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Eskimo Design / Architectural  / Concrete radiators – Such brutes

Concrete radiators – Such brutes

Panel radiators are everywhere aren’t they? But if you look closely, there really is a difference in the finer detail and that’s what great design is all about. Eskimo radiators are designed with a focus on clean lines, technical reliability and intelligence. No unnecessary frippery. ‘Form over function’ is nowhere to be seen and simplicity of form is a thing of beauty, not a design failure. There is nothing more pleasing than the clean lines of our original Outline radiators. A modular aluminium radiator with a clean lined front fascia. Front fascias which offer some transformational finishes, one of which is CONCRETE. A high performance radiator with a stunning, real concrete veneer. Beautifully finished and selected for contemporary living. Urban, tactile and utterly alluring.

In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalist architecture informed this radiator range. Brutalism flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, descending from the modernist architectural movement. The term originates from the French word for “raw”. Le Corbusier, a French-Swiss pioneer of modern architecture, described his choice of material béton brut, raw concrete. Outline CONCRETE is a modern reaction to the more decorative and traditional radiator forms, inspired by the 30s and 40s. And a contemporary alternative for those with clean lines and cool greys in mind for their scheme. Eskimo customers adore the monolithic presentation of Outline CONCRETE. Heavy, sharp, solid, concrete. And yet the combination of birch ply and concrete veneer at just 12mm depth in total equates to a very light front fascia in truth.

The nature of this man made, urban finish, means that it’s pretty consistent in surface finish but an occasional beautiful and exciting ‘pit’ or ‘pock’ can appear across the surface. There’s no controlling this, which delights us as each concrete radiator is completely different. So don’t expect precision in this finish. If you’re lucky, expect miniature craters and a spritz of long shapes.

Low water volume and a diverter fitted as standard, means rapid warm up and perfect for low temperature heating systems such as heat pumps. Outline CONCRETE can be either an electric model. Or a central heating, water/hydronic model, offering bottom end connections as standard. Or specify hidden valve models with our Hinge & Bracket design. That way, you really do have an abstract piece of product design on your wall. Eskimo Outline radiators are available in a wide range of sizes and orientation. From full length columns to long and low under window beams. Bespoke sizes can be created to suit your pipe centres and there are two depths, 61mm or 106mm.

As you know, concrete is a manmade aggregate of rocks (typically limestone or granite) and cement of a great versatility and variety. The concreting of the world began with the Egyptians, who produced an early form of concrete using a lime and gypsum mix. Roman concrete – opus caementicum – was a much tougher combination of sand, volcanic ash, and hydrated lime. Builders have relied on concrete since these early times. The dome of the Pantheon and the Pont du Gard, show the hardiness of concrete. So don’t go worrying about the hardiness of your concrete veneer surface.  You can use water or any multi-surface cleaner with a lint free cloth or soft brush if you get any particular marks on there, otherwise just use your soft brush to brush away dust. Your Outline CONCRETE radiator is built to last.

The aesthetic and atmospheric qualities of concrete architecture that caused design salivation at Eskimo is much more than shape-making. It’s about the feel of the material, the light and shadow it creates, its particular sense of “grunt” or its lightness and delicacy. Concrete can make asymmetry as graceful as symmetry. Combine these aspirational treasures with innovative engineering and this man made material just made man mad about radiators.

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