Archive for October, 2008

The Milkcrate Armatron, monitor rig

My buddy Nicolas has done it again. A little while back I posted about Nick’s question (How Many Crates Can You Carry?) and now he’s posted this amazing contraption that he calls the armatron –>Read the full post

Scooter Crates

I can’t remember seeing a crate this bright and blue. –>via, Milk Crate GET

And yet another scooter crate combo –>via, Old Milk Crate

Instant Grants, pull up a milkcrate

Steve Lambert and The Federation of Students and Nominally or Unemployed Artists went to Union Square in NYC and gave away instant grants for al kinds of projects in the $10 to $60 range. Pull up a milkcrate and make your pitch. –>via Urban, Instant Grant Program

Great warning

Seen in Sterling, VA

QuietDoing’s Crate Products

Product from QuietDoing

Friend from the southland sent me this wonderful milkcrate product from the I reached out to Ms. QuietDoing and she agreed to answer my random interview questions. (MD=Milkcrate Digest, QD=QuietDoing) –>products via, QuietDoing Shop

MD: Tell me about the milkcrate patterns and images…where did the idea come from, why crates?

QD: Many of my design influences are music inspired. I dip and dabble with records and DJing and to quote Kid Koala, “Some of my best friends are DJ’s”! ;D  The turntable/record designs come straight from that part of my life and the milkcrates, to me, go hand in hand with the record culture. I’ve realized two of my favorite things involve playing with needles: records and sewing = destiny!

MD: How do milkcrates enhance or affect your daily life? do you have some around the house? how many?

QD: My last apartment shared a back lot with a grocery store where we acquired dozens of crates for records and patio furniture.  I did a lot of planting and outdoor landscaping with them. :) Ah… nostalgia.

QuietDoing's milkcrate filled backyard

Thinking about them now, creates a sort of vibe or energy that I can always connect with.  They’re just these plastic things that stack – the same, large, LEGO piece that I felt I could build with or use for anything my creative mind and physical energy would allow.  Ask my roommates, I was perpetually  re-arranging those crates!

I’ve recently moved, though, and have acquired more legit wooden furniture and record housing, so my crate collection has dwindled to only a few to store art supplies, fabric, music equipment and tools; I don’t think they will ever fully escape me.  If I could integrate milkcrates into my interior design, I’d do so in a heartbeat.
I do have a not-so-traditional, but handy-dandy and collapsible plastic crate that I keep in the trunk of my car. It’s nifty.

MD: What is your earliest milkcrate memory?

QD: My earliest milkcrate memories involve my dad getting black ones from the outside lot of the laundromat my parents used to own. They were put out by the bakery next door and he’d a use for them for everything DIY related.  I’d use them as chairs, step stools, or stilts; the way bored single-digit-age children do while waiting around for the adults to finish their duties of responsibility.

MD: Anything new in the works?

QD: I’ve been focusing on wallets, but now am starting a line of bags and briefcase-type things for people who like paper.

Melbourne film geeks love the milkcrates

Irving Z. Gribbish shows films through projectors propped up on milkcrates. He does it for the love of the movies. Once again the Aussies rule the crate world. –>via the, The Reel Thing

Sweet Milkcrate Music

I always loved the song “Nitro Burning Funny Cars” by the Dead Milkmen. There’s a line in that song that I’ll paraphrase… no one will ever write a song about nitro burning funny cars. The same could be said of milk crates – but Franklin Bruno did write that song–thank goodness.

Milkcrate by Franklin Bruno