Stumped as to what to give that design-savvy person on your holiday gift list who seemingly has everything? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that they don’t have a smartly designed, locally manufactured trash bin/dustpan combo. And if they already do than, well, I don’t know what to tell you.
Dustbin, the trash bin/dustpan “love child” in question, is the latest creation of Ivory Coast-born, RISD-trained, L.A.-based industrial designer Brendan Ravenhill (I featured his clever Bottle Opener for Areaware back in July) who calls it “the last trash can you’ll ever buy.” With a currently on-sale price tag of $160 (45 percent off), I would hope that indeed it is. But with its simple good looks, multipurpose functionality, and the fact that it’s the result of a thoughtfully localized production scheme, I’m thinking that the hefty price is justified. Ravenhill himself told Co. Design back in October that “Dustbin is not cheap, but it is built to last." It’s such a beauty, however, I’d be hesitant to get ‘er dirty.
The bin itself along with the counterbalanced swinging lid that can be removed and used as a dustpan is made from durable power-coated steel fabricated by Angell & Giroux, an L.A.-based business that’s been in operation since 1946. The beech wood-handled tampico (a natural fiber from Mexico) brush that attaches to the side of the can with embedded rare earth magnets is made by Gordon Brush, another old-school, L.A.-based business that actually makes cleanup brushes for NASA missions on both Mars and on the moon.
Check out the video below for more on the L.A.-based manufacturing process behind Dustbin. Like what you see and willing to shell out a few — a few in this instance being $100 and some change — extra bucks for an heirloom-quality trash receptacle? Dustinbins are still on sale here in four different color combinations: All white, all blue, white with blue pan, or blue with white pan. They measure a little over 2-feet tall and are 10.5-inches wide.