OK, so it won't ''beam you up'', but Scottie sure will make you feel warm.
When you think of steel, 'warmth' isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Really cold in winter, really hot in summer? Sounds more like it. However, Hanneke De Leeuw (from Fabrique Publique) proved there's more to steel than we think and used it to create something comfy for the softer side of us to sit on and more importantly, to warm us up or cool us down. To be more precise, she used hollow steel pipes, which were bent by hand, then welded and powdercoated to create a nice, clean white finish. She named the imaginative, crafty chair - that can be used both indoors and outdoors - 'Warm Me Up Scottie', or Scottie for short.
Initially, the designer says, she intended to develop the chair primarily for people suffering from problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, because it is known that warmth therapy is very beneficial for low back aches, but eventually figured the chair could actually be used by anyone who wishes to keep warm – either the back and/or the upper part of the legs.
The main principle behind the Scottie is that of a hot water bottle. If you add cold water to it, it can also be used to cool you down, for example during hot summers. In various places, the chair is equipped with taps, which you then attach to the radiator (see photo gallery). Once attached to a radiator, the chair fills up with hot water that heats the hollow steel tubes to a warm temperature, making it just warm enough to have a therapeatuic affect on muscles.
Sounds delightfully warm and cosy!