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ANTIQUE PIANO SHOP IS THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING RESOURCE PROVIDING PERIOD STYLE AND DESIGNER PIANOS
THE PIANO AND INTERIOR DESIGN
MOST PEOPLE, INCLUDING CLIENTS AND DESIGNERS ALIKE, ARE NOT AWARE THAT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE GENERIC-LOOKING BLACK PIANO.
How many professionally designed homes have you seen with exquisite period decor, only to see a sterile shiny black baby grand piano in the corner? Most designers are not aware that THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE to the mass-produced black baby grand piano for their clients.
LET US HELP YOU FIND THAT PERFECT PIANO FOR YOUR SPECIAL CLIENT
Antique Piano Shop specializes in working with design professionals worldwide. Our goal is to provide your special clients with the perfect piano to complement their design style and harmonize with surroundings rather than working against them. These instruments are quality musical instruments, not just beautiful pieces of furniture.
WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, AND WE GLADLY OFFER SPECIAL DISCOUNTS AND WHOLESALE PRICING “TO THE TRADE” WITH SPECIAL TERMS AVAILABLE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
Interior Design is a reflection of our personality and soul. We create our interior spaces to suit our individual style as a safe, comfortable place that can insulate us from the chaos of the outside world.
Throughout history, the piano has always been a primary focal point in the home. With just a glance, a piano in the home conveys the presence of culture, style, and sophistication as well as provide a sense of warmth and elegance. Unlike tables, chairs, and other accessories, the piano is the heart and soul of a space. The piano draws us in and beckons us to touch the keys and hear what sounds we can create; it holds the memories of friends and families gathered near and remains a constant throughout the years of our ever-changing lives.
there is a growing demand for an alternative to the generic black piano within the interior design industry
Antique Piano Shop offers an alternative to the generic black piano for the design professional.
From the Avant-Garde to the Exotic, Antique Piano Shop is proud to offer some of the rarest and most unique pianos in the world. We specialize in helping Design Professionals find the perfect piano for the perfect space!
A lifetime of networking and collecting allows us to offer an amazing selection of unique and period-style instruments that is simply unparalleled. We offer instruments not found anywhere else in the industry, period. If we don’t immediately have what you need, our extensive network will be able to find it for you!
Please visit our Online Showroom to view our current inventory.
Customized styling and faux finishing available
In the early 20th Century, the demand for specialized, custom-decorated instruments was so great that many manufacturers had a separate “Art Department” which employed skilled artists and craftsmen full-time for the purpose of creating custom-designed and decorated pianos for their special clients.
Antique Piano Shop is proud to have one of the only “in house” Art Departments in the piano industry today! From custom designed cabinets to painted murals, faux-finishing and distressing, our expert team of skilled woodcarvers, artists, and faux-finishers specialize in creating special, one-of-a-kind cabinets around vintage instruments which can allow Design Professionals to offer their clients unlimited options when choosing a piano.
If you have a special style/design in mind, all we need is a photo or a sample piece to match. There is no limit to what we can do!
the piano’s place in design history
THE FORGOTTEN ELEMENT IN DESIGN
Because of its size and visibility, the piano is intended to be a core element of a room design – a central piece with its own distinct style that defines the room around it. Although it may be the largest and most visible piece in a room, the piano is often given the least amount of consideration when it comes to style, design, and color. While the smallest details like fixtures and accessories receive extensive consideration when planning the space around us, the piano is often perceived as having no unique style or identity of its own. Rather than being the focal core element to bring a room together as it was intended, many designers today approach the piano as an afterthought meant to blend into the background unnoticed.
HOW IT WAS THEN: THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW CENTURY
The Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and earl 20th Century was a time of lavish lifestyles, excessive luxury, and great prosperity. With the arrival of the new Century, a revival of classic and historically influenced design styles was gaining immense popularity worldwide. The renaissance in historically influenced design style prompted the building, furniture, and textile industries to include period-styled products in their offerings in order to meet the demand of the customer.
