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Design is one of the most powerful influences in our lives. Inspiring, empowering, enlightening. And whether we realise it or not, it’s countless adroitly designed products, symbols and experiences flood our daily existence. 

Our perceptions of the world are built on multiple senses. They interact to help us make sense of our surroundings, so a car will seem to be traveling faster if it makes a lot of noise. And whether we want to buy such a car, a vacuum cleaner or a radiator, it’s our multi-sensory impression of a product or service that dictates how we feel about it. That’s why Eskimo, the World’s best radiators & towel warmers, focus on design, functionality, stunning finishes, impeccable service, clean lines and meticulous attention to detail.

For generations, architects have recognised that the building you are in has a direct effect on the work that you do. Eskimo believe that where innovation and collaboration are the lifeblood of the business, an open office environment with plenty of light and space is something that both shapes your communication and motivates innovation. For a lot of people your studio/office can be your second home. We spend a huge amount of time in the office, about 1,920 hours per year, and you are likely to spend more time with your colleagues than your loved ones. Wow, that sounds a little scary but it’s true. Even when, like Eskimo, you insist upon a life/work balance. Armed with this knowledge it is obviously crucial to be happy where you work. This comes from 3 main things; working in a field that you are passionate about, tick! working with people that you like, tick! and working in an environment where you feel comfortable, tick tick! The routines, habits and daily flow that your space helps you to establish is remarkably important. The right office environment in business is crucial for success, a space where you can express your humanity, unleash your creativity and achieve your business goals. Something is ‘lost in translation’ when you are solely engaging with someone through tools like Skype, appearin or facetime. These are amazing tools to increase productivity, helping people work remotely when required. Yet the right working space helps people to communicate better. Regardless of how good tools like Slack, Skype and email are, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. We understand that taking time to work remotely on occasion is incredibly important for happiness and productivity. All good businesses should be treating their teams as adults. But that unique feeling of excitement on route to begin your working day, can only be fully induced with a place that inspires and a place where ‘everybody knows your name’.

Spike Island is home to a number of arts organisations and creative businesses. We are proud to announce one of which is now Eskimo. We put a lot of thought in to the type of space we needed for our business. Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Eskimo had to be approved to be part of this amazing space and design community. And to be lucky enough to achieve the huge white space to settle our South West roots, fills our design hearts with joy. Historically, Spike Island was the site of working quays, shipyards, warehousing, and other associated dockside industry. So there is synergy between our Birmingham manufacturing heart and our Bristol based design studio.

Eskimo love all of this of course, this is what we aspire to be part of. And it’s what we do, innovating and designing with integrity is our passion. Ok ok so it’s ‘just’ radiators right? Well, the reason why our collective talents came together, and why Eskimo was born in the first place, 17 years ago, was that all radiators were so ugly historically. Considered a necessary hinderance rather than a beautiful, functional piece of product design to compliment spaces. A radiator was just an ugly shape in an ill fitting position that often didn’t even work? That’s why we design and make the World’s best radiators & towel warmers. That’s why Spike Island is where we go each day to make this happen.



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