Japanese Upholstered Tea box 1970's (large) - Indigo Blue linen and Cream fan design

VINTAGE INTERIOR DESIGNER BESPOKE COLLECTION!
The box is from Tokyo - the box itself has a rough wooden exterior and the interior is lined with tin to keep loose tea fresh and it is the method, formerly, by which loose tea was shipped from tea country to cities.  The fabric was chosen by an interior designer at a street bazaar in Tokyo and to that she added substantial padding and brass hinges.  The fabric is indigo blue, dyed by a craftsman in Japan.  It has a small smudge on top but other than that is in excellent condition.  One of the great uses for these boxes was as storage for items like sweaters since the tin is a perfect medium for keeping clothing insect free.  The boxes were frequently upgraded from simple utilitarian boxes to very pretty and useful objects to be used in very small Japanese homes as storage.  The box is strong enough for a medium size person as a small bench or a foot stool.  Since this was done 1972, we don’t know how many tea boxes are still in existence.  The one you are looking at is a fine example.  
  • Custom-made
  • Vintage style (creation year: 1972)
  • Made in Japan
Color: Indigo Blue with Cream print
Material: Linen + wood construction                      
Dimensions: 17 1/2"W x 27"L x 20 1/2"H

 

Japanese Upholstered Tea box 1970's (large) - Indigo Blue linen and Cream fan design
VINTAGE INTERIOR DESIGNER BESPOKE COLLECTION!
The box is from Tokyo - the box itself has a rough wooden exterior and the interior is lined with tin to keep loose tea fresh and it is the method, formerly, by which loose tea was shipped from tea country to cities.  The fabric was chosen by an interior designer at a street bazaar in Tokyo and to that she added substantial padding and brass hinges.  The fabric is indigo blue, dyed by a craftsman in Japan.  It has a small smudge on top but other than that is in excellent condition.  One of the great uses for these boxes was as storage for items like sweaters since the tin is a perfect medium for keeping clothing insect free.  The boxes were frequently upgraded from simple utilitarian boxes to very pretty and useful objects to be used in very small Japanese homes as storage.  The box is strong enough for a medium size person as a small bench or a foot stool.  Since this was done 1972, we don’t know how many tea boxes are still in existence.  The one you are looking at is a fine example.  
  • Custom-made
  • Vintage style (creation year: 1972)
  • Made in Japan
Color: Indigo Blue with Cream print
Material: Linen + wood construction                      
Dimensions: 17 1/2"W x 27"L x 20 1/2"H

 

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