Drawing, Design for a Radio, 1940s
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Alfons Bach and made for (as the client) Philco (Philadelphia Storage Battery Company). It is dated 1940s and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is brush and dark brown ink, brown and white gouache, graphite, black crayon on tan paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Streamlined designs were often realized in metallic chromes and shiny plastics, but this design renders a futuristically styled radio cabinet in steam-bent wood. Bach’s designs for home products and furnishings often repurposed elements to suit other products: the grill-like form concealing the radio’s speakers also appears in Bach’s designs for cylindrical containers and a scale.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 26 × 38.5 cm (10 1/4 × 15 3/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower left: # 37013 - 22; lower right: DESIGNED BY ALFONS BACH
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Radio, 1940s; Designed by Alfons Bach (German, 1904–1999); USA; brush and dark brown ink, brown and white gouache, graphite, black crayon on tan paper; H x W: 26 × 38.5 cm (10 1/4 × 15 3/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Alfons and Anita S. Bach; 1998-71-3
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.