In a harmonious fusion of music, artistry, and design, Steinway & Sons proudly introduces ‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition.’
This exquisite grand piano is the result of a remarkable collaboration between the renowned piano manufacturer and the versatile French designer, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.
The unveiling of this modern masterpiece took place amidst the captivating ambience of a private concert, featuring the acclaimed pianist and Steinway Artist, Yuja Wang, at the illustrious Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
This collaboration represents a convergence of two worlds: the world of timeless craftsmanship embodied by Steinway & Sons and the world of avant-garde design epitomized by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. It is a testament to the enduring allure of pianos as both musical instruments and works of art.
‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition‘ redefines the boundaries of traditional piano design, inviting music enthusiasts and connoisseurs of aesthetics to embark on a captivating journey of sound and visual delight.
A Dream Realized: Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s Vision:
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, is celebrated for his iconic designs such as the distinctive egg-shaped pods at London’s Sketch, the Corvo chair for Bernhardt Design, and the Manta desk for Ceccotti Collezioni, described the opportunity to design a piano for Steinway & Sons as nothing short of a dream come true.
He expressed profound admiration for Steinway’s timeless design and artistic excellence, considering it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Duchaufour-Lawrance drew inspiration from the fluidity of music, likening it to the ebbs and flows of water eroding rocks over time, and the transformation of curved ink traces into melodious notes on paper. He eloquently shared, “The immateriality of sound, the fluidity of time, and the resonance with space combined with these sensual lines were my inspiration.”
Duchaufour-Lawrance’s journey in crafting ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ was not merely about creating a piano; it was about infusing music with tangible artistry. His approach was to capture the intangible essence of music in a physical form, and in doing so, he ventured into uncharted territories of design.
By drawing inspiration from the natural world, he sought to encapsulate the dynamic and ever-changing nature of music in the contours and lines of this grand piano. In ‘The Noé Limited Edition,’ he invites us to appreciate music not only as aural beauty but also as a visual and tactile experience, where the piano itself becomes an expression of the melodies it produces.
The Result: An Artful Symphony of Design
The collaboration between Steinway & Sons and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has given birth to an elegant, sculptural masterpiece, meticulously handcrafted at the Steinway factory in Hamburg. Departing from the conventional design of Steinway & Sons grand pianos, ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ features a distinctive, gracefully ‘flowing’ rim, inspired by what Duchaufour-Lawrance aptly terms ’emotional curves.’
These curves celebrate the interplay of light and sound, mirroring the natural cadence of music. The piano’s legs take on a unique round shape, harmoniously complementing the soft lines of the rim, while the Lyra, crafted from metal, adds a final touch of elegance to the instrument.
The ‘Noé Limited Edition’ grand piano challenges preconceived notions of what a piano should be. It stands as a testament to the limitless possibilities of design and craftsmanship. Each element, from the flowing rim to the distinct round legs, has been carefully considered to create a harmonious whole.
The result is not just a musical instrument but a work of art that demands attention and admiration from all who encounter it. Duchaufour-Lawrance’s dedication to creating a piano that not only sounds exquisite but also captivates the eyes is evident in every curve and contour of this extraordinary instrument. ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ represents a harmonious convergence of music and design, where form and function coalesce in perfect synergy.
A Palette of Radiant Hues
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creative vision extends to the palette of colours chosen for ‘The Noé Limited Edition.’ Three captivating shades—white, red, and blue—have been thoughtfully incorporated, enhancing specific parts of the pianos. These hues are beautifully matched with corresponding veneers, resulting in breathtaking visual accents.
The ivory white shade pairs with Figured Sycamore Wood, midnight blue harmonizes with Blue Stained Mahogany wood, and a rich burgundy red complements red stained Indian Applewood. To further elevate the aesthetic, the cast iron plate and fittings are meticulously crafted with a silver- or gold-coloured finish, perfectly aligning with each piano’s unique colour scheme.
The incorporation of colour into the design of ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ adds a layer of depth and personality to each piano. It transforms the instrument into not only a musical centrepiece but also a visual statement. The careful selection of colours reflects Duchaufour-Lawrance’s commitment to infusing emotion and artistry into every aspect of the piano.
Each shade has been chosen not only for its visual appeal but also for the emotions it evokes. The result is a piano that not only produces beautiful music but also serves as a captivating work of art, seamlessly blending into any environment while commanding attention with its unique and vibrant hues.
