Personally, I’d be a bit flummoxed if I received a space heater or air conditioner as a gift. Sensible yes, but not exactly dazzling.  “Oh! A ceramic portable heater! I’ve always wanted one!” Herman Miller’s C2 Climate Control is a different story (hint, hint).

The C2’s user-friendly design is anything but ugly and obtrusive, it cools and heats and cleans the air using unique thermal electric technology and a GREENGUARD certified air filter, and like the rest of the office-centric products in Herman Miller’s Be Collection, it’s designed and manufactured under H.M’s stringent Design for the Environment (DfE) protocol.

Given that we’re entering the chilly months, the heating aspect of the C2 is what truly piques my interest. The folks at Herman Miller are quick to point out that the device is not a space heater since it doesn’t contain exposed heating coils, chems, or emissions. Better yet, the 1.5 amps of AC current needed to run the C2 calls for 90 percent less energy than a standard space heater. And this little sucker packs quite a punch: it can raise temps by 32 degrees when used at the optimal distance –- 18 inches –- from the user. 

Since this most excellent green gadget has me all hot and bothered, I'll leave you with this video from the 2008 CES Digital Experience! show in Vegas.

 The C2 Climate Control, $280, @ DWR

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.