Elevating Trash

With the advent and mass acceptance of recycling, the need for a huge office trash can is a thing of the past — right?

I think a lowly product for collecting refuse can be a dramatic element in the office landscape. Instead of being ugly truncated cylinders that hide in the corner or under a desk, trash cans can be designed accessories — not afterthoughts. There are waste bins on the market that look like crumpled paper, are leather covered, or are simple clean stainless steel cylinders. Most require a bag. All of them sit on the floor and do their job unassumingly, but for the most part do not quite fit in a high-end, modern office.

Thus, I was driven to create. The idea of elevating the trash can by putting it on a pedestal is interesting and slightly ironic. Plus, creating a visual block of the actual trash was also important. Finally, the color white counteracts the stigma that is normally associated with dirt and waste. And voila: the modern can. This can utilizes an interior bin that eliminates the need for bags and makes clean-out super easy.

Let me know what you think — and to any manufacturers out there: “let’s talk”.

Have a great weekend.

Modern Trash Bin by Donald Corey

©2010 Donald Corey

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4 Responses to Elevating Trash

  1. Are the black rings there to visually separate the pedestal from the can or do they have a different purpose?

    • donald says:

      The rings are to visually separate and play up the elevated state of the piece. There is also a rubber ring around the opening and this repeats that detail as well.

  2. GC says:

    Could the trash can be used outside? I have a good contact at landscape forms that are always interested in unique site furnishings.

    • donald says:

      Yes they could- they are stainless and powder coated steel. The interior liner is ABS. Thanks for looking and passing it on.