Guido Zimmermann’s Perspective
Guido Zimmermann, President of Steinway & Sons Europe, shared insights into the meticulous selection of design collaborators, emphasizing the resonance of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s vision with the essence of Steinway & Sons.
He noted that Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creative approach beautifully modernized and softened the original design, achieving a harmonious blend of nature-inspired artistry and time-honoured craftsmanship. Zimmermann expressed pride in the exceptional craftsmanship displayed by the artisans at the Hamburg Factory, who seamlessly translated Noé’s creative artistry into reality. Each ‘Noé Limited Edition’ grand piano is a genuine work of art, aiming to spread the joy of music far and wide.
Zimmermann’s perspective sheds light on the meticulous thought process behind selecting Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance as the design collaborator for this project. It underscores the importance of choosing a creative partner who not only possesses remarkable design prowess but also shares a deep emotional connection with the essence of Steinway & Sons.
The President’s words affirm the commitment to maintaining the brand’s heritage while embracing innovative design, ensuring that ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ resonates with music enthusiasts and collectors alike. This collaboration transcends the realm of mere craftsmanship; it signifies a profound appreciation for the enduring legacy of music and design.
A Limited Edition Extravaganza
‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition‘ is available in two distinct models: the concert grand D-274, limited to an exclusive production of just 18 pianos worldwide, and the model B-211, with a limited production of 88 pianos globally.
What makes these grand pianos even more extraordinary is the inclusion of Steinway SPIRIO | r, renowned as the world’s finest high-resolution player piano capable of live performance capture and playback. SPIRIO | r captures every nuance of an artist’s performance directly from the instrument and stores it in Steinway’s proprietary high-resolution format.
The result is an experience that is virtually indistinguishable from the original performance. Artists also have the freedom to edit and refine their music using the high-resolution editor integrated into the Spirio iPad App, providing endless possibilities for artistic expression.
The exclusivity of ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ adds an aura of prestige to these grand pianos. With only a limited number in existence, each one becomes a rare and highly sought-after treasure. The concert grand D-274, with its limited production of 18 units, caters to those who demand the pinnacle of musical performance. It is a testament to the uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship and artistry.
The model B-211, with its limited run of 88 pianos, offers a more accessible option for enthusiasts who desire the unique blend of music and design that ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ represents. The inclusion of Steinway SPIRIO | r elevates these grand pianos to a new level of musical innovation, ensuring that they not only produce beautiful music but also preserve the essence of the artist’s performance for generations to come.
Price on Request: A Treasure Beyond Measure
The exclusivity and artistry embodied in ‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition‘ come with a price worthy of its uniqueness. Interested enthusiasts and collectors are invited to inquire about the price, a testament to the exceptional value and craftsmanship invested in each of these limited-edition grand pianos.
The decision to offer ‘The Noé Limited Edition‘ grand pianos at a price on request reflects the exceptional nature of these instruments. Each piano is a bespoke masterpiece, meticulously crafted to embody the vision of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and the legacy of Steinway & Sons.
While the price may be a significant investment, it is a testament to the artistry, craftsmanship, and exclusivity that these pianos offer. Those who acquire ‘The Noé Limited Edition‘ are not only purchasing a musical instrument; they are acquiring a piece of history—a symbol of innovation and creativity that will resonate through the ages. The invitation to inquire about the price reinforces the notion that these grand pianos are more than objects; they are treasures beyond measure.
Conclusion: A Harmonious Convergence of Art and Music
In the ‘Noé Limited Edition,’ Steinway & Sons and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance have orchestrated a symphony of design, artistry, and music. This grand piano is not merely an instrument; it is a testament to the boundless possibilities of creative collaboration. As music transcends boundaries and touches the soul, ‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition‘ exemplifies the artistry of sound and design in perfect harmony.
In this collaboration, Steinway & Sons continues to uphold its legacy of crafting exceptional instruments that captivate the hearts of musicians and art connoisseurs worldwide. ‘The Noé Limited Edition’ is an invitation to explore the realms of music and design, where emotion meets innovation, and creativity knows no bounds.
It stands as a symbol of the enduring power of music to inspire and the timeless allure of design to captivate. ‘The Steinway & Sons Noé Limited Edition‘ is more than a grand piano; it is a masterpiece—a work of art that will resonate through generations, continuing to evoke wonder and appreciation for the harmonious convergence of art and music.