This Piano From 1931 Looks Like It’s From The Future

This Piano From 1931 Looks Like It’s From The Future


Looking at this grand piano, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a prototype for some forthcoming modern take on a classical instrument. Forgiven, but wrong. This futuristic looking set of keys in fact dates back to 1931.

It was designed by Poul Henningsen, in response to a conversation with famous Danish Jazz pianist Leo Mathiesen. Mathiesen complained that the solid lid of his piano made it hard to see his bass player during performances — so Henningsen designed a piano to solve the problem.

In fact the whole thing, with its curved legs, is designed to to provide more room for percussion instruments in an ensemble set-up. Regardless of practicalities, though, it’s a beautiful object — and a fine example of design that refuses to age. [Tuvie]

Image: Bluethener