Yamaha Design “Synapses” CP88/CP73
GOOD DESIGN AWARD
Design for Asia Awards
iF Design Award
Designed for gigging keyboardists and discerning pianists.
We revamped our lineup by adding a standard 73-key digital piano model to the existing 88-key model CP. We abandoned the complex hierarchical menus used to date in favor of a physical interface with single-purpose buttons and knobs. Now, pianists can access functions intuitively by touch.
The aluminum housing balances both light weight and rigidity. The gently rounded angles at the top and bottom of the rear surface make the keyboard easy to carry, and emphasize its compact appearance. Leaving their thickness visible, the aluminum panels wrap around the side pads. The curves and cuts of this unprecedented structure show the care and consideration we poured into how we connected each member, and suggest both the strength and the intricacy of the instrument.
To enable more intuitive sound creation, we used three different colors to delineate the piano, electric piano, and sub sections. The functional control panel constantly shows the state of each knob and switch, and the responsive controls uplift the performer, inspiring highly creative output.
The muted glimmer of the metal body evokes the presence of a piano and a sense of belonging with the other instruments onstage that belies its compact size. Now, pianists can play with pride in sessions, and proudly present their performances to audiences both aurally and visually.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory