THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY
Steinway Limited Edition Piano 125th Anniversary – This Limited Edition was presented to the public in 2005 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Steinway factory in Hamburg. Count Albrecht Goertz, a man with a passion for design and creator of arguably the world’s most beautiful sports car – the BMW 507 – created this grand piano which features a clear, pure lines.
THE GRAND PIANO
In 2005, to celebrate the founding of the Hamburg Steinway factory 125 years earlier, Count Albrecht von Goertz designed a special anniversary grand piano, an instrument notable for its elegant simplicity. Count Goertz was the legendary designer of the BMW 507, considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful sports car.
True to his design principles, Count Goertz, chose to retain the classic Steinway black finish, focusing instead on endowing various components with the sleek lines for which he is renowned.
The result was a timeless design with a hint of sensuality. Not one to tamper with the perfection of the Steinway’s iconic shape, Count Goertz decided to accentuate the finish, creating a dynamic interplay between contrasting satin and highly polished surfaces. By focusing on the essentials, Count Goertz’s 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Grand Piano, this very special Model A-188, is remarkably elegant and beautiful.
Count Albrecht Goertz was an industrial designer and creator of arguably the world’s most beautiful sports car, the BMW 507. He gladly accepted Steinway’s invitation and prepared to face his “last challenge,” as he put it. From stylish cars to exclusive fountain pens and functional furniture, the connection between these very different products created by Count Goertz is their timeless aesthetic appeal. His designs have never been elf-referential or extreme. Rather, he focused on the essentials, underlining the functional elements of each individual product without introducing distractions.
Count Goertz has always treated the creation of this anniversary grand piano as the end of his career. He died on October 27, 2006, at the age of 92. The cooperation with him remains unforgettable among the Steinway staff.
“Music is movement, and with the adrenaline flowing, I began to play with ideas for suggesting it in the design.”