With its sleek, angular design and quirky name, you may mistake the Kuba Komet for one of IKEA's television consoles. On the contrary, these German-manufactured TV cabinets are highly unique, having ended production in 1962 after just 6 years on the market.
Featuring a built-in black & white TV, an 8-piece speaker system, a 4-speed Telefunken phonograph, and a Telefunken multi-band AM/FM radio, the Kuba Komet was cutting edge for the 1950s. The suggested retail price was nearly $1300, more than what the average German worker earned in one year!
Its futuristic design was inspired by a sailboat, with its top cabinet able to swing back and forth like a ship's sail. Pretty swell, Daddy-o!
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