When it comes to DIY modular storage, it's no wonder that the milk crate has been a dorm room and shop staple for decades: It's stackable, sturdy, easy to move around, and for college students they're easy to come by if that supermarket's loading dock doesn't have any surveillance cameras.
Atlanta-based industrial designer Jenny Drinkard decided to take the milk crate to the next level. After bringing it through the Quirky process, the now-ready-for-primetime Crates feature accessories like shelves, drawers, connectors, wheels, legs, and protrusions for hanging stuff like corkboards and cable clips:
By the bye, Crates is Quirky's first product manufactured in the U.S., with the mold coming from a toolmaker in New Jersey being used for final production in Vermont. You can catch some shots of the tooling process in the video below.
Crates will be for sale online for a week, and on July 1st, retail giant Target will take over. Not too shabby for Drinkard, who was recently a mere ID student!