Cambria Bold
Sep 24, 2008

A husband-and-wife-owned neighborhood furniture store with a DIY spin, Stumasa custom builds reasonably priced bookcases, cabinets, desks, and tables, and stocks environmentally-friendly paints and stains to make them your own.

Stumasa is a laboratory for the talents of husband and wife proprietors Gregory Stukuls and Maybelle Imasa. Gregory is the designer and carpenter behind the furniture, and Maybelle, an illustrator and calligrapher, curates the accessories on shopping trips to Japan and elsewhere, with an artist's eye for quirky beauty in everyday objects.

Maybelle is often on the floor to help you sketch out a piece of furniture or to guide you on the creative possibilities of finishing it yourself. The store is peppered with models that she's painted to demonstrate Stumasa's environment-friendly line of milk paints.

The unfinished wooden LP cubes, on display in red, linen and black milk paint finishes, were originally designed to help DJs haul records to gigs. Now they sell to nesters (including parents in need of an attractive alternative to toy chaos) looking for a simple, modular storage solution. One customer arranged them in a stepped configuration, like a Japanese tansu.

Stumasa is also packed with tempting impulse purchases: toys and children's clothing, offbeat ceramics, paper goods, woven baskets, and sturdy lab glass vases. Be forewarned: it's very easy to enter looking for a bookcase and to leave with a new set of teacups.

Also, see our post on
Stumasa's new website

(Edited from this post originally published 9.11.06)

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