Studio Meneghello Paolelli Associati
The first ever collection to be designed for Ridea by studio Meneghello Paolelli Associati, Schema already sheds light on the lines along which the new collaboration between Ridea and the Milanbased Product Design studio is going to develop. Using the mechanics of the Extró radiator, viewed in itself as a “structurally innovative” product in the interior design radiator segment, Schema brings it to a new level in terms of aesthetic refinement. Schema enhances the technical features of aluminium radiators, while devising new attractive shapes for the plates. Rigid elements mixed with curved elements, not just ordinary radial elements, but carefully styled conical shapes, all combine to ensure that the final result bespeaks perfect formal balance and the good looks of a familiar household appliance, which is intended for a long service life.
The Schema collection is available in three variants: Schema Plain, Schema Loop and Schema Belt.
Particularly striking is Schema Belt, where a technical part, such as the hose – which is an integral part of the hydraulic circuit of the radiator – becomes a furnishing object of absolute standing. Schema Belt exemplifies how the delicate relationship between function and form may reach its apex. The hose is reinterpreted and becomes an “accessory” that plays a complementary role in the aesthetics of the radiator. “We decided to style the hose into a fashion accessory and an interior design item; to this end, we reinterpreted both its function and its location; instead of a technical element to be concealed, now the hose - covered with leather or fabric - wraps around the front of the radiator to serve both as a “necklace” and as a towel bar.”
Designer: Meneghello Paolelli
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