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. RCA and Du Mont were among the first companies to roll out consumer-ready models that came complete with a screen and speakers and that were already assembled.
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.
Of course, we’re referring to the Admiral AD3, which came to market in 1948 with a massive 12-inch screen and retailed for a cool $499.95 (roughly $5,100 in 2017 money).