Vintage Robin Day Transistor 444

How many of us while away a sad and lonely hour on ebay?  It fills the time you might have spent reading your horoscope or tidying out the knife and fork drawer.  It can follow on from a spot of cyber snooping on Facebook .. well what does she see in him?  or if nothing is trending on twitter or witter as a friend likes to call it, when she’s not being even more rude.  Well I’m as guilty as the next man.  I sadly cyber stalk radios and guess what I found in my Google Hour this week.

VINTAGE PYE 444 TRANSISTOR RADIO BY ROBIN DAY C. 1958

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Item condition:
Used

“USED CONDITION – SOME MARKS AND SCRATCHES TO CASE AND SPEAKER GRILLE.”

Ended:
09 Jun, 2013 18:19:05 BST
Winning bid:
£226.00
7 bids ]

Look at that winning bid.  It just goes to show, we know a good radio when we see one.  This radio is obviously highly sought-after not only because it’s a lovely looking vintage radio, but also because it was designed by THE Robin Day.

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We all know that feeling so near and yet so far.  Just when you think its yours, its snatched away and you’re left feeling sad and dejected.  If you’re the poor person who narrowly missed out on the one on ebay, don’t go off for counselling, just come to us and make us an offer we can’t refuse.

Rare Robin Day Radio

Take a look at our newly restored iconic Transistor Radio designed in 1958 for Pye Ltd by the inspirational designer Robin Day.

This sleek minimalist design was made in anodised aluminium, leather and plastic. Just like his furniture, Robin Day’s radio designs were way ahead of their time.

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Robin Day is regarded as one of the most influential British designers of the 20th Century.   Although perhaps best remembered for his polypropylene moulded stacking chairs designed in 1963 and sold in their thousands, he was a massive influence on modern post-war design. From 1957 to 1965 he also designed radios, radiograms and televisions for Pye Ltd.

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“There’s this vulnerable planet of ours with finite resources.  Architects and designers have, I think, a fair responsibility for conserving energy and materials and making things durable”.
Robin Day

Fifty three years later whilst millions of poorly designed transistor radios have fallen by the wayside, this little beauty is still going strong.  It may have temporarily dropped out of fashion, sometime around the 80s when the world went slightly mad, but is now back once more to its rightful place as an object to be desired, which is appreciated for both its function and its style.

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If you want one of these chairs, available from twentytwentyone, the Transistor PYE 444 will be the must have accessory.

http://twentytwentyone.com/product/robin-day-reclining-chair