nurs­ery, con­sist­ing of a tex­tile base and soft toys attached to it with a Vel­cro fas­ten­er. The child will not hit, will not burn and will be quite pleased with such a cheer­ful heat­ing device.

These and oth­er equal­ly orig­i­nal things tes­ti­fy to the new, not only ser­vice role of the radi­a­tor in the inte­ri­or. Styl­ish, beau­ti­ful, and even warm­ing in the cold sea­son…

The edi­tors thank the com­pa­ny “TIME”, “HEAT-ART”, “TERMOROS”, “INTERMA”, “IZOTERM”, ZEHNDER, VOGEL NOOT for help in prepar­ing the mate­r­i­al.

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