Sam Grawe

“While the world fills up with so much stuff we love to hate, CITIZEN:Citizen provokes with a collection we hate to love. It’s not easy or pretty. It’s not comfy or cool. Its not in good taste or in with the latest trend. These merry pranksters demand that we scratch the surface and work a little harder—to follow them beyond the petty discourse and malaise of our consumer culture into a realm where craft replaces crap, fun is function, and ideas trump ideals. Ultimately CITIZEN:Citizen’s designers create exquisite objects, but they are also unfinished and open-ended, their completion left to each of us. They demand that we all be citizens.”

Sam Grawe
Editor in Cheif DWELL

Harry Wakefield

“Here’s what I personally think; life would be better if it had moreart in it. Philip and CITIZEN:Citizen are one of those rare combinations that can actually produce art that can be acquired as easily as everyday design objects. Mostly because they are design objects – functional design objects at that. Although, again, personally, I would never ever remove the shrinkwrap from anything by CITIZEN:Citizen. And they would all have a special place in my home(which they do).”

Harry Wakefield
Founder and Editor in Cheif, MoCo Loco

Stefan Boublil

“I meet a lot of people through my work. What do i do, you ask? I’m not sure either but the fact remains, I meet a lot of people, which, for somebody striken with intense agoraphobia, is quite an accomplishement in itself. Anyway, one of my favorite chaps along the years has become Philip Wood from CITIZEN:Citizen. He is a quite a frank character with plenty of vision for the company he runs. Always skewing to the left of center, he appeals to a sensibility I didn’t know I had. You see, when I started The APARTMENT as a place for contextual design, I did so in no small manner to piss off the whole movement of design as art, untouchable and unapologetically expensive. I saw design as something to be used, trashed and bought again, non-precious and available for all, not to be put behind glass at any cost. But Philip saw nothing wrong with messing with these division lines, and because he does it with humor and elegance as well as respect for the medium, the whole concept of those lines blurring became a lot more palatable to me. Because of this approach, he deflated the whole concept of design as important. He changed my mind and you can’t ask for any better gift than that.”

Stefan Boublil
Founder & Creative Director of The APARTMENT

Eva Hagberg

“Philip is inspiring us to take the way we have been trained to look at art – searching for meaning in forms, arguments in colors, rhetoric in style – and apply that sensibility to what we think of as “design” objects. By treating objects as meaningful in and of themselves as well as when seen within our current visual, aesthetic, and historical context, and by opening up a conversation—rather than defining and answering these tricky questions of what it all means and what it all could mean – Wood, who could be called a curator on one day and a publisher the next, a manufacturer in the morning and a vital creative collaborator in the evening, reminds us, through CITIZEN:Citizen, that the world is here for us to see, enjoy, translate, and, ultimately and in all senses, own.”

Eva Hagberg
Writer

Chris Sanderson

‘It’s rare to find curators who understand and value the essence of retail – that it’s not about buying mindless design tat that gathers dust, but forcing ongoing moments of engagement and enquiry between the creator and user. CITIZEN:Citizen does this – proactively commissioning designers to evaluate our relationship with both the designed object and consumption simultaneously; creating beautiful objects that are works of art in themselves, are a running commentary on our contemporary existence and without doubt, that are supremely useful.’

Chris Sanderson
Partner|Future Laboratory

Ethan Imboden

“While, when cornered, Philip may refer to himself as a “curator”, he’s much more actively a designer, artist and creative in his own right than this title might lead one to believe. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Philip on several occasions, and each project sparks a new dialogue between us. When we’re most successful, our dialogue spills through the design and exhibition into the customer’s life, and derails preconceived notions of design and art, beauty and function.”

Ethan Imboden
Founder & Creative Director of Jimmyjane

Andrew Wagner

“I remember the first time I came across Citizen : Citizen’s works at ICFF in New York. I was immediately struck by the balance it achieved between humor and intelligence. The pieces, all beautifully made, never took themselves too seriously despite the serious nature of their workmanship and design. That always has impressed me and I’ve often thought about their work as I traverse the often stuffy art and design worlds populated by far too many blowhards. I finally had the good fortune to meet owner Philip Wood a few weeks ago and it is now quite clear why Citizen : Citizen populates this unique niche: Wood has the quiet confidence of someone who knows what their doing and knows it so well that they can make fun of themselves without detracting from the essence and quality of the work. This good humor lends what could be overwrought design pieces an air of approachability and invites viewers to take part in the joke. The world needs a few more companies like CITIZEN:Citizen and a lot more people like Philip Wood!”

Andrew Wagner
Editor in Chief|American Craft Magazine

Damaris Colhoun

“CITIZEN:Citizen’s aim to reposition design objects, encourage discussion, invert the power structures and reclaim authority as their own/everyone else’s is uniquely contemporary.It captures the spirit of the times, particularly in the context of design and media today. Forgive me is this analogy is clumsy but CITIZEN:Citizen’sapproach to the design world is not unlike the way bloggers and u-tubers approach journalism,cinema, advertising, and music. It’s about reinventing and repositioning traditional mediumsand paradigms. It’s the idea that the authorities as we knew them- the editors, the reporters, the directors, the gallerists—are changing. That’s not to say that connoissorship is dead but that authority- the people who decide what’s good and what’s not- no longer has to come from the top; it’s something that can be much more democratic.”

Damaris Colhoun
Freelance Editor

Aric Chen

“At a time when design has inundated the popular consciousness—perhaps to the point of oversaturation—Citizen:Citizen has not lost its ability to provoke. With its tightly-edited array of conceptually-oriented work, it is a dissenting voice for objects that are rigorous, challenging—yet also beautiful.”

Aric Chen
Journalist and Curator