The SK 2 radio, the earliest version of the present model, belonged to the first group of products designed in 1955 at Braun during its inaugural year as a company. A counterpoint to the clunky, arbitrarily ornate radios of the day, the SK 2 was compact and sophisticated. Interestingly, the radio was designed prior to Dieter Rams’ tenure at Braun by the company’s director, Artur Braun and creative director, Fritz Eichler.  Neither Braun nor Eichler were ever trained as industrial designers, but both individuals expressed decidedly modern sensibilities, a key component to Braun’s lasting success.