Friday, February 22, 2013

History Lesson: Kuba Komet


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!

Kuba Komet
Kuba Komet closed...

Kuba Komet
... Kuba Komet open!





Image credits: liveauctioneers.com; earlytelevision.org

17 comments:

Niftic Vintage said...

Tooo cool Ana! I would die for that piece! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Miss Magpies Shoppe said...

What Fun! Just love this great blog post!

BeeJayKay said...

Oh! This is right up my alley! I want that TV!

Kathi said...

this is the coolest TV I have ever seen!!! thanks Ana

gazaboo said...

Awesome design, clearly not for everyone, but what a statement piece!!!!
thanks Ana!

Whimzy Thyme said...

I love "atomic". Wow it would be so cool to find one of these babies and bring it home. Thank you Ana.

Rhonda Beigert said...

Yeah baby! that is one cool console!

ace faced said...

Amazing! I had no idea about this, thanks for this Anna!

Teresa @ good-grace said...

Wow!! This. is. INSANE! I've never seen, nor heard of this maker. wow!

CakeNumber9 said...

Really cool! Thanks for sharing :)

HilltopTimes said...

TV at its BEST! Fantastic!

Dave said...

Wow, what a fab find - too cool - thanks Ana!

Callooh Callay said...

Just amazing (and I love the music!)

Wicked Darling said...

Ana, this is AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!! :)

Nachokitty.etsy.com said...

I want one!

Vera Vague said...

divine. thanks for this interesting post!

Story Tellers Vintage said...

This is too cool! Never seen anything like it!

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