Sure why not?  Many mechanical and functional things are beautiful.  This one certainly looks pretty snazzy to me:


It’s called a “Trusco” and you can find them on MoMA’s web store among other places.  The more generic term for them is “Cantilevered Tool Box,” and you’ll find a ton of copies all over the web searching via that name.  It was finding it on MoMA that got my attention, so I wanted to learn a bit more about its history.

The real Trusco’s were invented and are made in Japan from stamped steel.  The finish is enamel.  They’re popular and well known all over Japan, but not so much elsewhere, although I’ve seen them around a few times.  They were designed in 1947 by Keiyu Hisashi.

Apparently a number of folks were as surprised as I was to see a toolbox show up at MoMA because searching for the Trusco reveals a huge number of very recent new articles all at various chic designer outlets.

I like big rolling tool cabinets better in the shop, but I could see one of these carrying a few basic tools in the trunk of my car or truck.


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