Vitra and Panasonic collaborate to create glass cabinet that is actually a TV - architecture and design

Vitra and Panasonic collaborate to create glass cabinet that is actually a TV



Vitra, Panasonic and designer Daniel Rybakken have joined forces to create the concealed Vitrine television, on show at Milan design week.
The prototype TV is made of a simple wood frame holding what looks like a single pane of glass at a slight angle.

It's only when the TV is switched on that it becomes apparent that the "glass" is actually an OLED screen.
All the electronic components are hidden within the frame. Panasonic Design describes the television as blending "naturally into any contemporary living space".

"The model carefully balances between art and design," said Rybakken, a Norwegian designer whose recent works include dramatic lighting for Luceplan. "As a screen it no longer dictates its placement nor its role in the living space." "The dominating large black surface is instead transformed into something that can highlight what's behind, what's displayed or nothing at all," he continued.

On display now at Vitra's stand at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, the minimalist Vitrine is the result of a two-year research and development collaboration between the Swiss furniture brand and Panasonic Design ? the innovation arm of the electronics company.

The project shows brands continuing to evolve the television into a lifestyle product, or even a piece of furniture, that fits with the interior design of a space.
In this "invisible" take on electronics, technology is meant to blend into the background...
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