(A video of the building process of Dutton St Milk Crate Bar)
Milk crates are modern day items we tend to forget in our everyday lives, yet in the western world they have been servicing us for decades. They are a part of our culture as much as the auto mobile or the iPhone, but somehow they have become insignificant to our conciousness, consistent with most things humans lack interaction in.
An investigation into milk crates suggests that humans have a great ability to follow orders and instructions. We enjoy being told what to do, instructions are placed in every item we buy. An iPhone cover is meant for the iPhone. Any teenager will tell you that having a blackberry in an iPhone cover is “tech-blasphemy. So society tells us that milk crates are strictly for milk, But equally to our passion for order and mandate we have an undying ability to reject the nuances of society and an indistinguishable flame within us called curiosity.
Ever since the inauguration of the Milk crate we have found ways to manipulate and re-define it’s purpose with great success. Dairy companies have been forced to alter the size of milk crates because people in the past have taken them for use to store records. Milk crates have also been an expression of art, thought and experimentations in design.
As a graduate architect the lure of design possibilities the back alley milk crate had to offer was too compelling to neglect.
Me and a few Architecture graduates got together one day and started to conceive on how we can be a bunch of nuisances yet create something practical. We started brainstorming and concluded our possibilities into two categories, either the milk crate structure was to be of
1. Symbolic (sculpture, message)
2. Pragmatic (purposeful, functional)
We researched previous experiments on milk crate designs and came across a variety of interesting and outlandish ideas people have implemented in past.
Ultimately Mark mentioned a party he was to hold at his house the idea of a milk crate bar became the all round winner, runner up was a giant question mark, and as the old saying goes the rest is history.
The structure serves as a functional temporal bar which was installed and successfully used by the attendees of Marks party, we took into consideration on storage of items and convenience of not just service but also comfort.
The design is pretty straightforward, having the bar-top 2 milk crate wide and the height of from ground to bar top being 3 milk crate tall. The storage was fused with the walls of the structure in a chequered pattern, since milk crates are naturally designed for storage it was perfect for our purpose. We implemented seating around the bar with structure itself because separating seating and bar would’ve meant less interaction. The cold weather of Canberra actually worked in favour for us, since it was about -2degrees that night hence we stored all the alcohol in the crates and there was no need for ice or a fridge, our environmentally concious bar … (although what it takes to make the plastic crates is up for debate)
As a result we came up with an interesting take on the conventional milk crate and a self mad bar built for under $30.
Please note, all milk crates where returned to their rightful locations.
Computer Aided Design …
Dutton St Bar
Bar at use (sorry for the bad image quality)
140 Milk crates…