Press release: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust launches the Distinctively Dutch Festival – Pittsburgh, PA

January 18th, 2012 by

February 18 – May 20, 2012

[PITTSBURGH, PA] — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a nonprofit arts and economic development organization at the center of Downtown Pittsburgh’s revival, will host an array of U.S. and world premieres as part of an interdisciplinary arts festival: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival. Celebrating the culture and contemporary performing and visual arts from the Netherlands, the three-month festival will feature dance, theater, music, visual art, film, literature and architecture. Events will be held February 18-May 20, 2012, throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as well as at select venues, including MCG Jazz, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Industry Gallery & Atelier Remy/Veenhuizen featured in the Washington Post

June 10th, 2011 by

 

Date: June 10, 2011

Source: Washington Post

News item: Craig Appelbaum’s Industry Gallery, District’s home for 21st-century design

Intro: While many entrepreneurs stalled or failed in the recession, Craig Appelbaum defied convention. He launched his first business a design gallery from a most unlikely corner: Trinidad, the hardscrabble neighborhood in Northeast Washington. Within a year, he managed to shake up the elite world of contemporary design and turn the luxury-furniture market business model on its head… "I would call Industry one of the very few galleries worldwide to deal with contemporary design," says Henry Urbach, former San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator of architecture and design. Urbach served as curator at SFMOMA when the institution gave Industry its first museum acquisition, announced in November: a prototype chair made from poured concrete by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, the subject of Industry’s second show…(click link to read more)

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Work by Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen exhibited by Industry Gallery at Pacific Design Center – Los Angeles, CA

March 22nd, 2011 by

Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen, Concrete Furniture, courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

March 22 – June 10, 2011
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 5:00-8:30pm

Industry Gallery will exhibit limited edition poured concrete furniture and other works by Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade, on the Fifth Floor Atrium of the Pacific Design Center, in conjunction with Design Loves Art and WestWeek 2011. In 2010, Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen created the first concrete prototypes – two chairs, a bench and a stool – which immediately attracted international media attention. One of the two chairs is now in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The PDC exhibition also includes a large tubular bench made from tennis balls based on a series made for Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; an “Accidental Carpet” made from recycled blankets; and, a chair constructed from wide bamboo slats (one of only six made).

The works in the exhibition appear to be made of inflated fabric, but actually are of poured concrete. Remy & Veenhuizen cast each prototype as a single piece in individual molds created from waterproof PVC or plastic sheeting. Once assembled, the molds are placed upside down and concrete is poured into the feet. The legs are steel reinforced and the concrete itself contains small metal fibers that add stability. Within two days the works are solid enough for the mold to be cut off; and, within two weeks, the furniture is completely dry.

Tejo Remy, Milk Bottle Lamp, courtesy the designer

The concrete furniture prototypes stem from designers’ aesthetic that advocates using mundane material. The new works follow a lineage established in 1991 when Tejo Remy created “Rag Chair,” “Chest of Drawers (You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories)” and “Milk Bottle Lamp”, which reused and repurposed basic, discarded and underappreciated materials. Those three works, staples at Droog since 1993, are included in major public and private international collections.

“We wanted to create landscape elements that were tactile and soft, even though they were made from concrete. The original idea was to work with big rubber molds to create a soft appearance,” said Veenhuizen. Remy added, “We reduced the size of the works to make them more manageable. Then, as we experimented with the concrete, we became interested in the amount of pressure the concrete put on the molds, and how the end result made that pressure permanently visible.”

Tejo Remy, Rag Chair, courtesy the designer

About the Designers
Tejo Remy graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1991. René Veenhuizen graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1993 and is now on their faculty. After several years of collaboration, they formalized their design partnership in 2000. Their work is exhibited internationally and 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 Audax Textielmuseum in Tilburg, and other venues.

