11 May TV Design Has Gone from Prominent Pieces of Furniture to Hidden Pieces of Art
How often do we think about TV design? Of course, the main focus of a TV is on the screen and the type of picture it produces. But television sets—from a design perspective—have come a very long way since their introduction into the market 80-some-odd years ago.
Because of all of the hardware and electronics packed into them, those early tube TV models were incredibly heavy and basically served as another piece of furniture in the living room or wherever you decided to place it in your home. Some of the popular features of the time? How about a built-in record player, direct view screens (because other options out there used mirrors to project the skyward-facing image out towards you), and an integrated AM-FM radio.
Around 1950, the design of TVs shifted from a standalone piece of furniture into something that was more of a tabletop product. The set had to sit on something (enter, the TV stand), which still essentially made the thing feel like one solid piece of furniture. But they became more “portable” in the sense that you could move the TV from room to room, and they were less cumbersome to actually bring into the home and install. Screens at this time also began to increase in size. Rarely, if ever, would you find a TV with a screen smaller than 12 inches, while more and more sets were pushing the mid to upper 20-inch range.
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