Steinway & Sons enlisted Italian designer Elena Salmistraro to create a reimagining of their classic 'Spirio r' grand piano to celebrate Disney's 100th anniversary. The Steinway x Disney: Mickey Mouse Limited Edition piano features an interpretation of the quintessential Disney character with a colour explosion.
Steinway x Disney: Mickey Mouse Limited Edition by Elena Salmistraro
The Mickey Mouse Limited Edition piano features an all-white background that becomes a canvas for a colourful, multi-pattern extravaganza. The piano was unveiled at the Steinway Hall New York with classical pianist (and former Wallpaper* Guest Editor) Lang Lang performing for the occasion. 'The design is amazing. You see Mickey all over the piano, in a cool and colourful way,' says the Chinese pianist.
Chosen for the artistic intervention, the 'Spirio | r' is the world’s finest high resolution player piano, whose features include live performance capture and playback.
The artwork was hand-painted on the piano, while the flat and sharp keys are rendered in a distinctive blue hue, and the piano was created in a limited edition of 25 pieces available worldwide.
Salmistraro is a collaborator of some of today's leading design brands, from Natuzzi to Cappellini. 'Elena is one of the most promising young Italian designers: she is sunny, creative, and her imagination has no limits,' Giulio Cappellini told us earlier this year as part of his Wallpaper* Guest Editorship.
Her signature colour composition feature contrasting palettes of bold hues and patterns that add to the artistry of the piano and the whimsical world of Mickey Mouse.
'I’ve been inspired by Mickey Mouse’s lively character, curiosity and joy since I was little,' says Salmistraro. 'I have infused it with what I feel is a vibrant and powerful design. The piano’s white background represents the sketch board that Mickey Mouse was originally created on years ago while rich and colorful tones give energy to his iconic characteristics. The blue gradient represents the movement of music around him, brought together through the gold rivers to create a symphony of sound.'
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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