I come from a large, musical family. My parents played in a band together before I was born, and holidays with extended family were always more like jam-sessions than anything else. Growing up, the piano was always center stage in the living room and a crucial part of the aesthetic. The pianos featured on Design*Droits-Humains over the years have shown us that whether painted, stained, formal or rustic, pianos make a grand statement. Some of these beauties stand on their own with minimal styling, while others have been layered with artwork, objects and plants. The scale of the instrument allows it to create focus and foundation for any room. Here are 15 pianos that set the tone for their spaces.
's music room is classic and meaningful. "My Romanian piano, bought by my father in Istanbul when I was 6 that has traveled the world with me. It had been transported to our first apartment in Montmartre through the third-floor window with one guy on the street and two on the roof... two more apartments in Paris, then Marseille and now Minneapolis," Talin says.
's piano lives in the "Other Room" of his house. The space is used for playing music and hosting out-of-town guests. The classic spinet piano is paired with a molar tooth seat made by Kieran.
With their piano in mind
, Pastor Josh and Darcy
renovated their dining room by installing a higher than normal window in their bump-out to place the piano under. The airy and modern Schoolhouse Electric fixture complements the dark, traditional piano perfectly.
This Scandinavian home
is full of white, bright pieces. The sleek style, wood tone and visual height of the piano brings balance to the space.
This grand room called for a grand piano.
Greg and Melissa Hoy
are piano-sitting this beauty while Melissa's brother is in Rome. The acoustics and lack of furniture in this space create an impressive in-home conservatory.
's beautiful upright piano looks effortlessly cool and collected. "It is a shame that no one [in our family] plays the piano regularly at the moment – hopefully one day," Femke says.
Alison and Jeff Allen's 100-year-old house
has a secret room off of the dining room. They have turned it into Jeff's music room. The piano is styled with a large-scale piece of art and intriguing textures and patterns.
Morgan Blake's rental
is given a homey feel with a found piano that cost nothing. "This piano was free! Aren't those the best finds? I removed the top to discover the beautiful gold details and it has already been painted white and now charcoal," Morgan says. "I believe it will see a few different coats of paint in its lifetime."
Laetitia Lazerges' piano
is a rare find. "The piano is from Klein, one of the oldest piano manufacturers in the world that is still in activity. Joseph Klein made his first piano in 1791! And the factory has been in Montreuil — our town — since 1872. This one is a children’s model from the 70s and was found in a charity sale," Laetitia says.
Darbie and Justin have not one, but two, pianos in their
Kingston, NY home
. As touring musicians, they have a deep love for instruments and they're able to use them as focal points for their favorite artwork.
Rodger and Johanna's Nyack, NY home
has a "cheerful guest room" full of color - and a piano. "We do have a piano (from the Bethany Baptist Church)," Johanna says, "even though none of us really know how to play, which isn't to say that we don't try."