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Louis Rugani sent you this eBay item: MODERNIST CROSLEY CLOCK RADIO! 1956 George Nelson (#6622208021) MODERNIST CROSLEY CLOCK RADIO! 1956 George Nelson
A must for a mid-century interior! Bertoia style base!
Item number: 6622208021 Seller: sdai ( 1369) Positive Feedback: 100%
Member since Oct-04-98 in United States
Current bid: US $92.00 Time left: 1 days 10 hours
Ends Apr-21-06 16:53:16 PDT
Item location: Scottsdale, AZ
Ships to: Worldwide Summary Gorgeous Mid Century Clock Radio by Crosley (1956)This is a must have for modernist fans. Here we have a 1956 Crosley Clock-Radio (tube-type) with Bertoia inspired butterfly wing legs. For serious mid-century modern fans there are surprisingly few good ?high fashion ? clock radios too choose from. This clock radio is one of the few that understood modern design. The Crosley designers "got it". Harry Bertoia, a sculptor in steel, who produced furniture designs for Knoll introduced his ?Diamond? chairs and tilting bird chairs in 1952 and they were a revolution in the use of shape and form. This clock-radio by Crosley uses a very similar butterfly wing support, allowing the clock-radio to float over the desk effortlessly. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. This was a high-end model for the design-conscious. To illustrate just how abstract this clock-radio is, you need only look at the second hand. The second hand is the same length and the viewer is allowed to ?interpret? which end they choose to represent the seconds! Watching the second hand smoothly rotate is to experience some of that glorious mid-century Zen. That is just one small example of the philosophy of design symmetry which this clock is all about. The sunburst on the clock face was a popular motif in the mid-fifties. George Nelson, and others, used the sunburst and the starburst liberally when designing clock shapes. During the period from 1949-1956 the sunburst was favored, after 1958 and the satellite launching the starburst was the cat's meow. Here it is painted upon a polished brass face with deco numerals at the 12 and 6. The sunburst serves a decorative purpose but the crisp black and white radial spokes also act to mark the hours even when viewed in dim light. The symmetry continues as the clock-radio itself is quartered by a thin gold line in the leather casing material. Only two years earlier Isamu Noguchi had introduced his table with an emphasis on the boomerang leg supports. Lightness was in. Art & architecture were exploring space and form. The goal was to have objects hover over the surfaces with the minimum amount of connection to them. This increased the appearance of space and made objects look less clunky or heavy than when they rested directly on the surface. Simplicity, lightness and efficiency are the cornerstones of modern design. Nelson designed several ?floating? desk clocks on wire legs, but none were equipped with a radio. Crosley used this window of opportunity to fill a need for designers and interior decorators who were design conscious and yet had customers who wanted a radio to listen to on their desk or in their modern den or office. This Crosley speaks the modernist language. It doesn?t shout for attention or have any crass shape. The shape of the box conforms to the ?golden mean? and which has been used throughout history as the most appealing shape for a rectangle. The Parthenon and most masterpieces also use the ?golden mean? to soothe the eye of the viewer. The simple circle with two balanced 14 karat gold plated knobs continues the symmetry and simplicity of design. All in all this is one of the best modernist clock radios in existence and manufactured during the purist period of modern design. With a year or two almost all clock-radios would be made of plastic and would be mass produced of cheaper materials in a quest to satisfy the needs of the mass market - mostly garish designs, where it is obvious the designers had no understanding of advanced design concepts. This Crosley is light-years beyond most clock radio design of the period. This rare example is in working condition. Clock and radio work fine. The clock keeps good time and the radio tunes in stations (AM). Two civil defense marking triangles are present on the dial. (Larger dial adjusts tuning & smaller dial adjusts volume) The leather type material covering the body is in absolutely excellent shape for this vintage and the go ...see full item description...
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