The Skin Collection is a reaction to the 25-30 percent waste produced by the furniture industry. The furniture is found on the street or secondhand and modified and then covered in pieces of leather leftovers. What creates this amount of waste are things like the organic shape of the animal, its scratches, damages, scars and none matching colors after dying. This project is fed by the nature of this leather scrap, turning it into random patterns, referring to cell structures and growth in nature. The cover grows slowly around the object where colors blend together. The entire process is done by hand. It merges discarded objects with a skin made out of waste and gives it a new life.
Material: Leather remnants, found objects
All items of Skin Collection are one-offs. Availability, prices and commisions on request.
The Brick Chair is a reaction on a drawing made by James Gulliver Hancock. Pepe’s interpretation changed the chair into (second hand) children’s bricks. He wanted to stretch the possibilities of the material to its limits: the Brick Chandelier evolved. With a diameter of 2.70m, it amazes many. Pepe about the drawing of James Gulliver Hancock: ''My eye was caught by his type of drawing, it looks like a child has been drawing with a great eye for detail.'' His handwriting changed the chair once (into a drawing), Pepe's interpretation changed it again: into bricks. Evolution on a small scale. In short, the project is about interpretation and imagination. After getting the structure under control in the chair, he wanted to stretch the possibilities of the material to its limits: the Brick Chandelier evolved. With a diameter of 2.65 meter this chandelier amazes by the combination of being both playful and technical at the same time.
Material: second hand wooden blocks, steel.
Chair, H85 x W40 x L40 cm.
Chandelier, H110 x Dia 265 cm.
Hanger, H30 x W45 cm. Price €150
Stitch is a family of discarded furniture found either on the street or in second hand shops. The project was sedigned to be made in a sheltered workshop. To make a 'perfect' fit is quite a specialist job, that was out of the question. Covering the items with oversized skins and stuffing them like teddy bears, brigs them character. The oversized skins were meant to be hand cut and hand stitched by workers of a 'sheltered workshop'. It appeared to be that they have a very limited concentration span and that they could not work really accurate. This resulted in oversized skins. We took care of the first prototypes in the studio. They wear a hand-stitched skin stuffed with soft fibers. That’s where shape starts to grow.
Material: found objects, cotton fiber
Chair, H85 x W50 x L40 cm.
Pepe was in search of capturing a moment; a still. A rigid steel frame is dripped with liquid foam. This creates fluid pillows. A rubber skin merges both soft and hard layers. Material: foam, metal, rubber
Size: L45 x W45 x H80 cm
This chair looks stiff and sturdy, but it adapts itself to the user. Special handmade rubber joints provide this flexibility. Starting point was an old wooden wobbly chair of which the joints got loose over time. By redesigning the joints it is now flexible in all directions. Even after putting a book under one of the legs the chair will adapt and all legs will touch the floor. Special handmade rubber joints provide this flexibility. Starting point was an old wooden wobbly chair of which the joints got loose over time. It was about to collapse... By redesigning the joints the Restless Chairacter is now flexible in all directions. The chair has rigid looks but technical solutions within the joints result in a surprising outcome. A chair for those who can't sit still.
A Restless Chairacter was part of the graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven and won the 1st prize at D3 Contest IMM Cologne 2009.
Material: rubber, steel
Size: L40 x W40 x H80 cm
Limited Edition of 10