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