single copy 1938
(presented in 1940 to the wohnbedarf competition of Zurich)
cm 64 x 29 h 70
Museum of Design, Triennale of Milan
Albini disassembled a radio by by removing the hidden working components, speaker, receiver,tubes and wires, from a wooden console, only to reassemble them in a Security glass case of his design.
The working parts of the radio are revealed by the transparency of the cabinet glass , framed and floating in space. The intrisic formal properties od the working elements, the spherical cone of the speaker, connecting lines of electrical wires, and the glowing tubes of the receiver, are made visible. The intention of this objectivity is not simply to neutrally present a utilitarian of functional object, but rather to restate the importance of the funtioning parts as the objects essential condition. The radio cabinet design asserts the disquieting presence of ordinary mass produced objects, suspended in space and separted from the world by the trame, in this case, the glass vitrine of the cabinet.