This furniture series is probably the most versatile anyone has ever designed. The Crates were designed by architect and designer Naihan li. The inspiration for this unique and unusual furniture series came from the urban habitat of Beijing where many buildings are being renovated. So if people are constantly changing their lifestyle and habitat, why not make it easier by giving them a piece that does exactly that?
The Crates are a series of wooden boxes that, when close, look like ordinary crates. The surprise comes when you open them. The crates then reveal furniture, such as sofas, beds, desks with chairs, wardrobes and even foosball tables. Imagine how simple it would be to have them all in one box. Of course, you can only use the crate for one function at a time but still, it’s remarkable that you can change its look and function so easily.
The crates can easily store away and conceal the furniture to make the room more versatile. This way, you can move your kitchen into the living room or your desk on the terrace in no time. It’s like you have a compact home inside a crate and you can take anywhere you want. It’s definitely something very practical that can only be useful in a home. I suppose you could also paint the box if you don’t like it this way, although it was intended to have a natural look.