The trendsetting Brionvega Doney 14

At its launch in 1962, the Brionvega Doney 14 was the first portable transistor TV ever made in Europe.

Italy was setting out for a decade of economic boom, and market demand for television sets rocketed as they became an essential part of any home’s decor.

Brionvega’s round-edged parallelepiped – bound to become a trendsetter with countless imitation – was designed by an Italian-German duo: Marco Zanuso (1916-2001) and Richard Sapper (1932).

Zanuso, one of the founders of Italian industrial design, pioneered the use of modern technologies and materials in the production of domestic objects.

Sapper is one of the most illustrious designers of his generation – some of his creations are on exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

No wonder the Doney won the 1962 “Compasso d’oro”, awarded only to the very best designer products made in Italy.

December 16, 2013