A crate made from less material and is more comfortable for the customers to carry.


What I've started with was the idea of reducing the amount of material needed to produce the crate, thus maintaining its stability and rigidity. Keeping the weight of the crate as low as possible we not only provide more comfort for customers but also reduce the amount of fuel needed for transporting, reducing not only the level of emitted CO2 but also the costs.

As a result I came up with the design where all elements are having a function: a tray and a lid that are keeping the bottles on their positions and two handles that are not only connecting the top and the bottom but also are much more comfortable to use thanks to their round form. To keep things as easy as possible I've made a fixing mechanism that has no fine parts and is easy to use. To take the top off you should push both handles to the middle and the top will easily come off, living the bottles standing on a comfortable tray.

One of the problems of the normal crate is that you will most definitely need both hands to carry it. On the contrary my design gives you the opportunity to also carry it with only one hand.

To consider the needs of different households you should provide crates of different sizes. Leaving customers to decide on the number of bottles they want to buy corresponding to their needs, still having a crate of a matching size, that not only spares place but also reduces the weight.

For a more stable staking there are slots on the edges of the tray and the lid. In this construction all force vectors are divided on the bottles themselves, and the vertical stiffeners can endure a column of a number of crates.

Knowing that adding a lid also means additional work and time on the production line I also tried to show the way that will reduce this time to minimum: while the refilling manipulator is getting the next batch of bottles the other manipulator is putting the lids on.

Other entries in this project

Concept one
Ellipse Case