Friday, August 20, 2010

what does beanz meanz?

Is this as conveniently tinned as the zeitgeist gets? These ingenious Can Lights, designed by Willem Heeffer of fusefinds.com, suggest Warhol, rationing, catering and quirkily fashionable frugality, and are well in tune with the upcycling mood of our post-bling times.


"With the help of Dublin’s many restaurants and cafĂ© who collect the tin cans, these everyday waste objects are turned into charming yet functional pendant lights. The lights celebrate the cross over between popular culture and sustainability and look great in sets of three."


[Willem says that he would like you to like fusefinds on facebook]

Maybe one day they'll expand their range and I can have used tins of tomato soup, beanz, pineapples slices and steamed chocolate pudding in chocolate sauce hanging in a row of four above the kitchen island. They'd amuse me when I walked into the room and I'd chop my well-lit vegetables whilst busily wondering what it all meanz and considering the ironies in the commodification of thrift.

30 comments:

  1. After considering the ironies you could reach up to your light, put it to your ear and use it as a phone. The iTin.

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  2. Post bling, indeed!

    I wonder, though, do these cans have pasted on paper labels, or painted on labels?

    There's a world of difference between the two, with painted on labels being superior, I think.

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  3. I will wait for them to come out with ultimate light fixture- the canned Spam.

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  4. love 'em! and your expression, "post bling"

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  5. Just when I thought it was safe to go into the pantry again...

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  6. Mise, thanks for stopping by my bookcase...Yes, "Use What You Have Decorating" by Lauri Ward (copyright 1998, G. P. Ptnam's Sons, New York) is an excellent book and for a decade was really HOT...it's incredibly practical and smart, teaching room arranging, balance and focal point, using artwork and lighting effectively, creating a cohesive look, and much, much more--all using stuff you already have. It was a great guide for me as an editor while producing interiors stories for Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

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  7. "Our post-bling times"--yes! That's a brilliant way to describe these times. I just read over the previous comments, and we all seem to agree. Maybe you can write a book about the post-bling era. It can have chapters on various ways to commodify and categorize thrift, much of it involve canning and post-canning byproducts like tin cans and Bonne Maman jars.

    I've been missing visiting you. Now that our move is somewhat complete I feel almost human enough to make blogging rounds again. That sentence sounds twisted now that I've reread it, but it's actually true.

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  8. Please don't anyone tell my husband there is even the remotest chance these light would come in SPAM!
    He just would not be able to resist!

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  9. These are witty. I don't think they'd look quite right in my Victorian terraced house ... but perhaps they'll design a 19th century version for me.

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  10. In the far-off days of my boyhood, 'beanz' meant 'fartz'. You've just reminded me. I liked the way old Morrocan lorries were repaired with cans.

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  11. Blimey, steamed chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce, that brings back memories! x

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  12. Sometimes I wonder if the world (of design) has gone mad. Or am I just too pre-modern to geddit?

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  13. I guess this meanz I have found something to do with that selfsame can of beanz I have in my pantry. Unfortunately it was opened from the top which meanz I would have an upside beanz lamp...

    would it lose all meaning?

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  14. I like the creative reuse, but not in my kitchen ;)

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  15. Cute. But one of those things my mother would never ever understand.

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  16. Oh... brismod has the idea.. iTin.. cool ... save on phone bills...

    I think that beanz was last nights dinner... [pardon me] Gee ... is this encouraging us to eat canned food!!! What about dog food for the dog house!!...

    Love the campbells Mise... ciao ciao.. xxx Julie

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  17. I always wanted to use my old colanders as lampshades. I imagine spinning them and they would be twinkling like disco balls whilst I chop my rutabagas.

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  18. Ah Mise, I have missed you and your blog while I was away on holiday. The nuggets of stylishness would have so enhanced my trip to Italy!

    Personally I'd go for the choccy pud tins, but only if I get to empty them first (all in the name of home decor, of course - nothing to do with greed!)

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  19. Oh, I think I would have to go for the sticky toffee pudding canz!!

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  20. Depending on the cost the lights are rather eye catching and cheerful - most people relate to tomato soup. But next, I guess some green entrepreneur will have us turn in our plastic bread wrappers and buy back the same wrapper with colorful twist ties sold to us as refrigerator storables and sandwich bags.

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  21. Beanz, beanz are good for your heart,
    Turn them into a lamp and sell them as art!

    {and then make out like a bandit on Andy Warhol's coat tails}
    More power to his right arm.

    Meredy xo.

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  22. Beanz was one of the first makeyuppey words that we left slip through the net. Now we have to put up with words like 'treggings' and 'jeggings' and so on. I like Adens idea of using colanders to make a lamp shade. Do that will ya? Then show us what it's like. Thanks mise x

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  23. I just couldn't resist getting the hot glue gun out here & putting lots of bling on these. Hand me the diamantes & the glass drops quickly!
    Millie ^_^

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  24. Indeed, these are the new bling of our post-bling times, no?

    xoxo,
    -maria

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  25. hehe awesome. ive seen a documentary called the garbage warrior. this former architect in the american southwest built entire houses from tires and plastic bottles. pretty cool actually
    ~laura

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  26. oh please tell me their coming out with lard!!!

    v.cool idea - really like the tom soup!

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  27. They'd look good (and they could serve a useful purpose) in supermarkets.

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  28. Wildly clever. Mr. Warhol would be proud.
    Leigha

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