Tobias Wong Death Ruled Suicide06.3.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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News spread quickly Monday of the death of design provocateur Tobias Wong. Yesterday, the Manhattan medical examiner’s office released a statement ruling the death a suicide.
Tobias Wong is known for his many conceptual pieces, but is perhaps best know for his “Coke Spoon” series featuring gold plated items which he referred to as “indulgences.” The gold plated McDonald’s and Playboy stir sticks along with the gold plated pen cap were added to the permanent collection at SFMOMA. He challenged our perceptions of rights and ownership when he sniped up Issey Miyake dresses to make computer screen covers or smashed Alvar Aalto Savoy glass vases to release cement cast doorstops.
Tobias Wong reminded us that our hunger for more was at times ridiculous yet he played to our desires. He teased and taunted us with pieces just out of our reach…keeping us wanting more.
Wong is survived by his partner Tim Dubitsky, his mother, his stepfather and his brother.