I do have a soft spot for all things Italian: food, wine, weather, art, the language… And now I can add radiators to this list. Tubes Radiatori is an Italian brand specialising in tube radiators with energy-saving qualities. They caught my eye immediately with their quirkier designs, turning radiators into decorative home pieces.
Their Elements range, thanks to the removal of valves, allows their radiators to float on the walls and get away from being purely utilitarian. You can shape your own add-on model, from a number of 12 x 24 cm elements. The finished look reminds me of a beehive!
While the Basics collection provides us with more traditional radiator designs, the Extras range adds a modern twist to the classics, with a play of colours, shapes and textures. This is the collection with the most interesting designs, so I was a bit disappointed to find out these are recommended mostly for children’s bedrooms! The Pallottoliere model forms an outline of a big abacus with its coloured wooden rings randomly arranged on the horizontal steel elements of the radiator.
The Matitone model was inspired by children’s crayons with its coloured wooden tips arranged on the vertical tubular elements of this design. While suggested for use in a child’s space again, I’m sure there are plenty of commercial spaces to which Mattitone and Pallottoliere will add often much-needed playfulness and colour!
You can shop for Tubes radiators on the Architonic website.