ISSUE 8  |  Wabi-Sabi Week

Surprisingly Elegant Space Heaters

February 23, 2012 10:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

We have our eye on these demure space heaters by famed Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa for Plus Minus Zero.

Infrared electric heaters send out heat waves to be absorbed by nearby objects (as opposed to convection heaters, which have a fan in order to circulate hot air throughout a room). If you are at your desk all day and get chilly from sitting still for too long, an infrared heater is your friend.

Above: The Infrared Electric Heater has gently rounded corners; ¥3,990 at the Plus Minus Zero Store in Japan. Unfortunately, the company has yet to sign up a US retailer for this product; the sole Northern American retailer is Studio Brilliantine in Toronto. There is a different model, also by Fukasawa, which is a fan heater and available in red and blue colors; the Plus Minus Zero Fukasawa Heater is $320 at Japan Trend Shop.

Above: The newest product in the group is the Infrared Heater with Steam, which offers heat and humidity in one device; ¥5,985 at the Plus Minus Zero Store in Japan.