Where do you look for inspiration? For product designer Paul Priestman, the answer appears to be the end of his desk. The humble ring-binder was a big prompt for the design of Hot Springs, the latest radiator created by his London consultancy Priestman Goode.
Priestman admits a fascination with coils and was ‘fiddling around with the idea of springs’ when the concept for the wall-mounted heaters evolved. A lunchtime chat with Geoffrey Ward of radiator specialist Bisque (which makes Priestman Goode’s Cactus classic) helped crystallise the concept.
The stylish spiral is 200mm in diameter – ‘like a dinner plate’, says Priestman – and comes in three lengths. The coil is made rigid by a backpipe which holds the fitting to the wall, the result being ‘an
economical way of making a tubular radiator in a heat-efficient way’.
Another plus point is that, according to Priestman, it won’t be expensive when it goes on sale next month. Colour freaks might be tempted by the orange model, but even if you opt for the black, there are plans for the colour to change to red as the radiator hots up.
Check it out at London’s 100% Design show from 29 September to 2 October, where it will have its official launch.