Redlands Distribution secured the rights for distributing the BigPiano throughout the UK and Ireland in 2018. This is the first time the BigPiano has been made readily available for the UK market!
Redlands are very excited to be distributing such an “iconic” product and is focussed on ensuring that everyone has access to play.
Redlands are currently selling the iconic BigPiano through Selfridges London, where the 6 Octave piano (same size as in the movie Big) is on display within the FAO Schwarz concession on the 4th floor.
The Big Piano can be
Hiring Big Piano
Redlands also have stock of the BigPiano that can be hired out for events.
Please send your enquiries to BigPiano@redlandsdistribution.com
BigPiano comes in three sizes:
- 2 Octave
- 4 Octave (same as in the “Big” movie)
- 6 Octave (the world’s largest piano)
The Bigpiano comes in standard packaging, however Redlands also offer a deluxe carry case to transport the piano.
Remo Saraceni is an Italian-born world-renowned artist, engineer, and lighting designer. He is best known for inventing the Walking Piano (Big Piano) that became a hallmark in the major motion picture Big (1988), starring Tom Hanks. The Big Piano ™ is just one of Remo’s many interactive creations that connect the imagination of childhood with the technology of the future.
Story of the Big Piano
The story of the Big Piano, also known as the Walking Piano, is the tale of a great invention that changed the scale of fun in revolutionary ways. The Big Piano was unveiled in 1982 in Saraceni’s imaginative interactive studio, where state-of-the-art technology fuelled limitless artistic creativity and imaginative science.
In 1983 The Big Piano received national recognition when it was featured with its inventor in major newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. Remo Saraceni and his philosophy of human interaction with technology became increasingly interesting to the public and the Big Piano began to be more widely recognised.
This publicity led a manager from the toy company, FAO Schwarz, to visit Saraceni in his Brandywine studio in Philadelphia. FAO Schwarz immediately placed an order for a series of giant pianos and provided Remo with a showroom inside the FAO Schwarz flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
Remo accompanied his invention to FAO Schwarz in New York, showing off the interactive toys that he had produced. One day Anne Spielberg and Gary Ross, who had just started writing the story of “Big”, stopped by the FAO Schwarz store on Fifth Avenue. Saraceni was there marketing the one and a half octave version of the Big Piano. When Spielberg and Ross saw it they were instantly impressed and thought it perfect for a pivotal scene in the movie.
Big Piano was featured in one of the film’s key scenes, when the characters played by Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks meet. The Big Piano instantly became iconic. The giant keyboard became a star of “Big”, alongside Tom Hanks. People magazine referred to it as an “icon” in the film.