Design icon from the 60s
Reliability and ease of use, durability and beauty, technology and design, ergonomics and chromatic vivacity. These are just some of the features of the TS 502 transistor radio, better known as the Brionvega cubo.
Made by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper in 1964 following a long research on the shapes that furnishing complements and accessories should take to try to keep up with the times, thus adapting not only to the new style of furniture but also to new needs.
Zanuso & Sapper
In the early 1960s, began an important collaboration between German designer Richard Sapper and the designer and architect Marco Zanuso, a partnership that would last for many years. Brionvega, an Italian electronics company which aimed to compete with Japanese and German producers, commissioned Sapper and Zanuso to create several radio and television sets. These products soon became icons of Italian design.
Zanuso & Sapper
Doney, Algol & Black TV
In 1962 the Doney television was born from the pencil of Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper, winner of the Compasso d'Oro. This is the first fully transistorized television in Europe.
In 1964 they signed the Algol TV, with an organic shape characterized by the inclination of the front part of the bodywork, which ends with the screen, allowing viewing even when the device is placed on the ground.
Finally, in 1969, Tv Black was born, a television with unmistakable lines, one of the representative products of the Italian style of the sixties.
The The idea of the designers was to integrate the object into the domestic environment, exhibiting it and not hiding it, making it become the protagonist of the environment: a colored object and no longer gray, with a shape never seen before, a synthesis of technology in two shells.
Not a static and self-referential object created to show its function as the electronics products of the time were, but light, portable and with a playful and innovative character even in the materials used.
The TS 502 can best be defined as the essence of design, a model that since the 1960s has become the protagonist of the international scene and exhibited in major contemporary art museums (MoMA - New York, La Jolla, Osaka and Sao Paulo). An immortal icon, an important and avant-garde point of reference in the field of industrial design, with which it is still difficult to measure oneself today.
The radio is made of plastic and zamak and consists of two parts. Its particular shape has a very specific function: when it is open it allows you to interact with the typical functions of the radio, when it is closed it becomes compact and can be transported in a simple and safe way.
All zamak products and accessories are characterized by excellent resistance to corrosion, wear and impacts.
More than a radio
It is not just a radio, but a true cult object for all design enthusiasts.
It stands out for its chromatic vivacity, the choice of materials and ease of use.
David Bowie, a big fan
One of the greatest tributes to the radiocubo and the Brionvega radiofonografo comes from David Bowie who was a tireless collector of small and large works of art and unique objects, especially related to his artistic activity.
In 2016, the two objects belonging to the artist were auctioned at Sotheby's. The radiocubo was sold for the sum of 30,000.
radio.cubo through the Decades
The first version of radiocubo ts502 by designers and Zanuso Sapper appeared on the market. Radio cubo was a portable radio: it didn’t have a power nor a headphones socket.
The TS505, also signed by Zanuso / Sapper, was born in 1976 and revolutionized the project, both in terms of aesthetics and construction.
The ts522 is born, a new reinterpretation of the ts502 project with partial redefinition of the front panel graphics, new colors and modern technology.
TS522 - Itama 45
Dedicated to the iconic Itama 45.
A special edition created exclusively for the historic Italian shipyard Itama Yacht.
radiocubo.it ts525 is the first expandable system. With FM, DAB / DAB +, docking station for iPhone and iPod connection, remote control, CD and MP3 docking station and player. Subwoofer and second speaker input.it has a new LCD display and a USB input for your MP3 and WI FI connection.
TS522 - mosaic
Art and design come together in a special edition created in collaboration with the mosaic artist Giulio Candussio.
TS522D+S - Emporio Armani
Fashion and industrial design together for the special edition of radiocubo created exclusively for Emporio Armani stores.
Radio.cubo is the quintessence of Italian design and its history proves it. Protagonist of the design of the 70s, today it returns to the market, nothing seems to have changed after more than 50 years, the line and design of the product are the original ones, those for which we know it and which have made it famous: the body is always produced in ABS plastic and the details are made of zamak.
However, some innovations have been applied internally, at an electronic and structural level, to make the radio closer to the needs of our time.
A cult revisited
radio.cubo 50th is the edition that celebrates more than 50 years of cubo design history.
The best radio.cubo ever updates and includes a new rechargeable lithium battery to allow you to always carry it with you and never leave you alone. The same materials as back then. The ZAMAK metal alloy, the 6 subsequent processes, the choice of plastics and packaging, make the object precious.
A cult revisited
Radio has never been so iconic and technological. Listen to your favorite radio stations digitally thanks to the DAB / DAB + function or in FM and wake up with the right notes thanks to the programmable clock radio. Radio.cubo 50° is also equipped with a remote control for convenient remote control and an input for a second speaker, for an even more complete listening experience!
A cult revisited
With radio.cubo 50°, playing your favorite playlists in the highest quality from your smartphone, tablet or PC has never been easier thanks to the latest generation Bluetooth. Or via cable via Aux connection. Listen to your music in high definition directly from Spotify, Deezer or any other streaming music program!
A cult revisited
A shape so unique that it hasn't needed to change for more than 50 years.
A timeless object, able to maintain its function and its place in home furnishings for another 50 years.
The emotions and sensations of Radio.cubo 50° are available in the classic Brionvega colors that have made history: Orange and Yellow Sun, White Snow, Black Night and Red.