Storage, seating and a lot of character—here’s an accessory with multiple benefits
Giving your home a kitschy touch while offering storage options, the trunk is functional and trending. Our favourites include the ancestral trunk from Portside Cafe and the urushi-finish trunk from Globetrotter.
You can also get inventive and repurpose your vintage trunk as a coffee table for the living room. Read on for more:
Text: Lakshmi Nair
Make any journey fun with this hand crafted piece in sheet metal, powder coated in red. With genuine leather straps and detailing, it’s secured with chrome finished locks and hardware. The inside is lined with beige cotton twill. Rs 11,000. Available at Nappa
Dori, New Delhi. Details: 011 24622599
Quirky does it
Versatile and kitsch sum up the metal trunks available at Home and Style.
Though they are plain, they offer you a chance to add your own personal touch, with techniques like decopauge. Available in colours like mandarin orange and sea green. From Rs 1,800 onwards. Details: 42011793
If you have important documents or are just looking for a safe place to keep your money, this document chest should come in handy. Used in the 1930s by cashiers to store workers’ wages, these off-white trunks are made of iron, with sections and partitions within. Rs 5,000. Details:42033517
You can repurpose this beauty as a coffee table or to store your woolens. From Portside Cafe’s Dak Bangla collection, it’s handcrafted to give a vintage look. Manufactured from plywood, with decorative hardware in solid brass, it is available at Portside Cafe, Delhi. Rs 67,000 onwards.
Details: 011 46054371
Why should luggage be boring? Globe-Trotter’s Orient collection is a must-buy, with its urushi lacquered finish. The rust sap drawn from the urushi tree, native to Japan, is hand lacquered for several layers, before applying the final layer of gloss, giving it an exquisite finish. It also features hand-moulded corners with polished gold details and champagne-coloured silk lining. Rs 1,93,440. Details: harrods.com
The Henry Link Trading Co steamer trunk coffee table will bring the mystery of long voyages to your living room. Featuring the Henry Link monogram, this design is manufactured in rich leather with antique decorative brass hardware and details. The drawer interiors are lined with custom passport paper. Rs 1,31,945 approximately. Details: luxdecor.com
From your wardrobe to your looks, get an update at The Halt
MAKEOVERS are not just skin deep. The Halt, a store with unique concept, has a salon, boutique and spa all under the same roof. The goal of the store, which was launched on February 1, is to transform not just your looks but also your sense of fashion and style. Helmed by city-based designer Gayatri Kumar and business man Aboobakar (who has a background in hosiery), the store’s employees have—design expertise too. They will offer tips on what to wear, make-up techniques, and even accessorising. The 1,600 sq ft store at Porur offers high street fashion—from Hong Kong-based brands to ethnic labels from Delhi. A graduate of Pearl Academy of Fashion, Kumar wants to bring “the latest trends to you at pocket-friendly prices and make you look your best.’’
Say no to denim
With a focus on fabrics such as cotton, georgette, chiffon and lace, they have an interesting collection of full length skirts. A funky twill skirt, with mini hat motifs—in colours like purple and red—is our favourite. Interestingly, she is not too
keen on denim and says, ‘‘Our aim is to stop the use of denim and to look for other fabrics to transform into pants.’’
Clothes from `550 onwards and makeovers between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000 (approx). Details: 9677150505
Along with classic designs, Featherlite Living showcases quirky furniture that stacks into a vase
Perfect for those looking to redecorate, Featherlite Living comes to town offering 3,000 sq ft space of furniture options for homes and the outdoors.Launched three weeks ago in Egmore, it is the home furnishing wing of the nearly 50-year-old Bangalore-based Featherlite group. “We are positioning ourselves as a bridge between the two ends of the home furnishing spectrum. While our products are on par with a Natuzzi or a Stanley, the price points are at least 40 per cent lower,” says managing director Manohar Gopal, adding that they are present in around eight cities, including Ahmedabad, Kochi, Patna and Hyderabad.
Sourced from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan, the collection includes fabric sofas, recliners, outdoor furniture and coffee tables. The colours are tame—with mostly blacks, whites, browns and greys. The classic white L-shaped sofa set caught our attention with its adjustable head rest and sliding seat. But our favourite is the Vase set, from their outdoor collection. With black wicker on a steel frame, plush cushions and a round table, the two-seater stacks away neatly in the shape of a vase when not in use. Perfect for courtyards, balconies or the poolside, the collection is weather proof, and mould, mildew and UV rays resistant. The store also offers a home décor range—including cushions, carpets and earthenware pots—and for the environment-conscious, there are jute sofas in their catalogue (not on display).
With plans to open a second outlet on ECR in a couple of months, it will soon offer customisation—allowing customers to choose the colour, size, type of leather and fabric.
Fabric sofas between rS.80,000 and rS.1,10,000, leather sofas between rS.1,10,000 and rS.3,00,000. Details: 9884308258