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Antique phones given new life as retro-cool Alexa interfaces

• by Paul Ridden

Los Angeles-based Grain Design has so far revived and sold three models – the Regent, the Avignon and the Metropolis. Each Alexaphone is sourced from the internet, antique stores, estate sales and collectors and, when looking for Alexaphone fodder, non-functional phones are preferred. Once selected, the novel works of functional art are restored and updated by hand.

The Regent has already been sold for US$1,500. It was born in the 1950s and is of Belgian descent. This Alexaphone has a zinc plated with copper main body that's been left pretty much as found rather than polished to within an inch of its life. Grain's custom fabric wire connects the refinished Bakelite handset to the copper body.

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