If you visit the Hidrau catalog, you will notice how our different piano bench series distinctively differ in style.
Browsing online for piano benches, you will notice the same thing. While some of the benches are modern and sleek, others have a classic, somehow vintage feeling. While this does not affect the playing experience in any way, pianists (and with a good reason) pay plenty of attention to design and aesthetics.
In this article, we will explore these aesthetic differences in piano benches and the design decisions that have influenced this essential companion for the pianist.
Modernity and Style with Metal Piano Benches
As you can see in the Academy Series’ piano benches, modern designs are commonly based on metal frames. These usually lack any color detailing, betting on a monochrome presentation.
This style goes along the lines of modern product design. This is something we can see in the most innovative industries. High-tech consumer products, such as laptops, smartphones, and smartwatches have shifted from multi-color builds from the 2000s to solid monochromatic color, sometimes even with a matte finish.
This modern style is more in line with contemporary and progressive product development and it matches modern pianos and keyboards as well.
The use of metal as a building material in this type of piano bench comes with special benefits. While wood piano benches, as we have explained in a previous article, are incredibly durable and sturdy, the use of metal adds an extra layer of durability that comes in handy in certain scenarios. This is true for conservatories, music schools, and studios that submit the piano bench to greater punishment.
Art and Exquisiteness with Classic Piano Benches
Piano benches with a classic design are a special treat for our sight. This type of bench often indulges in detailing work, creative use of colors, and complex patterns.
Normally built with wood as the main material, this type of piano bench delivers a feel that oftentimes matches better with classical music. The aesthetics rely heavily on different leg designs, some of which include Queen Anne, Louis XV, brass ferrule, and octagonal styles.
The Victorian inspiration makes classic piano benches a normal choice to pair with grand pianos and embellish stages.
The type of wood used also adds a distinction to every classic piano bench. Oak, walnut, and beech wood are some examples of premium materials to use in this case. You can see beautiful examples in the Classy Series by Hidrau.
One benefit that commonly comes with classic piano benches is the storage space. This feature is easier to find in classic benches, following a long tradition. However, this may affect the price tag as well.
The Bottom Line
While the performance experience will remain the same, aesthetics and design is and will continue to be an exciting part of choosing and using a piano bench.
With a little bit of help, this is a product that can be extraordinarily beautiful. After decades of designing and manufacturing piano benches at Hidrau, we know the value of this.
By leaning into this side of the piano bench, we add so much value to our piano practice.