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T 1000 Weltempfaenger

  • Object:

    Radio

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (designed)
    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1963 (designed)
    1963 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rams, Dieter, born 1932 (designer)
    Braun AG (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Aluminium, electronics

  • Museum number:

    W.12:1 to 3-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This radio was designed to receive transmissions from all over the world (its name translates as 'world receiver'). The controls of the various wavelengths, therefore, are complex and required a thick user manual, stored in the drop-down cover. Its portability and the presence of so many aerials, dials and buttons give this radio the character of a piece of military or surveillance equipment, even though it was designed for the consumer market. Perhaps this reflects the circumstances of its manufacture, at the height of the Cold War, in what was then West Germany. In the early 1960s the ability to receive radio broadcasts from all over the world was a symbol of democratic freedom: freedom that was denied to the citizens of East Germany beyond the 'Iron Curtain'.

Physical description

Oblong aluminium radio with drop down flap on the front, revealing dials and controls.

Place of Origin

Germany (designed)
Germany (manufactured)

Date

1963 (designed)
1963 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Rams, Dieter, born 1932 (designer)
Braun AG (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Aluminium, electronics

Dimensions

Height: 24.5 cm, Width: 36.2 cm, Depth: 13.4 cm

Descriptive line

T1000 Weltempfaenger radio, designed by Dieter Rams, manufactured by Braun, West Germany, 1961

Materials

Aluminium

Categories

Product design; Audio equipment; Electrical appliance; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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