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Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet, mid- 20th century

This is a Drawing. It was overseen (as design director) by Donald Deskey and from the office of Donald Deskey Associates. It is dated mid- 20th century and 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. It is credited Gift of Donald Deskey.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 23.8 × 35.4 cm (9 3/8 × 13 15/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in black ink at lower right, parallel to right edge, DONALD DESKEY/ ASSOCIATES

It is inscribed

Inscribed dimensions and materials in graphite throughout

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Radio Cabinet, mid- 20th century; Office of Donald Deskey Associates ; USA; graphite on tracing paper; H x W: 23.8 × 35.4 cm (9 3/8 × 13 15/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1988-101-1753

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

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