Tin cans are the subjects of many arts & crafts projects, frequently reused as the bodies of little tin robot soldiers or other kitschy knickknacks. This designer has taken the same classic object but added a useful and more minimalist twist – a set of simple plastic lids that give used tin cans the ability to serve a new function.
From tea, coffee, sugar and other kitchen storage containers to soap dispensers and pen holders, these designs by Jack Bresnahan bring out the remarkable elegance of what one might previously consider a purely functional form. Not to wax too ecstatic about a simple cylinder, but somehow the silver shine and ribbed sides of the tin cans take on a new luster in the presence of these purposeful white tops.
While there is certainly a green motivation behind these artistic additions there is also an elemental design commentary: everyday objects that are mass-produced on a wide scale can and should be the subject of more extensive design consideration as they are a ripe and ever-growing source of raw materials. This is not merely about sustainable thinking but about economic practicality and material availability.
From the designer’s statement:
“Green issues are at the heart of everything that Jack Bresnahan does. A passionate believer that designers must take responsibility for their designs from conception to disposal, Jack feels that ‘anything that ends up in landfill is simply poor design’.”
“His aim through his designs is to create products that make environmentally friendly goods more accessible and help to make day to day living greener. This is not a blinkered crusade however, as while his designs are always created within a green framework he balances this with a drive to develop products that are both useful and good to look at. His first final year project is a prime example of this. Across the UK, countless tin cans are thrown away everyday. Some are recycled; others go straight in the bin.”
“In an attempt to breathe new life into old rubbish, Jack has created a range of 9 different biodegradable plastic lids, that can be placed on the top of a freshly-washed baked beans can for example and transform its purpose. From a vase to a soap dispenser, a sugar pourer to toothbrush holder, money box to desk tidy and tea and coffee canisters, these stylish lids take tin cans to a whole new level.”