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Television and Radio

Designed by International Industrial Design, Tokyo. Made by Japan Victor Company, Tokyo, 1927 - present.

Made in Japan, Asia

Designed 1972

Styrol resin

12 3/16 x 11 1/2 x 11 5/16 inches (31 x 29.2 x 28.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Daniel Ostroff, 1994

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  • PublicationJapanese Design: A Survey Since 1950

    This portable television, weighing slightly over ten pounds, is a model of compactness, emphasized by its light cream color and minimal control panel. In the early 1970s Japan Victor experimented with producing appliances in unusual shapes: round televisions sets that resembled space helmets or pyramids like this one, which echoed the form of the robots they were testing at the time. Its pyramidal case, which houses the speaker, opens up to reveal a seven-inch screen. Kathyrn B. Hiesinger and Felice Fischer, Japanese Design: A Survey since 1950. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, cat. 114, p. 115.