“The first instrument I ever played was a Steinway” – said American rocker Lenny Kravitz, as he launched his collaboration with Steinway & Sons.
Having long admired Steinway & Sons, Lenny Kravitz teamed up with Steinway to design the Kravitz Grand Limited Edition of 10 Model B Steinways.
For this personal passion project, Lenny and his Kravitz Design team dissected every aspect of the Steinway’s construction, looking at the case, action and even the screws to create a completely new look unlike anything Steinway has ever produced.
“For the design of this piano, I wanted to mix the classic European style with an African motif. They blend so beautifully together,” says Kravitz in a statement.
The Kravitz Grand is inspired by African themes from painting, sculpture and fabric design via the Paris art scene of the 1920s. Art Deco styling is juxtaposed with African motifs in an ecclectic one-of-a-kind work of art. Fine materials and stunning attention to detail harken to the glamour of this era.
Speaking on the premium edition collaboration, Ron Losby, CEO of Steinway Musical Instruments, said:
“The Kravitz Grand is one of the most interesting takes on a 167-year-old classic design. Lenny has been a fantastic partner with an extraordinary eye for design…This collaboration with Lenny allowed us to take our history and heritage of creating the best pianos and put a unique spin on the design that no one has ever seen before.”
Only 10 models of the Kravitz Grand are available worldwide, with proceeds from its US$500,000 retail price partly going to the Harlem School for the Arts.
Photo credit Lenny Kravitz: Mark Seliger
Photo credit piano: Steinway & Sons
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by Amanda Johnstone