At first glance, the Radiofonografo seems like a shelf. Bearing little resemblance to ordinary radios, the vintage brown-and-white radiogram boasts a unique design that combines the best of style and sound.
The elegant classic is a celebrated piece loved by many, including celebrities and tastemakers. The vintage radio can be spotted in the interiors (and social media feeds) of models like Kendall Jenner and Korean stars the likes of Suzy Bae and Blackpink member Jennie. The late English musician David Bowie was said to have used the radio every single day to play his music.
Often hailed for its innovative design, the masterminds behind the radio are none other than visionary Italian architect brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The brothers are no stranger to designing a plethora of other timeless favourites, such as the Flos Arco floor lamp.
The design duo first designed the vintage piece in 1965, for Italian electronics company Brionvega. Officially known as the Radiofonografo rr226, the piece was hailed for its modern industrial design that was rare at that time.
The brothers, true to their passion for experimenting between technology and design, wanted to create a multifaceted piece that was sleek and sophisticated and yet still could produce the best sound. They undertook plenty of research to seek a minimalist design that they deemed the “main engineering component”.