Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is critically acclaimed for its product and furniture design, and noted for using simple materials in strikingly original ways. The designers prefer hands on experimentation and avoid designing with computer assistance. In their large, one-room, light-filled studio just outside the historic core of Utrecht, they bend, fuse, glue, and manipulate fabric, glass, wood, cement and other materials, creating, testing and fabricating new designs.
Tejo Remy graduated from the School of Art in Utrecht, in 1991 and shortly thereafter achieved international acclaim for three of his first designs: “Rag Chair,” “Chest of Drawers (You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories)” and “Milk Bottle Lamp,” each of which reused and repurposed basic, discarded and underappreciated materials. Examples of those three works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. René Veenhuizen graduated the School of Art in Utrecht in 1993 and is now on their faculty. After several years of collaboration, the duo formalized their design partnership in 2000.
“We love to use a cheap material, or a used material, and give it new value,” says Remy. The result is a body of design that conveys a series of oppositions and transformations: soft becomes hard; light becomes heavy; slick and colorful becomes matte and concrete-gray; evanescent and pop-able becomes enduring and unbreakable. “We want every piece to have its own logic,” Veenhuizen explains, “and the shape is the product of that logic.”
Remy & Veenhuizen’s work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Centraal Museum (Utrecht) and other international venues.