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We Are Always Moving: Icons of the Small Apartment, Wood Redux

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We Are Always Moving: Icons of the Small Apartment, Wood Redux

February 14, 2017

Finally, an upgrade for milk crates and cinder blocks, the old staples of apartment life: Minneapolis-based We Are Always Moving Industries (WAAM) remakes the classics in lightweight wood. Here’s a look at the collection.

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Above: WAAM’s birch plywood Milk Crates are an improvement on plastic, and can be “flipped, stacked, carried, or wall-mounted.” Available in four sizes; from $45.

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Above: The Short Long Milk Crate transforms into a small-space shelf when hung from a wall; $65. WAAM also makes a Dog Bowl attachment, a lid with inset bowls for canine companions; $100.

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Above: Another apartment icon, the cinder block, gets a rethink in Douglas fir—a much lighter material than concrete for stacking and rearranging. WAAM’s Tinder Blocks start at $48.

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Above: The Tinder Blocks come in two sizes and two styles: flat top and classic. At two feet tall, the large classic makes a petite bedside table; $60.

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Above: WAAM’s Sliding Lid Boxes can “stack and stow” and are perfect “on your desk, in your drawer, or even in the car.” Available in two sizes: small, $22, and large, $25.

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Above: “Building blocks for adults”: Sturdy Tinder Block Wine Racks hold either two bottles, $32, or three, $36.

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Above: An improvement on “pulpy paper” supermarket fruit boxes, WAAM’s Berry Box holds produce, writing essentials, and other small goods. It’s made of maple and available in three sizes: classic, $32; tall, $36; and wide, $42; a set of three is $105.

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Above: The “wide” Berry Box holds larger fruit.

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