Found: The Perfect Office Wastebasket

Steel Wastebaskets from Schoollhouse Electric

The desk wastebasket, aka the circular file, is the more refined cousin of the lowly garbage can. Slim, petite, and hardworking, the receptacle has the potential to bring elegance to the office and deserves serious consideration. Here are some of our favorites.

Five to Buy

Steel Wastebaskets from Schoollhouse Electric
Above: The classroom Steel Waste Basket comes in three colors at Schoolhouse Electric.
Korbo Handmade Wire Basket from Design Within Reach
Above: From a line of handmade wire baskets used by fishermen in Sweden for decades, we like the stainless steel Korbo Bin 18 at DWR.
Saito Wood Wastebasket from Dwell Store
Above: A Japanese classic, the Saito Wood Wastebasket is available in three kinds of wood at the Dwell Store.
Contained Store Oscar Tin Care
Above: The Oscar Tin Can is available via the Container Store.
Norm Wire Bin from Horne
Above: The Norm Wire Bin comes in powder-coated steel or plated steel in eight colors, including white (shown), brass, chrome, and copper.

Object Lessons columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of Ancient Industries and the curator of the Remodelista 100, a collection of essential everyday objects presented in the Remodelista book. Have a look at her past lessons on iconic designs, including the Indispensable Stapler and the Classic IBM Wall Clock, over on Remodelista.

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