MoMA Exclusive: Designed by Josef Road in 1928, this classic pedal can has sleek vintage appeal and has been manufactured in the same small workshop in northwest Germany for over 80 years. The Erpa Trash Bin’s handsome exterior is made of powder-coated green enamel stamped with Erpa’s original logo, and the interior metal waste bin has a handle that makes it easy to remove for trash disposal. Equipped with a foot pedal that lets you open and close the lid without soiling your hands, the Small Erpa Trash Bin is ideal for urban kitchens, small workspaces or anywhere that space is at a premium.
Why We Chose This
The Erpa Trash Bin, designed in 1928, was one of the first foot-pedal-operated waste containers of its kind. Josef Road, who founded the Erpa company in Germany, first devised the metal bin for use as sanitary containment in hospitals—the pedal mechanism allowed medical workers to avoid touching the top of the can and the tight lid helped maintain a hygienic environment. In the 1950s Josef’s sons, Fritz and Ernst, took over the company and eventually the Erpa evolved from a medical container to a waste collector for home use—and today it remains an icon of modern, efficient design.
Icons of Design
The buying team for MoMA Design Store embraces the same spirit of modernism upon which the Museum's architecture and design department—first of its kind anywhere in the world—was founded. Our selection starts with designers and manufacturers that were integral to the establishment of modern design, and whose iconic designs remain relevant today.