The instrument was designed by Peugeot’s Design Lab, which was intended to display Peugeot’s design expertise. The design lab has designed concepts for everything from pens to multi-million pound boats in the past as it aims to demonstrate the brand’s design philosophy.
The piano was created for established piano maker Pleyel, founded by famous composer Ignace Pleyel, and as such was named the Peugeot Design Lab Pleyel piano – which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
Peugeot’s piano was debuted in the UK recently with a one-off performance from X Factor favourite Ella Henderson. Ella showcased her extraordinary vocal and pianist abilities with an acoustic performance of Cher’s ‘Believe’, after which she seemed thrilled with the new piano design.
Ella commented that ‘the design of [the piano] is so different to anything I’ve played on before… it looks so futuristic and sounds incredible’, before further adding: ‘I was worried people might be paying more attention to the piano than me!’
The Peugeot Design Lab Pleyel piano was created by an expert team of designs, engineers and technicians. The development for the instruments took months of research, study and tests to ensure that the piano retained Pleyel’s signature high sound quality – whilst managing to deliver a unique playing experience.
The end result of the Design Lab’s efforts features a plethora of unique innovations that are now patented – which are the first for piano design in over one hundred years.
For the first time in piano history, the audience can see the artist play from all frontal views, which ensures that they are able to see the pianist’s hands and creates a higher level of sound response and interaction between them and the audience.
Although the piano was well received, there has been no word on how this will affect or influence Peugeot’s future car designs.
However, we can be sure that if Peugeot ever get bored of manufacturing cars, or just want a new challenge entirely, then we can expect more radical designs from the Design Lab team.
In terms of present Peugeot vehicles, the Peugeot 208 supermini started production in mid 2012, whilst an all-new Peugeot RCZ coupe was released at the start of 2013, to rival the popular Audi TT model.
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