The everyday items that we discard without much care or thought often turn out to be much more beautiful than they appear at first glance. The Porcelain Can Vases from Apartment 48 look just like aluminum soda cans – the kind you probably crumple up and toss into the recycling bin absentmindedly. Cast in porcelain from actual soda cans, the vases hold 12 ounces of liquid. Their every bend and fold is exquisitely detailed, inviting a second thought about the simplistic beauty of this common form.
Likewise, the Crinkle Cups from designer Rob Brandt inspire a fresh perspective on disposable cups. These ceramic cups were made to look just like plastic or paper drink cups, but they are far more sturdy and permanent. The fact that they were modeled after crushed drink cups is a constant reminder of our propensity for throwing things away when we could – and should – be embracing their reusable alternatives instead.