It is taking an act of will not to purchase this gorgeous AM/FM radio from German design haus Troika. It plucks every connective cord that resonates between my design lobe and my wallet—a smattering of silver knobs, a giant exposed speaker driver, held in wood like an electric ice cream sandwich. And it’s tiny—just a five-inch square. Oh, my heart! This is my Aesthetic’s Heel.
You know, screw it. It’s only $75. It must be mine. Please excuse my rapture. I don’t even listen to the radio!
I confessed my post-purchase guilt to Gadget Lab‘s Rob Beschizza, who told me, “That is a radio to keep forever and give to a grandchild. ‘All you’ll hear is static, sonny—they sold the frequency off 10 years after I bought it, to AT&T Featuring Google. But we used to dance to the Macarana with this.'”