If you've ever perused the electronics department at a Brittish or Parisienne department store, you're likely to see some stellar industrial design. Im not sure why American and European TV design diverged like this- there are plenty of European models with their own stands. In the US we've designed our tiny thin televisions to need another large piece of furniture to support it- defeating the point!
The Bouroullec Brothers created an amazing line here- relegated only to our friends across the pond at this point. I hope that changes.