Elisa Ossino Designs the new Tubes Heated Towel

In a video interview, the designer talks about the I Ching project, a range of graphic and form compositions conjuring up I Ching book’s hexagrams

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30/09/2021 - Tubes presents the I Ching heated towel rail module, the first project designed by Elisa Ossino inspired by the oriental tradition. I Ching was officially presented on the occasion of the Fuorisalone as part of the I'll be your mirror" installation curated by Elisa Ossino and Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer: in via Solferino a typical 18th century apartment hosts a curated selection of objects and furniture dedicated to the mirror theme. Here Elisa Ossino told us in a video interview how the collaboration with Tubes and the I Ching project was born.

I Ching product is a heated towel rail module whose starting point was radical form simplification of the traditional radiator. Single or multiple, parallel or in sequence, I Ching fits onto walls via asymmetrical attachments offering you the chance to create a range of graphic and form compositions conjuring up I Ching book’s hexagrams.
Maximum volume and thickness reduction based on highly complex technical research: I Ching has turned heating rails into an artwork, a distinctive wall design element which stands out in any space, making you forget about its intended functional role.
Seen from a distance, elements can look like surface cuts or very straightforward series combinations, generating installations of great purity with their own rhythm and harmony.
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Lightweight, minimalist, essential, I Ching has been devised for installations in multiples which redesign spaces with unforeseeable compositional solutions featuring great dynamism. In the choice of how to arrange the elements, the wall and the space themselves become part of a wider artwork and complementary in the creation. 
Horizontal or vertical arrangements, the form-finishes relationship, all this contributes to a diverse and unique approach on the interiors.
The finishes chosen contribute to giving rooms a distinctive personality. Polished stainless steel, satin-effect stainless steel, matt brushed black nickel, matt brushed tin, matt brushed copper, matt black (RAL 9005), matt pure white (RAL 9010), or painted in one of the 260 colours of the Tubes colour range. There are many options to choose from: for a more industrial, more sophisticated or more decorative look, thanks to contrasting or matching colour combinations with rooms and walls. There are also four available sizes: lengths of 53, 63, 78 and 135 and widths of 4 cm and a very thin section.
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The company's internal production, as with all Tubes products, has enabled us to find a synthesis between the intentions of the design by Elisa Ossino and the technological requirements on a development and engineering level which led to us taking out a patent for the connectors for installation perfection.
I Ching is made of 304L stainless steel and it is available in both a hydraulic version wall-mounted thanks to a dedicated set-up for recessing and connected to the heating systems by the Remote Valve Assembly (RVA), and an electric version (24 volts). In this latter case the product can be accessorised with an on/off switch for manual use. A digital wireless thermostat is also available for the electric version (in accordance with ECOdesign standards) with which the product's temperature can be regulated and a weekly programme activated.

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