Looking like a painted wooden column sliced diagonally in half with a samurai sword, the Swing Bin is one of the most beautiful trash bins we have ever seen.

It's also a feat of creative construction. The Swing Bin is not screwed or wired together. It consists of just two parts: a smooth plastic base and a perfectly balanced wooden lid that swings open and shut silently.

Japanese designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi first created the sleek, sculptural Swing Bin in 2009. Imagining an elegant wastebin with the minimum number of components, Takeuchi figured out the exact angles that would allow the Swing Bin's lid to balance perfectly, allowing it to close firmly yet quietly with just a simple push. By 2010, Takeuchi had several working prototypes, and by 2011, the Swing Bin had won numerous design awards from the likes of Wallpaper and Monocle.

There was only one problem. The Swing Bin was tough to mass produce. To meet his specifications, Takeuchi discovered that the Swing Bin had to be manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen who would hand-finish the welded areas of the design to achieve the smooth aesthetic he desired.

Having spent the last few years investigating how best to manufacture the bin, Takeuchi has at last found a Japanese factory that will help bring the Swing Bin to market. He's now taking preorders for the Swing Bin in white or black on Kickstarter, starting at $65. Not a bad price for a trash bin that would look perfectly at home in Walter Gropius's office.

A Trash Can Jonathan Ive Could Love

Now on Kickstarter, the Swing Bin is the most beautiful trash can we've ever seen.

Looking like a painted wooden column sliced diagonally in half with a samurai sword, the Swing Bin is one of the most beautiful trash bins we have ever seen.

It's also a feat of creative construction. The Swing Bin is not screwed or wired together. It consists of just two parts: a smooth plastic base and a perfectly balanced wooden lid that swings open and shut silently.

Japanese designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi first created the sleek, sculptural Swing Bin in 2009. Imagining an elegant wastebin with the minimum number of components, Takeuchi figured out the exact angles that would allow the Swing Bin's lid to balance perfectly, allowing it to close firmly yet quietly with just a simple push. By 2010, Takeuchi had several working prototypes, and by 2011, the Swing Bin had won numerous design awards from the likes of Wallpaper and Monocle.

There was only one problem. The Swing Bin was tough to mass produce. To meet his specifications, Takeuchi discovered that the Swing Bin had to be manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen who would hand-finish the welded areas of the design to achieve the smooth aesthetic he desired.

Having spent the last few years investigating how best to manufacture the bin, Takeuchi has at last found a Japanese factory that will help bring the Swing Bin to market. He's now taking preorders for the Swing Bin in white or black on Kickstarter, starting at $65. Not a bad price for a trash bin that would look perfectly at home in Walter Gropius's office.

Units are expected to ship to backers in November. Don't try to use the Swing Bin in your kitchen though: since the design doesn't accommodate trash bags very well, the Swing Bin is best used as a waste paper basket.

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  • Viktor Kis

    this is useless. the lid's going to get dirty and gross real fast, when I hold garbage I just want to toss it into something that's open.

  • ronandcindysauve

    In addition, shouldn't we be composting our non meat "garbage"? What we might throw in this receptacle would mostly be just trash that we cannot at present recycle.

  • ronandcindysauve

    This flat, lift off top would be very easy to clean in the sink, along with the dishes. Then, just dry it, and return it to it's home. Most pivoting lid trash bin covers are not so easy to clean.

  • wfang520

    The concept is not new, please check this out "Revolving ashtray, Aart Roelandt ", this might be the original idea.

  • Citla Lara

    It's beautiful! no doubt about it... but how do you put a garbage bag in it without making it look ugly?

  • In a paperless digital world this "clean garbage only" design is fairly useless. Combined with the delicate wood veneer and lack of hinges on the lid which would require a gentle "toss" of said clean waste, you now have a product with extremely limited use in the real world. All form, almost no function.

  • Peggy Ann

    Great design..love love love it! But why not make the swing top attach to a 2-3 inch section that lifts off so bottom section can accommodate plastic bag liners? Then make this in larger sizes for a kitchen.

  • Aman Ganpatsingh

    Can't you people read? It clearly says that it cannot accommodate garbage bags, so use it as a waste paper basket...

  • ronandcindysauve

    They don't have to read. As Peggy Ann said, it would be a simple matter to make one with "a removable top that lifts off so the bottom could accommodate plastic bag liners". That doesn't require a much reading, just a bit of thought and creativity. And it doesn't take much creativity to implement that concept.