Kuba Clock Radio Lamp
Materials: Rectangular brown and white plastic base. Decorative aluminium plate with the Kuba logo. Moving coil loudspeaker inside. Analogue clock. Extendable chrome antenna rod. Adjustable tubular ribbed plastic lampshade. Aluminium reflector. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 26 cm / 10.23”
Width: 23,5 x 19 cm / 9.25 x 7.48”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Kuba-Imperial GmbH, Lindener Strasse 15, 334 Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
Other versions: This Kuba clock radio lamp is named Sweet-Clock R27, as labelled on the back. It exists at least with a red or yellow button on the left. These FM clock radios went in production in the late sixties. Price at that time 179 DM (German Mark), today 90 euro.
The Kuba company was founded in 1948 as Kuba Tonmöbel- und Apparatebau Gerhard Kubetschek (Kuba audio furniture and apparatus engineering Gerhard Kubetschek). Gerhard Kubetschek was, in all probability, the founder of the firm.
In 1958 was the acquisition of Continental-Rundfunk GmbH and thus the Imperial brand, the business continues as Imperial Rundfunk- und Fernsehwerk (Radio and television works).
In 1966 the company was sold to General Electric (GE). 2 years later, in 1968 the name changed in Kuba-Imperial GmbH. And in 1970 it changed again, after it was sold by GE to AEG-Telefunken. The name became: Imperial GmbH Radio Fernsehen Phono (Radio television phono) in 1972 as a subsidiary of Telefunken Fernseh und Rundfunk GmbH.
One of the most famous and futuristic radio and TV furniture was the Kuba Komet, a must see. It was produced from 1957 until 1962. Follow the link below to Google Images.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Sweet-Clock R27 – Radiomuseum website
Kuba Komet radio & TV furniture – Google Images
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.