Every year in New York City, Salon Art + Design is a renowned fair known for bringing the world’s top designers from all over the world into one showroom, whether it’s contemporary, vintage, or modern.
This year is the 12th annual showcase and will feature 50 unique exhibitions from the worlds of art, architecture, and design at the Park Avenue Armory from November 10 to 13.
One of the highlights for this year comes from Jaipur, India. Trunks Company feels like the ultimate luxury, simply because it is a slow design devoted to traditional art, craft, culture and heritage.
This brand specializes in handcrafted trunks, watch and jewelry trunks, not to mention bar trunks, coffee trunks and multi-dimensional games trunks. In other words, it’s functional art, an object of desire in your home—and is an ode to the finer things in life.
Revolutionizing the historic tradition of steamer trunks from the past, these creations are handcrafted masterpieces. It takes roughly six months or 300 man hours, by a team of 55 artisans, to complete each trunk. Trunks Company creates only 83 pieces per year, and royalties, influential personalities, global leaders and industrialists are lining up to have their bespoke handcrafted trunks.
At Salon Art + Design, Trunks Company will present “Trunks Company’s Alchemy of Art and Design,” as part of their latest exhibition featuring a collective of artisanal trunks.
“The exhibit encompasses two distinct segments of design and art,” said Paritosh Mehta, the founder of Trunks Company.
They’ll be showing their Rajputana Bar Cabinet Trunk alongside the Medium Bar Cabinet, which comes with its own custom hand-cut crystalware and bar accessories, and the Games Island Trunk.
They’ll also be showcasing their Watch Collector’s Trunk, which is perfect for the luxury watch collector who wants to give a proper home for their timepieces. “A watch is carefully cradled upon the adjustable wrists of the sentinel and provides an undeniable feeling of security enveloping the watch’s custodian,” said Mehta.
“At Trunks Company, we understand for connoisseurs who hold a deep reverence for the art of horology and the pursuit of timepiece perfection. Watch collecting is more than a hobby—it’s a profound passion. Our watch trunks not only provide a secure haven for these horological masterpieces but elevate and treasure them to a level of unrivaled grandeur.”
Made of leather and teakwood, they have small, medium, and large watch trunks, as well as jewelry trunks, both of which are ideal, safe homes for precious family heirlooms.
“Our items are timeless, functional art,” said Mehta.
It stems from the company’s design philosophy, which is to revolutionize the art of the travel trunk, which was popular from the 18th century to the 20th century, “Travel has been fast forwarded from steamer ships to air travel,” said Mehta. “Trunks have become a lost glory, and we’re giving them a new life by infusing them with creative concepts of our art and craft—beyond the outdated purpose of mere luggage.”
Most of their collection focuses on the classic Steamer Trunks, which offers traditional, thoughtfully handcrafted trunks to incorporate into your home, to the Trunks of Spirit, which act as a home to finest of spirits, handcut crystalware and wine, not to mention their travel bar steamer trunks. They’re also launching their multi-dimensional collective of Games Trunks, which include chess, backgammon, and poker, among other games.
They also create bespoke trunks, which allow each client to choose the size, purpose, finishing touches, hues, and down to the smallest details for the interior and exterior of each trunk.
The process for creating each trunk is a well thought out and detailed creative process. Each trunk begins with a sketch, then, the wood craft after which the leather hide is carefully sourced and sheathed onto the wooden framework by the master artisans. That’s when the hand-painting process begins, as dyes, pigments and oils give the leather, life.
The artisan team also uses hand-stitching techniques for the leather, along with their wooden inlay technique called “signature teakwood contouring” to perfect the inner detailing of trunk interiors. Then, they add metal hardware as part of their finishing touches for each clasp, corner, and lock.
“We only handcraft a limited amount of trunks a year, and this allows us to establish a deeper connection with our clientele who want to treasure their emotions, passions, prized possessions through one-of-a-kind trunks,” said Mehta.
Next up, the brand hopes to host events, collaborations, and pop-ups next year, just as they’re planning an international flagship boutique.
“To carve out something as exquisite as our creations, purely out of our depths of imagination is an art,” he said. “It’s an art infused with life and soul that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.”