Amsterdam-based designer Pepe Heykoop has created his collection – a series that uses existing furniture and scrap leather to form new compositions from unwanted items. Triggered by the large amount of waste produced in the furniture industry – reaching 30% at times – the design looks to reinterpret the disregarded objects and material in a new and whimsical way.
The designer covered an assortment of old chairs in odd scraps of leather. The leather offcuts are roughly stitched together, covering each chair entirely.
This project is fed by leather scrap, turning it into random skin patterns, referring to cell structures and growth in nature. Each object embodies a distinct uniqueness, reminiscent of cell structures and growth in nature. tactile and abstract, the fragments of leather both cover and modify the form of each piece, with a pattern that is dictated by the random dimensions of each material scrap.
The furnitures used are existing, modified and therefore sometimes slightly seem to grow.
Recycling old furnitures and leatherscrap into fairytale furnitures.
“Skin collection” was presented for the first time at Popupgallery Harry Eigenberg, in Amsterdam and will officially launch at DMY Berlin, 2011.
Pepe Heykoop’s work is often about subtle fragility. Using alternative materials and sometimes technical structures to tell his stories. He graduated at the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2008 with amongst others “A Restless Chairacter”: an archetype rubber bendable chair (1st prize at the IMM D3 contest Cologne 2009). Recently he presented “Brickseries”: design furniture made of children’s playing blocks (nominated during the IMM Cologne 2010). He has been nominated during DMY Berlin 2010.