Project Description


Designer Franco Albini


Designer Franco Albini

This radio is a call to innovation, a communication device, revolutionary for the times in which it was created, always loved for its great evocative capacity. A unique aesthetic with unique electronics of its kind. Essential in lines and materials, it has a structure made up of two sheets of extra tempered glass, a body in matt black lacquered MDF and the electronics part. This radio was originally conceived by Franco Albini as a prototype model for his house in 1938. The idea was born when the architect received that year as a wedding gift a traditional wooden radio cabinet which, given its embalmed appearance and clumsy, he decided to take apart and then reassemble to keep only the essential electrical components in sight. He simply wanted to show what, according to him, was really needed, that is, all the technical-functional components, logically removing the excess material and breaking down the device to enhance the true essence of the project. The radio is in fact a clear sign of the transformation towards the modern and represents the architect’s commitment to research and innovation, underlining his desire to develop alternative solutions, always inspired by those principles of simplicity and ‘lightness’ at the base of his method.

The technology of this radio device is one of the countless fruits of Check Up’s know-how, which has been at the forefront of custom electronics for over thirty years, perfectly integrated into design objects, invisible and indispensable.

These are the technical specifications:

  • Tube amplification (old fashion style)
  • 50W audio power
  • Class D amplifier
  • Frequency 42 / 19000Hz
  • 7 “colour display
  • FM radio
  • DAB radio
  • A2DP Bluetooth audio

The excellent sound performance of the radio can be further enhanced through a wireless subwoofer (optional) 50W which, thanks to the transmission in low frequencies, creates an even more enveloping experience.

The Radio in a Crystal represents the best of modern technology inserted in an object with a unique design.

As a sign of authenticity, each piece bears the logo and signature of Franco Albini, in addition to the progressive numbering that corresponds to the identity card that accompanies each piece of the Cassina I Maestri Collection


This design object, one of a kind, has also been created in a very special limited edition of only five pieces: for each of these we have hand-soldered each circuit of the electronic board, a cult object for connoisseurs that translates in a unique quality in sound transmission. Each piece is numbered with a metal plate on the side of the structure and visually differs for the white knobs.