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"Garbo" Can

Designed by Karim Rashid, Canadian (born Egypt), 1960. Made by Umbra, Ltd., Toronto, 1979 - present.

Made in Canada, North and Central America

Designed 1995

Molded high-impact virgin polypropylene

17 x 13 x 13 1/2 inches (43.2 x 33 x 34.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Umbra, Ltd., 1999

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Its name a blend of Hollywood and garbage, the sculptural, translucent "Garbo" wastebasket that Rashid designed for Umbra in 1995 has also been used variously as a clothes hamper, flower vase, and champagne cooler. For Rashid, its highly tactile polypropylene material proved an excellent medium in which to explore ideas of dematerialization. "You feel in a sense that there is very little there," he said of Garbo, "yet it is so flexible that basically it's indestructible."