Los Angeles, CA, January 31, 2018 — The Roland Kiyola, the company’s first mid-century-styled home piano in the U.S., is now available from the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store as part of the Spring Summer 2018 catalog collection. Hand-crafted in Japan from all-natural wood, and available in the U.S. exclusively from MoMA Design Store through June 30, 2018, the Kiyola is unlike any other piano on the market. Created in a collaboration with Roland and Japanese furniture designer Karimoku, Japan’s largest wood furniture-maker since 1940, the Kiyola is a slim, ergonomically contoured piano that complements living spaces like a piece of artisan furniture, with individual grain patterns unique to each piano, making each piano a work of art.
With its model name translating as “elegance and beauty,” the Kiyola is visually unique, drawing stylistically from mid-century modern furniture design aesthetics. Karimoku is also a noted exponent of environmentally friendly, low-formaldehyde timber, maintaining a socially responsible piano footprint with chic design.
Emmanuel Plat, director of merchandising at MoMA Retail, said, “We are thrilled to debut Roland’s Mid-Century Piano in the United States at MoMA Design Store. Having worked with Karimoku in Japan, when we initially saw the product, we were in awe of its beauty and craftsmanship juxtaposed with the innovative technology, making this a unique addition to our offerings.”
Roland Corporation Vice President of Global Business Development Brian Alli said, “Roland is honored that MoMA Design Store selected our piano for their catalog and that MoMA Design Store will be debuting this instrument in the U.S. This piano is like nothing else ever offered by any instrument maker, and MoMA Design Store’s interest and support for the Kiyola is an inspiration to our entire Roland organization worldwide. We are very proud to be a part of this endeavor.”
Legendary Roland digital sound technology meets artisan craftsmanship and tradition with the Kiyola piano, offering an all-natural handcrafted wood cabinet that complements living spaces with minimalist elegance and Roland’s innovative electronic music technology. The Kiyola delivers top-level performance with flagship features including SuperNATURAL Piano sound modelling, dynamic sensing technology via the new PHA-50 keyboard, wireless Bluetooth® connectivity and a dynamic array of speakers to fill homes with sound. Available exclusively from MoMA Design Store in a Pure Oak finish, the Kiyola comes with a foot pedal and an ergonomically designed piano bench.
The Roland Kiyola is available for a U.S. price of $4299.99. To learn more, visit Roland.com.