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April 01, 2010

Colorful floor rug by Tejo Remy

Have you ever heard of impromolding?  We hadn’t either, but Rankin Scholar-in-Residence Tejo Remy, a Dutch artist-designer, told us everything during a lecture on impromolding and his design philosophy. Impromolding creates unique work that looks like nothing else, yet always takes its form from reclaimed objects. The lecture was Thursday, April 1st at 7:30 PM in Stein Auditorium (Nesbitt  111) and concluded with a four-day workshop during which Remy led teams of students, faculty and professionals to explore object design using mold making and cement casting of reclaimed objects. The workshop’s participants created their own original designs to be displayed in the lobby of The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery during a reception on Thursday, April 1st at 7 PM.

Remy was one of the first cohorts of famed Dutch design collective, Droog. He has recently joined forces with Rene Veenhuizen to establish Remy/Veenhuizen, a project-based duo pushing the boundaries of product and environment design. Remy’s Rag Chair, Chest of Drawers and Milk Bottle Lamp, all from 1991, opened doors for a new generation of designers to explore the use of reclaimed and everyday materials in new forms and reinvented objects. This Rankin Scholar-In-Residence was organized by Professor Mike Glaser, program director of the new Product Design major.