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Object of Desire: An Award-Winning Trash Can from Japan

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Object of Desire: An Award-Winning Trash Can from Japan

March 25, 2019

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.”

The enameled steel Small Bunbuko Waste Basket in white is $34 from Brooklyn-based Salter House.
Above: The enameled steel Small Bunbuko Waste Basket in white is $34 from Brooklyn-based Salter House.

The metal Bunbuko Waste Basket is available in grey, black, white, and red, and in two sizes. The Large Bunbuko Waste Basket in grey is $45 from Emmo Home; the design is also available via Canoe ($ for the small size, $45 for the large) and Unison Home ($34 for the small size).
Above: The metal Bunbuko Waste Basket is available in grey, black, white, and red, and in two sizes. The Large Bunbuko Waste Basket in grey is $45 from Emmo Home; the design is also available via Canoe ($28 for the small size, $45 for the large) and Unison Home ($34 for the small size).
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 21, 2017.

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