Vintage suitcase side tables or consoles can be created from stacks of hard suitcases or old trunks as surfaces for accessories.
Mr. AM insists on keeping his Uncle Charlie’s vintage suitcase. It’s a gorgeous piece of fine old leather, probably 40 years old now and still in surprisingly good condition. It’s also the same style as the soft pieces used in the luggage stack NY designer Ron Marvin created for the end of a hallway [top].
To be sure, this idea has been seen. It’s not new. I’s also not often that suitcases or trunks are stacked up perfectly and placed in exactly the right spot or in the right 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 well 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 level so a piece of glass cut to fit might be required to actually make them usable. Yet from the standpoint of originality and vintage romance they are unmatched.
(Source: Ron Marvin, Traditional Home)
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