A modern radiator hangs on the wall in a brightly furnished living room.
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Furnishing

Design radiators: modern, functional – and chic

Susanne Loacker

Do radiators always have to look primarily functional? Many models are practical, but also quite ugly. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Some radiators could easily be confused with sculptures. And many of them are also economical.

Pretty efficient

Modern technology in a pack of three: Climastar heaters combine three heating methods: convection, accumulation and radiant heat. And all this without looking even remotely like radiators. The inconspicuous, space-saving modules are available in three colors, with plastic or stone looks, and in two sizes: the power output of the 50x50 cm model is 800 watts (479 francs), compared to 2,000 watts for the 50x100 cm version (679 francs). Thanks to their programmable thermostat, these heaters are also suitable for vacation homes and second homes.

A radiator with a stone design hanging on a white wall.

That's a radiator? This model from Climastar with a stone design not only looks great, but saves space too.

Pretty dignified

Michel Cinier invented the first wall-fitted hydraulic radiator in a small coastal village in the south of France in 1980. Ten years later this was followed by the first sculpture radiator made of Olycal, a material consisting of ground natural stone. Since 2006, Michel’s daughter Johanne has also been part of the team – as an artist, she ensures that every radiator is unique. The radiators can heat and, depending on the model, also cool. The design ranges from minimalist to extravagant. Available from Bemm via Issler, the radiators cost between 4,000 and 7,000 francs depending on the size and model.

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Pretty twisted

Whether as a towel holder in the bathroom (1,222 francs), or an eye-catching feature in the living room (2,971 francs) or office (941 francs), these beautifully designed objects, which with the best will in the world cannot simply be called mundane radiators, were designed by Franca Lucarelli and Bruna Raspisarda (Architonic).

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Pretty colorful

The Metropolitan Spa bathroom radiators and towel warmers from Zehnder are available in a whole range of colors. They have a timer function and heat efficiently – because they are clever enough to notice when the bathroom is being ventilated. The radiators can be connected to the central hot water system or operated fully electrically. They are also suitable for mixed operation thanks to the built-in electric heating cartridge. Price example: around 1,400 francs for a radiator measuring 1750x600 mm.

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Pretty versatile

A mirror that produces between 400 and 600 watts of heat: the narrow infrared panel fits on almost any wall. Infrared heaters function as permanent heating but are particularly suitable for rooms or houses that are not used all the time, as they reach full heat output very quickly. This 60x60 cm (400 watt) model costs 420 francs, the larger version (60x90 cm) generates 600 watts for 485 francs.

There is a double washbasin in front of the bathroom mirror. A radiator with a towel hanger can be seen to the left. 

Bathroom radiators make the room warm and cozy, are ideal for hanging up towels, and represent an attractive feature in every modern bathroom.

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