Tejo Remy - Design London Monday, September 27, 2010 | 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, front cover and pp. 104, 108 and 110; Anneke Moors, ed., Simply Droog: 10 + 3 years of creating innovation and discussion, Amsterdam, 2006, pp. 27, 167, 171-172, 220, 292 and 296

  • Catalogue Essay

    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. Because of the configuration of found drawers, each example from the edition of 200 is unique.



Unique ‘You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories’ cabinet

designed 1991
Maple, recycled wood, plastic, metal, cardboard, fabric.
Approximately: 132.1 x 139.7 x 83.8 cm (52 x 55 x 33 in)

Produced by Droog Design, The Netherlands. Number 82 from the edition of 200.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £15,000


28 September 2010