Another important result for tubes Radiators which, thanks to its Rift heater, is awarded the iF Design Award 2016, the annual award conferred by the iFInternational Forum Design GmbH.
This is the first recognition for Rift, designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba with Matteo Fiorini.
The iF Design Award, which since the 50 years rewards the best brands and products in the field of design, is considered one of the main international competitions and every year sees more than 5000 registered by 70 countries.
The goal of the iF Design Award is to communicate the importance of design in all its aspects and to celebrate the aesthetic and technological quality of design products: among these Rift was chosen, winner in the Building Technology category, which the 26 February in Munich will be officially rewarded for its ability to best combine technical innovation and aesthetic care.
Rift will be exhibited by 6 October 2016 at 19 February 2017 at the iF Design Exhibition Hamburg, the permanent exhibition in the center of Hamburg's Hempencity.
Roberto Palomba we explore the main features of Rift.
Tubes' Rift heater won the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious international awards. In your opinion, what was your particular jury?
Roberto Palomba: Rift is the first heater that presents a great evolution in the way of thinking and designing this type of product inside the home. Rift completely exits the traditional view of radiator, through objects that are positioned without a law of order, either horizontally or vertically between them, overturning the concept of radiator as a single and defined object. The important research carried out by Tubes on the world of the heater continues.
Rift is a project that completely moves away from the technical approach to this sector and sees the architect as protagonist and designer.
Functionality and elegance are two key words: how can they be reconciled in the Rift project?
Roberto Palomba: Very often we have the idea that aesthetics and functionality are competing, but we believe that the balance between these two elements generates what we commonly call good design.
Is Rift born of your experience as an architect? In your opinion was there a radiator of this type, modular and customizable, on the market?
Roberto Palomba: The whole Tubes project stems from our need, as architects, of radiator elements that restore a sense of warmth to the idea of warmth. It was essential to bring the idea of warmth into the home through a new idea of contemporary iconicity, a time given by the fire from the fireplace or stove that represented the center of the house and the family in a semantic way. The path of Tubes with Elements is precisely aimed at reconstructing a relationship between these themes and their symbolic and primary work in the domestic scene, borrowing and evolving, just as art has evolved from figurative to abstract and conceptual.
What role does the wide range of accessories play that make Rift a real piece of furniture? In which environments do you see it best suited? And with which personalization?
Roberto Palomba: Usually even the strongest objects end up getting lost in space, the eye stops reading them after a while. The constant interaction with this object allows us instead to remember its presence in addition to offering functional ideas, emphasizing even more the centrality of the heat. With Rift the game of accessories is fundamental, in fact the interesting thing about this product is the interplay of the interaction: accessories such as shelves and hangers recall a use that is not only passive.