You Can't Lay Down Your Memory Chest of Drawers


Tejo Remy (Dutch, born 1960), designer and maker


designed 1991, fabricated 2008


Maple, various preexisting drawers, jute furniture mover's strap, and metal


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Purchase with funds from the Friends of the Decorative Arts

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On View

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 419

Tejo Remy’s concept for this chest is a functional and visual marker of spaces to hold and retain memories. By creating a new context for old, forgotten parts (the drawers), he recycles the works and the meaning found within and around them. In 2008, the High sent out a statewide call for submissions of drawers from any type of furniture to be included; the chosen entries were assembled on site by Remy based on the original design Remy first debuted with Droog in 1991. His design philosophy champions a more responsible, moral, and simplistic approach, as demonstrated with these repurposed drawers.