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Five Uses For…

This standing planter is made from the cast-iron sides of theatre seats salvaged from the 1929 PhiladelphiaCivicCenter, which was demolished last year. Olde Good Things recently had five in stock, and we asked some local interior designers what they would do with them.

antique planter from Olde Good Things in Chicago
Photograph: Matthew Gilson
Philadelphia Civic Center Planter, two feet high and about one foot square, $250, at Olde Good Things, 1819 W. Grand Ave., 312-492-1485. Pennsylvania’s state seal adorns each side.

Console “I’d have a metalworker make a wide bronze base and add proper supports to the interiors of three planters, so that they could support a vellum [goatskin] or cerused wood top and serve as a console for an entry. I would align the planters about six inches apart in the center of the base, for a Deco-industrial look.”
-Todd Haley, 773-755-7170; toddhaleyinc.com


Occasional Table “Fill the base with substantially sized found objects-shells, sea glass, antique carpet balls-or unusual favorite things, and top it with a three-quarter-inch-thick piece of glass with polished edges. It would make a great accent, inside or out.”
-Jonathon G. Wells, Gregory Jordan Interiors, 312-337-0428; gregoryjordan.com


Fire Pit “An Australian product called EcoSmart [featured on page 34], a self-contained fireplace, burns denatured alcohol and therefore does not require a gas line, so it can go anywhere or be put in anything. It can be used outside and then removed for storing, or covered until used again. It’s eleven and a half inches square, so it would fit perfectly into the top of the planter, turning it into an indoor/outdoor fire pit. Five in a row would be fabulous on a roof deck.”
-Jordana Joseph, Jorje Interior Design, 773-929-7775; jorje.net


Sink Cabinet “I would remove a panel and have it plated in polished nickel. Then I would use the panel as a door to conceal the plumbing for a small bar sink set into walnut millwork with a limestone top.”
-Robyn Shapiro, Robyn Shapiro Interiors, 312-396-0400; robynshapiro.com


Ice Bucket “I’d use several at a party-indoors or out-to hold ice and Champagne, beer, or any other beverage that needs to be chilled. All you need is a thermal liner or a similar-sized plastic container to put inside, and you’ll have a completely original alternative to a boring, unsightly cooler.”
-Laura Soskin, 847-525-9955


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