A stack of decorative old trunks or luggage can be a “setting down” surface for accessories.
Mr. AM insists on keeping his Uncle Charlie’s suitcase. It’s a gorgeous piece of fine old leather and probably 40 years old about now but still in surprisingly good condition – the same style as the soft pieces used in the luggage stack NY designer Ron Marvin created for the end of a hallway.
To be sure, the idea has been seen and while it’s not new, it’s also not often that suitcases or trunks are stacked up perfectly and placed in exactly the right spot. So while it’s not especially easy to assemble an ideal combination, Marvin did it well and anyone who enjoys thrifting or trolling through family attics and basements could pick and switch as they go. Now that we live in wheel-y time, vintage luggage [except perhaps for Louis Vuitton or Gucci] holds the same value as typewriters.
In a way, decorative old trunks like these French beauties work even better as side tables. I flirted with one like these studded ebonized coffers at an antique store a while back. The clinker is that more than one may be needed to achieve the right height and no one is giving them away. Sometimes the tops aren’t even so a specially cut piece of glass might be required to actually make them usable. Yet from the standpoint of originality and vintage romance they are unmatched.