and tansu stands
Vince Meyer repurposes vintage Japanese architectural panels (ranma) as contemporary tables. He uses his artisan skills to custom fashion each table base to precisely fit each panel. He uses similar techniques to create custom stands for your Japanese tansu or other cabinetry.
“The ranma is a work of art and I want people to enjoy that artistry and to make it useful as a contempoary table. The tansu stands lift them to a more useful height, protects them from just being on the floor, and gives them a museum quality.” -Vince Meyer
Mr. Meyer has a BA, with Honors, in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is the co-owner of Avenue 12 Gallery.
Vintage Japanese Panels
Katagami (Japanese paper stencils for dyeing kimono)
Made-To-Order Tansu Stands
As the owner of Avenue 12 Gallery, it is an honor to present contemporary art by up-and-coming emerging and mid-career artists, alongside my custom Japanese-inspired creations.
Vincent ‘Vince’ Meyer is a native of San Francisco, and the co-owner of Avenue 12 Gallery. He started is artisan career in 1968 at the age 11 by helping his father in the family metal fabrication and repair business, ‘Metal Mending,’ located on Clement Street in San Francisco. After high school he began working there full time, ultimately owning the business and maintaining it at that location until 1988. During those years he was introduced to the world of Japanese woodwork by creating metal bases for Japanese tansu (cabinets) for Japanese Antique dealers and interior designers. He became more deeply appreciative of Japanese art and culture during this period, eventually traveling to Japan.
In 1989 he returned to school and received a BA in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1993. Combining his new design skills with his love of Japanese artistry, he focused exclusively on combining Japanese woodwork with his custom metalwork and recreated his business as Table Asia. In 2005 he opened Table Asia Gallery at its current location in San Francisco. In 2016, in partnership with his wife Rachel, his offerings were expanded to include contemporary art, and the business was rebranded as Avenue 12 Gallery.
1993 BA, with Honors, Landscape Architecture, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Honors and Awards
2014 Sausalito Art Festival First Place: Functional Art
2009 City and County of San Francisco Certified Green Business
2008 BAYLIST Winner: Best Furniture in the Bay Area
2007 California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition Fiona Ma Majority Whip
San Francisco Art Dealers Association
San Francisco Chronicle November 28, 2007 HOT STUFF By Laura Thomas “Tasteful Tables A new medium for Japanese art form”
Richmond Review January 2017 “Premier of New Art Gallery” by Thomas K. Pendergast
Fumiki Fine Arts
Ren Brown Collection
Robert Brian Company
Tansu Design Imports
Partial Client List
Audrey Brant Interiors
Barbara Jacobs Interior Design
David Bates Interiors
David James Design
Gilleland Interior Design
Jim Riley Designs
Mark Jordan Enterprises
Marks & Marks Design
Martha Tout Interior Design
Philpotts & Associates
Stinson Beach Gallery
Wheeler Design Group
1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94118