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Limited Edition

Presenting the Limited Edition Collection

Throughout the 153-year history of Steinway & Sons, there has been a tradition of honouring special occasions by inviting leading designers to create exceptional instruments. Over the years, these limited editions have delighted privileged owners. These precious instruments are unique masterpieces featuring the individual style of each designer.


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Design & Specification

Whether dazzling an audience, woodshedding in the practise room, or exploring the joy of music at home, the Steinway Boston brings genuine world-class tone and responsiveness within reach. This Boston grand piano was manufactured specially for its 25th anniversary. The first Boston was manufactured in 1992.

Designed by STEINWAY & SONS, employing the unique patents and expertise that have made the name of STEINWAY synonymous with musical excellence, the Boston line of grand and upright pianos represents a singular achievement in instrument building: a superior playing experience at a price level never before thought possible.

Steinway & Sons marked an auspicious moment in our rich history with our uncompromisingly crafted 600,000th piano, The Fibonacci — a feat of artistry, engineering and precision, designed by master artisan Frank Pollaro. The Fibonacci spiral represents a numerological sequence that reflects the geometric harmony found in nature, from the sunflower to the pineapple to the continuum of the galaxy itself.

Employed in mathematics as far back as the first century, the Fibonacci sequence epitomizes the golden ratio, a balance of pleasing proportions found throughout history across architecture, art, design and even music. The Fibonacci from Steinway & Sons and Frank Pollaro embodies this perfect harmonious balance that connects us to and inspires beauty in so many forms. The limited-edition Fibonacci Model B is now available for purchase. This is also available as a Steinway & Sons Spirio — the high-resolution player piano.

The elegance of 18th-century France is reproduced in this delicately hand-carved instrument made of beautiful wood in the rare Louis XV carved style, including the legs and moulding. Even the top lid of the piano is scalloped in beautiful detail.

Price: £369,500

Like the songs of John Lennon, the IMAGINE SERIES is the perfect harmonisation of music with creativity to achieve an end result that is much greater. The Limited Edition series is modelled after the white Steinway grand piano that John presented to Yoko Ono on her birthday in 1971. Each piano incorporates John’s signature, music, and a medallion to indicate its uniqueness. The music desk of each piano incorporates one of seven different John Lennon original drawings. Come Together, the title of the opening track on the Beatles’ historic album, Abbey Road, reflects John Lennon’s desire to bring people together. ‘Grand Piano’ is a drawing that captures the songwriting process — as musician and piano become one. ‘Freda People’ exemplifies John Lennon’s passion for using music for the benefit of mankind. ‘Self Portrait’ is perhaps John Lennon’s most famous drawing — despite the simplicity, it’s unmistakably John. ‘Borrowed Time’ includes a sketch of an upright piano, similar to the legendary Steinway on which Lennon composed Imagine. ‘Frog Pondering’ perfectly demonstrates a blend of the creative and playful sides of Lennon. In ‘Power to the People’, we see a combination of Lennon’s love for freedom, as well as of New York, with his rendition of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The soundboard of every Imagine piano is graced by a full-colour decal, also based on a drawing from John Lennon. A portion of the proceeds from every Imagine piano sold by Steinway & Sons will be donated to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

DESIGNED BY DAKOTA JACKSON

Dakota is known for his simple yet inventive approach to design. He is an excellent pianist and revered furniture designer. The challenge for Dakota was to create an art case piano that would embody the Steinway tradition of hand-craftsmanship and technical innovation, and also create a new perception of how this fabulous instrument has changed the world of music. Dakota placed great value in elegant shapes, discreet highlights, and interesting lines, whilst combining choice subtlety with original elements: The lid is divided into three and opens like a fan and the topstick that supports the lid is an elegant S shape in design.

DESIGNED BY KARL LAGERFELD

Karl Lagerfeld is a German-born fashion designer and artist based in Paris, France. He has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art-related projects, most notably as head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel. When Steinway invited Karl Lagerfeld in 2003 to design the 150th-anniversary grand piano, his response was a simple “why not?” His choice of design features clear lines which balance the especially wide tail of the grand that is typical of the Steinway Model. He wanted to create a sled-shaped grand piano – the unusual rectangular legs in particular support this image. The idea also gave the grand piano its name: S.L.ED: S(teinway). L(imited). ED(dition). The choice of colour for the instrument is equally unusual. Inspired by classic Japanese boxes, Karl Lagerfeld added bold red accents, while selecting an ultra-matte black as the basic colour of this instrument.

HISTORIC GRAND PIANO

A recreation of the instrument used by the famous Polish pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski on his dazzling concert tour of America in 1892-93. Among the striking period details are the carved, fluted legs and the exquisitely carved music desk incorporating a Steinway Lyre in the centre. This reflects the elegant and classical Victorian furniture design of the late 19th century.

DESIGNED BY COUNT ALBRECHT VON GOERTZ

The late Albrecht Goertz was the creator of arguably the world’s most beautiful sports car, the BMW 507. Count Albrecht wished to create a design that reflected how he lived his life; a piano that tipped its cap to the values of movement, speed and class. The result is a unique combination of movement and music. To retain the original shape and black finish of the classic Steinway, he focused on sleek lines and created a dynamic interplay between contrasting satin and the highly polished surfaces. In doing so, his vision of bringing the piano to life, of creating that movement he sought after, was real. He achieved this by eliminating all the things he felt superfluous.

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