Tejo Remy is the man behind the iconic “Rag Chair” and “Chest of Drawers.” His designs exhibit a sense of nostalgia and contemporary function, combining old materials and techniques with forward-thinking forms and uses. They are also always injected with his oh-so-Dutch dry sense of humor. One of the first cohorts of the Dutch design collective Droog, Remy has been working for decades as a product and furniture designer. Tejo Remy’s work is about sustainability and interactivity. His Chest of Drawers, for example, is much more than just the reuse of a variety of old found drawers. The casual and almost haphazard nature in which they are assembled produces a sense of urgency and empathy for the object, while the individual drawers require that each user engage with it differently thus providing a unique and critical take on object customization. Being way ahead of his time, Remy’s Rag Chair, Chest of Drawers, and Milk Bottle Lamp, all from 1991 opened the doors for a new generation of designers to explore the use of reclaimed and everyday materials in new forms and reinvented objects. He continues to explore the nature of objects in our physical world, creating products and spaces that connect with the user on a personal level and forcing the user to rethink their interactions with their environments and possessions.