The strongest pieces are undoubtedly the modern versions of the Japanese or Korean tansu, made graphically bold with simplified versions of the distinctive, ornate metal plate hardware you see on the originals. They also sell a small selection of original antique pieces.
Big Pagoda's chests are not cheap, but they're built to last. They are constructed in Shanxi Province, China by craftspeople using walnut and elm farmed from sustainable forests who eschew the use of nails and staples in favor of traditional Chinese mortise and tenon joinery.
The online store now features a "green" collection from Oakland-based furniture designer and maker Gabriel K. Beil of Semolina Design and the ceramic wood carvings and sculptures of Bay area artist Nathan Lynch.
(Edited from this post originally published 9.13.06)