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Norfolk, VA 23517

Seven-sided Philips Bakelite speaker (Louis Christian Kalff), c.1930s


Incredible seven-sided marbled Bakelite speaker with woven deep gold fabric (type 2109) by Louis Christiaan Kalff for Philips. Bakelite, the first thermosetting phenolic resin, is heat resistant and thus is a natural fit for stereo equipment. 

The pinnacle of Art Deco design for Dutch company Phillips, the best producer of radios in 1930s Europe. Phillips was - and remains - a powerhouse in electronics, and their collaboration with designer Kalff never ended. He wrote a book on the subject of architectural lighting called Creative Light in 1971.

In excellent condition. Stands solidly on its foot. The Bakelite shows no scratches, cracks, or chips as far as we can tell. The European wiring has been clipped. The gold fabric is in beautiful condition. Black mesh covering the back of the speaker has been taken off in one window, but the others are intact (See image).

Measures 8 5/8 x 8 x 2 3/4 inches and weighs 10 lbs. 15 oz. 


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