Traveling In Style – Campaign Furniture

8 Mar

My husband complains about the amount of luggage I pack when traveling.  He hates lugging around all my bags.   Somehow he is able to easily fit all his necessities into one little carry on… and doesn’t understand why I need to check several bags (of what he refers to as “junk“).

Boy, he has no idea how lucky he has it because people in the old days used to really travel in style….with furniture!

Just when I think I have seen it all, I stumble upon a new delight like Campaign Furniture. I have no idea where this furniture has been hiding all my life but I can’t wait to get my hands on some.

Campaign furniture has clean lines with a simple military”ish” flat design…yet it’s still got flair and pizazz with it’s brassy hardware.  What is distinguishing about campaign furniture is that it designed with a flat exterior to be very durable and resistant against damage usually caused in traveling. It also includes corner hardware designed to protect the corners and pull handles for ease in carrying.

For those history buffs, according to Wikepedia, Campaign furniture is a type of furniture that was made for travel. Much of it was made for military campaigns and includes folding chairs and chests that could be easily unscrewed and packed.

Campaign furniture, designed to be folded up, packed, and carried on the march, has been used by traveling armies since the time of Julius Caesar, and even earlier. With the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the eighteenth and early 19th centuries, as British gentlemen came to dominate the army, government and commerce in colonies throughout the world, the finest British furniture makers produced for this new class of traveler some of the most stylish pieces of portable furniture ever made.

British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714–1901) took it for granted that when they set out on a military campaign in Africa or India they could enjoy the same standard of living as they did at home. While “under canvas,” as life in camp was called, an officer and a gentleman assured himself a high degree of comfort by using specially designed pieces of campaign, or knock-down, furniture.

Here is another example of campaign furniture.

Here are some campaign furniture pieces that have received a modern face lifts.

Beautiful in white:

(Sorry, I don’t remember where I found this picture! If you know who needs credit, please let me know) :)

Kelly green console by Vanessa De Vargas featured in Lonny:

Little Green Notebook’s beautiful dresser restoration. (She even show’s a how to of how she did it here)

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