In 2016, it will be 120 years since the first words were transmitted to a receiver. The technology spread at break-neck speed and radio broadcasting became the first mass medium. The corresponding devices’ history has been a varied and colourful one, from pure components and wooden boxes to dark-coloured boom boxes, bold design objects, voluminous radiograms, cult combination devices and fun models. In the age of internet radio and smartphones, the device itself seems destined to disappear.
The RADIO Days exhibition presents around 200 exhibits by international designers such as Norman Bel Geddes, Mario Bellini, Marc Berthier, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Wells Coates, Ray & Charles Eames, Fritz Eichler, Hans Gugelot, Raymond Loewy, Dietrich Lubs, Verner Panton, Dieter Rams, Richard Sapper, Philippe Starck, Walter Dorwin Teague and Marco Zanuso.