About Design Loves Art
Design Loves Art is an experimental arts program launched in late 2009 with the aim of providing a platform to explore art and design issues. The program addresses the Pacific Design Center’s unique context of interior design to reflect particularly on design as an extension of artistic practice, spanning a variety of disciplines and mediums. Project room space as well as site-specific commissioned work is provided for artists and curators upon invitation. Design Loves Art is curated and directed by New York-based curator Helen Varola and made possible by the generous support of Charles S. Cohen, art collector and museum trustee at MOCA, on site at the PDC.

Industry Gallery at Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue # G102

Los Angeles, CA 90069-5730

Tel.: 310-657-0800

www.industrygallerydc.com

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Jeroen Verhoeven and Tejo Remy in collection exhibition at Brooklyn Museum – New York City

March 13th, 2011 by

Jeroen Verhoeven, Cinderella Table (edition of 20), 2005, courtesy Brooklyn Museum

March 4 – May 29, 2011

Thinking Big is a selection of forty-five examples of extraordinary twentieth- and twenty-first-century design from among the 645 such objects collected by the Brooklyn Museum since the year 2000, including work by Jeroen Verhoeven and Tejo Remy. Although most of the objects in the installation are indeed large, the title also reflects the belief that in order to keep the Museum’s legendary collection of decorative arts on the cutting edge it is essential to think big in a metaphorical sense as well to foresee what it is that will define the design of an era and pursue it.

Oftentimes the objects that come into the collection are considered important for their incorporation of exciting new materials, such as plastics, fiberglass, and plywood in the twentieth century. At other times they are appreciated for their innovative use of new technologies, such as computers and lasers.

Of course, new materials and technologies only reach their potential when great designers know what to do with them. A number of the works on view here were designed by winners of awards for lifetime achievement or for innovative work by young designers that are presented annually by the Museum in conjunction with the international antiques show Modernism.

Tejo Remy, You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories Chest-of-Drawers, model 45, designed 1991, made 2005, courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Important exhibitions have also helped the Museum define its collecting direction, particularly its commitment to building a world-renowned collection of design from the 1920s and 1930s and to pursuing design of the mid-twentieth century, one of the strengths of this installation.

Since the beginning in 1902, the purpose of the collection has been to teach and inform both about what makes an object a great design and about what that object means in society. This forward-looking idea has been the basis of one of the country’s great design collections. Today, in order to continue to present the best and most exciting works to the public, the Brooklyn Museum is committed to expanding its collection of design with the same foresight and vigor.

Thinking Big: Recent Design Acquisitions is organized by Barry R. Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts, Brooklyn Museum.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tel.: 718-638-5000

www.brooklynmuseum.org

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Atelier Remy and Veenhuizen solo presentation by Industry Gallery At Design Miami – Miami, FL

November 30th, 2010 by

Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Multi Vase, 2010, courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

December 1 – 5, 2010

Industry Gallery, in its inaugural exhibition in the Design On/Site section of Design Miami/, will present work by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen. Renowned and innovative Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade, will premier the “Multi Vase” series of lighting created from disparate pieces of glassware, along with a new series of furniture design prototypes made of foam injected into fabric molds. They will also show new additions to their series of poured concrete designs introduced earlier this year and an example from the geometrically irregular slat wood “Reef Bench” series. The designers will be in attendance at Design Miami/.

Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Multi Vase, 2010, courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

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.

At Design On/Site Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen will premiere “Multi Vase”, a series of lighting fixtures made from multiple pieces of glassware – including vases, bowls, jars, mugs and stemware – that are fused together. The designers will also unveil furniture design prototypes made from foam injected into fabric molds. In March 2010, the designers showed the first four prototypes – two chairs, a bench and a stool – from a series of furniture that appears to be made of inflated fabric, but actually is made from poured concrete. In Miami, the designers will show recent additions to this group of prototypes.

Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Multi Vase, 2010, courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

The new works follow a lineage established in 1991 when Tejo Remy created “Rag Chair,” “Chest of Drawers (You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories)” and “Milk Bottle Lamp”, 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 Audax Textielmuseum in Tilburg, and other venues.

