Walter Dorwin Teague, born in 1883, was one of the most successful and daring industrial designers of his day following the Great Depression. Some of today’s most commonly used luxuries resulted from Teague’s work. After discovering his incredible talent for drawing, he decided to pursue his dream. With minimal cash and a daring drive, he left for New York City at only nineteen years of age. Teague earned a living by creating newspaper ads and working for advertisement companies. After studying at the Art Students League of New York, he gained more industrial knowledge and developed his own industrial company in 1926. Some of Teague’s biggest successes are his redesign of Kodak cameras, Texaco’s art deco gas stations in the 1940s, the Boeing Stratocruiser and the 707 aircraft”. Walter Dorwin Teague died in 1960, but his company, Teague Associates, lives on to be one of the most successful industrial design companies in the world.
In addition to making a significant industrial difference, Walter Dorwin Teague also contributed to the world of music through his modern designs of Steinway & Sons pianos. His modern flare was seen through his variations of an art deco theme for Steinway. A re-creation of this “Peace Piano” tours around the world to promote relief for Unicef. In 1953, Teague was asked to design a piano to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Steinway & Sons. The piano proved to be so popular that it was put into regular production until the late 1950’s. These “Anniversary” pianos are considered by many collectors to be the epitome of mid-century modern design and are highly collectible today.
If you love mid-century modern furnishings, this may be the perfect piano for you.