Affordable Design: Trash Can

January 28th, 2009

For the longest time the office garbage can has been an 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids garbage can made out of tin (or something to that effect). Just typing this out is making me laugh. It’s a true relic from my childhood that I’ve managed to tote around from home to home over the years. You know what, I need to take a photo of it because it’s too funny to not include, and explaining it doesn’t do it justice (and it’s an excuse to use my new camera!).


Of course, I still can’t part with it so it’s serving as a recycling bin. Anyway, I was feeling like it was time for a more streamlined look but for some reason modern garbage cans tend to be expensive (Vipp anyone?) and I didn’t want to go the IKEA or Umbra route – too easy. I did a search on the internet (keyword: modern garbage can) and eventually yielded an interesting, unique and affordable product:


Designed by Chen & Karlsson, it’s a simple solution to a typical object. And the best part is that it’s only about $20 and you can find it at Swipe (a great shop dedicated to design, located in 401 Richmond – we’ll do a store watch eventually but we encourage you to check it out if you’re in the area).

– Juli

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