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Aug. 15 2015

Bob’s Radio Gallery #8

By Bob Lenio | Posted in Staff Blogs | 1 Comment

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This Zenith 6D030’s cabinetry was designed by Charles and Ray Eames, most known for their mid-century furniture designs, such as the Eames Chair.  Their designs utilized a process for making compound bends in plywood, which resulted in stylish products at a time when the industry was still suffering from wartime material shortages.  This Zenith radio was manufactured in 1946 and looks years ahead of the competition.

Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) circa 1956

Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) circa 1956

This was a flea-market find from about twenty years ago and has an amazingly well preserved cabinet.  My philosophy has always been to “buy what you like”.  This radio wasn’t anything of particular value , or something that I was searching for.  I just liked its looks. It’s interesting that the 6D030 is now gaining collector status from collectors of Eames mid-century!

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One Response to Bob’s Radio Gallery #8

  • Kati Harrison
    Kati Harrison says:

    I’m a big fan of the great husband and wife Eames duo! I even received the iconic “Eamesish” Lounge chair and Ottoman for my birthday this year. 😀 I did not know that the Eames pair also designed radios!!! The Zenith 6D030 definitely has the Eames thumbprint. It’s simple, elegant and striking without being over the top. Always classic. <3

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