Yamaha Design “Synapses” YDP-S51
GOOD DESIGN AWARD
Compact Digital Piano Delivers Realistic Touch, Genuine Tone.
At first glance, the YDP-S51 resembles an upright piano without the frame and case, yet its compact figure contains the very elements that make a piano. The familiar lid and music stand, and the delicate touch of the keys give it the authentic feel of an upright piano.
Featuring minimal use of curves to join the surfaces together, the linear, angular structure of the case exudes control, while the silver area at the rear of the lid serves as a visual accent that brings to mind the hinges on the lid of an upright piano.
When the lid is open, the YDP-S51 looks like a piano. When it is closed, the piano takes on a neutral look that goes well with modern interior designs. Its simple, straight lines allow it to subtly and quietly blend into living rooms and other relaxation spaces.
The YDP-S51 faithfully recreates the playing conditions of an upright piano. The size and angle of the lid and music stand, and their spatial relationship are unmistakably familiar. Horizontal brackets surround the keyboard, with switches and buttons placed along the outside of the keyboard so that they remain out of sight and out of mind during performances.
- Sunao Okamura
- Yamaha Design Laboratory