In honour of Steinway’s 160th anniversary, we are proud to announce our latest collaboration with renowned furniture designer Dakota Jackson: the stunning Arabesque – a limited edition with a unique and innovative design approach.
Like the intimate, lyrical creation by Robert Schumann entitled “Arabesque”, or Debussy’s pensive masterpiece of the same name, the 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Arabesque by Dakota Jackson touches the soul with a pure beauty. Conceived by Dakota Jackson for the 160th anniversary of Steinway & Sons in 2013, the instrument captivates with exquisite design accents, giving an impression of fluidity and movement. In ballet, an “arabesque” is a pose held suspended in time, with the limbs of the dancer impossibly extended. It conveys a sense of channeled energy, flowing freely through the tips of the fingers and toes, outward and upward into the ether.
The cooperation between Steinway & Sons and Dakota Jackson began in 2000 with the development of the highly successful Tricentennial Limited Edition for the 300th anniversary of the piano. Now, with the 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Arabesque by Dakota Jackson, the special partnership grows still stronger. “To me,” Jackson says, “Steinway is synonymous with Piano. I wouldn’t consider designing a piano for any other company.”
Embodying the balletic vision that is the inspiration behind the Arabesque, the prop stick captivates the eye with its dynamic upward motion. It seems to defy the rules of gravity as it effortlessly bears the weight of the lid, which, when fully propped, reveals a whole new level of suspension by physically separating itself from the instrument.
The Arabesque captures the quality of lightness and playful motion in its unique legs. Their pentagonal form widens as it extends upwards, twisting around its own axis towards the instrument – a true feat of craftsmanship requiring great precision. These graceful legs are elegantly adorned with chrome-plated casters.
The wood selected for the Arabesque, Macassar Ebony from Indonesia, is the perfect material to underscore the warm strength of the design. Chosen and shaped with skill by the Steinway master craftsmen, each piece of wood reveals an individual grain that makes every piano a true rarity. With its fascinating structure in deep black to dark brown, this lovely wood brings a special, breathtaking power to the instrument. The balance of grace and strength is extraordinary in the 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Arabesque by Dakota Jackson in Macassar.
The pleasing impression of lightness one senses with the Arabesque is achieved in part by the special shape and surface design of the rim. Contrary to its actual weight, the rim appears lifted and suspended in the air thanks to the artfully beveled lower edges, hand adjusted by the Steinway master craftsmen. heightening this impression of weightless ease are two silver bands running cleanly along the rim’s lacquered surface. The unique shape of the arms to the left and right of the keyboard likewise enhances this design.
The rounded aesthetics of the Arabesque recall the gentle curves of a ballet dancer’s arms and the perfect harmony of shapes evident in every movement. The lid is curved in an exact echo of the sweeping arc created by the special shape of the arms. This visual harmony is repeated in the subtle contours of the lock rail, which parallel the curve at the front edge of the lid. With its rounded edges, the form laminated music rack continues the motif – and its concave surface both completes the design and serves a functional purpose.
The cooperation between Steinway & Sons and Dakota Jackson began in 2000 with the development of the highly successful Tricentennial Limited Edition for the 300th anniversary of the piano. Now, with the 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Arabesque by Dakota Jackson, the special partnership grows still stronger. Jackson says, “Steinway is synonymous with piano. I wouldn’t consider designing for any other company.”
Dakota Jackson is an exceptional American designer and manufacturer of high-end furniture. For 25 years he has created innovative furniture with distinctive style, maintaining a commitment to uncompromising artistic and craftsmanship values in every piece. His mastery of design is evident in both a visual and a tactile sense, exhibiting sophisticated composition and unsurpassed material quality.