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Design Sleuth: Gorgeous Garbage, A Pedal Bin from the UK

Enameled steel pedal kitchen bin from Garden Trading. Matthew Williams photo

Think about how many times a day you use your kitchen trash can. And then imagine if it were a thing of not just utility but beauty. Here at Remodelista, we’re always on the search for a better bin. And so, a few years back, when we were poring over photos of Michelle McKenna’s wondrous London remodel—see The Power of Pastels: A Victorian House Reimagined—one of the details that stopped us in our tracks was her enameled steel pedal bin: a standard metal pail meets ancient Grecian column.

Michelle, a mother of three who runs Space & Grace, a bodywork, floral design, and color consultancy business, is a hard person to track down. When we recently reconnected, our first question was: where did you get that trash can?

Enameled steel pedal kitchen bin from Garden Trading. Matthew Williams photo
Above: “My pedal bin is from Garden Trading,” Michelle told us, adding that sadly, it’s been discontinued in soft gray, a near perfect match for the Farrow & Ball Pale Powder on her walls and cabinets. “But it is still available in other finishes and sizes.”

Kitchen pedal bin trash can galvanized steel from Garden Trading UK
Above: Garden Trading, which is based in Oxfordshire, England, currently offers the Pedal Bin in galvanized steel for £45. It has a plastic liner that holds a 30-liter (7.9-gallon) garbage bag in place, and it’s 26.7 inches tall and 11.4 inches deep. (It also comes in a smaller size for £15.)
Enameled steel trash can from Garden Trading England
Above: A 12-gallon-powder-coated steel Kitchen Bin—minus the pedal—is available in Chalk; £50. (Note that it doesn’t come with a liner, so when using a trash bag, the edges will show on the top.) Made in Poland, the can has a nickel-plated handle and pulls and is 24.8 inches tall and 14.5 inches deep; it can be used indoors and out, but extended exposure to the elements is not recommended.

Mini enameled steel covered trash can bin in charcoal from Garden Trading England
Above: A 2.7-gallon Mini Bin, 12.9 inches tall and 9.8 inches deep, is £25. It comes in Chalk but is no longer available in Charcoal (shown).

Garden Trading specializes in making products that its founder Jon Holloway describes as “well designed and practical but not overly contemporary—classic with clean lines.” That includes other enameled metal wares, such as compost bins, bread boxes, and fire buckets. The company  ships internationally, but be warned that these designs can get dented along the way.

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