Not currently on display at the V&A

Black ST 201 TV

1969 (designed)
Place of origin

semi-transparent black acrylic and metal cube with manuals and two detachable aerials on top

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Television
  • Television Case
  • Television Aerial
TitleBlack ST 201 TV (trade title)
Materials and techniques
acrylic plastic
Brief description
Italian, 1966-1974, black plastic, des. Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper, man. Brionvega
Physical description
semi-transparent black acrylic and metal cube with manuals and two detachable aerials on top
  • Height: 25cm
  • Width: 31.1cm
  • Depth: 29.4cm
Dimensions taken for 'Cold War Modern' exhibition in 2008
Production typeMass produced
Gallery label
Black 201 television set Marco Zanuso (1916-2001) and Richard Sapper (born 1932) 1969 Seeking a new aesthetic for consumer electronics, Sapper and Zanuso designed this enigmatic black cube, the function of which is concealed when turned off. It was in production from 1966 to 1974. Italy Manufactured by Brionvega SpA, Milan Acrylic plastic V&A: CIRC 5:3-1974(September 2008)
Object history
acquired by Circulation Department on 3rd December 1973 from Zarach Ltd., 183, Sloane Street, London SW 1

Historical significance: First small size TV set, designed as a decorative piece, Awards: Compasso D'Oro in 1970, honourable mention in the Ljubljana International Biennial of Design in 1973
Bibliographic references
  • The New Domestic Landscape Achievements and Problems of Italian Design, The Museum of Modern Art, exhibition catalogue, New York/Florence, 1972, p. 69
  • Kathryn B. Hiesinger, Design since 1945, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, 1983, p. 96, 1- 54; Alfonso Grassi, Anty Pansera, Atlante del Design Italiano 1940/1980,, Milano, 1984, p. 118, ill. no. 2In 1992
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Record createdOctober 1, 2008
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