Pianos by Designers

Since 2008, the Pleyel Company has been manufacturing and producing pianos with a strong aesthetic identity, emphasising its commitment to modernity, creation and collaborations with designers who invent and reinvent, each with their own vocabulary, the shapes, materials and colours of this timeless musical instrument. By combining know-how and creativity, Pleyel pianos have made it their ambition to manufacture contemporary pianos that embody their times, with bags of personality, the epitome of French “art de vivre”.

Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Chocolate & Turquoise

Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Chocolate & Turquoise

Year of first production: 2010. This was the original model created for the Designer’s Days in Paris and then ordered for a mega yacht.

This piano symbolizes the mix of music and design, the instrument’s acoustic subtlety and its graphic beauty.
Seen from afar, the Parallèle piano, atop its acrylic legs, appears suspended in space, as if supported by its lyre alone. The parallel stripes in a glossy and matt chocolate brown lacquer create a musical stave, a sort of dreamlike score winding around the piano’s body.
Close up, the piano’s interior is a hypnotic turquoise, down to the smallest detail: the underside of the lid, the cast-iron structure, the sounding board, the bridges, and even the string felts and upper dampers.

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Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Red Vermilion

Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Red Vermilion

Year of first production: 2010. This was a special order for an Art chalet in Courchevel (French Alps).

This piano symbolizes the mix of music and design, the instrument’s acoustic subtlety and its graphic beauty.

Seen from afar, the Parallèle piano, atop its acrylic legs, appears suspended in space, as if supported by its lyre alone. The parallel stripes in a glossy and matt cacao brown lacquer create a musical stave, a sort of dreamlike score winding around the piano’s body.
Close up, the piano’s interior is a hypnotic red vermilion, down to the smallest detail: the underside of the lid, the cast-iron structure, the sounding board, the bridges, and even the string felts and upper dampers.

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Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Orange Hermès

Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Orange Hermès

Year of first production: 2010. This was a special order for a private residence in Provence.

This piano symbolizes the mix of music and design, the instrument’s acoustic subtlety and its graphic beauty.

Seen from afar, the Parallèle piano, atop its acrylic legs, appears suspended in space, as if supported by its lyre alone. The parallel stripes in a glossy and matt cocoa brown lacquer create a musical stave, a sort of dreamlike score winding around the piano’s body.
Close up, the piano’s interior is a hypnotic orange, down to the smallest detail: the underside of the lid, the cast-iron structure, the sounding board, the bridges, and even the string felts and upper dampers.

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Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Ivory

Parallèle by Hilton McConnico, Cocoa & Ivory

Year of first production: 2010. This was a special order for a mega yacht.

This piano symbolizes the mix of music and design, the instrument’s acoustic subtlety and its graphic beauty.
Seen from afar, the Parallèle piano, atop its acrylic legs, appears suspended in space, as if supported by its lyre alone. The parallel stripes in a glossy and matt cocoa brown lacquer create a musical stave, a sort of dreamlike score winding around the piano’s body.
Close up, the piano’s interior is a brilliant ivory, down to the smallest detail: the underside of the lid, the cast-iron structure, the sounding board, the bridges, and even the string felts and upper dampers.

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Voie Lactée by Andrée Putman, open Series

Voie Lactée by Andrée Putman, open Series

Voie Lactée (Milky Way) by Andrée Putman, open Series

Numbered Series

Year of first production: 2008. Signed by the designer and stamped by Pleyel.

This 2m17 grand piano was created with the harmonic structure of the grand piano of 2m04, heir of the mythical Pleyel n°3 model, chosen by the greatest concert pianists like Alfred Cortot.
Andrée Putman designed this piano as the instrument crystallized into a unique luxury object, transformed into a life-size musical box refined to novel proportions, with a milky way painted inside the lid in indigo and navy blue lacquer and set with constellation of stars. The music stand and piano prop in lacquered checkerboard pattern remind of the designer’s style.
A marriage between design and music, curved and straight lines, black lacquer and the blue milky way with its constellation stars, keyboard and checkerboard, an interface between music and the decorative arts, between piano and design.

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Voie Lactée by Andrée Putman, Limited Series

Voie Lactée by Andrée Putman, Limited Series

Limited Series

Year of first production: 2008. Next available: 3/8.

Signed by the designer, numbered and stamped by Pleyel.

This grand piano of 2m17 was created with the harmonic structure of the grand piano of 2m04, heir of the mythical Pleyel n°3 model, chosen by the greatest concert pianists like Alfred Cortot.
This limited series piano is an extremely luxurious version of the « Voie lactée » piano designed as a life-size musical box. The Milky Way painted inside the lid in indigo and navy blue lacquer is covered by a constellation of stars and constellation points inlayed with mother of pearl. The music stand and piano prop in black and white checkerboard pattern is in Corian. The Recital keyboard is made in mammoth tusk ivory. The «Satellite” piano bench is padded with horse hair. So many refinements adding to the rarity of this limited series of eight.

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Lirico by Michele De Lucchi

Lirico by Michele De Lucchi

Year of first production: 2010. Presented at the Milan Salon del Mobile Fair into Michele De Lucchi studio.

The frame of this 2.04 m grand piano is resolutely black. The lacquered blackness of the ebony, like that of the keys, is enhanced by the anthracite grey of the casting, forming a contrast with the legs, music stand, lyre and piano prop, all in solid natural wood.
In his imagination, Michele De Lucchi saw the legs as “trestles” or “easels” carved in a light and innovative twisting movement, enhancing and dramatizing the piano’s aesthetic impact. The edges and lines are rounded, their curves a testament to the exceptional woodworking skills of Pleyel expertise, a sober and natural effect echoed by the lyre and music stand. The simple elegance of these solid natural wood Specifications contrasts with the traditional ebony hue of the instrument, creating a subtle contemporary look.
De Lucchi has designed a version of his piano which allows for a wide range of variations, playfully contrasting tones and materials. The original solid natural wood Specifications are also available in matt black lacquer, gold leaf, or a selection of fluorescent colours (green, yellow or orange).

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Piano Peugeot Design Lab for Pleyel by Peugeot

Piano Peugeot Design Lab for Pleyel by Peugeot

Year of first production: 2012. Presented at the Milan Salon Del Mobile Fair.

The Peugeot Design Lab has completely revisited the instrument by endeavoring to change all of the traditional conventions, as regards volume, ergonomics and construction. The studio has created a design language that rewrites the visual conventions of what a piano should look like, suggesting dynamism, lightness and an effect of levitation. The designers then gave it a sculpture, quality and sophistication of surface taken from the world of the automobile while respecting the Pleyel 200 years of skills and know-how.
This grand’s major innovations are the lowering of the mechanics in order to align the pianos cover and keyboard for an unequalled acoustic and visual quality, a new opening system by coming up with a self-supporting lid mechanism that can be raised with one hand - an idea borrowed directly from a cars tailgate -, a single cantilever leg with all the elegance of a suspension bridge creating a surprising levitation effect by offering the sight of a mechanism, supposedly heavy, floating above the stage. It confers exceptional visual lightness to what is traditionally one of the heaviest instruments in the musical world. Although the body of the piano and the soundboard are made of wood, which reacts best to sound, the lid and the leg have been made of carbon fiber for its properties of lightness and also of sound projection.

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