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  • We acquired this object.

1965

  • Work on this object began.

2016

2021

Model RR-126 Radio-Phonograph Radio-phonograph

This is a radio-phonograph. It was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and manufactured by Brionvega, S.p.A.. It is dated 1965. Its medium is plywood, plastic laminate, aluminum, polycarbonate, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This stereo cabinet by noted Italian industrial designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni celebrates the beauty of machinery. The Castiglionis have turned a piece of audiovisual equipment into a playful, adaptable, sculptural arrangement that is both decorative and user-friendly. The radio controls on the center section are easy to read and cleverly arranged in conjunction with the speaker perforations so to resemble a human face. On castors, this movable, transformable stereo could operate in three positions: first with the speakers stacked on top to form a cube, second with the speakers open out to the sides to reveal a phonograph, and third with the speakers independent of the central unit and placed elsewhere. The Castiglioni brothers designed radios, televisions, and record players for Brionvega and this RR-126 is one of their most ambitious designs for the audiovisual sector.

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

  • L1 Speaker
  • lacquered sheet steel, red elm.
  • Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.
  • 1986-99-14

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (body (a) with speakers (b,c) on top): 92.5 × 61.5 × 36.5 cm (36 7/16 × 24 3/16 × 14 3/8 in.)

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Model RR-126 Radio-Phonograph Radio-phonograph; Designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni; plywood, plastic laminate, aluminum, polycarbonate, electronic components; H x W x D (body (a) with speakers (b,c) on top): 92.5 × 61.5 × 36.5 cm (36 7/16 × 24 3/16 × 14 3/8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-96-a/c

In addition to Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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