The Ooku Series Kaidan Nightstands are inspired by architecture and Tansu step furniture. I had been trying to figure out a design based on the many varieties of Japanese Tansu. Tansu to me is the ultimate storage box, simple and elegant. Much of the beauty of Tansu lies in the decorative metalwork that adorns these pieces of furniture. Without the applied metalwork Tansu shares similarities with Shaker furniture in that both are minimalist functional storage boxes with simple unadorned lines. 

I happened to see a building designed by a team of Russian architects in Berlin that is the Museum of Architectural Graphics. What I immediately liked about it was the angular movement of each level, and that each level resembled a separate box or drawer. Also intriguing was the surface texture which I eventually embodied in the use of the highly textured Quartersawn White Oak.