Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has always endeavored a bond between design and artwork in his work. A few years after graduating in 2008 from Eindhoven University of Technology. Studio Pepe Heykoop was founded in 2009, while his collaboration with Tiny Miracles started in 2010.
The work of Heykoop balances two worlds—the collectible items made in his Amsterdam studio, and the local products made with women in a slum in Mumbai, India, as part of the Tiny Miracles Foundation, set up by his cousin. Yet these two aspects of his artwork are not contradictory. Both display Heykoop’s philosophy and concept as a designer, both allow his research in the handicraft. Recycling is at the heart of several of Heykoop’s designs, turning waste into wonder.
Multiple award-winning products and nominations underline his vision. Pepe’s unusual crafts are sold to collectors in the field. Recently the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum NY collected a piece of his Skin Collection.
The Skin Collection was conceived when the artist was attempting to find alternatives in the usage of leather after he noticed a large mass of leather waste was produced by the furniture industry.
“The first product I made from leather inspired me to make the Skin Collection. I figured out the amount of waste created on leather products… it is about 30 percent of a leather skin. While researching this phenomenon it was clear that this is the common result in producing leather sofas, bags, and jackets. Nearly the entire Leather industry deals with the fact that the shape of the animal does not meet their patterns.” Pepe Heykoop
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