As nomads became settlers and built structures to live in for extended periods of time, they were basic—a floor, a roof, and four walls—and local woods, stones or earth were the only construction materials available.
Over time, these simple structures got more complicated as separate rooms were devised for various uses—a common room for living, a kitchen with a chimney for cooking, and smaller rooms fit a bed for sleeping. Much later and smaller still, water closets for toilets and baths.
More stationary and less migratory, storage solutions were needed for possessions acquired. Yet instead of closets—the tiniest of rooms within rooms—small furniture pieces were adapted from cases that were lugged around…luggage, baggage, suitcases.
Today’s luggage is ultra lightweight, durable, with wheels as opposed to classic steamer trunks which held a wardrobe of dress clothes, hats, shoes, etc. And today’s storage pieces come in many shapes and sizes to fill every need imaginable. The beauty of the versus galvanized trunk is in its versatility and its industrial details—so it looks right at home, anywhere.