Instead of chucking out all those old trunks and suitcases, these designers have turned them into incredible pieces of furniture. We love these weird comfy chairs, desks and drawers that snap closed, and tables made of trunks that once crossed the country on steam trains.
Baggage Claim, by Ron Baron, 2008
Richards' Trunk 2-Drawer Cube and Large Chest
Its wood frames are clad in polished aluminum, accented with steel crews, braced with aged bamboo and antiqued brass.
Trans-Atlantic Steamer Trunk X-Base Console, with leather handles
Suitcase chairs, designed by Katie Thompson
Blackhawk 47" Chest, handmade of polished aluminum, accented with exposed steel screws. Inspired by the nose cones and fuselages of 20th-century aircraft.
Les Valises, suitcase furniture items designed by Emmuelle Legavre
The Trunk Desk with water-resistant hand-waxed canvas
Mayfair Steamer Trunk Double Chest, handmade of distressed Vintage Cigar leather, accented with more than 3,000 hand-hammered brass nailheads
Suitcase stacks and chests, designed by Jamesplumb (Hannah Plumb and James Russell), 2011
The Mayfair Steamer Trunk Secretary, a reproduction of a steamer trunk. It features a pull-down desktop, some drawers, bookshelves and wire management
The Bath Collection of Colección Alexandra
(via Colección Alexandra)
The Voyager Trunk Coffee Table, crafted of sheet iron
The photos are from Restoration Hardware, except when noted otherwise.