Keys to the future
WHAT: PEUGEOT DESIGN LAB POUR PLEYEL
HOW MUCH: ABOUT HK$2 MILLION
WHY: Tony Stark would want this in his Iron Man den. It's not just the über-futuristic look that impresses - some unprecedented techniques were used to create this masterpiece.
Peugeot Design Lab - a subsidiary of Peugeot automobiles famous for its portfolio of conceptual non-automotive products - and piano manufacturer Pleyel spent 18 months on research and development for the unique piano.
For the first time in piano-making history, the cover and keyboard are aligned on the same level. This allows the audience to see the pianist playing from any angle. Acoustically, no structures will obstruct the sound projection. In addition to its sleek and aerodynamic look, the piano also features user-friendly functions. Inspired by a car's tailgate, the piano has a self-supporting lid mechanism that can be raised with one hand. And the designers have replaced the traditional three legs with a single cantilever leg resembling the silhouette of a suspension bridge.
Both the lid and leg are crafted in carbon fibre, while the soundboard and ribs are made of top-quality solid spruce. The piano strings are all hand-spun and nickel-plated.
The piano is available at Pleyel's showroom in Paris.