Furniture that looks like it's made from steamer-trunks

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16 Responses to “Furniture that looks like it's made from steamer-trunks”

  1. Jack Holmes says:

    “Titanic fortunes?” Have you seen how much RH furniture costs? It’s beautiful, definitely, but jeez.

    • orangedesperado says:

      Yes, several trunks purchased off Craigslist would cost less, and they would be ACTUAL TRUNKS, that are actually antique or vintage that can be used for putting stuff in and on.

      Furniture made from another thing can be interesting design/innovation, but furniture made from reproductions of another thing is on the slippery slope towards kitsch. I’m thinking of you, desk from the flea market full of new crap, made to look like it was made from giant antique books…

  2. salsaman says:

    These two photos are suspiciously shoopy… I wonder if they’ve actually made one of the big desks.

    • I got the same Photoshop disasters vibe off some of the images too. Whether or not that desk actually exists, in the above image it’s certainly not sitting on that floor.

    • John Fleming says:

      They do exist.  I saw one at the London Loft store in Halifax (Nova Scotia).  It’s purty, but I can’t imagine actually using it as a day-to-day working desk.

  3. Steve Taylor says:

    You can also get plastic benchtops that look like they’re made of real wood. Fake woodgrain and everything!

  4. Paul Renault says:

    Perfect: they have a store in Cleveland…

  5. sigismund says:

    Here we go… So now you call it Steam Trunk ? 

  6. oasisob1 says:

    Our local RH went out of business, and I browsed their during their 70% off sale. Prices were still astronomical, furniture for the 1%. Still, the Aviator Wing collection is just beautiful…
    http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod280189&categoryId=cat1850023

    • ChickieD says:

      I’ve been wanting to buy some good furniture and I like the Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware aesthetic. But, I looked it up and their stuff is pure crap. I have bought too much cheap stuff in my time to ever spend one more cent on furniture that won’t last more than a couple of years. Here’s the link to the article about real furniture buildings tearing their stuff apart and analyzing it:

      http://www.beachbungalowdesigns.com/furnpicts/potterybarnunstuffed2.pdf

      • deejayqueue says:

         That’s great but the article is over 6 years old.  Also, this was during the gilded real estate boom, where people were buying anything that looked fancy and wasn’t nailed down to go in their half-million dollar mansions they couldn’t afford. 

        Not to say those companies don’t still cut corners, just consider the times and the context.

        • orangedesperado says:

          I don’t think the age of the article dates the content at all. The bottom line: consumers are seduced by marketing and an aesthetic, and are purchasing furniture that looks nice but is made as cheaply as possible to cut all possible corners/increase the manufacturer’s profit margin.

        • jimh says:

          Nope, it’s still very poor quality. The concepts are nice, but the execution is very poor, and it’s not furniture that will last very long. Up close, it’s very cheap looking. I remember seeing a post here a while back about the desk and chairs made out of aircraft aluminum. I drooled, and then saw one up close. Very disappointing, and very expensive. Buyer beware.

  7. deejayqueue says:

    I love the look of this stuff but it’s just so expensive.

  8. Comedian says:

    The modern equivalent might be one of the Hardigg Field desks, military shipping containers that open up to form desk drawers while the removable lids serve as desks tops.

    http://www.pelican.com/case_category_mobile_military.php?CaseType=Mobile%20Office

  9. kmoser says:

    Steamer trunks or steamer punks?

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