Straight Out of Sci-Fi: Discover The Coral Piano by Dio Davies

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The up-and-coming Notting Hill designer Dio Davies collaborated with with piano company Edelweiss on the futuristic statement piano enclosed inside a transparent perspex shell, illuminated by neon LED lights. Inspired by the designer’s travels to India and her love of sci-fi movies, the piano also has a self-play system that allows tracks to be played wirelessly from a concealed iPod and hidden speakers.

I took my love of films such as Tron and Blade Runner and their technological aesthetic – and the colours from my travels: tropical sunsets, flamingos and coral shells – and used crisp, dazzling acrylic to transform this hand-crafted artisan instrument into a vibrant work of art. I wanted to respect the heritage of the piano and its traditional mechanisms, the wooden hammers and leavers, and the classic black and white keys. However, I wanted to take it into the future and the transparency presented an exciting challenge. The piano needed to be beautiful, whilst also hiding the digital wizardry that allows the Edelweiss self-play system to operate behind the scenes. – Dio Davies

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Images courtesy of Dio Davies