As anyone who has ever been in need of a door stop will be aware, this is an item that essentially comes in two forms. The first is the 'wedge': a triangle of wood or rubber; cheap, effective, and ugly. The second is the 'bookend': the metal L shape, almost invariably depicting a domesticated animal; expensive, annoying and ugly.
So there are already two good reasons to be grateful for this stylish rubber and chrome bollard (and by the way, that ugly label round its middle in the picture is, thankfully, removable).
Placed on carpet it does just fine. The images of wedges and a black spotted pig in the shape of a bookend both fade from the memory. The door has been withheld with both economy and style.
But then, the slide to despair. This comes when you place the chrome door stop on a wooden floor, and moments later hear the dull thud of the door stop hitting the doorframe as its rubber base despairingly fails to grip the floor surface. Worse still, in my case, you will find the chrome is not tough enough to withstand this clattering, and emerges with a dent. So much for rubber providing protection.
Sadly this doorstop can only stand up for itself in the easy world of carpets. Out there on the battlefields of smooth flooring, the wedge soldiers on.