In the 1990s, the designer Tejo Remy created a number of objects that have today become icons of the design. Among others - a chest of drawers made from found boxes titled ‘You can’t lay down your memory‘. This piece was created at the peak of the popularity of the secondary use of objects and materials. It was exhibited in 1993 at the Milan Furniture Salon when the founders of the Droog Design group, Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers, presented a selection of works by Dutch designers. Their minimalist approach to design created a stormy reaction among their critics.
The debut of Droog Design was like a manifesto. After the design of the 1980s, characterised by an abundance of detail, minimalism turned to a new value system that was based on economics and simplicity and the perceived poverty of the means used was elevated to an aesthetic philosophy.
Remy’s ‘You cannot lay down your memory’ is more than the recycling of old boxes. Some details require that the user interact with the constituent parts which in essence make each object a unique exercise in individual customisation.
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