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Ekco AC 86

  • Object:

    Radio

  • Place of origin:

    Southend on Sea (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1935 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chermayeff, Serge, born 1900 - died 1996 (designer)
    E. K. Cole Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded phenol formaldehyde ('bakelite')

  • Museum number:

    W.15-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Southend on Sea (manufactured)

Date

1935 (designed)

Artist/maker

Chermayeff, Serge, born 1900 - died 1996 (designer)
E. K. Cole Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded phenol formaldehyde ('bakelite')

Object history note

Purchased from David Rush in 1978 [78/193].

Descriptive line

Ekco AC 86 Wireless set, table model in moulded bakelite designed by Serge Chermayeff, 1935

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

Hawes, Robert, Radio Art (London, 1991)
p.89

Labels and date

EKCO MODEL AC 86
Designed and made by E.K. Cole Ltd., Southend on Sea, Essex, England
5 valves; Bakelite case
1935

A German engineer introduced Ekco to the possibilities of moulded large-scale Bakelite casings in 1930. From 1933, the company made distinctive cabinets featuring large clear tuning dials. This is a companion model to Ekco's revolutionary AD65, a circular set designed by Wells Coates. [pre October 2000]

Materials

Bakelite; Phenolic

Techniques

Compression moulding

Categories

Household objects; Entertainment & Leisure; Plastic; Audio equipment; Electrical appliances; Product design

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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