Dutch design

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Tejo Remy

February 24, 2015

Lot 134, Tejo Remy, You Can't Lay Down Your Memory, Designed 1991

Tejo Remy’s You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory (c. 1991) chest of drawers occupies a place between art and design: it is at once functional and sculptural. The piece debuted to great acclaim at the 1993 Milan Furniture Fair, as part of the inaugural collection by the famed Dutch conceptual design group Droog, and quickly became an emblem of avant-garde contemporary furniture-making. Remy says of the piece that “you never expect to design an icon.” Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Fine Art & Design, witnessed Remy’s process firsthand. He claims this example on offer at the March 1st auction, Lot 134, “is rendered completely unique by the wonderfully diverse mishmash of styles used–from Chippendale to Rococo, and Danish Modern to Industrial chic.”

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