Rag Chair: Case Study: Tejo Remy

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Rag Chair Tejo Remy Describe the object The object I selected for this assignment is Tejo Remy's Rag chair (1991). Tejo Remy is a Dutch designer who conceived and constructed a chair made from recycled rags. Which was part of an exhibit at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht, The Netherlands). The chairs construction is basic, it is a wooden frame covered with rags bound together with steel strips. Each chair is a unique combination of rags carrying its own story. The user has the option of sending in their own old clothes to be recycled into their chair to create a personal design. I chose this chair as it is an unusual object. It featured in one of the slides in a lecture on contemporary practices.. The main focus of the lecture was to show the grey area that is now emerging between…show more content…
Good design is problem solving”. (Jeffrey Veen, 2000, unknown) Tejo Remy chair solves the problem of textile waste, by giving a new value to rags. As Rags are a common disposable object in our society. Tejo Remy has given rags a new value, He has put waste into a gallery context as a design object. Re- purposing waste clothing into a domestic object. It is worth mentioning that this chair currently retails at 3,260.00 Euro. Physically giving waste a designer price tag to make us question the true value of our waste. “The crucial distinction is that under the present conditions, art objects are usually conceived and made by (or under the direction of ) one person, the artist whereas this is not so with manufactured goods.” (Forty, 1995, pg7) Tejo Remy's chair defies this idea as he produced the chair himself. He conceived the concept and constructed the chair himself. Therefore his chair could be considered neither a piece of art nor a piece of design. It is an object produced by a creator that is functional. It could also be viewed as a piece of unconventional

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