"WillR" wrote in message
They do describe the reason for the "step" Tansu -- beating the tax man
-- an old-time American tradition as well.
And an old European one, for that matter ... I was told by the curator of a
German museum many years ago that one of the reasons for the proliferation
of wardrobes were that taxes were based on the number of rooms, and closets
were taxed as rooms.
Until just recently I've never been a fan of Asian styles of any sort. When
you get older you gradually start to appreciate the elemental human aspects
of furniture design (when you get down to it, the basis for the design of
tools and devices that humans use to make their daily lives more
comfortable, regardless of geographic location).
The recent article in FWW with Sam Maloof is interesting along these same
lines as he seems to have a great deal of wonder about how his designs
instinctively meshed with Asian and Egyptian furniture styles, although he
was raised on an isolated farm and had never been to any of these places.
In a much more humble way I am beginning to know how he feels as the ideas
that have been floating around in my mind with regard to this "stacked" cube
thing mesh perfectly with what I am discovering about some aspects of tansu
... must be Mongol blood in some of us old farm boys.
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