There's no denying the obvious practicality of crates, but up until now, there was probably not much else to say about them. That was until Studio Makkink & Bey waved its veritable design wand and transformed these trusty (if a little unglamorous) packing and recycling all-rounders into art pieces worthy of their own exhibition.
Holding fort at Spring Projects until mid-January 2011, the exhibition centres around the concept of crates as household units with a twist. In this world of reinvented units, it is perfectly acceptable to play house with a range of exaggerated domestic applications.
There is the BedCrate, complete with bed, linen, blankets and side table; the BathCrate, which acts as a bathing area, sauna and a bath; and even a VacuumCleanerCrate, thoughtfully charged with the task of mopping up inevitable crumbs after the user has consumed food from the tea set it is propping up.
Initially inspired by a trip to India where Rianne Makkink saw crates being used as makeshift homes and shops, the series questions the roles of household objects in time as well as in space.
Once the unsung heroes of the storage world, the crates that Studio Makkink & Bey present no longer need to be seen as makeshift, temporary containers, but as their own permanent, sized-down household unit.