Philips Unveils DesignLine HDTV with Sheet of Glass Design

According to The Verge, the new Philips DesignLine HD LED TV is among the most striking televisions designed of late. Manufacturer TP Vision crafted the impressive, sleek set out of a single sheet of glass, meaning there’s no base stand or ‘chin’ to be seen. Available in 46- and 55-inch configurations, the DesignLine is intended to be simply leaned against a wall, with its weight enough to keep it standing securely.

“We really wanted to move away from the current product language used in TV design,” said designer Frank Rettenbaher regarding the unconventional HDTV.

“We started this project with ambition of creating an object of desire,” explained chief designer Rod White. “We had recognized that there are consumers who want to collect the best objects to create their perfect living environment.”

The DesignLine also features active 3D and Philips’ 3-sided Ambilight technology, which casts lighting effects on the wall behind the set “in a bid to heighten immersion,” notes The Verge.

“Despite its beautiful design, we can’t yet speak to how content actually looks on the new pair of TVs. Philips TVs haven’t exactly [been] known for besting Samsung and Panasonic when it comes to panel quality,” suggests the post. “We’re also uncertain what impact the unconventional viewing angle of this set would have on real-world usage. UK TV shoppers will be able decide if this is a case of style over substance when DesignLine ships this June for an as-yet undisclosed sum.”

The post includes a 3-minute video news release from TP Vision.