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