July 8, 2009
Audi Designs Studio Team redesigns grand piano
From cars to music, they are just that good. The Audi Design Studio Team in Munich has redesigned a grand piano. There are no decorative applications, the edges and lines are sharply drawn, the joints logically positioned, said designer Philip Schlesinger, who implemented the project at the Concept Design Studio in Munich. Something that stands apart is the lid which extends without a break down to the base. From above, the lid is seen to be recessed into the main case. In the side view, the curve of the treble side is not interrupted by a joint line.
Also, this piano is an optical device which is meant to ‘draw the observer’s attention subtly to the pianist’. The keyboard has no wings at the ends. The cast frame is in grey instead of the usual bronze colour, and the felt damper strips in natural white instead of wine red. The price of this stunning model is 100,000 euros, around $140,000. It will make its debut on July 16 in the Audi Forum Ingolstadt, also celebrating Audi’s centenary.