This is a radio. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by Radio Corporation of America, RCA Victor Division. It is dated ca. 1948 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded plastic, cast gilt-metal, chrome. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Dreyfuss once observed that three million listeners tuned in to the NBC Symphony radio broadcast each week, concluding that, "The American people will listen to good music, if given the chance." The Sunburst’s straightforward, easy-to-use design presented that chance, expressing Dreyfuss’s life-long mission to elevate and democratize taste through well-designed, commercially accessible consumer goods.
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Its dimensions are
20.00 x 32.00 x 20.50 cm (7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/16 in. )
Cite this object as
Sunburst Radio; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; molded plastic, cast gilt-metal, chrome; 20.00 x 32.00 x 20.50 cm (7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/16 in. ); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1996-72-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.