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International Decorative Art

Videosphere (Space Helmet TV)

Videosphere (Space Helmet TV)

Design Date
1970

Manufacturer
JVC (Victor Company of Japan) (1927–present), Yokohama, Japan

Media
plastic

Dimensions
14 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

The shape for this JVC TV was inspired by the space helmets worn by astronauts on the 1969 moon-landing mission. The smoky plastic screen became the helmet’s visor. The use of new plastics was common in late Pop Art design like this TV. As companies catered to a now youth-oriented market, plastic became a more common material, as it was cheap and durable, while also being colorful and innovative. As the household television became more common, the TV market became more competitive. Companies like JVC developed these objects of design to stand out from the traditional square, wood-veneered television. 

Not currently on view

Markings
Black sticker label on rear, "Model #3240GM"

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2004.0009

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