Ekco U122 radio

Ekco U122 radio
Case number - AIBDC : 002557
A 1950s ivory coloured Ekco U122 radio with an integrated carrying handle, speakers at front, back and top, 2 tuning/volume knobs, and MW and LW switch at base.
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DesignerUnknown - Wanted
ManufacturerEK Cole
CountryUK
Date1950
Dimensionswidth 290 mm, height 220 mm, depth 150 mm
Materialsplastic, UF, urea formaldehyde
Methodcompression moulded
Colourcream
Inscription"Ekco. Type U122 Receiver. Serial No. 48496"
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29/09/14

Ekco U122 radio AIBDC : 002557 What a stylish radio. We have found out through this project that Ekco had strong links with Germany. Could this product have a German designer? Please tell us anything you can about this elegant product. You can see how the case develops on the 10 Most Wanted website: http://10most.org.uk/artefact/ekco-u122-radio.

02/10/14

Firstly , Ekco only had links to Germany with their first compression moulded radio cabinets in the early 1930's . The presses were bought from Germany , set up & maintained by Germans until the late 30's.

02/10/14

The radio was designed by Chief Industrial Design J.K.White ( Jake ) it was a 'tea cosy ' concept i.e. the case was placed down over the chassis & secured from the underside. The grill was a new idea by Jake . low cost moulding in polystyrene , then paint stayed in gold lacquer. I joined the Industrial Design Studio from Southend Art School in 1951 & remember this being Ekco's first house portable radio set in polystyrene . PHS Journal Plastiquarian showed J K White & the U122 . 3-4 years back

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Ekco U122 radio: Case AIBDC : 002557

What a stylish radio. We have found out through this project that Ekco had strong links with Germany. Could this product have a German designer? Please tell us anything you can about this elegant product.