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Pye Model 1108

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Cambridge (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Day, Robin, born 1915 - died 2010 (designer)
    Pye Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Teak veneer, aluminium and plastic

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 74, case CA1, box 27

The furniture and product designer Robin Day was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1915 and became one of the most renowned designers of the 20th century. This radio is made with a long, low cabinet of wood. It is coated in aluminium, a typical feature of British audio goods during the 1960s. Although television was by then making a serious impact on entertainment patterns in the British public, radio was still a popular form of entertainment. This radio won a Design Centre Award in 1966.

Physical description

Mono Radio Reciever model 1108. Cabinet veneered natural satin straight grained teak, with anodised aluminium trim and lags. Loadspeaker grille, turning scale and knobs in grey, black and white plastic.

Place of Origin

Cambridge (made)


1966 (made)


Day, Robin, born 1915 - died 2010 (designer)
Pye Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Teak veneer, aluminium and plastic


Height: 20.3 cm, Width: 66 cm, Depth: 17.7 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Winner of Design Centre Award 1966

Historical context note

Robin Day was recommended to Pye by Godfrey Imhof, owner of a trendsetting New Oxford Street shop which sold electrical goods, for whom Day had designed packaging for record-player needles. Day began working for Pye in 1949, his designs for the company won two Design Council Awards: the first in 1956 for the CS17 television (see CIRC.231-1963); the second, in 1966, for this radio.

Descriptive line

Radio, Britain, Designed by Robin Day, for Pye of Cambridge Ltd., 1966

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jackson, Lesley Robin Day, Lucienne Day : pioneers of contemporary design : Barbican Gallery, 8 February-16 April., London, Barbican, 2001

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Teak; Aluminium




Entertainment & Leisure; Product design; Design Council Award Winner; Electrical appliances; Household objects; Audio equipment

Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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