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The Lasting Influence of ‘Form Follows Function’

This most famous of design-led quotes, ‘Form Follows Function penned by the American architect, Louis Sullivan still resonates (especially for designers of amazing radiators) to this day.

To recap, in his 1896 article “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered”, Sullivan wrote:

“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, overall the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change…It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows functionThis is the law.

Louis Sullivan


His words captured a revolutionary new Modernist aesthetic, that was driven in by the exciting era of machine manufacturing and the pursuit of beauty within functionality. This was a stark rebuff of previous generations preference for highly decorative design, born from a desire for expensive materials and painstaking craftsmanship.

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How does this impact Eskimo Products, I hear you ask?

Despite our mantra of striving to rid the world of ugly radiators, our first step when designing any new product is always to ensure that form follows function, in that the products we are creating exceed all expectations in terms of functionality. And for radiators that means output and usability!

We pride ourselves of manufacturing radiators with some of the highest outputs on the market so that you can be confident that whatever your requirements (even for the trickiest of spaces) that your Eskimo radiator will perform.

All you need to do is to check your specifications for the space before ordering, which you can easily do with our handy BTU (British Thermal Unit) calculator. Also, we are always on hand to offer advice.

We also want to ensure that you find your lovely new radiator easy to install and to use and so we send clear installation instructions with all orders and we have easily accessible technical help.

Then it is over to you to decide on the form of your radiator, which can be a difficult decision with our incredible product ranges design and the stunning finishes.

…. So on this occasion, you may well feel that with Eskimo, Form coincides with Function (Form/Function).

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