Our Glasgow Collection derives its origins from the Glasgow bed. We believe the overall design of the substantially grounded base and floating tops mimics a near-Pagoda look about the collection. We believe we achieved this in our bed design, with a sweeping arched top rail, headboard, and lower bed rail curves. The contradiction and illusion of the heavy weighted base coupled with the seemingly floating tops creates an equal balance, like the yin and yang, opposite attractions.
The Glasgow collection, like many good designs, morphed into its current being over many years. Originally, we started out with Tansu cases. Traditional Tansu cases originated in the 17th century in Japan as mobile storage cabinets that were often constructed with stout frames to withstand the journey.
Greg Gloor designed the Glasgow Bed, originally called the Tansu Bed, to go along with this collection of beautiful cabinets he designed in the Tansu genre. He wanted a certain “mass” about the bed design, deciding to use what we call in the industry 12/4 (twelve-quarter, or rough sawn at 3” thick). The legs are hand cut out of a single piece of stock. Subsequently, the Tansu cabinets were cataloged and the Glasgow collection was created to take its place.
Greg and Larry Northrop continued to design the Glasgow chests and dressers to compliment the various applications. The handles we offer with these cabinets are hand-made in England, brought into the states by a fourth generation handle making family based in Connecticut. The style blends a touch of English Arts and Crafts with a heavy Asian Arts and Crafts influence.
The bed design further expanded our use of through-tenon work, with the leg tenon coming up through the top rails, and subsequently showcased with a pair of Ebony wood wedges that are pounded in from the top. The headboard design appears as if it is floating, connected to the legs at four tenon point, further enhanced by using a curly maple panel.