As anyone who reads my posts will attest, I am a design geek, and I do love my media gadgets. This morning I came across the Brionvega Algol portable TV, which has been updated and reissued for the 21st century. I remember seeing this TV set back in the 70’s and thinking how cool it was then with its bright orange case, chrome details, and amazing 8 inch black and white screen. Algol today combines new technologies with the nostalgic memories of a classic design, and memories of portability.
The original design by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso Algol was quirky with a bright orange color, and upturned nose. Today’s version looks like the original but is offered in a bright grass green instead of orange. It has the same chrome handle, rounded edges and retro styling that made the original an instant classic. In a period of silver black ginormous flat screen TVs Algol is a breath of fresh air.
The new set features a 10 inch PAL color screen, with a hyper band OTA tuner, multi-function remote, and an aluminum case. To bad it doesn’t have Wifi, for sharing with your home computer/media library. The Algol is being produced in a Limited Edition run, with a total of 199 pieces in military green with a rubberised matte finish. Because of the limited run, the set will cost you 2500.00 Euro. That breaks down to $3500.00.
The original design is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Arts.