Coke Spoon #1 (pendant)

Objects

Coke Spoon #1 (pendant)
Tobias Wong & J.A.R.K.

Date of Design
2005

Size
63 mm L, 560 mm chain

Material
Gold dipped

Edition
Unlimited

The pendant version of Cokespoon #1, Jewelry and art collectible imbued with cultural commentary, this bronze casting of the ubiquitous pen cap dipped in gold. Holding a mesmeric power this item is within the permanent collections of museums across the world, and around the necks of those bold enough to use it.

By transforming everyday objects into objects of desire, this product can be seen as commenting on the ever-expanding market of luxury items in our culture and also maybe the creation of and demand for the unnecessary. To many of us the object is so ubiquitous as to be unnoticeable, and yet we have such familiarity with it, whether clenched in teeth as we study, played with and spun in our hands or seen uniformly packed in boxes at stationers. Who in the design team of Bic would have considered that the plastic removable cap to their dispensable writing innovation would end up the makeshift tool for drug use.

In 2007 the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco accessions committee purchased Cokespoon #1 along with three other items (see note) from CITIZEN:Citizen. In 2008 these Four objects were on shown during 246 and Counting, a two-year timeline of pivotal objects in design that have not only shaped the world we live in but also the lens through which we experience it, curated by Henry Urbach, formally the owner of the NY based eponymous Architecture Gallery.

Cokespoon #1 is part of the INDULGENCE range designed through the collaboration of Tobias Wong and Ju$t another Rich kid (Ken Courtney) in 2005, who suggested “Like an addict, all I want is more. Like celebrity and celebrity culture, the demand for luxury items is completely created.” As an extension of our obsession with fame, celebrity, and commodities, they designed a line of luxury objects: INDULGENCES (for the man who has absolutely everything). INDULGENCES addressed the creation of and demand for the unnecessary, directly commenting on the ever-expanding market of luxury items in our culture, seven INDULGENCES were created

Note
The objects chosen were the concrete doorstop cast from an Alvar Aalto Savoy vase which is unceremoniously smashed to release the form, entitled Doorstop designed by Tobias Wong. CITIZEN:Citizen produced 10 as a limited edition. Cokespoon #1 a solid bronze cast of the ubiquitous Bic pen cap which is then copper and gold plated designed by Tobias Wong and Just Another Rich Kid. Cokespoon #2 a solid bronze cast of the 1980’s McDonalds coffee stirrer which is then copper and then gold plated designed by Tobias Wong and Just Another Rich Kid. The rich history of this piece can be read about here. The fourth and last piece being Swizzlestick also designed by Tobias Wong and Just Another Rich Kid which comes from a solid bronze casting of a Playboy drinks stirrer which is copper and then gold plated.