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.

ON VIEW in Postmodern Gallery 8

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

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.0009