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Other-Worldly Radiation: Art Radiators by Karim Rashid for Caleido

I’ve heard it said that painting can have a “warming” influence. That sculpture, for instance, can enhance the brightness of a space. Some claim, in fact, that art in general can improve the ambient atmosphere. Far be it for me to quibble with these figurative assessments of how imaginative adornments can make a room more inviting,  though I will assert that Caleido’s collection of Art Radiators by Karim Rashid has it both ways—the heat they bring is literal as well as figurative.

Entropy Art Radiator. Designed by Karim Rashid. Manufactured by Caleido.

Karim Rashid’s Art Radiators Brighten Up Walls and Warm Up Bodies

Entropy Art Radiator. Designed by Karim Rashid. Manufactured by Caleido.

The notion is simple enough: make a fundamental feature of residential infrastructure an artistic adornment as well. It sort of reminds me of the old “function is form” credo, though in this case the form comes first and the function is cleverly, seamlessly integrated within.

Entropy Art Radiator. Designed by Karim Rashid. Manufactured by Caleido.

In fact, to look at any one of Rashid’s seven different varieties of Art Radiators is to simply admire interesting art. The fact that they each emit a pleasing, even, and energy-efficient heat is simply the icing on the proverbial cake.

Entropy Art Radiator. Designed by Karim Rashid. Manufactured by Caleido.

And what a multifarious, multicolored, and fantastically phantasmagoric cake it is. All seven designs offer a swirling, intersecting nimbus of vibrant color and multi-dimensional texturality. From X-Ray’s fractured flash of blinding white, to Therme’s great globular spectacular spheroids, to Electrotechnique’s cool soothing pastels, Rashid’s cleverly artistic radiators offer an aesthetic for every sensibility and any atmosphere.

Entropy Art Radiator. Designed by Karim Rashid. Manufactured by Caleido.

About the Manufacturer: Italy’s Caleido recognizes that today’s consumers of mindful A&D take nothing for granted and leave nothing to chance. Such heretofore unrecognized details as the look of a radiator are now as important as any other interior element. Caleido’s speciality is making sure that that fundamental infrastructure resembles award-winning art. The line of art radiators by designers like Karim Rashid, James Di Marco, and Antonio Bullo heats spaces and captivates imaginations:  “imposing their own extraordinary personalities and expressing concepts linked with the strategic use of shapes reminiscent of the natural world.”

Posted March 15th, 2012 by Joseph Starr


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