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Prototype Radio Enclosure, Designed 1946

This is a Prototype radio enclosure. It was designed by Charles Eames and manufactured by Evans Products Company. It is dated Designed 1946. Its medium is bent walnut plywood with lacquered details. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This prototype embodies the friendship and collaboration between two men whose names are synonymous with twentieth-century design: Charles Eames and Alexander Girard. This association’s roots date to World War II, when Charles and Ray Eames were commissioned by the Navy to create a more effective leg splint, an example of which is in the collection (1986-99-43).

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

  • Radio, 1940–49
  • bent wood, molded plastic.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2016-5-18

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 17.1 × 22.9 × 14.6 cm (6 3/4 in. × 9 in. × 5 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

“26” in red pen on bottom; visible pencil marks

Cite this object as

Prototype Radio Enclosure, Designed 1946; Designed by Charles Eames (American, 1907–1978); bent walnut plywood with lacquered details; H x W x D: 17.1 × 22.9 × 14.6 cm (6 3/4 in. × 9 in. × 5 3/4 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-80

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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