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Radio in Cristallo

Design Franco Albini

The essence of airy lightness

A radio at the forefront of modern Italian design, developed from a canny intuition to put the electrical components in plain view, thereby exposing the public to the technology, demonstrating how it works.

PRODUCTION YEAR

1938/2021

Radio in Cristallo goes straight to the heart of the project that Franco Albini created as a prototype-model in 1938 for his home. He took apart and reassembled a radio in a wood cabinet received as a wedding gift, exposing the electric components by pressing them between two sheets of tempered glass. A tribute to lightness, a step that catapults the designer in the direction of bold modernity that, by demonstrating progress, narrates its value. In concert with Fondazione Franco Albini, Cassina has optimized the design the architect entered into a competition by the Swiss company Wohnbedarf in 1940, keeping the same size while adding new Bluetooth technology and an optional subwoofer that, connected to Wi-Fi, creates a more enveloping atmosphere. Radio in Cristallo will also be offered in a special limited edition of only five pieces. The Radio in Cristallo L.E., with a numbered metal plate on the side of the structure, will feature white knobs and an electronic circuit board with all hand-soldered circuits.

I Maestri

Franco Albini

He was a major figure in the Rationalist Movement, excelling in architectural, furniture, industrial and museum design. After receiving a degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1929, he worked with the Ponti and Lancia design studios.is work for the magazine Casabella also played a key part in his development, marking his conversion to the Rationalist Movement and his becoming its spokesman on the Italian cultural scene.

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This design accessory gets a contemporary technology upgrade with incorporated Bluetooth and an optional subwoofer to connect to WiFi ‒ for an even more encompassing ambiance. In the super-limited edition of just five pieces, the Radio in Cristallo L.E. has an electronic circuit board and hand-soldered circuits.

Structure

Extra-clear tempered glass sheets.

Visible metal parts, screws and display knobs

 In satin or painted white stainless steel.

Chassis

In matt black lacquered MDF.

satin stainless steel

white-painted stainless steel

MATT BLACK LACQUERED WOODEN

EXTRA-CLEAR

PRODUCTION YEAR

1938/2021

DESIGN BY
Franco Albini
PRODUCTION YEAR

1938/2021

DESIGN BY
Franco Albini

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