Image features a spherical red portable television with a convex screen at the front, sitting on a square base. Chromed metal control knobs and a chain for hanging and carrying the set are housed in an indentation at the top, with a telescoping antenna to the right. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
One Small TV Set for Man, One Giant Leap for Pop Culture
The Videosphere portable television is one of the late twentieth century’s most iconic electronic devices. Manufactured by JVC from 1970 through the early 1980s, it renders the postwar preoccupation with space exploration in plastic and acrylic—modern materials perfectly suited to the Videosphere’s cosmic aesthetic. The TV was designed to be versatile and mobile: it rotates 360° on...
From Plastics to 3-D Printing: Manufacturing a Consumer Culture
Using design objects from the current exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection and works from Cooper Hewitt’s collection, Curatorial Director Cara McCarty examines how scientific inquiry, technology, and our persistent fascination with manipulating materials—from plastics and aluminum to silicon chips and LCDs—have impacted modern industrial design, as well as...