Pepe Heykoop is a young Dutch designer, and at only 28 years old he has an enormous amount of experience, and seems to know exactly where he is going, and that can only be moving up the scale of designers until he gets to the top. This collection we are presenting today is his skin collection where he has been conscious of the great amount of waste that is accumulated while making leather products. On matching pieces, shapes and colours, these left over pieces have inspired him to create this new line. Completly handmade he covers objects with retail pieces of leather each one individual and unique, a work of art, an inspiration and a lesson in recycling and what was once considered waste product is now a useful product. His second project using skins is one of great importance as it is linked to The Tiny Miracles Foundation that he set up in the red light district of Mumbai in India. He gave the people of the area, a chance to make a decent living, taking them of the streets and out of the slum conditions. They started out making lampshades and after an overnight success they now work making his Matka vase range, using stainless steel water carriers and covering them with leather scraps. Without doubt his most worthy project yet.
Photography by Annemarine Bax