"Often Overlooked; Always Underfoot" - yes, we're talking about Manhole Covers. Rethink Tank puts a functional memento of your favorite city on your table with a set of 4 cork coasters, each engraved with a manhole cover found across the city.
- Set of 4 coasters, a manhole coaster for each: Bell Telephone, PECO, SEPTA, and KTCO (a forerunner to Bell Atlantic/AT&T).
- Material: sustainable Portuguese Cork and packaged from upcycled cardboard in Philadelphia.
- Dimensions: 0.25" thick and 4" diameter
Meet the Maker:
Jason Lempieri holds a B. Arch. from Pratt Institute and an M.I.D. from the University of the Arts, and is the founder of Rethink TANK. He was selected as a Finalist in Metropolis Magazine's Next Generation Competition for his graduate thesis, Urban Reincarnation. While a student at Pratt Institute, he also studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, Athens, Greece, and Nicosia, Cyprus. Lempieri has taught at Philadelphia University, University of Pennsylvania, and at the University of the Arts. He is a board member of COLLAB, a design related group at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prior to forming RethinkTANKllc, he worked in several Philadelphia architecture firms.
Fun Fact: His award-winning residence was published in the Wall Street Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer.