A steel chair may seem like the last place you’d want to sit on a cold winter’s day, but the Warm Me Up Scottie chair may be the exception. Designed by Hanneke De Leeuw of Fabrique Publique, the sculptural chair is crafted from hand-bent hollow steel pipes outfitted at different points with taps that can be attached to a radiator. Inspired by the mechanics of a hot water bottle, Warm Me Up Scottie’s tubes fill up with hot water to warm the back and upper part of the legs.
The thought-provoking chair made a splash at the 2016 Milan Design Fair’s Dutch Design Pavilion held at Palazzo Turati. The chair’s hollow steel pipes, bent by hand, were welded together and powder coated for a clean white finish. When attached to a radiator, the chair fills up with hot water that heats the tubes to a comfortably warm temperature. Warm Me Up Scottie, or Scottie for short, can also be used both indoors and outdoors.
“Initially, the chair was developed for people with reumatic [sic] problems, but the chair can be used by anyone who prefers to have her or his muscles warmed in winter,” wrote the designer. “Warmth therapy is one of the oldest health treatments and is very effective for low back aches.” While the chair is designed for winter use, it can also be used in summer when cold water is added to the pipes.
Watermarked image by Maria Novozhilova, other images © Fabrique Publique