Brionvega RR 126 stereo radiogram

Made by Brionvega in Milan, Italy, 1966.

The RR 126 is an example of an audiovisual technology which demonstrates innovative interface and product design. It features bold, easy-to-read dials and a simple layout suggestive of the human face.

The design of this radiogram by the Castiglioni brothers was based on their maxim that design must restructure an object’s function, form and production process. Following this maxim led them to reinvent all the products that they were commissioned to design. Over the latter half of the twentieth ...

Summary

2003/27/1
Radiogram, stereo, 'RR 126', with original documents, laminated wood / plastic / metal / electronic components / paper, designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, manufactured by Brionvega, Milan, Italy, 1966

A Brionvega 'RR 126' stereo radiogram made in laminated wood, plastic and electronic components. The body of the radiogram is cream with a brown border on all edges. The controls have all been designed and arranged to resemble anthropomorphic features. The rectangular control case is flanked by a pair of speaker boxes that detach and may be clipped onto the top of the case. On top of the control case is a 'Dual' record player with removable plastic cover. The case is mounted on an aluminium pedestal, with four castor wheels. Accompanying the 'RR 126' are several original documents including warranty, circuit diagrams and instruction booklet.

Dimensions

750 mm
1240 mm
365 mm

Production

The Brionvega 'RR 126' stereo radiogram was manufactured in Italy in 1966. It was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and manufactured by Brionvega. It was based on their approach that design must restructure an object's function, form and production process.

The 'RR 126' exudes high-tech and superb quality, while at the same time smiling at its observers through its playfully arranged dials and knobs, which form a face. The speakers can be easily hung on the sides of the body or the generous wiring allowed them to be placed elsewhere on the floor to best suit the listener.

The original white colour of this object has mellowed to a cream, but the contrast with the brown 'seams' on the edges still shows the original intent.
Brionvega 1966

Source

Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Belinda Franks, 2003
6 February, 2003

Cite this Object

Brionvega RR 126 stereo radiogram 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/12026>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/12026 |title=Brionvega RR 126 stereo radiogram |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=24 November 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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