Tejo Remy - Design New York Thursday, June 12, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    David A. Hanks, Anne Hoy and Martin Eidelberg, Design for Living: Furniture and Lighting 1950-2000, exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, 2000, pp. 210-211 and 233; Droog & Dutch Design, From Product to Fashion, exh. cat., Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2000, pp. 104, 108, 110

  • Catalogue Essay

    Each example from the edition of 200 is unique.
    Dutch designer Tejo Remy’s iconic “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories” cabinet from the early 1990s was a distinct challenge to the dominant aesthetic of that era.  At the time, Remy’s work was heralded as “a clear break from the past.”  His use of discarded materials is by turns playful, nostalgic and critical.  A pioneer of appropriation, Remy’s collection of reused drawers seems haphazard at first, but is actually carefully engineered and thoughtfully constructed.


Unique “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories” cabinet

Maple, recycled wood, plastic, metal, cardboard, fabric.
Approximately: 52 x 55 x 33 in. (132.1 x 139.7 x 83.8 cm)
Produced by Droog Design, The Netherlands.  Number 84 from an edition of 200.  Signed in pen "Tejo Remy" and stampend "No. 084" and "DroogDesign."

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $57,400


12 June 2008, 2pm
New York