Elle Décor (USA)
NOT FOR SALE
A LUXURIOUS TRUNK EMBELLISHED WITH BRASS SYMBOLS ASKS US TO LOOK INWARD FOR MEANING.
A luxurious brassembellished trunk from jewelry brand Foundrae
Across its collection, the jewelry brand Foundrae employs a lexicon of symbols ranging from numbers to the classical elements of nature, rendered in gold, enamel, and various stones. Clients choose icons that represent the qualities they hope to embody: A lion is meant to impart strength, for example, while metal bestows tenacity. Despite not being wearable, this trunk offers a similar talismanic power. Handmade from lacquered wood, covered in leather, and finished with brass symbols from the brand’s full array, it was inspired by a quilt-filled chest that Foundrae cofounder and creative director Beth Bugdaycay saw at the foot of her parents’ bed in her childhood home, as well as by Moroccan wedding trunks with brass designs. As Bugdaycay explains: “I wanted this trunk to be a private retreat,
containing cherished items and plenty of storage for our most treasured heirlooms.” —Kate McGregor