T. rex radiator is hot stuff, but is it for real?
Is it a prank or perhaps just a designer's exercise in developing a concept? Regardless, it's a toothsome idea that's been skillfully rendered.
Here at Crave, we've seen some mighty impressive interior decorating from geeks over the years:inspired by "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," and that are dead ringers for a "Star Trek" set. Well, if the "Thermosaurus" radiator is for real, it could make for some pretty hot "Jurassic Park"-themed abodes.
Design firm Art. Lebedev Studio posted renderings of the gadget on April 1 -- yes, that date gives us pause -- saying the device is a "heat exchanger" that "installs like your regular central-heating radiator" and "is highly efficient and energy-savvy, thanks to its complex structure that includes a skull, spine, ribs, legs, and tail bones." The studio also posted a nice page of sketches and other ephemera that supposedly went into the design of the Thermosaurus.
So is it for real, or is it a prank? Or maybe just an exercise in developing a concept?
Well, given the sort of unusualthat produce , it's not inconceivable that something like this could actually see the light of day. And the studio has produced many other products, including the storied keyboard.
Still, the absurdity of a T. rex in mittens (not to mention the flowery red hand crank -- as charming as it is) would seem to suggest a gag. Responsible journalists that we are, however, we've got an e-mail out to the studio, and we'll update this post if we hear back.
For now we're content with this real idea that's been really skillfully rendered. It's good for a chuckle, or an "oh" and an "ah." And, hey, if it ever did go into production, we'd be tempted to acquire one and remodel the office.