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Step Tansu Illustrations by Mike Del Rizzo The step tansu became popular during the early Edo period in Japan, in the 1600s, when livable space was at a premium.Japanese for 'trunk' or 'chest', tansus ranged from small three step units to larger five and eight step units.
The large step tansu fit into the architecture of a house serving two functions at once - easy storage for blankets and large household items, and easy access to the loft above.Traditionally, the height of a step tansu was directly proportional to the height of the second floor.
Japanese homeowners were taxed according to the livable area in their home.In order to save a little money come tax time, owners often relocated their large step tansu away from the loft.No access to a loft meant the loft was not livable, therefore untaxed.
Those truly dedicated to tricking the tax-man, would construct their step tansu in two halves - an upper and a lower, and fasten the top half of the tansu with a hinge near the middle step, folding the upper portion into the lower portion creating a square cabinet, avoiding all suspicion.
I designed this tansu for beauty and storage, not for...