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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Best-known for his gilded widgets designed for more well-appointed sniffing (such as his gold-plated McDonald's stirring spoon and Bic pen cap), Tobias Wong encourages us to examine the notion of luxury without actually having to change our low-brow ways. His latest is the ccPhone (only 50 were made, available exclusively through San Francisco's CITIZEN:Citizen), a fully functional iPhone that the utilitarian-art prankster has restyled and stuffed with artwork and music from like-minded friends.

Actual content is hush-hush, but we can tell you it includes video of Toby's infamous concrete Doorstop molded from an Alvar Aalto Savoy vase (that had to be smashed) and obtuse photos taken by CITIZEN:Citizen owners while on holiday around the globe. Plus—and here's where it really gets interesting—the address book comes pre-stocked and gets updated twice a year with well-known contacts of CITIZEN:Citizen from the fashion, art and design worlds, as well as such randomness as the local taqueria and print shop. Apparently, however, some private home numbers have mysteriously made it in, so no prank calls!

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