Model RR-126 Radio-Phonograph Radio-phonograph
This is a radio-phonograph. It was designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and manufactured by Brionvega, S.p.A.. It is dated 1965. Its medium is plywood, plastic laminate, aluminum, polycarbonate, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
This stereo cabinet by noted Italian industrial designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni celebrates the beauty of machinery. The Castiglionis have turned a piece of audiovisual equipment into a playful, adaptable, sculptural arrangement that is both decorative and user-friendly. The radio controls on the center section are easy to read and cleverly arranged in conjunction with the speaker perforations so to resemble a human face. On castors, this movable, transformable stereo could operate in three positions: first with the speakers stacked on top to form a cube, second with the speakers open out to the sides to reveal a phonograph, and third with the speakers independent of the central unit and placed elsewhere. The Castiglioni brothers designed radios, televisions, and record players for Brionvega and this RR-126 is one of their most ambitious designs for the audiovisual sector.
This object was
George R. Kravis II.
It is credited
Gift of George R. Kravis II.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D (body (a) with speakers (b,c) on top): 92.5 × 61.5 × 36.5 cm (36 7/16 × 24 3/16 × 14 3/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Model RR-126 Radio-Phonograph Radio-phonograph; Designed by Achille Castiglioni (Italian, 1918–2002), Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Italian, 1913–1968); Manufactured by Brionvega, S.p.A. (Italy); plywood, plastic laminate, aluminum, polycarbonate, electronic components; H x W x D (body (a) with speakers (b,c) on top): 92.5 × 61.5 × 36.5 cm (36 7/16 × 24 3/16 × 14 3/8 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-96-a/c
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects and Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.