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Design Icon: Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers

by Maxwell Tielman

Design*Sponge | Design Icon: Tejo Remy's Chest of Drawers, 1991

Design: “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory” Chest of Drawers

Designer: Tejo Remy

Date: 1991

Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Manufacturer: Originally produced by the artist, later by Droog Design

Materials: Used drawers contained in maple, jute strap.

Background: Tejo Remy was one part of the Dutch design collective Droog which came to prominence during the 1990s. Notable for its minimal-yet-whimsical designs, Droog’s creations toggled between the conceptualism of Postmodernism and the sparseness of nineties minimalism. Remy’s Chest of Drawers, titled “You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory,” is one of Droog’s most noted pieces and one of its most representative. Featuring an assortment of found drawers, Remy created individual wooden holders for each and wrapped them together with an oversized “belt.” The result is a functional object that transcends the boundaries between design and art—it is just as much a dresser as it is a piece of conceptual sculpture.

Extra: check out our DIY “Droog-style” hanger lamp here!

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.

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  • I love this guy! Chest of Drawers is in the St. Louis Art Museum and every time I visit I enjoy it. Thanks for bringing attention to it.

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