Design in general, but upcycle design in specific, gets more attention if a familiar object, product or material is used. And that happens a lot in upcycle design. Recognition is nice, but it’s even better if design ‘touches’ you and more so if it makes you smile. When you look at today’s featured upcycle design you will know what I mean.
A very familiar object upcycled into something with a completely different function. A design that will certainly make you look again and smile. It’s about a Jerry can turned into a robust cabinet.
Jerry Can as a cult object
The company behind this genius idea is called Danish Fuel, founded by René Sundahl, and offers two kinds of cabinets. A Bar Cabinet and a Bathroom Cabinet. They collect the old used Jerry Cans primarily at military surplus stock houses.
The upcycling process lasts 3 weeks. 1: Cutting, drilling and grinding. 2: Burning and sandblasting. 3: New powder coat is added. 4: Internal shelves are molded in plywood. 5:Assembly and mounting. Every step is, of course, done by hand in Denmark.
The original name of the Jerry Can is ‘Wehrmachtskanister’ and was invented in 1939 by the Germans. It was soon discovered – and copied – by Great Britain and America and finally replaced their much flimsier version. Today, the Jerry can – named after the slang term for the German WW1 soldier – has gained popularity to the point of becoming a cult object.
“All of Danish Fuel’s Jerry Cans are handcrafted in Denmark based on the principal of reusing parts of old Jerry Cans and remaking them. Hence, not two cans are alike; therefore your specific can will be a unique specimen. Though, there are different kinds of old Jerry Can models originating from different countries. At DDAY in 1944 more than 21 millions of Jerry Cans were spread all over Europe. During to our research about 1800 different models of Jerry Cans exist.”
Photos and video © Danish Fuel
In my opinion Danish Fuel did a fantastic job in creating stunning and sturdy cabinet models. To complete the Jerry Can collection they also offer a trolley.