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Origami by Tubes, the radiator folded like a sheet of paper

| Designbest editorial staff


ou must know about the ancient Japanese art of origami. In fact, origami is what inspired Italian designer Alberto Meda to fold a conventional radiator time and time again. And what’s the outcome? Origami by Tubes: a heating panel with a fresh new look, it also doubles-up as a screen and a heated towel rack. 


  • What is it? Origami by Tubes is a foldable radiator.
  • What is special about it? Origami is a foldable lightweight radiator. At a first glance, you would think it only a screen, which in fact is one of its functions, but in reality it's an energy efficient electric radiator (plug&play). Its so unexpected design, combined with cutting-edge technology, it won the Milan Furniture Fair 2016 Award for Best Product of the bathroom sector.
  • How is it made? Built from two modular units in extruded aluminium, powered by electricity. Origami is an extremely flexible piece, available in three different styles. A freestanding version: modular units can divide a space up just like a real screen, also fitted with feet. A wall-mounted version: formed by a single or two different units, it also doubles up as a heated towel rack. And the third option is a single unit, namely a loadbearing totem pole.
  • Who is it by? Throughout his career, Italian industrial designer Alberto Meda has been working in partnership with some of the best interior design brands around. Recipient of several Compasso D’oro awards, Alberto Meda follows three guiding principles: lightness, versatility and flexibility.
  • We have chosen it because… Origami has many different looks: the wall-mounted version is almost like a butterfly, the totem pole resembles a monolithic sculpture and the modular version is in fact a screen. This new radiator is inspired by the traditional Japanese art of origami and wows us with its elegance and versatility. What’s more, Origami by Tubes is warm, welcoming and chic.
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