Wednesday, October 1, 2008
In my smallish house, there's no room for a step tansu. But I've always thought they were some of the prettiest storage pieces around. I've just learned that the real term is Kaidan Dansu, and other people call them staircase chests - but by any name, they can be marvelous pieces. And while they can be very expensive, some are quite reasonably priced.
The tansu above comes from Gumps, a lovely store in San Francisco.
Some companies make a number of different step tansu pieces; one of them is McKinnon, which makes tansu modules you can combine to fit your specific needs. This tansu gives you an idea of McKinnon's style.
My blog sponsor, Greentea Design, says, "Our step chests are funky updates of the traditional Japanese design." I'm not sure "funky" is the adjective I'd use!
Another source for various step tansu pieces is Tansu, a store in Houston, Texas. This one is the small step.
This step chest comes from woodworker Rich Soborowicz.
And this photo shows you a custom-made step tansu by furniture maker Robert Spangler.
Celebrating Fine Furniture, with a step tansu by Berkeley Mills