What is this?
Bright red minimal rectangular form; slightly undulating top panel and accordion-like vents visible from three sides; low, black rectangular base.
Why is this in our collection?
This electric space heater prototype was designed in 1973 by Bill Moggridge. A departure from the black- or beige-box modernism of many industrial design objects of the period, this heater combines rational design with emotional appeal in a highly utilitarian object. The heater is roughly the size of a large book. At first glance, it appears to be a minimal, rectangular outline. The solid black base with controls and the gently undulating red top and sides, however, comprise a form that expresses its essential function: warm air circulation. Air is drawn in through the side vents, compressed, and pushed out through the front by the heat exchanger. The colors and curves create a striking emotive quality,... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: