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September 12, 2013

Contemporary Piano Design

During my Design History course at Tiltan, the final project was to redesign an existing item to suit contemporary elements. You may be wondering “What is contemporary design?” well, the contemporary style is clean, simple and features an uncluttered look. Some view individual pieces of furniture as essentials of contemporary design. Lighting fixtures are installed to highlight specific element or piece like paintings, pictures etc. Track lighting and recessed lighting are used to light a room in contemporary style. Thought it is common to see elements from post-modernism with extreme diversity, unusual shapes and daring colors.

piano design history

For this project, I chose the piano. About 1709, the Italian Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori built the world’s first piano called the piano et forte (or soft and loud). Shortly afterwards, others built pianofortes with hammer actions based on Cristofori’s work. Progressively, the pianoforte replaced the harpsichord and clavichord because it offered options previously unavailable with the earlier keyboard instruments.

the virtual piano by aziz natour

Reimagining the piano in a post-modern contemporary style was a difficult task. Eventually, I was inspired by the invention of laser-projected virtual keyboards and decided to create a piano based on that idea, hence the name “Virtual Piano”.

  • Tristan Nathaniel

    I want one

  • aniket rangrej

    Cool stuff. :) Are you still working on it? or u already built it?

    • Aziz Natour

      well it is just a concept, an idea!

  • Kevin Russell

    On the human factors side, vibration, via hammer action and instrument resonance provide subtle cues and patina connection; equally point source total resonance is so important (IHMO). Obviously ‘room’ resonance varies greatly. & to the extent, via haptics these can be accommodated the experience can be enhanced.