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October 26, 2006

Design a better radiator

photo of radiators

The basic design of the radiator hasn't changed for more than a hundred years. The British radiator manufacturer Bisque thinks that's way too long, so they've opened up a competition to design the radiator of the future.

Radiators are simple in concept, but the physics of rising air and cooling water impose some really tricky limitations on them (Bisque has a pdf explaining the issues), so don't expect to just sketch out some wacky new shape and walk away with first prize.

But if you can come up with something great you can score a 3,000 Euro first prize, and have your design on view in European design shows. Here are the contest details. But hurry! Registration for the competition closes on October 30, and you have to post your entry by November 10th.

(The contest is being put on in collaboration with the designboom industrial design website).

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at October 26, 2006 09:23 AM