3 awesome design pianos you'll wish you could play

The Ferrari or the Audi? No, we’re not talking about cars. We’re talking about pianos.

Neil Churchill April 1, 2015

Be honest now, how many times have you walked into a bar, seen a piano in the corner of the room and secretly wished that you could take to the keys and leave the room - and probably the lady that you're with - spellbound at your rendition of Beethoven's Für Elise? Yep, us too.

Of all the musical instruments that hold their style with time, the piano must surely be the gentleman's choice. There's a grace and majesty to a piano's structure and for old, grand pianos in particular, there's a sense of history, establishment and pomp that few other instruments provide.

That said, as much as we appreciate a classic Steinway, there's a batch of more youthful keyboards on the scene that are reshaping the design, style and relevance of the instrument as we know it.

Without further ado, here are three of the coolest pianos on the market today. Now, tell us you don't want to impress someone with a rendition of Uptown Funk on one of these...

Schimmel Ferrari Ferrari piano.

There's very few materialistic luxuries in this world that the Ferrari brand hasn't stuck its badge on, so it's not really a surprise to learn that there's a Ferrari piano. But that doesn't take away from this being one cool set of keys.

Sporting its famous Rosso Red colour, the piano has an unsurprisingly striking resemblance to a Formula 1 car, with smooth contours, rounded corners and a floating elegance that makes you want to sit on the stool even if you have no idea how to play. Made by German piano maker Schimmel, you can expect this to sound every bit as good as it looks. And just like a Ferrari it's not cheap, costing AED 1.5 million.

Whaletone Royal Digital Whaletone Piano. Made by British firm Whaletone, the Royal Digital piano is probably the coolest design instrument we've ever seen. The piano is styled to look as much at home floating on the ocean (because that's always a worrying possibility) as it does in the corner of your penthouse apartment. As the saying goes however, appearance is only skin deep - there's a number of high-tech tricks and gadgets under the Royal Digital's hood.

Doing away with the traditional workings of a piano's mechanics - hammers and strings - this electronic piano is loaded with 50 various high-quality sounds and packed with modern technology to make the playing experience sound and feel authentic. There are USB connection sockets built-in, providing recording, saving and play-back capability, while a headphone socket means you can practice late into the night, without fear of neighbours complaining. Our feature though is the Moving Keys function, where the piano plays famous performances of your favourite artists, while you sit back and relax.

Bösendorfer Grand by Audi Bösendorfer Grand by Audi Another car manufacturer designing a piano... since when did carmakers care so much for the instrument? While not as flamboyant as the Ferrari version - when you compare the two, it is all too clear which has German and which the Italian influences - this piano is still very striking in its design.

Made for Audi's 100th anniversary in 2009, this grand piano is every inch a Viennese-made instrument, with a pure sound coming from the innovative design. It's most striking feature is the closed side rim of the bass, allowing both better stability and presence as well as improved bass projection. The lid too is eye-catching, extending all the way down to the floor, integrating seamlessly into the legs. Even the metallic pedals hint at Audi optics.