A Piano From 1931 That Looks Like It's From the Future

Looking at this grand piano, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a prototype for some forthcoming modern take on a classical instrument. Forgiven, but wrong, because this futuristic looking set of keys in fact dates back to 1931.

It was designed by Poul Henningsen, in response to a conversation with famous Danish Jazz pianist Leo Mathiesen. Mathiesen complained that the solid lid of his piano made it hard to see his bass player during performances—so Henningsen designed a piano with a plexiglass lid to solve the problem.

In fact the whole thing, with its curved legs, is designed to to provide more room for percussion instruments in an ensemble set-up. Regardless of practicalities, though, it's a beautiful object—and a fine example of design that refuses to age. [Tuvie]

Image by Bluethener