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1943

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1960

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1988

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Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Donald Deskey Associates. We acquired it in 1988. Its medium is graphite on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This cabinet design encases a phonograph, radio, and speakers, illustrating the centrality of radios to modern American homes. The high gloss of black lacquer and bold grain of Macassar ebony distinguish its simple forms. Deskey often used these contrasting materials, notably in a multipurpose cabinet for the "Room of the Future" at Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress exhibition.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey and catalogued by Julia Pastor.

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Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet; Office of Donald Deskey Associates ; USA; graphite on tracing paper; 1988-101-1753

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

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