5 Unique Coffee Table Designs
Bored with your traditional coffee table? Five top designers show you how to get creative coffee table style in your living room.
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Originally designed as luggage for long cruises, the Louis Vuitton trunks that clothes designer Tommy Hilfiger collects have now docked in his home in Greenwich, Conn. — in the bedroom, the living room and here in the library.
"These trunks are a classic element," says Cindy Rinfret, interior designer of Hilfiger's home and author of Classic Greenwich Style. "The trunks make the room feel well-traveled, as if things had been collected over time."
And while the Louis Vuitton logo does add an extra dose of cachet, you could certainly use other trunks for the same purpose. Look for wooden Chinese trunks or steamer trunks in different materials or finishes, or even a stack of vintage suitcases or photographer's cases. Rinfret also has made coffee tables out of a lobster trap with a wooden board on top; from a stone garden planter flipped on its head; and from a slice of the tree that fell on a client's property. "The coffee table is really the ideal place to get creative," she says.