Milk crate furniture from Made

Are milk crates ever actually used for milk? I suppose they are, but I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen it. I usually see them crammed with old books or acting as makeshift side tables. Sturdy, cheap, and colourful, milk crates are undeniably useful around the cottage, where junk seems to have a way of piling up summer after summer. But when it comes to using them as furniture, there’s no need for them to look like they belong in a dorm. Just ask Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of Made design store in Toronto, the designers of this amazing set of original pieces called the Hybrid series:

 

While the crates are the main stars of each piece, the handsomely shaped legs, made of solid, painted hardwood, make for an intriguing contrast. The most cottage-friendly feature? The seats, covered with commercial-grade upholstery fabric. Perfect for bathing-suited bottoms! Single stools are $195, the bench is $290, and the console $575. Customers can choose from a selection of crate colours.

Made’s objective is to spotlight modern Canadian design including furniture, lighting, ceramic, glass, textile, jewelry, and home accessories. They have a retail space in Toronto and also do custom work. (A related aside: The home of Shaun Moore and partner Todd Caldwell was recently featured on one of my favourite design blogs, design*sponge. I LOVE their style: so clever and so playful. Click here for a look.)


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