Designed in 1960, the enameled steel Bunbuko Waste Basket received Japan’s Good Design Long Life Award in the household goods and daily necessities category in 2015; we’ve been spotting (and admiring) it at retailers such as Salter House in Brooklyn, Canoe, and Emmo Home.
According to Tortoise, “Bunbuku was founded by Shiro Takeuchi in 1918 as a zinc ironware manufacturer, which started out making water ladles and buckets. With the incorporation of machinery and the improvement in product research and development, new products like coal buckets and watering cans were added to the lineup. These simple but durable trash cans and storage containers manufactured now are still made using the same processes.”
For more trash talk, see:
- Domestic Science: Colorful Waste Bins from Authentics in Germany
- The Last Trash Bin You’ll Ever Buy
- The Mercedes of Trash Bins
- Design Sleuth: Gorgeous Garbage, A Pedal Bin from the UK
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 21, 2017.