Piano – new interpretation

Valeria Lambrecht

Januar / January - 2019

Hochschule Hannover


At first glance it is not obvious that behind the minimalist furniture lies an electric piano that can be used to create powerful and dynamic sounds at home. The use of sustainable oak wood gives the electric piano an elegant and harmonious look that will fit into any living environment

What is the Topic?

Optically, the electronic piano has hardly changed since the first market launch, a black box with legs and a lot of unused cavity, which strongly reminds of a mechanical piano. It doesn’t matter where the electric piano is in the room, it is an unwanted, black foreign object in the modern living environment.The reinterpretation of the electric piano "Piano" was created as part of my bachelor thesis.The aim was to create a unique identity and formal language for the electric piano and to detach it stylistically from the mechanical piano."Piano" adapts to modern lifestyles and interior trends and blends harmoniously.

Why does it look like this?

The aim was to integrate the piano into the current living culture, with the ever smaller living space playing a major role. "Piano" is attached to the wall. With the piano spoon it is folded out of the body, which makes it particularly space-saving. When the piano is closed, a powerful sound system is concealed behind the 88 oak lamellas, which visualise the 88 keys of a piano. The penetration of the sound waves is guaranteed by the spaces between the struts. The oak wood is compatible with all stylistic furnishing styles. In addition to the acoustic requirements, it lends

What is special?

The "Piano" is space-saving and proves itself not only through its functionality, but also through its innovative design. Conventional construction have been reconsidered and reduced to the essentials. The focus is on the most important functions required for piano playing. Therefore, playful functions on the user interface have been dispensed with. A Bluetooth interface enables the connection to an app, which can carry out numerous functions on the piano. The device can be updated so that the consumer is not forced to buy a new-technically advanced model. Currently, only a few models can be dismantled. The repair effort is often no longer reasonable from an economic point of view. The old devices have to be recycled by complex procedures. "Piano" can be completely disassembled using clip mechanisms. You can easily access the technical components and repair or retrofit them. Compared to conventional electric-pianos, it is more durable and more ecological.

What is new?

"Piano" stands out due to its minimalist and space-saving body design. Conventional electric pianos basically consist of a black body on legs, with a lot of unused cavity. "Piano" is hung on the wall with the help of a suspension and a few simple steps. The self-designed cylindrical opening mechanism ensures a gentle opening and closing of the piano, but at the same time also a firm stand when playing the piano. The discreet design allows it to be integrated into any living environment. In addition, the electric piano can be used as a sound system when closed with the