Most New Yorkers are used to the hissing and clanking of the radiator – a noisy reminder of something we have no control over. Enter, New York based industrial designer, Rochus Jacob, who decided to change all that with his concept ‘Rethinking the Radiator.’ His campfire inspired design suggests placing the apparatus in the middle of a living space, allowing it to heat the room faster while saving energy (and money). Rochus considered the fact that heat, in every culture holds a significant value, whether it be emotional or social. The heating system works using hot water or steam just like regular radiators and can be integrated into any home.
Jacob describes ‘Rethinking the Radiator’ as being:
…about helping people to reduce the average room temperature by 2° which could eventually save a ton of CO2 a year and cut cost by 40%. Modern technology allows the use of lighter and more efficient materials in smaller forms. By moving the radiator deeper in to the living space the interaction becomes more present which enables the user to keep the heat consumption more often at a lower and constant level.