Back in 2009 Japanese designer Shigeichiro Takeuchi (previously) came up with an ingenious prototype for a trash can. The simple cylinder-shaped trash bin had a dramatic diagonal opening and a sculptural quality that disguised it’s true purpose. An equally simple lid that swings and tilts without the use of gears, wires or any sort of mechanism earned it the name Swing Bin.
Takeuchi showed a prototype at Milano Salone in 2010 where it became a huge hit, picking up accolades from blogs and design awards from magazines. However, the minimalistic design proved too good to be true. Takeuchi struggled to produce his unique lid and, eventually, the project was shelved. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. People all over the world continued write in expressing their desire to purchase Takeuchi’s design.
Acknowledging the fact that times – and funding options – have changed, Takeuchi decided to launch a kickstarter campaign to fund the production of his prototype. He’s trying to raise $65K by Sept 14, 2014. You can contribute to his campaign and score your own Swing Bin for $65 (plus $20 to ship outside Japan).