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Trash to Treasure


1. Lighting Fixture
The Murano-glass sphere was purchased at Las Venus (163 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-982-0608).

2. Cabinet
Polumbo found the homemade oak-and-plywood display cabinet at a rummage sale in Bellport, New York. “I like that it’s something someone pounded together— it has a street pedigree,” he says.

3. Dining Chairs
This Charlotte Perriand design was found at CITE eight or nine years ago, “before they became expensive.” Polumbo leaves them cushionless so you can see their seams and hardware.

4. The Dining Table
Made by mounting an antique workbench surface on a cast- iron base. “You can find original tops at old locksmith shops or new ones at Granger,” says Polumbo. “They make great countertops too.”

5. The Floors
Polumbo restored the 200-year-old pine planks, which had large gaps and burn marks.

6. Punching Bag
Two minutes working the Everlast bag wipes Polumbo out. “It is like a lullaby or tranquilizer of sorts.” Plus, he admits, “it looks cool up there.”

7. The Sofa
One of the few expensive pieces, the Ed Wormley–designed sofa was purchased at Donzella Ltd. (17 White St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-965-8919), where Polumbo also found the coffee table.

8. Copper Lamps
Polumbo picked up these vintage Danish designs at Baxter & Liebchen (33 Jay St., at Plymouth St., Brooklyn; 718-797-0630).

9. Aluminum Siding
Because the building is within spitting distance of an active power plant, the owner clad the stairwell with industrial-grade protective material.


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