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Designer Highlight : Shade Bin by Thomas Bentzen

Introducing The Shade Bin from HAY

A paper bin is one of those invaluable items that we usually don't miss until it's gone. It can be easily forgotten but no living space is complete without one.

Thomas Bentzen's new Shade Bin for Hay features a clean silhouette and a range of beautiful pastel colours allowing it to sit alone as a sleek design object or blend into any environment, from the office to the kids bedroom. When the light hits, Shade's delicate geometric planes become a gradient of subtly shifting colour.


"A paper bin is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but was just waiting for the right design. I was looking for a paper bin that would stand out, and still blend in. 

Doing designs that have this dual nature is a challenge, because there needs to be a little detail that makes the product different from others.

One of my favourite things about the bin is its geometric shape, with these planes that become a gradient of colour in the light.”

- Mette Hay


"I was making paper models for the Bin, and found it difficult to create a round shape, so I made some cutting lines that I ended up loving visually. Then I realized that they made the bin stronger. And I noticed that there were some super nice things happening with the shadow.

These geometric planes were a nice result of the manual-design process. You might call it a happy accident that came from actually using your hands, and not a computer, to make a model."

- Thomas Bentzen


“I wanted to add the handles to show the use, to indicate that here is a removable lid: it's a suggestion, it's a hint. If a thing has a function, then people should know about it.”

- Thomas Bentzen


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The Hay Shade Bin brings elegance to utility. Designed by Thomas Bentzen this bin has a removable lid which hides the contents - essentially putting them in the shade! It's made from durable polypropylene with distinctive geometric planes and comes in a muted palette of colours. Shade is a well considered design and will fit into any room - be it is an office, utility room, study or even bathroom. Don't let it being a bin restrict your imagination, though, Shade has a multitude of uses!.

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