Venetia and Ben Johannes story

The couple visited our workshop to create a bespoke, playable ‘work of art’. They selected a 1930s’ Blüthner grand piano, for its warmth and transparency of tone. This was no ordinary restoration but one that fine-tuned this instrument into a stunning heirloom. The craftsmen used their skill to breathe new life into the Leipzig grand, with extensive, bespoke marquetry that depicted an Art Nouveau image of the couple on the lid, surrounded by border of intertwined oak and pine leaves to echo the family crest.

“1066 made it possible for us to build a family heirloom from scratch,” said new bride and harpist Venetia. “Rather than buying a piano “off the shelf”, we decided to buy a lovely, mahogany Blüthner, and decorate it according to our own design.  And the bespoke elements, which include blank spaces left ready for later images and people in our life, means it is a truly unique piece that’s personal to us and will change and grow as we do as a family.”

Guitarist Ben said, “We count ourselves blessed that we are in the position now to commission a piano like this. A piano that will contribute to the family home, and to our own history. In the end the piano is a story in itself, and we hope to pass it on. Although piano restoration is their primary business, 1066 is often asked to make matching music cabinets, stools, pictures and mirror frames – and uses its unrivalled skill to restore other precious family heirlooms.

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