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					Voxson "Tanga" Car Radio: The Future In The Pocket

By Lorenzino Marra
Translation by Roberto Weigert and Andrew Mitz

        Rodolfo Bonetto (Milano 1929 - 1991) was a great designer. He belongs to the
class of designers chiefly responsible for the success of “Made in Italy” in the world of
design. His passion for tool design (for which he received several “compasso d’oro”
awards) did not prevent him from designing more common objects like television sets,
lamps, radios, handles and alarms. He was tremendously productivity, creating nearly
four hundred different items between 1959 and 1991. His style is clean, essential, and
functional, almost German. The years spent at the Ulm’s school (in 1962 he was invited
by Tomás Maldonado to the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, where he lived till 1965)
further contributed to his rational training.

        In 1977, Voxson hired him to design an car radio. Abandoning prior materials
and schemes, Bonetto came up with the Tanga model. It was a truly innovative
approach: it was removable, small and the case was made entirely from plastic (a material
destined to replace metal in future radio designs). The radio is composed of two main
components: the radio and a mounting fixture. The radio is a perfect, shining rectangular
prism, with a colored tuning button on the side (red, green or blue depending on the
frequency band). The button moves a small white dot along the frequency scale in the
front of the radio. There are no unnecessary or decorative projections. The angles are
smooth. The tuning button disappears in the front when pushed. Electrical contacts in the
back of the radio represented a real innovation. Electrical coupling is achieved through
small holes in the center back of the radio, which mate with protruding power
connections from the mounting fixture. Everything was designed to render the Tanga a
real removable radio. To reinforce this concept, a small leather bag was supplied (a
fashion of that period) for carrying the car radio. Even the gray metal mounting fixture
represents an innovation. It was designed to fully complement the radio both in terms of
style and function. The design is precise and modern. The fixture includes a slot for the
radio and two controls: a semicircular striped black button to extract the radio, and a knob
for on-off/volume control. Everything is fully integrated with the radio itself. Hollows
underneath act as handles to facilitate radio removal, and they also facilitate the use of the
volume control. The hollows and the flat surfaces give a wonderful image of balanced
geometries. Everything is in plastic, an innovative material later used by Bonetto to
address many of the new technological challenges of the 70s.

Technical data of the removable car radio (autoradio)
Transistor monophonic receiver
Name: Tanga
Manufacturer: Voxson
Radio dimensions: h=26mm l=85 mm w=55mm
Power Source: 12 V
Nominal power :1,5 W