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Tatum’s Lounge: A Chair Upcycled from Old Piano Parts!
Posted By Jamie Hall On April 2, 2010 @ 5:30 pm In green furniture,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment
Constructed of salvaged piano keys, Designer Andrew Rumpler’s latest project  repurposes the ivories to compose – a chair! Named in honor of 1940s stride pianist Arthur Tatum, the lounge marries concept and function to get its name—a play on words derived not only from the “lounge” style chair, but also the Harlem venues Tatum frequented as a pianist.
25 keys fastened by 36 hidden mortise and tenon intersections make up the lounge. Upcycled  from an abandoned upright piano Rumpler found on a Brooklyn street, the lounge follows in the footsteps of the designer’s Elsie series—distressed metal tables made from old auto body panels found in junk yards.
Though Rumpler began his work in the mid-90s, pre-green revolution of New York ’s East Village he’s since relocated Nine Stories  to an adaptive reuse navy yard, breathing a second wind into another hand-me-down. Yet, despite the change of address, Rumpler’s kept his original design mission intact: “the way a thing is made should inform the final outcome.”
+ Tatum’s Lounge 
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 Andrew Rumpler’s latest project: http://www.ninestoriesfurniture.com/tatums-lounge/tatum1.htm
 recycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/22/nine-stories-reclaimed-car-steel-tables/
 Upcycled: http://www.inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/
 New York: http://www.inhabitat.com/nyc
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