The Ettore Door Stop was designed by Konstantin Grcic for the manufacturer Magis.
Based in Milan, this company has been at the forefront of Italian design since the late 1970s. German designer Konstantin Grcic trained at London's Royal College of Art before opening his own studio in Munich in 1991. The winner of Red Dot, Compasso d'Oro, German Design and IF Design awards, he is particularly known for his work on everyday domestic items such as dish racks and umbrella stands. He has been the subject of several books, documentaries and retrospective exhibitions.
Konstantin Grcic frequently employs geometric forms and hard edges in his pieces, and the Ettore Door Stop is no exception. Made of sturdy lacquered cast iron, it is 18cm in height, 6.5 cm in width and 25cm in length. The stylised donkey shape is in the long tradition of picturesque antique door stops, and its splayed legs and angular ears are well proportioned for firmly holding doors and windows ajar. As well as being a practical item, the Ettore Door Stop also serves as an attractive, witty novelty piece to display around the home.