"First up was glamorous, flame-haired designer Sarah Davenport with her coquettishly-named rocking piano, Chichi.  Chichi is a beautiful and whimsical piece which rocks you gently as you tinkle her (I think she’s a girl) silver keys. Inspired by a sense of liberation that was awakened in Sarah at the Milan Furniture Fair, Chichi is her way of putting the soul back into design and communicating the value of making dreams happen. I love how the piece pushes the boundaries of traditional design with a subtlety and softness that makes her quirkiness seem graceful and her rebellion romantic. She’s very seductive is that Chichi."

The London Design Festival Review from http://blog.mydeco.com/

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Chichi the Rocking Piano, designed by Sarah Davenport Design, was first introduced at Designersblock in London Design Festival 2007.


The rocking piano was designed to give more to the player than a normal piano through its rocking motion whilst communicating the value of making dreams come true. Now, after a tour of the country - from colleges to studios, a Mercedes Garage to the Nottingham Council House, a recent feature on BBC 2’s Working Lunch and fictional coverage in an upcoming novel - the piano is being shown one last time with Designersblock in Earls Court 1 at the London Design Festival.


‘The rocking piano was made to be used and enjoyed,’ says Sarah Davenport, ‘Over the past two years, entertaining all ages and experience, the piano has endured rough love through constant movement and intense use. We thought it would be nice to give Chichi a last showing before retirement to a peaceful, permanent, and loving home.’


Visitors will be invited to experience the rocking piano for themselves at the exhibition. Whilst this is the last showing of the original concept, plans are underway to design a new rocking piano to be launched within the next year. Enquiries for one off bespoke versions are welcome.


The exhibition coincides with the re-brand of the thirty one year established family company from Davenport Cabinetworks Ltd to Sarah Davenport Design. Sarah Davenport Design specialises in the creation of bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, studies, games rooms and libraries as well as individual pieces for a variety of types of residency - from stately homes to town-houses - home and abroad. Working with private clients, furniture and interior designers and architects they are motivated to create furniture to encourage the most passionate of lives and through collaboration find the very best solution in each individual instance.


Sarah Davenport has led the mission from renowned Nottingham Creatives to exhibit with Designersblock for the London Design Festival 09 in partnership with Invest in Nottingham. Aside a visual showcase of bespoke handcrafted Kitchens, Sarah Davenport Design will also re-introduce her new ‘Catwalk Kitchen Tables’; the ‘In Detail’ Collection of miniature furniture designed as ‘something special to keep, to keep special somethings in’ exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art Milan with the British Design Embassy 2009 and ‘Virtue’, a study of seven virtues created in collaboration with Film Director Raj Pathak before his move to Hollywood to direct Horror film ‘The Script’ with Jennifer Lynch and framed by Sarah’s father, John Davenport of St Neots Picture Gallery.


Enquiries can be directed to press@sarahdavenportdesign.co.uk