Japanese Pressed Wood Waste Bin

Waste bin crafted from Ayous wood from West Africa, notable for its prominent and regular grain pattern. Pressed and molded plywood construction with exposed edges. Made in Japan since the 1950s. (more info)

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The seamless, molded plywood construction of this waste bin has a sleek and minimal design to contain your unwanted materials. Keep it in the office as a paper recycling bin, or in the bathroom for guests.

The waste bin is made from Ayous (also called obeche, wawa or samba wood) of West Africa, a material known for its light color and prominent grain ribbons, and popular for fabricating guitars and picture frames.

Use & Care

Keep waste bin dry and away from moisture. Conditioners and oils are not recommended. Avoid direct sunlight and heat. 

Production & Design

Isamu Saito began working with molded plywood while producing fuel tanks for the Japanese army during the World War II metal shortage. Taking this knowledge, he founded his own woodworking business, fabricating small home accessories out of molded plywood that he sold off the back of his bicycle.

To produce the molded plywood products, a raw log is peeled to achieve thin sheets of wood. The sheets are dyed and stacked to create unique patterns and colors, then glued and pressed into a thicker, stacked plywood. The plywood is pressed into a metal mold, which is heated to 212 °F (100 °C) for about 20 minutes, then trimmed.

Isamu Saito’s two grandsons run the business today, and they continue to create the products that their grandfather originated, as well as expanding the catalogue to include new items. The Saito family uses light molded plywood to create fluid and unique curves, which wouldn't be possible with solid wood.  


10 inches x 12 inches 
(25.4 cm x 30.5 cm)

Teak (Ayous)

Made in

Key Points
- Use in the office as a paper recycling bin
- Seamless molded plywood construction
- Made from Ayous wood, notable for its prominent, vertical grain pattern
- Made by a family business in operation in Japan since the 1950s
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