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“In 1969 my wife, three year old daughter and I moved from Rochester, Minnesota to Philadelphia where I had been accepted into grad school. In Philadelphia we moved into a two storey building with central hallways and apartments on either side. Our apartment had windows on one side only and, as we moved in at the end of summer, it was hot and there was no air circulation. Everyone in the building seemed to keep their doors shut and locked at all times and we followed suit for a few days. 
Then, feeling that the building was actually pretty safe and we could probably leave to door open to increase air circulation, we did so. The next day, a single woman our age who lived across the hall stuck her head in the door and said “hello.”  We liked her, we became friends. She began to leave her door open so our daughter to go across the hall to visit. Next we met a couple who lived upstairs with their daughter who was the same age as ours. The woman and her daughter began to drop by to visit. It turned out that there were also several older people who lived in the building and were happy to hear children playing in the hallway or the small yard. Some of them began to open their doors so the girls could drop in for a visit. 
And over the course of a year or so, some doors would be open and other closed at varying times, but the building became a community of friends, neighbors, babysitters and surrogate grandparents.”  -  Don Harvey

I was commissioned by slowLab to create an object inspired by this story of convivial living. The result is this doorstop, which comes as a nesting pair of two: one for you and one for your neighbor. The doorstops are handmade from reclaimed elm wood, using a minimal amount of material and with practically no waste.
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