This summer when I went to the MoMa in New York City, one exhibition in particular there really caught my interest (I actually ended up spending most of my time in this exhibit). This exhibit is called “Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design.” Walking into this exhibit, you are confronted by unusual shapes and configurations of typical household objects such as chairs, lights, drawers and coffee tables. The whole point of this exhibit is to reject the standardization of these objects, and introduce some creativity and originality in the form of these objects. Each object made me question what I view as normal for these objects, and forced me to accept that these objects can take on different structures from the standards society has constructed.
One object still stands out in my mind when I think about this exhibit. It was drawers, not stacked vertically right on top of each other, but instead the placement of the drawers was unorganized, balancing off each other’s edges, and it was shaped almost into a hexagon (pictured above). My friend and I both turned to each other and both agreed that we would want that in our room. The distinctiveness and individuality of it made it more appealing to us. I guess you could say we were craving something original, something that was out of the ordinary, or what we perceived as ordinary. The artist who made this drawer, Tejo Remy, does a lot of art that focuses on breaking the standardization of household objects (Here's a link to his website and some of his work http://www.remyveenhuizen.nl). He pushes the boundaries of normality when making his lights, chairs, and tables. His art, and the art in this exhibit, definitely demonstrates that not everything has to conform to the standards society sets for them. They can exists in other forms and still serve the same function.