ige has got to be one of my favorite stores in LA. whenever i'm in the neighborhood (beverly blvd. near martel) i make a point of stopping by. helene ige carries her own designs as well as a delightful mix of new & vintage gifts, toys, stationery and housewares.
helene has an amazing eye and sells some very special vintage crafts. a couple of years ago she displayed some of those framed jeweled christmas trees in her window. don't even get me started on just how beautiful they were.
you could only imagine how i felt when i saw that she was selling a few pieces of tin can doll furniture. almost the exact same ones as pictured in one of my fave hazel pearson books. i nearly passed out!
they were made by cutting tins cans into strips, curling them into your desired design, spray painting and upholstering them. pictured here is a chaise lounge (center) made from an insect spray can (!) and a rocking chair (right) made from a juice can.
(from "tin can doll furniture, how to create beautiful miniature furniture from cans - without soldering" published by hazel pearson handicrafts, 1973)