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Remember When TVs Looked Like This?

By Dwell @dwell
Rare green AD65 radio from Ecko.

Ekco AD65 Radio

Wells Coates designs the AD65 radio, shown here in a rare green version, for British electronics company Eko in 1932. New technology made this wireless device possible, but was the visual shift from wood cabinetry-like casing that made the oirce stand out. 

As electronics became increasingly integrated into the modern household, the design of devices became more important than before. These items were celebrated for their appearance, as plastic, sometimes brightly colored, became a standard material. Philanthropist George R. Kravis II collected modern consumer products throughout his career as a radio broadcasting executive. He has since expanded his trove into an extensive selection of industrial design, the highlights of which are presented in 100 Designs for a Modern World (Skira Rizzoli). Introduced by historian Penny Sparke, the book provides a visual timeline of many of the most significant—and delightful—unions of technology and design from the past century. 


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