Radio Nurse | Design: Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi was just starting out his career when he designed this “Baby Nurse” for the Zenith Corporation in 1937. Baby monitors were unheard of in the early 1930s and when the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping occurred in 1932, it struck a chord with Zenith’s president Eugene F. McDonald Jr. who was concerned for his daughter as well. He asked engineers to develop a more streamlined version for the masses. They created a two-part set: the “Guardian Ear” transmitter, which you plugged in by the child’s crib, and the “Radio Nurse” receiver, to be located alongside the listening caregivers.
Isamu Noguchi designed the “Radio Nurse” component in Bakelite, an early plastic. The product was not a commercial success, perhaps in part because it picked up radio signals too. However, it was displayed in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s annual sculpture exhibition that year.
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una vez que el tigre salta a los puntos y a los cuadros, los asesinatos toman té de menta y los errores sueñan con espirales y yo, yo leo a kafka, irremediablemente.