Products made by Studio Pepe Heykoop are hardly perpendicular: growth is essential. He is interested in the link between design and art. This comes with his natural tendency to recycle objects. A good example is his latest project called Skin Collection: leftover leather scraps cover second-hand modified pieces.
Pepe participates in multiple designshows including: Salone del mobile Milan, TENT London, DMY Berlin, IMM Cologne (Restless Chairacter - winner d3 contest 2009 , Brickseries was awarded with a special mention in 2010).
His unique works are for sale at a.o. auction house Pierre Berge in Brussels. Production from his Indian workshop are for sale at upmarket stores globally.
Pepe's work deals mainly with handwriting and the handmade. He discovers new low-tech techniques in his studio in Amsterdam. This is where the manufacturing of his unique pieces is realized.
Internship at Studio Pepe Heykoop, Amsterdam
The company is pretty young (2008), very flexible and always changing. This means that working at the studio involves all sides of a design process.
We work mainly from show to show, year round.
We work both on production and new prototypes for the studio.
What Studio Pepe Heykoop is looking for:
The most important thing is that an intern fits the team. Since Pepe's identity is woven into the designs it's very important to connect well with the intern, a 'click' is required. The contents of the internship depends strongly upon the skills, motivation and character of the intern. The intern should be curious and eager and focussed on what they want to do and learn.
Secondly: reliability and responsibility. The intern needs to accept the flexible character of the studio, which means most days are different and interesting, but there can also be days of hard and boring work...all is included.
What it involves?
Concepts, designing, experiments, running the workshop, lots of handwork,
modelmaking, producing, assisting with production of the collections, making molds, welding, building crates, sanding, creating prototypes, setting up a show, researching materials etc.
What's required from the intern?
There are no specific skills required. Of course one should be able to speak and write English and a driver's licence would be handy. The intern should have some experience with practical work in the workshop and be hands-on!
What we offer:
Pepe pays for traveling around the studio, lunch or whatever is needed to be around the studio. The internship itself is unpaid. Minimum stay is three months (it is possible to discuss the period in some cases, that depends on the schedule of the year). We work four to five days a week, whatever it takes..
An internship at Studio Pepe Heykoop is useful and fun. There should be an atmosphere in which everybody feels comfortable. I want to listen to the special wishes of the intern. If there is enough time we will give you a personal assignment, to work on a project with all of its facets.
How to apply?
Just send an email with a CV and some pictures of your work/or your website and a short motivation to Pepe.
An interview follows. (in person or via skype)
Looking forward to it,