Solid yet sleek, the Ally Pally TV stand is formed out of reclaimed sanded and waxed scaffolding boards with raw hotrolled steel legs. This elegant unit will accomodate TV’s up to 85″ in size.

£195.00 incl VAT

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Why ‘Ally Pally’? Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally to its friends) is situated in North London and known around the world as the birthplace of television. It was never owned by the BBC, but in 1935 the Corporation leased the eastern part of the building from which the first public television transmissions were made. In 1936 it hosted trials between the EMI-Marconi and Baird television system to decide which would carry the television standard for the future. Studio A was equipped with the Marconi-EMI Emitron system, while Baird installed his mechanical systems in Studio B. The Emitron camera proved far superior to Baird’s cumbersome film technique, which never developed beyond an experimental stage. These early transmissions were famously introduced by one of the very first presenters, Elizabeth Cowell, with the words “this is direct television from Alexandra Palace.”

From 1936 until the early 1950s, except during the Second World War, Alexandra Palace remained the major production centre for BBC television, broadcasting landmark programmes such as The Grove Family and historic events including the 1953 Coronation. After 1956 it was used exclusively for news broadcasts. The BBC continued to produce television programmes at Alexandra Palace for the Open University until 1981 when the University moved out to purpose-built premises north of London in Milton Keynes.

Reclaimed, sanded, and waxed scaffolding boards add warmth and rustic charm to our furniture. Once these Pine planks reach the end of their professional life we save them from the incinerators, wax and lightly sand to leave them with a natural, raw finish. These boards retain all of their original character with beautiful imperfections that make each piece we make unique. Our wood is treated with Osmo Wax Oil and comes in three finishes.

Construction grade girders provide unrivalled support for our sturdier pieces. Designed and produced for strength, these excess offcuts are saved from the scrap pile and come in a clear or black finish.

Weight 35 kg
Dimensions 200 × 22.5 × 35 cm