Piano Information:

"Cécile" — by designer: Sera Architects




Sera Architects


Cécile Chaminade


Todd Caldwell and Vincent Gimarelli

We rescue pianos and put them on the street for everybody to enjoy. We want to give pianists more opportunities to play for the public.



This beautiful piano was built by Kimball Piano Company of Chicago around 1905. It was constructed of solid wood with distinctive oak veneer and carved panels that depict oak leaves and acorns. We took the nature-inspired panels and gave it a new playful spin: We inset laser-cut panels to create a layered woodland scene, and added neon lucite typeface for the “play me” to liven up the heavy wood. The forest imagery features local flora & fauna, which is the cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest. The color palette is seasonally inspired and a celebration of the summer months, where colors appear oversaturated by all the greenery and blooms. We also lightly refinished the piano to honor the original wood.



We are a team of interior designers and architects at SERA Architects: Alysha Ahrens, Andrea de la Vega, Greg Carlson, Mina Lee, Noah Ives, Travis Dang, & Yi Wang. SERA is an employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm specializing in sustainable placemaking at all scales. Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1968, SERA holds a key role in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. Today, the firm builds on its early experience of adaptive re-use and historic renovations with design and planning for hospitality, workplace, mixed-use housing, and public projects.


Namesake Musician: Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade was a pianist and composer popular in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Her songs were popular both in the ballet and concert hall and in family piano parlours. She was an early gramaphone and piano roll recording artist. In 1913, she was the first female composer to receive the French Legion of Honor.



Photo: Megan McGeorge 

Photo: Megan McGeorge 

A look back from the beginning of the summer 





Todd Caldwell and Vincent Gimarelli



We rescue pianos, put them on the street for everyone to enjoy, and then give them to schools, community centers, artists, and others who will love them as much as we do.


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