From the NY Times Obit for Tobias Wong, whose death last week was ruled a suicide. Above is my favorite Wong piece, the inverted engagement ring, which I always hoped to own one day, engaged or not.
“Wong was a soft-spoken and gentle presence, but his satirical, cheeky work contained an undercurrent of violence. Bullet Proof Rose, featured in The Museum of Modern Art’s 2005 exhibition “SAFE: Design Takes on Risk,” is a flower-shaped brooch made of Kevlar. His “Aalto Door Stop” is a cement block cast from one of Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vases; its construction process requires the shattering of the vase to extract the piece inside. For another diamond project (Wong loved to subvert their conventional glamour), he set brilliant-cut, solitaire stones backwards into pronged engagement ring-style settings to form glittering, dangerous spikes.”