French designers Anne and Philippe Guilbaud of Dentelles & Bidons (literally "lace & can") take a fanciful approach to recycling these metal containers, cutting each manually to transform them into functional chairs, lamps and cabinets that are also true works of art.
The designers recount:
The concept that gave life to those creations was born 3 years ago during an ordinary family lunch; and it is in this relaxed atmosphere that the first idea occurred: combine the useful and aesthetic, and put our knowledge and expertise to good use for giving a new and colored life to set aside materials. While our society, in [a] deep conscience crisis, flirts with the ecology and recycling fundamentals, Dentelles & Bidons reveals itself in the spirit of recycling to create furniture closely designed as masterpieces.
Recycling does take a particular, fanciful flourish in the Guilbauds' metal lacework; elaborate filagrees and exotic animal forms take shape on these made-new, vibrant surfaces. The consistent patterning creates a sense that the objects are bursting with movement and life -- telling stories, as it were.
And it seems like there are so many stories here...! The Guilbauds have created a impressively uplifting collection, transmuting the facelessness of these former tools of the fossil fuel empire into something hopeful and imaginative, yet ultimately practical. More over at Dentelles & Bidons.