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 D
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
The ingenious design is based on various types of heating devices: tubular radiators with horizontal sections (Bank Radiator model from ZEHNDER- from
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
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.
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”, “