My guess is that the scene in the baggage claim section of any modern-day airport just isn't what it used to be--when folks bought luggage to last a lifetime. After seeing more than one fellow passenger reach for my beige suitcase before I could get to it and then throw it back on the conveyor belt when they realized it wasn't theirs, I've taken to tying an orange ribbon around the handle of my suitcase.
Well crafted and distinct as many of them were, vintage suitcases wouldn't last a minute under the rigors of twenty first century airport security. Better to leave them at home, stacked in place of coffee and bedside tables or attached to a wall as shelving or display. Old suitcases and trunks are a great way to add storage to a small space while dressing up a room with rich shades of leather and elegant tweeds. No travel necessary to enjoy these abundant flea market finds.
Images: Inside Out magazine, March-April 2009 issue. Contemporary Country by Emily Chalmers with photography by Debi Treloar, published by Ryland, Peters & Small 2006. Country Living magazine, September 2010 issue. Naturally Modern: Creating Interiors with Wood, Stone, Leather, and Natural Fabrics by Ros Byam Shaw with photography by Andrew Wood, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2000. Apartment: Stylish Solutions for Apartment Living by Alan Powers with photography by Chris Everard, published by Ryland, Peters & Small 2001.