Bösendorfer Unveils Limited Edition Kessler-Designed Grand Bohemian: The Most Opulent Piano in the World

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Entrepreneur Richard Kessler has Designed a Piano as Unique and Grand as His Bohemian Brand

Bösendorfer Grand Bohemian Piano

“Bösendorfer is the premier instrument being made today, known for creating unique, hand-crafted instruments. My hotels are also highly-designed products, with art and music being a significant part of the brand," said Richard Kessler.

To find inspiration for a new special edition piano, Bösendorfer collaborated with Richard Kessler, owner of the highly acclaimed Grand Bohemian boutique hotels and a passionate art collector, to create the Grand Bohemian piano, on display at the ICFF show of the best in contemporary design and high end home furnishings.

“I was certainly surprised — and honored,” Kessler says of the opportunity. “Bösendorfer is the premier instrument being made today, known for creating unique, hand-crafted instruments. My hotels are also highly-designed products, with art and music being a significant part of the brand. As an art collector myself, I already own several Bösendorfer instruments. Designing a piano with the company, along with my friend and international artist Franco Castellucio, has long been my dream. This namesake piano is a reflection of Bösendorfer’s limitless possibilities and, at the same time, is truly a collector’s piece of art.”

Since the company’s beginnings in 1828, Bösendorfer has remained unwaveringly committed to crafting the finest pianos in the world, but it also pays meticulous attention to the design of each individual instrument. This is clearly evident in past collaborations with traditional designers such as Anton Grosser and Theophil Hansen, as well as F.A Porsche and Audi, which have resulted in exciting new designs for such a majestic instrument.

The Grand Bohemian piano builds upon this legacy of deeply committed collaboration, and is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument.

Keeping the acoustic integrity of the piano intact was a key consideration. “It is essential for Bösendorfer to never compromise on the acoustic assembly of the instrument. This means that all core components – the soundboard, the heart of the piano, etc. – must never be modified,” explains Simon Oss, premium piano marketing manager, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The exterior, on the other hand, provides unlimited creative possibilities, and the Grand Bohemian piano is a prime example of how traditional piano building craftsmanship seamlessly combines with magnificent design.”

The Grand Bohemian was inspired by a painting of a peacock and the collection of bronze sculpture Kessler owns. “I’m fascinated with the beauty and elegance of the peacock, and bronze was the perfect medium for the base of the piano,” he says. “I approached its design the way we do hotels, starting with the seed of an idea, then building the story around the idea. We eventually chose this design because it is opulent, classic, and contemporary.”

The Kessler Design piano would look as at home in a mythical forest as an art museum or luxury penthouse, with a bronze-cast base evocative of tree branches and adorned with woodland creatures. A peacock, with feathers unfurled makes up the music stand, and the entire piano frame has been painstakingly covered by hand with gold leaf. LED lighting within the soundboard area and under lighting at the base give the piano an otherworldly glow – an appropriate finishing touch for such a grand instrument. It’s classical, yet edgy, with a distinctive Baroque funk factor, perfectly in tune with the Kessler Collection’s unique brand. “Designing this piano was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done,” Kessler says proudly.

Pricing and Availability
The Bösendorfer Special Edition Kessler Design piano (MSRP: $420,000) is limited to only nine instruments, and is available now.

For more information, visit the Wien Products Booth #1632 at the 2016 ICFF Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center, May 14-17, 2016, or visit http://4wrd.it/BosendorferTour

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About Bösendorfer
Bösendorfer was founded in 1828 and has been the instrument of choice for many of the world’s most famous artists and composers. This limited production, handcrafted instrument remains one of the most sought after instruments for musicians, institutions and piano enthusiasts worldwide.

About Richard Kessler
Richard Kessler, who co-founded Days Inn of America at age 23 (and was named Chairman at 29), started the Kessler Collection of hotels in 1995, inspired by the artsy Bohemian Club in San Francisco. Today his franchise includes the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando, Florida; Casa Monica in St. Augustine, Florida; Bohemian Hotel in Savannah, Georgia; Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina; Grand Bohemian Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina; Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook, Alabama and Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia, to name a few. Kessler discovered Bösendorfer pianos while searching for a unique instrument to grace the lobby of the Orlando property and ended up purchasing a 97-key Imperial Bösendorfer grand limited edition model Hollein. He has “eight or nine” pianos in his personal collection, the greatest number of Bösendorfer pianos owned by an individual.

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