Trash Bins from a Cleanliness-Obsessed Nation
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It makes sense, doesn't it, that the cleanliness-obsessed Swiss would produce the world's best-looking trash receptacle? And offer it in several guises (including a stool-height bin with a felted wool seat cushion). Founded in Zurich in 1928, Patent Ochsner is a household name in Switzerland. "The name is synonymous with waste disposal," the company says. "For decades, there was hardly a Swiss household that didn't have a stainless steel rubbish bin with the Swiss cross and the words Patent Ochsner embossed on the lid." Now, the company has launched a reedition of the iconic Ochsner bin, made from stainless steel; the larger size is available with a beech wood seat and felt cushion for instant seating. Above: The Compact Bin with Sweep Set is made of rust-free stainless steel and certified FSC beech wood with a horsehair brush; SFR 278. Above: The lid is stamped with the Swiss cross symbol. Above: Patent Ochsner Standard 37L Bin (SFR 258) with Felt Seat Cushion (SFR 44) and Beech Wood Seat (SFR 54). Above: The Patent Ochsner stainless steel, beech wood, and horsehair Dustpan Set is SFR 45. Interested in more classic cleaning implements? Check out 10 Best Old-World Household Essentials . N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 9, 2013 as part of our Get Organized issue.