Hamburg (March 24, 2014) — For the first time in history, Steinway & Sons has been honored with the prestigious Red Dot Award. The accolade recognizes the innovative product design behind the company’s 160th Anniversary Limited Edition Arabesque grand piano, conceived by renowned American furniture designer Dakota Jackson.
The Arabesque, an exclusive masterpiece limited to only 50 pianos, won over a large panel of expert judges for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014. These international experts evaluated 4,815 entries from around the world before awarding the coveted Red Dot designations.
In ballet, an “arabesque” is a pose in which the dancer’s limbs are extended and held; the position conveys channeled energy, perfect balance, and flawless beauty. Likewise, the Arabesque piano demonstrates an impression of fluidity and movement through its pentagonal legs, its gracefully curved prop stick, and the double row of silver bands in the rim. The Arabesque piano is available in ebony high polish (30 pieces worldwide) and Macassar ebony, a precious, elegant veneer from Indonesia (20 pieces worldwide). The Arabesque was submitted to the Red Dot Awards in Macassar ebony.
On July 7, 2014, the Arabesque will be honored in a musical performance at the Red Dot Awards Gala, when roughly 1,200 guests will gather in Essen, Germany to salute the winners.
“The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention. Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the jury,” said Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot. “The winners can be proud of their achievements. With their entries, they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts. This success will be perceptible during the Red Dot Gala, when the laureates will receive the recognition of the international audience.”
Steinway & Sons and Dakota Jackson are pleased and honored to accept the Red Dot Award.
About the Red Dot Awards
With its origins dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Design Award ranks among the biggest and most renowned competitions in the world today. Red Dot documents the most remarkable trends and best designs. The internationally accepted seal is reserved exclusively for the competition’s winners. For more information, visit www.en.red-dot.org.
About Steinway & Sons
Since its founding in New York in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been considered the world's premier piano manufacturer. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, Steinway & Sons pianos are built in one of two company-owned and operated factories: Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany. Steinway & Sons pianos are still constructed primarily by hand, using many of the techniques developed over 160 years ago. Today, Steinway & Sons also offers the Boston and Essex piano lines, Listen, a magazine for music and culture lovers, and the Steinway & Sons record label. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.
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