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Brendan Ravenhill was one of a dozen designers whose work was on display at Noho Design District’s “Hotel California” exhibition at The Standard during NY Design Week. Like all the designers, Ravenhill lives and works in California, specifically Los Angeles, where his products are both designed and manufactured. He had a couple of powder-coated beauties on display, like his Signal Shelves (below), made from maple plywood set off by red steel brackets. My favorite, however, is his clever Dustbin, which Ravenhill describes as “the lovechild of a trash can and a dustpan.”
A natural bristle brush attaches to the side of the bin via “rare earth magnets,” and the swinging lid doubles as a dustpan. “The simple elegance of the Dustbin lies in the counter-balanced dustpan, which uses a heavy gauge steel handle to balance out the aluminum pan.” Ravenhill let me test it out by offering me his wallet to drop inside, where it landed with a satisfying clink of the lid. At $250 it may not be the most affordable trash can on the market, but it’s so well made and thoughtfully designed that Ravenhills calls it “the last trash can you’ll ever buy.” Watch a video of the Dustbin being made and tested.
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