I was looking through our website for new submissions and got into that trance many of us have experienced of continuously scrolling down the page, admiring the spectrum of designs. As I was going down, there was one design that forced me to quickly scroll back up. I looked at the thumbnail image again and stared at it for about five more seconds. It was so different but still so elegant – I had to look into the design more.
Darrell Martin‘s Piano Bench is fearless. It looks like a product that could be placed in a history museum or a very industrial-styled loft in the high-rises of Chicago. According to the design description, the bench is made out of two bedposts, tobacco barn lumber, and – the highlight of the piece – a 1920s Emerson piano harp!
I don’t want this post to be about dissecting Martin’s design but rather discuss the atmosphere and life it can bring into a room. I’m assuming that, like many of our submissions, the materials drove the overall design because quite simply the piano harp is beautiful – I’ve never seen anything like it. Being from the 1920s, the piano harp by itself drives the design to another level beyond it just being aesthetically pleasing. The harp gives the bench a dimension(s) that is so hard to grasp in modern furniture – a dimension of history, which brings with it other dimensions of intimacy, mystery, love, tragedy, and countless more. Who played on the piano before it was destroyed? Where was the piano placed?
Anyways, if I were walking down an aisle full of awesome furniture and the Piano Bench was there, I’d definitely do a double take and spend more time looking at this piece. Frankly, it doesn’t look too comfortable, but it looks so sleek.
What do you think about his use of the Emerson piano harp? Would you put it in your living room? Comment below and check out more of Martin’s unique designs on his page!