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Friday, September 11, 2009

In Attesa wastebasket | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1970

Enzo Mari In Attesa wastebasketEnzo Mari
Danese, Italy, 1970

The In Attesa wastebasket was designed in 1970 by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy.  In Attesa is Italian for “waiting.”  It is a leaning cylinder that will no doubt improve your office-trash-basketball game.  Though clearly designed as wastebaskets, I use them in my bathroom as hampers.  One is white, one is yellow, and one is red.  They’re already color coded for whites and darks.  I saw a green one on eBay two years or so ago.  It went for a little over $100, which I thought a bit too much.  The white, yellow, and red were all cheaper.  The only ones I’ve seen recently have been a yellow and a green.

The original version of the design is available in a range of colors.  I have and have seen yellow, red, green, white, and black.  If you know of a different color, please comment.  Newer examples are white, graphite, and black in color and made of injection molded polypropylene.   Regardless of age, they are marked at the bottom with the Danese and Heller logos and “PAT PEND.”  The “D” in “PEND” has the same cut where it meets the circle for the injection mold opening in every example I’ve seen.  A future post will focus on this coincidence.  It looks like they’re  just using the same tool to produce these today as they did back in the 70s.  I was hoping I’d be able to turn up some patent information like I did for Mari’s Pago Pago vase, but found nothing.

The wastebasket is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.  It measures approximately 41.3 cm at its greatest height (16 1/4”) and is 26.4 cm in diameter (10 3/8”).

In Attesa wastebasket, black and white The In Attesa wastebasket in black and white.  Image source.

In Attesa wastebasket, imprintIn Attesa wastebasket, imprintThe imprint on the contemporary In Attesa wastebaskets.  Top, black (Image source, eBay).  Bottom, white.

In Attesa wastebasket, imprintIn Attesa wastebasket, imprintIn Attesa wastebasket, imprintThe imprint on the original In Attesa wastebaskets.  Top to bottom, red, yellow, green.

 In Attesa wastebasket, graphite In Attesa wastebasket, graphite

Graphite model.  Left, promotional image.  Right, image source:  eBay.

The best price I was able to find on new models was at Nova68 here, $59.99 with free shipping.  List price is $75.

In Attesa wastebasket, green, yellow, and redA veritable stoplight of modern plastic.  The In Attesa in greeen, yellow, and red.


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