Radiators of the Future

Every month, DesignBoom hosts a competition where aspiring designers can show off their skills by creating futuristic, yet usable, everyday objects. This month's contest results highlight the best "Radical Radiators" ... which sounded rather boring until I browsed through the unique entries. The finalist shown in the picture above provides a cutout for either feet, a cat, or a teapot (to heat the teapot just remove the green plastic insert). Link

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In response to Travis' comment, radiators are the norm in UK except in some high-rise buildings when electric driven air (conditioning)is circulated via ducting, but mostly in business premises.
The individual radiators are controlled by manual thermostatic valves so each room temperature can be adjusted to suit. It may seem an ancient form of control to you especially as there is no air cooling facility, but the advantage is that towel rails are also heated in this manner, and as can be seen from the header, the radiators themselves can be made to look attactive as well as functional.
The boilers are powered by natural gas, which is a lot less expensive than electricity over here. We do have a few rooms fitted with overhead fans for cooling on the few days that temperatures are uncomfortable,but the heating can be on for up to 7 months in the year.
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Travis: Plenty of people do. It's actually still the most efficient form of constant heating for cold places. Boilers only rely on fuel and oil or water to run through the pipes, no fans, motors or air filters needed in the maintenance of an AC/Heater unit. I personally prefer the use of radiators as opposed to blowing air units and my house in Chicago has a full boiler system. Heating is cheap compared to electric methods.
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