French + American [1893-1986]
Raymond Loewy was a pioneer in industrial design who worked with over 200 companies and transformed many basic household items including refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, radios, cameras, and telephones along with cars (Studebaker) and product designs(Lucky Strike, Coca Cola) into streamlined forms.
For over fifty years Raymond Loewy's practice, R.L.A set aesthetic standards in industrial design. By 1951 the firm's designs were so prolific that Loewy claimed 'the average person leading a normal life… is bound to be in contact with…" a Raymond Loewy design.
Other Loewy notable designs include a prototype for bullet shaped aluminium pencil sharpener, the Colonial "Globe" Bakelite radio from 1933, the 1959 fleet of Dorsett boats, and several Emerson radios such as the 511 "Moderne".
Emerson 511 "Moderne" Green Bakelite Raymond Loewy Designed Mid-Century Radio
Great Gold + Black Swirls
Retro Raymond Loewy Designed Emerson 511 in Pistachio Green Plaskon with great gold marbling made in 1947. The radio is also refereed to as the "Moderne" and is a highly collectible eye-catching radio. The design is credited to famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the designer of Deco locomotives, Studebakers, and many well-known corporate logos. The radio features a design unlike any other.
The clear plastic bubble dial cover floats over the gold painted metallic grill, which covers much of the front. The dial cover is anchored to the cabinet at its top by a block of ivory Plaskon, whose back has a recess for the pilot light. When you turn on the radio, the illuminated block sheds a soft light over the dial, a beautiful effect in a darkened room. Radio has a cleverly designed molded handle on the top that also served to ventilate the set, as this set is closed on all sides and is designed to be viewed from all angles.
The radio is in original, untouched condition, with a beautiful and natural gloss and is just a great example of this Raymond Loewy Emerson radio. The beautiful and brightly colored marbleized pistachio green Plaskon Bakelite cabinet is in great original condition, with no chips, major cracks, burns or repairs. All the case has are two very small hairlines. These hairlines in no way detract from the beauty of this set. The fist hairline can be seen to the left of the logo by speaker grill, a common area for this set to have a hairline. The second is a small 3/4" brownish line in the left side of the radio towards the bottom that can barely be seen even when looking for it. The original plastic dial bubble has a small amount of warpage and yellowing, normal for this model. The gold painted metal perforated mesh grill has a few small areas of oxidation/wear. Radio retains the original ivory Plaskon knobs and manufacturers sticker on the bottom and inside of case.
Radio measures approximately: 11.5" wide x 7.5" high x 6.5" deep. This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.
Raymond Loewy Colonial "New World" Globe Radio Model 702
Striking and Unusual Plaskon Antique Tube Radio
Raymond Loewy designed Colonial "New World" Globe model 702 is a striking and unusual Plaskon tube radio. Patented in 1933 this radio is early and very different from other novelty radios of the time.
Circling the globe at its equator is a metal ring. Above this, at the top, is a decorative brass finial showing the compass directions. The condition of this rare radio is as close to perfect as can be found, very few have survived intact. The fragile Plaskon cabinet and base have no cracks, chips, cracks, tube burns, or repairs. The painted maps on the globe are all original and in great condition with only minimal fading/loss to the gold paint. The large, wheel-shaped plated knobs are original to the radio and in great condition.
This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.