Kitchen of the Week: The Unfitted Gleaming Kitchen from Toolbox in Tokyo

Toolbox of Tokyo anticipates the needs of urban apartment dwellers by offering a full compendium of household building blocks, from brass TP holders to wooden stair rails, all with a lean, stripped-back look—and no plastic in sight. The company grew out of a real estate firm and now has a website and Shibuya showroom geared to DIYers looking for an alternative to the “packaged and homogenous.”

We particularly like Toolbox’s professional kitchen, composed of stainless-steel freestanding units scaled for compact home settings and sold à la carte. All surfaces are easy to swab down—but open-storage-phobes should look elsewhere. “A kitchen is a tool,” says the company. “Cleanliness and toughness—with unnecessary functions removed—are attractive.”

Above: The company took inspiration from restaurant fittings and devised a lineup of “independent units” that allow people to customize their own setups—and take them with them to their next quarters. For a homey mix, Toolbox suggests layering in wooden pieces with the stainless steel.
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Above: “No frills needed,” says Toolbox of its worktables. Units with single and double drawers are available with open and closed under storage.
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Above: A Toolbox corner configuration. Note the ventilated under shelves.