R.I.P. Tobias Wong

By danielle

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On Sunday, the design world lost one of the very best. All of us at Design-Calendar were deeply saddened to hear the news of Tobias Wong’s passing at the age of 35. We’re big admirers of his industrial and curatorial work. He challenged the norms and reinvented everyday pieces in his own signature style (which he coined as “paraconceptual”). In this post, we pay tribute to this young talent and the footprint he left in the design community.

Walter Wayle III, 2001. Image: http://www.brokenoff.com/walter.html

Aalto doorstop, 2003. Image: http://www.brokenoff.com/doorstop.html

Killer Engagement Ring, 2006. Image: http://estanli.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/tobias_wong_ring.jpg

Japan C, August 16-November 1, 2008. Curated by Tobias Wong and Josée LePage, the 11-week exhibition featured over 70 innovative design and everyday products from Japan.

UnPAPER, May 2009. Unveiled at the Indisposed exhibit during ICFF 2009, Wong created a conceptual piece by "unmaking" something. Using a magazine as his medium, Wong collaborated with PAPER to “edit out” a 10-page section and make it available only online. Converting those pages from print to digital format (viewable at papermag.com) saved roughly 13 trees, decreasing PAPER’s footprint for the month. Image: www.tileist.com

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