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547 Radio, 1940

This is a radio. It was designed by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. It is dated 1940. Its medium is molded bakelite, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

A round speaker and indicator dial rise diagonally from a rectangular base to create a radio that defies normal convention and echoes the pure, modernist lines that had entered the visual vocabulary for electronic items during this time period. The speaker points upward to confirm its ability to amplify and broadcast sound.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Boalum Lamp, ca. 1969
  • pvc plastic, metal.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1991-47-8

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 20 × 25 × 26.5 cm (7 7/8 × 9 13/16 × 10 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

[See image of markings on bottom]

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547 Radio, 1940; Designed by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Italian, 1913–1968); molded bakelite, metal; H x W x D: 20 × 25 × 26.5 cm (7 7/8 × 9 13/16 × 10 7/16 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-79

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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