The tin can is having an unexpected moment in the spotlight. While the late, great Andy Warhol famously reimagined Campbell's soup cans into Pop Art back in the 1960s, this common household item has been all but abandoned for too long. That is, until now. Tiffany's Everyday Objects home line features a $1,000 tin can. No, that's not a typo and yes, the internet has been getting worked up over this piece.
Tiffany & Co. is a luxury brand that is most celebrated for its gorgeous and iconic jewelry and blue box packaging. But the brand recently introduced an incredibly extra collection of household items such as paper cups, a protractor, a pencil sharpener, and more. Perhaps too much more.
All of these "utilitarian items," which is essentially Tiffany's way of saying "basics," have been upscaled. The Tiffany Tin Can, for instance, is reimagined as a handcrafted work of art, made with materials like sterling silver and shining vermeil.
Essentially, Tiffany transformed basics into bougie pieces.
The sardonic cynic that lives inside all us might be tempted to ask, "Why pay a $1,000 for the 'Tiffany Tin Can' when I can just repurpose a used version with some nifty supplies from the arts ad crafts store?"
However, a recycled tin can doesn't have Tiffany features, such as the "instantly recognizable signature Tiffany Blue hue of this design's enamel accent." Yes, we're referring to the blue stripe on the side of the can, which you can use as a pen holder or for makeup brush storage. Or you can toss all of your spare pocket change into it, which will never equal the cost of the container in which it's held.
The hefty price tag would no doubt having you thinking twice utilizing this "everyday object" for just any ol' thing.
The Internet is certainly baffled by this product — and its price tag. Twitter users were hardly shy about taking aim at Tiffany over it what they view as a display of consumerism and class division.
No, this is not just a tin can on many levels. So pull up a chair and prepare for some belly laughs and higher thought with these reactions to the can.
This tweet is simple but it really hits on all points regarding the can.
The tin can is generating a lot of comparisons to the newly launched iPhone X, due to the similarity of pricing but disparity of function. Which would you choose in the digital day and age?
The sarcasm is more biting than snake fangs. Ouch!
The Twitterverse is clearly having lots of fun at the Tiffany Tin Can's expense.
But really. That would be the "oopsie!" to end all "oopsies!"
The 99 percent isn't having any of the Tiffany Tin Can.
This user's reaction is a sarcastic commentary on a consumerist society.
This user's reaction is a more softly delivered commentary on a consumerist society. He certainly owns his take on things.
Come on, it should at least have some coffee beans or something else in it, right? Although such additions still don't justify the price.
There are plenty of tin cans that would probably love a second lease on life for a lot less cash.
Obviously, the Internet's voice has been heard. Most people aren't going to shell out $1,000 for a fancy tin can that is more of a status symbol then anything else.
Tiffany, however, isn't targeting the mere masses with its Everyday Objects Collection. We're not worthy.