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.
Leather Loops is another reaction to waste leather. Fully rejected skins, faded by sunlight or with too many damages are used in this project. Like an l.p. the leather tops can easily be swapped within the family of frames.
The rejected skins are cut down to straps and rolled up to seats. These straps are both cut and rolled up in different ways to bring diversity in a standard process. Any leftover leather skin can be used as the seat only reveals the end grain of the leather. All damages and color differences are hidden inside the seat.
Material: leather, steel
Stool. size: H45 x Dia 27cm
price €800 Table (unique piece). size: H75cm Dia 125cm.
flat beige, 34 x 83cm
flat grey, 34 x 83cm
high beige, 72 x 62cm
high grey, 72 x 62cm
Leather Lampshades is Pepe Heykoop’s 1st project made in his workshop in a slum in Mumbai, India. Leather Lampshade is fabricated of soft lambskin leather, whilst its shape refers to old industrial lamps.
The shape is a simplified version of old industrial lamps. Circles became angled and the shade is now soft and therefore foldable so they can be transported flat packed. Leather Lampshade is produced in his workshop located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mumbai, India – providing meaningful jobs, income and hope for the neediest. Leather Lampshade has gone into production in 2011 and proceeds from sales are partly used to send street children to school.
The Matka Vase is a traditional Indian water carrier covered in a random pattern of scrap leather. The container has been given a new skin and turned into a vase.
In a reaction to the huge amount of waste of high quality leather created by the furniture industry (up to 30%), Pepe designed the Skin Collection in 2011. Now, in 2012, the Matka Vase is born. The scraps generate a unique and random pattern as every piece has a different shape, giving the Matka a new life by turning waste into a vase.
Using distinctive techniques from his Skin Collection, Matka Vase is produced in his workshop located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mumbai, India – providing meaningful jobs, income and hope for the neediest. Matka Vase has gone into production in June 2012 and proceeds from sales are partly used to send street children to school.
From waste to wonder.
Material: stainless steel, leather, glue
Size: ⌀26 x 28cm