The Peugeot Design Lab worked with the French piano manufacturer Pleyel to create an innovative musical instrument. This “piano of the future” required months of research, study and tests carried out by the designers together with a team of engineers technicians, and acoustic engineers from both companies.
The aerodynamic and streamlined design allows for improved sound quality and gives viewers a better look at the pianist and his hands as he plays. This was achieved by lowering the mechanics in order to align the piano’s cover and keyboard. The traditional piano lid prop was replaced with a self-supporting lid mechanism that can be raised with one hand, an idea borrowed directly from a car’s tailgate.
The traditional three piano legs are replaced by a single cantilever leg, which creates a surprising levitation effect by offering the sight of a supposedly heavy mechanism floating above the stage. The lid and the leg are made of carbon fiber as it is light and good for sound projection. The central frame is made of steel so it can support the weight, and the leg has been filled with expanded foam to eliminate any sound box effect and best control all of the sound components.