7 × 10 × 5 1/2 in. (17.8 × 25.4 × 14 cm)
Weight: 4.3 lb. (2 kg)
Anonymous Gift, 2001
Not on view
The innovative wind-up spring mechanism powering this flashlight was first conceived to operated a radio that needed neither battery nor electricity. Trevor Baylis initially designed these self-powered objects for use in third-world communities where access to electricity is limited or non-existent and the cost of batteries prohibitively expensive. A rechargeable battery stored within the flashlight body provides an additional energy source.
private collection (until 2001; their gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005.