Product of the Week: 7/08/08
First there was Tivoli, which packed walloping hi-fi sound inside a pert, ’60s-style plastic package. Indonesian designer Singgih Kartono’s Magno, available through Areaware, arrives like an eco-friendly heir to that retrograde throne, with styling that evokes the feel-good ’70s, three sizes all done up in smooth-edged, sustainably harvested, uncoated wood. Kartono, though, isn’t some greenwashed novitiate: The radios are assembled by hand in the designer’s native village of Kandangan, where Kartono helped built a craft-based community to shore up a floundering agricultural economy. And don’t be fooled by the old-school knobs and dials: AM/FM and transistor frequencies are accompanied by a line in for the MP3 player of your choice. Prices start at $200 for the small. www.areaware.com
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