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You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories Chest of Drawers

Tejo Remy, Dutch, born 1960
for Droog Design, Amsterdam, Netherlands
designed 1991, made 2005
Vintage drawers, maple frames, and jute strap
Designed in
Utrecht, Utrecht province, Netherlands, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 131
approximate: 56 x 56 x 23 in. (142.2 x 142.2 x 58.4 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. L. Max Lippman Jr.
© Tejo Remy
Object Number
This playful assemblage of mismatched drawers, piled in an asymmetrical configuration and bound together with an upholstery strap, is an alternative to the traditional compact, upright chest form. All the drawers are salvaged scrap and each chest in this limited series is unique. In fact, brave owners can create their own compositions by stacking and rearranging the drawers at will.
Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY, commissioned from the artist through Droog Design

2005 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Barry Friedman Ltd.

[1] According to Marc Benda of Barry Friedman Ltd., the chest was acquired directly from Droog Design, and Droog Design told the artist that the piece would be made for Barry Friedman [email from Marc Benda, August 31, 2005; certificate of origin from Droog Design, January 26, 2006, SLAM document files].

[2] Invoice from Barry Friedman Ltd., October 21, 2005 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, November 29, 2005.
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