THE PIANO IS A CORE PIECE OR FOCAL POINT OF A ROOM. THEREFORE, THE STYLE, COLOR, AND DESIGN OF AN INSTRUMENT WILL DEFINE THE ROOM AROUND IT
Though slow to chance, it eventually became clear to piano manufacturers that they would need to offer period-specific style instruments in order to meet demand and remain competitive. The success of the furniture and textile industries eventually led piano manufacturers to offer special models in period-style cases like Louis XVI, Italianate, Chippendale, Georgian, Jacobean, Spanish Renaissance, etc. in addition to their standard lines.
More prominent manufactures specialized in creating custom, one-of-a-kind pianos on special order for wealthier clients in order to match their home’s decor. It was not uncommon for a wealthy client to visit a prominent piano factory, choose the instrument they preferred among all others, then had the factory commission specialized cabinet makers and artists to design and build a custom cabinet around the instrument they chose. This piano would have been picked out among all others for its fine tone quality, and then a small fortune spent to have the cabinet custom decorated to suit the client’s decor! The demand for specialized, custom-decorated instruments was so great that many manufacturers had a separate “Art Department” employing skilled artists and craftsmen full-time for the purpose of creating these beautiful works of art!
COMING FULL CIRCLE IN DESIGN: THE ARRIVAL OF THE 21st CENTURY
With the arrival of this new century and the age of the internet, we are once again seeing a trend moving toward the comfort and elegance of Classic and Traditional design, often with a modern twist. Our hectic, fast-paced lives find comfort in the spaces we create around ourselves; the ideal of “Hearth and Home” is more important today than ever before. As we come “full-circle” as a modern society, elements of style which were once valued are again becoming popular and mainstream.
Today, modern furniture and textile companies are expanding their lines of period-inspired products as the demand for Classic and Traditional style continues to grow. Some of today’s best-selling lines are rooted in centuries old design, while other best-sellers offer “distressed” and “faux-finished” pieces which are specially finished in order to make new furniture look old and worn!
And, just like it was a century ago, piano manufacturers are once again slow to change their product lines in order to offer anything other than the sterile, generic black piano, making it difficult for both the client and the design professional to realize that there is an alternative.
why is it always a generic black piano?
Most people, clients and designers alike, are not aware that there is an alternative to the generic-looking black piano. In recent years, the market has been flooded with generic-looking shiny black pianos that have no individual style and no soul. These pianos are mass-produced in a cookie-cutter fashion, each one looking identical to the next. While some might describe these pianos as “sleek and elegant”, others tend to find them a stark and shocking contrast against the warmth and elegance of Traditional and Period furnishings.
ANTIQUE PIANO SHOP OFFERS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE GENERIC BLACK PIANO FOR THE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
The usual perception of both the client and the designer is that basic black is “classic” – therefore it is justified that black must match any style, any color, or any design scheme.
Looking through any number of popular Interior Design Publications, you will see it – professionally decorated period inspired rooms with imported mahogany French marble-top tables or custom carved Louis XV Medallion back chairs – all blended in perfect harmony to create that perfect space. But there, amid this elegant balance, you see the sterile, generic black baby grand piano from the local shopping mall, somehow expected to blend in unnoticed.
Hand-carved period style and rich wood patina add warmth and elegance to any room.
Custom faux-finishing and hand-painted art work come together to recreate a true “Old World” look and feel.
Classical design and beautiful natural wood create a clean period appearance without excessive detail or decoration.
pianos that play themselves from your smart device!
THE ULTIMATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
The Pianomation Player System makes your piano come alive and play by itself with real expression like a person, without changing the manual playability of your piano in any way! The player system is operated wirelessly by any smart device, and more than 10,000 songs are available ranging from Pop, Classical, Jazz, and even R&B.
We are installing this system in more than half of the pianos we restore. The piano has amazing range of volume control. Any piano can play loudly, but the Pianomation Player System is capable of playing at very low volumes when soft background music is desired.
The most popular feature with this system is the fact that you can plug it into a speaker or sound system and have a full orchestra play with your piano! Imagine your favorite band or vocalist playing and singing right along with your piano as it plays! In person, it sounds like a live performance and is simply incredible!
The Pianomation Player System is designed to wirelessly integrate with existing home sound systems, allowing the piano to become an integral part of the ultimate Home Entertainment Center!