The Sundance Steamer Trunk Coffee Table ($1895) is inspired by turn of the century steamer trunks from a more romantic era. It features riveted oak banding, leather reinforced seams, sturdy leather handles, and canvas-lined three drawers for ample storage. You can choose from top grain leather or stainless steel, but the industrial glow of the stainless steel is certainly hard to resist. This isn't a dinky coffee table that you can put your feet on for two years; it's built to last, and the price reflects that. It's also a classic design, which will never go out of style, though it is meant for a more casual living room, or "den." So if you've got stiff, silk-upholstered Louis XIV accent chairs and a velvet Victorian setee in your living room, then this probably isn't for you. Still it's a bit difficult for me to contemplate dropping two grand on a table, regardless of whether or not it's a good investment.
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