Take Out



The manufacturing of the first
prototype has been supported by Plasticase.

The production assistant in the project has been
Mr. Jukka Merta from Selki-Asema

Take Out is a piece of storage furniture, which resembles a traditional chest of drawers with the exception that the drawers have been replaced by portable briefcases. This makes it possible for each briefcase to be taken to the next room or even on a longer trip. Take Out is ideal for the storage of, for example, toys or tools – things that are used in more than one place. The piece of furniture consists of an outer shell made of MDF board, aluminum shelves, steel legs and plastic briefcases by Plasticase. The basic idea can be modified into various shapes and sizes. For the Sauma exhibition, Klaus Aalto has made a series of three different sized sets of drawers. Although the prototypes are intended for mass production, they could also be turned into a series of unique pieces of furniture with briefcases made of different materials.

The idea was born in 2003 out of Klaus Aalto’s personal need for a storage solution for tools. Initially, he thought of making the briefcases himself, but he quickly decided to look for existing alternatives. After a long search for a metal briefcase, he settled for Plasticase, totally satisfied with the looks and the feel of the product as well as its price. These plastic briefcases, designed by Michel Dallaire and manufactured in Canada, remind him of the briefcases of Playmobil toy characters. The Plasticase briefcases can be ordered in about ten different colors with custom-made foam padding and labels.

Klaus Aalto thinks that Take Out is above all a functional object. Its ideal uses, according to him, are storing labeled briefcases of children’s toys or organizing tools in the garage. Children can take their toys with them when they go to their grandparents’ or parents can take out just those tool briefcases they need.

Klaus Aalto sees furniture design as a mission that is not necessarily profitable. He earns his living e.g. as an exhibition designer. Klaus Aalto also works within environmental art. He will shortly conclude his MA studies in the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Aalto belongs to the select group of young designers internationally marketed by IMU design. He is also part of Fiasko, a three member art and design group.

What is common to all of Klaus Aalto’s projects is a simple and pragmatic approach. They are born out of the lack of something he experiences either at home or in the studio. The ideas for the designs are born effortlessly. Designing and delivering the technical construction is more difficult. What is important to him is the responsible use of materials, and that is why he has chosen to use ready-made objects, such as the Plasticase briefcases in this project. He wants design to be both fun and useful. Nothing must be done merely for visual effect.

Summary in Finnish