A Room’s Furniture In a Box
Few things are as prohibitive to living a lightweight lifestyle–one where you throw your stuff in small storage locker for a month or two while you travel–than furniture. Furniture tends to be awkward to move, it gets dirty easily and it’s hard to stack. Many times, throwing it to the curb seems just as practical as storing it. A company called TRUE makes this dilemma, well, false. Their IN A BOX furniture sets stash complete room furnishings into boxes that are easy to stash, store and move.
They have three different sets: the living room in a box, which fits a sofa, club chair, entertainment center, lamp and coffee table into a 42″L x 24″W x 21″H, 190 lb box; the dining room in a box, which fits a table, four chairs, a lamp and wine rack into a 35″H x 18″W x 20″D, 201 lb box; and, for the minimalist oenophile, the wine bar in a box, which fits two bar stools, a hightop table and wine rack into a 45″H x 19″W x 15″D, 141 lb box (no box wine included).
All of the furniture is made of welded aluminum, reclaimed wood, “reclaimed” steel (recycled?) and hand-sewn canvas; the wine bar top is made of vintage redwood from old merlot tanks. TRUE says that the furniture has “an aesthetic that’s neutral with an industrial appeal.” We think it looks like something out of Patton’s field camp…but in a really cool way.
Despite its military surplus looks, IN A BOX ain’t cheap. The living room set is $4200, the dining is $4600 and the wine bar is $1900. Considering: 1. the furniture is all handcrafted, 2. the two boxes could more or less furnish an apartment (the wine bar seems a bit extraneous), and 3. the furniture could give someone a level of unheard of mobility while still maintaining pretty jazzy style and comfort, the prices might not be that ridiculous.