The making of NBBK convector enclosures
Visiting the production facility. Looking at the current product range and technological features.
The only available production technology is bending. One of the client’s primary preferences is to cut down the number of required parts. Keeping this in mind and drawing the first sketches.
Continuing to sketch and solving the problem of having a unified design for convectors with heat pipes coming in from left or right side. Trying to create draft by making the enclosure narrow towards the top.
Selecting three directions for presentation to the client. The client provides feedback.
In the first design the client doesn’t like the abundance of welded joints and two different (left and right) side panels.
In the second design the client likes the fact that the side panels are covered by the front panel and act as mounting brackets.
The third option seems complex in terms of scaling for use with convectors of other sizes.
In all of the variants the grille is very complex and hard to manufacture. Deciding to discard it.
Moving the air exit opening from the top panel to both sides, this will prevent the radiator from collecting dust. Trying different patterns.
The client has doubts about air flow distribution inside the convector and conducts a full-scale research for one of the designs.
Adjusting panel angles. Showing how the panels can be attached to each other. Preparing the mounting diagram.
Starting to work on the floor-mounted radiator.
The art director chooses three designs. Showing to the artistic director.
The artistic director asks to consider air opening patterns and the safety of sharp edges. Thinking of ways to design panel edges.
Testing various ideas.
Showing the designs to the client.
The client chooses the first one, asks to remove the pattern, make sure air exit opening is the same as on the wall-mounted model and replace the big radius at the top with two smaller ones.
Having a discussion and trying to achieve similar look for both the wall-mounted and the floor-mounted models.
Changing the dimensions of the floor-mounted radiator according to the new requirements.