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Some­times even the most ba­nal com­modi­ties can be­come a con­ver­sa­tion starter. Like the Dump­sty minia­ture steel dump­sters that re­flect the gritty, provoca­tive na­ture of ev­ery­day life. Hand­i­work of US-based de­signer David Avgikos, th­ese ob­jects styled af­ter the trash bas­kets seen in al­leys and park­ing lots are made to pre­serve and pro­mote the diver­sity of street art and the artists who cre­ate it. Weigh­ing seven pounds, an ideal size for a desk­top and for hold­ing mag­a­zines, they come in vari­ants such as fresh, raw, bombed, lim­ited edi­tion and painted. www.dump­

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