Creating an alternative to antique radiators



By Anna Peirano


You no longer need to sleep in a tent or venture out to the woods to enjoy a campfire aesthetic while trying to stay warm. New York based designer Rochus Jacob has brought the heat to the home, while rethinking eco-friendly design and modern needs. 


Old style radiators were originally made for poorly insulated homes. They needed to be stored under windows to create a solid heat wall to warm up a room. However, if your home has been updated sometime in the last few decades, with better insulation and thicker, tighter windows, there’s really no need for the old designs.


Enter Jacob’s campfire-inspired heat solution and his project called “Rethinking the Radiator.” The design of the product is wigwam-shaped, evoking how logs are stacked in a fire pit. It still runs on steam or hot water, allowing the heater to be easily integrated into existing regulators. However this design remains mobile and attractive, allowing users to move it around the room for optimum heat dispersion. 


The radiator is made from light wood and plastic, and has been designed in such a way that the plastic doesn’t grow hot during use. 


Jacob’s goal is to reduce people’s average room temperature by at least two degrees. This would result in a cleaner environment, lowering yearly emissions of carbon dioxide, and cutting heating costs for individuals by up to 40%. 


Beyond its greener capabilities, mobile benefits, and beautiful design, the purpose of the new radiator extends beyond simple functionality. “The design refers to the analogy of a campfire,” Jacob says, “which represents the social aspect and essential importance heating once had in our culture. Heat is an emotional value.” Jacob hopes to literally reignite humanity’s emotional connection to heat.


Though still in its beta phase, Jacob is working with manufactures to create an electrical version of the radiator as well. 


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