A true icon of 1930s style, this American art deco radio was designed by the great Walter Dorwin Teague (1883 – 1960) for the Sparks – Worthington Company, Jackson, Michigan. Known as the 558, it was released in 1937. Collectors know it today as “the four knob sled” . The radio is constructed of etched blue mirror, ebonized wood, chrome fins and, of course the works inside. The radio is 17 ½” wide 8 ½” deep and 8 ¾” high. There is some minor pitting on the chrome, a little wear on the wood, otherwise unblemished and all original, and in working order. Absolutely spectacular.
Walter Dorwin Teague (December 18, 1883 – December 5, 1960) was an American industrial designer, architect, illustrator, graphic designer, writer, and entrepreneur. Often referred to as the “Dean of Industrial Design”, Teague pioneered in the establishment of industrial design as a profession in the US, along with Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss.
Regarded as a classicist and a traditionalist despite a later shift to modern tastes, Teague is recognized as a critical figure in the spread of mid-century modernism in America. He is widely known for his exhibition designs during the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, such as the Ford Building, and his iconic product and package designs, from Eastman Kodak’s Bantam Special to the steel-legged Steinway piano.
A self-described late starter whose professional acclaim began as he approached age 50, Teague sought to create heirlooms out of mass-produced manufactured objects, and frequently cited beauty as “visible rightness”. In 1926, Teague assembled an industrial design consultancy (now known as Teague), which carries on his legacy today, in name and vision.