Roland has introduced the GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano, a futuristic, abstract take on the classic grand piano.
The Facet Grand started as an entry in Roland’s Digital Piano Design Awards in 2015 – a contest that challenged industrial designers to come up with original designs for pianos that were not constrained by the physics of traditional acoustic pianos. Roland awarded the Grand Prize to Jong Chan Kim’s “Facet” design.
Since the, the company was inspired to turn Kim’s design into a playable concept piano. While there are currently no plans to release the GPX-F1 Facet as a production model, Roland says that it expects the Facet’s design language and technologies will influence the development of their digital pianos to come.
The Roland GPX-F1 Facet will be on display at the 2020 NAMM Show, being held this week in Anaheim, California.