Next OP1: a stand for a TV screen

1950s aesthetics or extreme minimalism? The alternative is to treat the domestic TV as though it were a painting.

A severe minimalist crusade, that’s what it was. All things considered, the fact that, as time goes on, the futuristic wafer that the television has become continues to sport an ungovernable power cable is, quite frankly, unbearable. But after Samsung introduced to the market its almost invisible optical transmission cable, are we still sure we like all this impersonal cleanliness?

Well aware that returning to 1950s television sets is completely insane, perhaps the time has come for a little anarchy, and instead of playing with the science fiction idea of TV screens so well disguised as to look like an Ikea picture frame, maybe we should go back to the times when television was a real piece of furniture. This time in a fresh, new way, as though it were an artist’s canvas, placed on the oak tripod Next OP1 by Vogel’s, which can be adjusted according to the model of TV. A creative and ironic object of design, great: but what about the cable?

Have no fear, according to the instruction manual, it is cleverly concealed in the back leg of the tripod. It is a touch of class, although many will object to the unacceptable tangle that will unavoidably lead from the Next OP1 to the socket. But that’s the price one has to pay for being free of minimalist slavery, in addition to being an ingenious way to avoid the second serious – problem of contemporary televisions sets, the short table TV metal base. It is not only frustrating to have electric cables trailing across the floor. Those dangling from furniture (and walls) are apparently even more irritating. That’s why you will never tire of  thanking the genius who spent countless nights developing the Samsung Invisible Connection cable.

Object name:
NEXT OP1
Designer:
Malte Kidde
Company:
Vogel’s
Typology:
TV Floor Stand
Material:
Wood
Year:
2017

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