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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 is a prototype for domestic space heater from United Kingdom. It is dated 1973 and we acquired it in 2010. Gift of Bill Moggridge.

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Its medium is

sheet metal, extruded aluminum, compression molded phenolic plastic, wood

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 15.2 x 38.1 x 27.9 cm (6 x 15 x 11 in.)

This object has been tagged:

This object was made for (as the client) Hoover, Ltd. and designed by Bill Moggridge

This object was donated by Bill Moggridge

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Prototype For Domestic Space Heater (England), 1973 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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