Doorstop

Objects

Doorstop
Tobias Wong

Date of Design
2003

Size
200 mm L, 176 mm W, 150 mm H

Material
Concrete

Edition
12

Each one of the edition of twelve is cast from a Savoy vase, which then has to be unashamedly smashed in order to yield the form. Tobias is a master of customization and reinvention, and has made his mark by improving existing design objects through tweaking their functions and appearances.

In 2007 the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco accessions committee purchased Doorstop 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.

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.