Ekco Radio, model AD65


Wells Coates (1895–1958)
Ekco Radio, model AD65
Designed 1932–34
Bakelite, stainless steel, fabric
16 x 15½ x 8¼ inches
(40.5 x 39.5 x 21 cm)
Produced by E. K. Cole & Co., Ltd., 
Essex, United Kingdom
Photo by Shane Culpepper, Tulsa, OK


E. K. Cole in Essex was one of Great Britain’s largest manufacturers of radios in the 1930s and ’40s. Cole employed modernist architects Serge Chermayeff and Wells Coates to create contemporary designs for the radio, which previously had been styled as traditional furniture forms. Coates’s round AD65 particularly reflected a new vision, geometric and unornamented, that was appropriate for the new technology of the machine. This Bakelite radio was available in black, walnut, ivory and, though rare, green. Canadian born, Coates spent most of his life in England working as a modernist architect and industrial designer.