tin can vessels
Magdalena Björnsdotter for Elle Decoration

This image from Elle Decoration reminded us of the wonderful design of the ubiquitous tin can once it’s label is torn off. They really do make great vessels.

Tin cans must be in the wind. Yesterday, we came across these zinc chic-ed up can vessels for sale at Anthropolgie.

anthropologie zinc cans

But then sculptor Alexander Calder saw their possibilities eons ago. Dig these ashtrays!

Courtesy of The Calder Foundation
Courtesy of The Calder Foundation

And this just in, spotted at Design Boom: Dutch artist Willem Heeffer’s up-cycled Heinz bean can chandeliers in a Helsink restaurant:

heinz bean can chandeliers

 

via French by Design; Photos: Magdalena Björnsdotter for Elle Decoration

 

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2 replies on “the unexpected beauty of tin can vessels (labels off!)

  1. Bustelo cans as planters! In my office window sill and boasting thriving scotch bonnet plants.

  2. Yeah, and think of all that delish coffee you get to drink to get ’em.

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