This modern concert grand piano, a collaboration between Audi Design Studio and Vienna-based piano manufacturer Bösendorfer, is stunning enough to make the most novice of ivory ticklers at least appear like a pro. The piano, to be unveiled July 16, celebrates the brand’s centenary, with a stunning design, produced with the utmost detail, out of a combination of two exceptional—albeit different–studios. Bösendorfer which began creating acoustic pianos in 1828, generally has a somewhat baroque approach to design. Audi, for its part, obviously did not want to limit the instrument’s natural wonder and ability to create specific sounds, but was looking for a more streamlined aesthetic, and had to account for precision craft skills with tolerances down to one five-hundredth of a millimetre.
“Generous surface areas ensure formal clarity; there are no decorative applications, the edges and lines are sharply drawn, the joints logically positioned. All these are important aspects of the Audi design,” says Designer Philip Schlesinger, who implemented the project at the Concept Design Studio in Munich. The lid, which slopes seamlessly to the base, in a one-piece innovation implemented by Audi. A hidden handle opens the lid, and hinges are concealed. While retaining the classic black piano finish, typical Audi brand colors were used for the interior—for example, a grey cast frame, and white felt damper strips.
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