sgg Thermovit news items.

Although we have some news and additional information items specifically on the sgg Thermovit Elegance dotted through the news feed section, we thought we could bring some together onto one page in one place, so you did not have to go through all of the news items to find further information about the grc Thermovit. We have pulled out a few items and put them here.

sgg Thermovit Elegance – new generation.

Saint Gobain has recently brought out the next generation of sgg Thermovit Elegance Diamant clear glass radiators, and The Glass Radiator has been involved with some of the changes that were made.

Two years ago the Managing Director of the Glass Radiator Company went over to the factory in Germany to see the developments and changes that were planned. The new development is a more robust paneled radiator with slightly different circuit design in the inter-layer film and the development of a new wireless control system.

The development is a natural progression in improving reliability and quality in the production process and is fact the new model of the sgg Thermovit Elegance.

The new wireless controller is simpler to operate and resembles a more conventional heating system controller, and the wireless technology with it has been thoroughly tested in Germany as you would expect before being released to the European market.

New receiver options.

There are two types of receivers, an in-wall receiver which can fit inside a wall cavity and be completely hidden from view, or if this is not possible the an ‘on’ wall receiver is available where the radiator supply can be connected to.


HRGA3 Inside wall cavity receiver

HRGA3 Inside wall cavity receiver



HGRA2 sgg Thermovit Wall mounted receiver

HGRA2 sgg Thermovit Wall mounted receiver


New Programming unit.

The unit is simple to program and defaults to a set number of programs that can be changed. One controller can operate any number of radiators, but in the same way the old one works, it measures the temperature of where the unit actually is. So it needs to be in the center of the room with radiators spread around it in order to measure the ambient room temperature properly. Although it will still work if you stuff it in a drawer, it will measure the temperature inside the drawer and switch the radiators on and off accordingly.


sgg Thermovit Elegance Controller


Other electric radiators.

We are so pleased with this controller that we offer it with our grc Wave, grc Treesse electric, and our new grc Radart electric (coming shortly)

Are the old controllers still available?

The short answer is no they are not, and the old receivers and transmitters will not work with the next generation of sgg Thermovit controllers. As the Glass Radiator Company is the only company that is allowed to change the electronics on the panel in the UK, there are still some possibilities that may be able to be done depending on what any possible issue is. The trick is to pick up the phone and talk to us.

We do not actually get many problems in relation to the amount that we have actually sold, but we take each issue seriously and report back to the manufacture so they can continually improve the product.


500 Thermovits sold.

In January 2012 we were advised that we have sold over 500 sgg Thermovit Elegance radiators since we first introduced them to the UK in 2007.

Antony Price, who is the owner of the The Glass Radiator Company, came across them when designing a reception area for his other company Cre8tive Working Environments, and the clear glass heating provided a subtle heating solution which meant that the design of the reception area would not be dominated by traditional radiators.

Having found them, the domain name was registered and since then, other radiators have been brought to the  UK market by the Glass Radiator Company. Please look at the about page for a bit more background information.

As well as being the first and most experienced provider of the Thermovit to the UK, the Glass Radiator Company is the only company to be fully trained at the factory. This means that we can change or modify the panels at our unit in Devizes. We are also not just a web based business in that we have stock of the Thermovit and are always available to answer any programming questions or solving problems. We have invested some money recently in pallett racking for the warehouse, when we have finally reconfigured it, we will put them on the website for everyone to see.

The Glass Radiator Company also has two unique radiator sizes that cannot be purchased from anywhere else apart from the Glass Radiator Company as special tooling has been purchased to produce the panels to those sizes. Please contact us for further information.

The original Thermovit

It was designed by René Coulon, a French architect, for Saint Gobain and was designed in 1937 and fabricated until 1952.  The product was made for the industrial exposition in 1937 EDF Electropolis. The radiator was made from double glass plates and had illuminated feet, operated on 110 Volts and produced 500 W.

Unfortunately we don’t sell this relic glass radiator, but if you want a modern day SGG Thermovit the please get in touch.

sgg Thermovit c1954

sgg Thermovit c1954


About René Coulon (1908-1997)

René Coulon (Coulon & Cie), was an architect and glass furniture designer during the height of the Arte Deco period in Paris, France. The last International Fair before World War II was the 1937 International Arts and technics fair in Paris. Pavillon Saint-Gobain was designed by René Coulon.

The term ‘Art Deco’ only came to general use in the 1960s, but it refers back to the Great Exhibition of Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925 which presented to the world a dazzling new style that was to be the successor of Art Nouveau, the style of modernism, of the jazz age, ocean liners, cinemas and of sky scrapers.

The Art Deco movement – with its emphasis on up-to-date individuality combined with good taste, fine materials and exquisite workmanship – became all the rage in France.

Other countries including the USA, Britain and Germany produced their own often equally successful versions of the style. In furniture especially, the French predominated: the world had not seen such creative design for 125 years. On the one hand, the virtuoso cabinet-making of Ruhlmann and Primavera, on the other the brilliant originality of Gray and Jean Royere.

The Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s saw a clear partnership develop between architects, designers and craftsmen in the production of decorative schemes for the interior of the new Modernist and Art Deco-style buildings and apartments. Interior design employed furniture manufacturers, metal workers, ceramic factories and the textile industry to produce individual items which, when placed together, would create an overall coherent scheme for a room or building.

Retailers such as Boucheron, Chaumet, Coulon & Cie and Le Maison Aucoc in Paris who retained their own private workshops, supplied royal households as well as the nouveau riche of the day.

René Coulon designed the Saint-Gobain Pavillion at the Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.

Displaying arts from the Art Deco period, the landmark Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (Art and Technology in Modern Life) opened May 25, 1937, after 8 years of turbulent preparation. It was the last world exhibition to take place in Paris before World War II. The Coulon Pavillion of 1937 was historic.

In 2006, the Musee d’Orsay staged a major exhibition of the history of Saint Gobain (Compagnie des Glaces founded in 1665 by the Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a visionary French politician, Controller-General of Finance under Louis XIV). In the d’Orsay’s publicity they wrote: The wealth of the Company’s archives enable the display to include a surprising variety of objects: watercolours, drawings, mirrors, blocks of glass… images of Versailles, the extraordinary “glass house” and the stunning Coulhon (Coulon) pavillion of 1937. The Pavillon Saint-Gobain was sponsored by Saint-Gobain, the only survivor of a group of private manufacturers founded in 1665, today a multi-billion dollar company.

Furniture designed by René Coulon for Saint-Gobain occasionally comes up for auction.



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