ISSUE 18  |  The Handywoman

10 Easy Pieces: Stylish Toolboxes

May 07, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

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Toolboxes these days seem to be catching up with handbags: available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and indispensable for stowing essentials (tools and also household goods). Here’s a roundup of 11 unconventional toolboxes. Which one is your favorite?

Above: The Front Loading Tool Box from Best Made Co. provides easy access to your tools from the front of the box–no need to lift a top tray. It’s powder coated and made in the US; $94. 

Above: The Trusco Tool Box is manufactured in Japan of stamped steel with a blue-enameled finish; $85 at Field Online. 

Above: Arik Levy designed the Toolbox for Vitra in 2012. The multifunctional carryall is made in Germany and comes in five colors; $60 from Design Within Reach. 

Above: The environmentally-friendly and durable Loll Tool Caddy is made from 48 recycled plastic milk jugs. It has an, easy-to-grab handle and comes in 14 colors; $114 from Y Living. 

Above: Designed by Kristian Lindhardt Ní¸rhave, the Frama Toolbox is made of birch plywood and available in terra-cotta (shown) as well as black; $122.63 from Danish design firm Frama. (Contact Frama directly for color availability.)

Above: The 12-inch Soft-Sided Tool Bag is made of canvas with a suede-bottom and leather straps; $43.99 from Zoro.

Above: The small yet handy Klein Tool Canvas Straight Wall Bucket is made of number six canvas and has a black molded-polypropylene bottom and a rope handle reinforced with leather for water resistance and strength; $42.17 from Amazon. 

Above: The Birch Tool Carrier is a birch plywood design with detailed box-jointing; it’s €41 from Manufactum in Germany. A Tool Carrier inset can be purchased separately for €9.50.

Above: The No. 4 Toolbox is made of ash and comes in two sizes. The toolbox was designed by Aurélien Barbry for Ro Collection, an up- and-coming Danish design company established by Rebecca Uth and Ole Kiel (who met as colleagues at Georg Jensen); 999 DKK from Objects and Use. 

Above: Designed by Aaron Poritz, an architect turned furniture designer, The Reclaimed Tropical Walnut Tool Box is handmade in Nicaragua of Hurricane Felix-felled lumber. It comes with interior trays for storing small items, such as nails and screws. The toolbox is available from Kaufmann Mercantile (it’s currently sold out, but will be restocked), and can also be purchased directly from Aaron Poritz Furniture; $190.

Above: Sized to hold a hammer, pliers, wrench, and set of screwdrivers, the Leather & Solid Brass Tool Box is handmade by Andrew McAteer in his small workshop in Astoria, New York. It’s waxed vegetable-tanned leather and has brass fasteners and a handle attached with brass rivets; $219 from Kaufmann Mercantile. 

Check out all of our 10 Easy Pieces posts, and don’t miss our curated photo Gallery full of thousands of inspiring images. On Gardenista, see 10 Easy Pieces posts featuring garden-related ideas, such as Outdoor Dining Chairs in Shades of Spring.