Klaus Aalto (b. 1975) is a Finnish designer who graduated from the MA program in Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2007. He was awarded for Best Diploma Work in Furniture Design by both the Asko Foundation and the Finnish Furniture Foundation for his diploma work Stereo, the design for a table with a removable top that can be hung on a wall like a picture, produced by Selki-Asema.
Klaus Aalto works with furniture, small objects and spatial design and common to all of his projects is a simple and pragmatic approach. His designs offer imaginative and whimsical solutions to the most basic needs of the everyday. sustainability and the responsible use of materials are important principles to Klaus Aalto, and that is why he has often used ready-made elements in his works. Klaus Aalto wants the design to be both fun and useful. Nothing must be done merely for visual effect. Among his most well-known works, there are several products he designed for Selki-Asema: the 5.1 Mhz floor coat rack and the 5.2 Mhz wall coat rack – inspired by an antenna and with adjustable hooks that rotate freely – the City Boy picnic grill – a portable grill which operates with small gas cartridges – and the Naulikko coat rack, which participated in the Straightforward exhibition, an event organized to promote new Finnish design which took place during the New York Design Week in 2010. Klaus Aalto’s works have been exhibited around the world and he is represented, with the City Boy picnic grill and with the piece of storage furniture Take Out, in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Quebec. Klaus currently works together with his wife, the designer Elina Aalto. Together they started the joint design studio Aalto+Aalto in 2010. The studio focuses mainly on product design and they enjoy working on projects that functionally, esthetically as well as emotionally bring something new to our material world. Their work often brings a new point of view to everyday objects.