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About Us

Greetings! I’m Inja Yang, and I love to shop. Forget shopping bags or carts: when I’m excited by a new resource, I can fill a giant shipping container to the brim in no time. I also love to travel, and for the past three decades, I’ve combined these two loves — shopping and travel — while embarking on a lifelong journey through the back roads of Asia. In the process, I’ve made it my mission to seek out and uncover hidden treasure troves of one-of-a-kind antiques, unusual home furnishings and decorative accessories for my company, Tansu Design.

On this journey, I’ve used my discerning eye, discriminating taste and well-honed sense of style to unearth some of the world’s most exquisite products for your enjoyment. In the process, I’ve also become a trusted source for the design trade, and a well-known direct importer of high-end Asian home furnishings — which brings us to my third love, sharing. In fact, I want to find a good home for every piece of furniture I discover. Tansu Design’s showroom, conveniently located in the San Francisco Design Center, features an extraordinary range of pieces, from elegant Japanese tansu and colorful Chinese buffets to blanket chests with carved iron hardware from my native Korea. And If you want to see even more, I’ll take you to explore our warehouse in the Bayview district.

Tansu Design unlocks the ancient mysteries of Asian aesthetics, for beginners and connoisseurs alike. Our showroom is a destination for anyone seeking quality, beauty and inspiration — for over 30 years, interior designers, architects, collectors, retailers and discriminating individuals have come to us for the finest Asian home furnishings. Our furniture is not your parents’ “Oriental” trunk. Tansu Design delivers special pieces imbued with clean lines, a sense of history, rich patinas and strong personalities, perfect for today’s modern environments. The rewards of my three loves –shopping, traveling and sharing — are waiting for you at Tansu Design. Come find something you love!

I look forward to meeting you,

– Inja Yang

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Our Team

Here at Tansu Design, I feel very fortunate, proud and grateful to have the support of an extraordinary team of smart, talented and dedicated co-workers.

Mary Ozbek has been my assistant for the past 16 years, but, in truth, she’s actually my perfect boss. She keeps Tansu Design running like a well-oiled machine, working behind the scenes on systems operations, interacting with customers in the showroom, or online. Mary has joined me on buying trips to China, Vietnam and the Philippines, and helps me select the beautiful products that ultimately make their way to our showroom (and, by extension, your home). Of all the treasures I’ve found, she may be my favorite.

Jose Bernabe and Raul Ibarra are expert restorers.  These two artisans do a lot of the heavy lifting that makes Tansu Design look so good.

Simply stated, Tansu Design would not be where it is today without the combined efforts of my co-workers. I have the greatest respect and admiration for this wonderful team, and I look forward, each and every day, to working side-by-side with such talented and loving people!