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Limited Edition Eames Radio

by Eames, from vitra.

limited edition eames radio

limited edition eames radio

Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1946
Walnut cabinet
Made by Vitra

"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality."
-Charles Eames

After developing a successful method for molding plywood in the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames employed the acquired know-how to create a wide range of products - including radio cabinets. By 1952, roughly 200,000 radios with cabinets designed by the Eameses had been sold by various manufacturers.

One design, however, never went into production: an elegant table radio with a molded plywood case, whose compact shape and austere, more technical look were unusual for the time. Completely conceived by the Eameses in 1946, the radio was rejected by the designated manufacturer, who wanted a 'normal design'. Charles and Ray sent photographs of the prototype to the magazine 'Interiors'; matchbooks were included in the pictures as a scale reference. Their aim was to increase the acceptance of smaller, more modern devices. However, this goal proved elusive, and the production of Eames radios was discontinued in the early 1950s.

More than 70 years later, Vitra has joined the Eames Office to revive the design of this compact radio, which was a favorite of Charles and Ray. Encased in an elegant walnut cabinet and equipped with up-to-date technology by the British manufacturer REVO, the Eames Radio today bears witness to the designer couple's unwavering belief in progress.

The Eames Radio is available in a limited edition of 999 units.

10.75" w | 4.75" d | 7" h

$999.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(in stock and ready to ship)

Eames

Husband and wife team Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames played a major role in the world of modern architecture and furniture, as well as working in industrial and graphic design, fine art, and film. Charles completed two years of study at Washington University in St. Louis. With his design and life partner Ray, he designed prize-winning furniture that expanded upon the wood molding techniques of Alvar Aalto. Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames began as an abstract expressionist painter, having graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, NY and later studying under Hans Hoffman while living in New York City. She co-founded the American Abstract Artists and has a painting in the Whitney museum’s permanent collection.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Following in the tradition of Charles & Ray Eames, who have influenced Vitra's approach to sustainability in many ways, product longevity is central to the company's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection.

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i was kind of not sure of this idea when i first learned about it... until i saw the radio in person... really well done ! it is super good quality and a faithful 21st execution of the eames design. well played.
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