Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

«Oblo» – a smart way to heat your home

«Oblo» ©Loic Mathys


«Oblo» has been selected among the 9 projects to be presented at the Design Switzerland exhibition, organised by Pro Helvetia in cooperation with Design Prize Switzerland, during the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2020, from 25 September until 4 October.
In addition to the exhibition, the designers will benefit from a targeted matchmaking programme and network with potential business partners.

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«Oblo» is a predictive heat device which collects weather data to anticipate your needs of heat production.

By downloading 5 days weather forecast predictions, «Oblo»’s algorithm will tell your heater system how much energy needs to be produced. The smart device also reacts to electricity tariffs in order to balance out the disadvantageous inactivity of today’s heating systems and mostly reduce the problem of building’s thermal inertia. With this ingenious forecasting system, annual energy savings of between 15 and 20% can be achieved.

WiFi connected and and matching with any heating system, «Oblo» consists of three components. Oblo Base is a control unit, which is connected to the heating system and the Internet, from which weather data and information about the current electricity price are obtained. It calculates the heating output required for the heating using an algorythm it has developed itself on the basis of the relevant data. Oblo Casa is a display intended for living spaces, which operates like a barometer and provides weather information to residents via pictograms. The Oblo App enables the system to be controlled and offers information about energy requirements and costs.

«Oblo» was nominated for the Energy Efficiency Prize at 2019/2020 Design Prize Switzerland.


«Oblo» brings together the engineer Xavier Aymon (R2D2) and the designer Luciano Dell’Orefice.
Xavier Aymon is an expert and a professional in home automation and lighting design. He gained experience working with the companies GEC-Alsthom SA, Alstom SA, Wago Contact SA and ABB.
Luciano Dell’Orefice has been running his own design studio for over 10 years, working in the fields of accessories, architecture, furniture or scenography. After an experience in architecture at EPFL, he graduated in Industrial & Product Design at ECAL, before becoming the assistant of Patricia Urquiola for 2 years.

By combining their technical and aesthetic talents, the duo develops a range of high tech solutions and sustainable projects, as well as IoT. (Internet of Things) objects.

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