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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1975

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2017

Drawing, Design for a Combination Radio and Phonograph Cabinet with Sliding Top and Folding Doors, April 27, 1937

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Donald Deskey. It is dated April 27, 1937 and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is graphite, blue pencil on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Industrial designer Donald Deskey’s 1930s furniture designs unite form and function. Inspired by the simple sophistication of contemporary Scandinavian wooden furniture, this radio cabinet’s rectilinear shape, curved edge, and horizontal pulls allow the beauty of its materials to add interest and ornamentation. With folding doors and a sliding top, the versatile cabinet allows for easy storage and demonstrates the integration of radio technology in the furnishings of a modern home.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey and catalogued by Eleonore Kissel, Dr. Gail Davidson and Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Donald Deskey.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 31.1 × 62.8 cm (12 1/4 × 24 3/4 in.) Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamps: Small stamp in black ink at lower right:DONALD DESKEY/630 FIFTH AVENUE/NEW YORK CITY

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite throughout: Top Slides Under/Folding Doors; Space ForRecord Books/Insided Doors/Phonograph/Loudspeakers; at lower left: CABINET CLOSED.; at lower right: CABINET OPEN.; across left bottom margin: COMBINA TION RADIO=& PHONOGRAPH CABINET WITH SLIDING TOP & FOLDING DOORS; at lower right corner: APRIL 27.-1937; inscribed in blue pencil at center left: FIG.I; at center right: FIG. II

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Combination Radio and Phonograph Cabinet with Sliding Top and Folding Doors, April 27, 1937; Office of Donald Deskey (American, 1894–1989); USA; graphite, blue pencil on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite; H x W: 31.1 × 62.8 cm (12 1/4 × 24 3/4 in.) Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1975-11-483

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.

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