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Octocube: What the Heck is This?

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If you can guess what this is at first glance then you're a better man than I ...

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At second glance you might wonder about those pipes. And then you might realize it's actually a radiator, built entirely from 90-degree pipe pieces. It's designed to be a sculptural heater that fits in with any interior, according to designer Vivien Muller. At least there's some physics in there, though: a large surface area heater like this would be a good compromise between heating efficiency and compact size.

Illustration for article titled Octocube: What the Heck is This?
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Illustration for article titled Octocube: What the Heck is This?
Illustration for article titled Octocube: What the Heck is This?
Illustration for article titled Octocube: What the Heck is This?



One thing, though: Vivien can't do much of the cleaning at home... can you imagine the dust this thing would collect? Just a concept. [Vivien Muller via Yanko designs]

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I am wondering how much of the heat from the inside coils of the cube would radiate out efficiently. The one on the wall looks nice, but seems sort of high on the wall to use the heat well. I think the flat model placed on the floor would be the most useful, but hard to walk on or clean, and may not be structurally stong enough. A good concept, but needs some refinement.