“The works we’re bringing to Design Miami reflect the ingenuity, curiosity and inventive use of materials that are hallmarks of Tejo and René’s design ethos,” said Industry Gallery owner Craig Appelbaum.

Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Concrete Chair and Bench Prototypes, 2010, courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

About the Designers
Tejo Remy graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1991. René Veenhuizen graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1993 and is now on their faculty. After several years of collaboration, they formalized their design partnership in 2000.

Design Miami/
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot, Miami Beach

Tel.: 305-572-0866

www.industrygallerydc.com
www.designmiami.com

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Tejo Remy gives 4-day workshop at Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA

March 29th, 2010 by

March 29 – April 1, 2010

In celebration of Drexel University’s new Product Design program, Dutch designer Tejo Remy (of Droog fame) has been invited to lead a hands-on creating-making workshop in Philadelphia from March 29th through April 1st. Participants will explore furniture design using Remy’s “impromolding” technique mixing mold making processes and humble materials to create original design work.

The workshop will culminate in a lecture and an exhibition of the results (and hopefully, a publication!).

Liquid/Solid: A Hands-on Creating-Making Workshop with Tejo Remy
March 29-April 1, 9 AM- 5 PM

Drexel University
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Nesbitt Hall, 33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104

www.drexel.edu

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Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen solo exhibition at Industry Gallery – Washington, DC

March 20th, 2010 by

Reef Bench © Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, courtesy Industry Gallery

March 20 – May 8, 2010

Industry Gallery will open “Hands On” March 20, 2010, 6-8PM, the first solo U.S. exhibition for renowned and innovative Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at the Droog Design collective, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade. The exhibition will run through May 8 and will premier a prototype for a new series of poured concrete furniture. 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. “Hands On” will feature approximately a dozen works created from concrete, bamboo, tennis balls, and old woolen blankets.

“Hands On” includes several works based on Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen’s public and private commissions over the past decade, among them: a picnic table and two benches, inspired by the “Leaf Furniture” originally created for a children’s health care institution; a large tubular bench made from tennis balls based on a series made for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; and, a geometrically irregular slat wood “Reef Bench” derived from a series created for a secondary school. The exhibition will also feature two “Accidental Carpets” made from recycled blankets, chairs constructed from wide bamboo slats (two of only six made), and a prototype from a new series of poured concrete furniture.

Remy & Veenhuizen 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.

“When all the things with which we surround ourselves on a daily basis are seen as materials with which to build on further,” says Remy, “the world becomes one great toolbox.”

“Tejo and René continue to generate some of the today’s most inventive and talked about design work,” said Industry Gallery owner Craig Appelbaum. “They are endlessly experimental and their work continues to expand the vocabulary of contemporary design in provocative ways.”

About the designers
Tejo Remy’s “Rag Chair,” “Chest of Drawers (You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories)” and “Milk Bottle Lamp” (all created in 1991) introduced the designer and his distinct vision to the world. The pieces rapidly became icons of contemporary design and established him as one of the leading figures of his generation. He graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1991.

René Veenhuizen graduated the School of Art in Utrecht, department 3d-Design in 1993 and is now on their faculty. After several years of collaboration, he formalized his design partnership with Remy in 2000.

Their work is exhibited internationally and 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 Audax Textielmuseum in Tilburg, and other venues.

Remy & Veenhuizen, Concrete Chair, 2010, image courtesy Industry Gallery and the designers

Update: November 22, 2010
Industry Gallery today announced the acquisition by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) of one of Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen’s concrete chair prototypes. The chair was first exhibited in March 2010 as part of Hands On at Industry Gallery, the first solo US exhibition for Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade. This is the first work by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen to enter the museum’s collection, and the first US museum acquisition of a work by the Atelier.


Industry Gallery
1358 Florida Avenue, NE, 2d Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Tel.: 202-399-1730

www.industrygallerydc.com

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