radio design

“Micro” miniature radio, USSR, 1965-69. Unlike many advanced Soviet designs, which were produced in a unique copy - for reporting purposes only - and then were placed on shelves of their designers, “Micro” was mass produced in tens of thousands of copies with most of them being exported to the USA and Europe, where they were in great demand. Khrushchev proudly gave this miracle of Soviet microelectronics as presents to his high-ranking colleagues, including Queen Elizabeth II. 

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[Jakob Jensen. Beolit 400 Portable Radio. 1971. Leather, plastic, metal, 8 2/3 x 14 3/16 x 2 3/8″ (22 x 36 x 6 cm). Mfr.: Bang & Olufsen, Struer, Denmark. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]


We found another tape from this series of psychedelic designs of 1970s-era tape boxes. One of a series of designs made by Capitol Records for reel-to-reel home recording. This one features symbols for celestial bodies with the sun in the center!

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