Possibly the most surprising thing about Ericsson’s striking one-piece telephone was that it was introduced as early as 1954, from a design originally created in 1941, but at that time the necessary plastics and lightweight metals were not available. It was belatedly introduced into the UK in 1978 as the Ericofon 600, one of the Special Range Telephones. At the same time, the Ericofon 700 was also offered. This updated version with a keypad in the base was designed in 1976 to celebrate Ericsson’s centenary. Without doubt, a design classic, recognised by the New York Museum of Modern Art as one of the best industrial designs of the 20th century. Visit the Ericofon site.