The Crate Series by Studio Makkink & Bey

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Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Dutch designers Studio Makkink & Bey present furniture and household appliances combined with packing crates at Spring Projects in London.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Called the Crate Series, the designs were inspired by mobile shops and workspaces made from crates in India.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Every model has a specific function combined with objects like a vacuum cleaner, cabinets and sink, bath or bed.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The show will run from 5 November until 16 December.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

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Spring Projects presents The Crate Series by Studio Makkink & Bey

5 November to 16 December 2010.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The Crate Series re-defines functional, ordinary objects by infusing them with new narratives.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Shipping crates usually used for temporary storage and freight are transformed into containers for living, domestic cabinets rich in detail.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The result plays with our ideas of value; the container becomes the content, a by-product is metamorphosed into the product.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Re-interpreting the container, Studio Makkink & Bey engage our perceptions of what a product’s purpose is. These shipping crates, normally used to temporarily house goods, take on a more solitary role as sized down household units.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The Crate Series was inspired by a trip to India, where Rianne Makkink noticed how people used crates to make mobile shops and workspaces.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

At that time Studio Makkink & Bey were housed in an enormous industrial warehouse, the seemingly endless space in the high-ceilinged hall was the incentive to create workspaces on a more human scale.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The first crate dwelling was conceived. A crate cupboard placed on an old desk, its doors shielding the user from sights and sounds, allowing greater concentration, in a space solely providing room for the absolute essentials.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

In its original guise as freight packaging, the crate protects its contents, but as furniture it also becomes a means of personal autonomy. These wooden retreats can be used to seclude oneself from the outside world, but when unfolded they can become furnishings inside an already furnished room.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

Whilst travelling, they form familiar spaces within unknown spaces. The various models encompass a specific function, concentrated inside the crate and in the material finish.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The leather wrapping of the Bed Crate can be folded up as a wall panel or a headboard making it possible to adjust the furniture to varying personal needs for privacy.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The Bath Crate transforms into a sauna or dry cleaning room when closed off.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The Sink Crate is a wash unit for personal hygiene for enormous spaces, when bathing facilities are not close at hand.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The crates change in status from commercial to domestic is further emphasized by the striking decorative motifs on their exteriors.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

The Vacuum Cleaner Crate wears its dusty content seemingly on the outside.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey

This crate is covered with a layer of grey fibres flocked onto the surface of the crate.

Crate Series by Makkink & Bey


See also:

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WashHouse by
Studio Makkink & Bey
House of Furniture Parts by
Studio Makkink & Bey
Silver Sugar Spoon by
Studio Makkink & Bey
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