Pepe Heykoop (1984) studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, graduated in 2008. Studio Pepe Heykoop was founded in 2009, while his collaboration with Tiny Miracles started in 2010.
The work of Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop straddles two worlds—the collectible pieces made in his Amsterdam studio, and the retail products made with women in a slum in Mumbai, India, as part of the Tiny Miracles Foundation, setup by his cousin. Yet these two facets of his practice are not incompatible. Both reflect Heykoop’s idealism and vision as a designer, both enable his exploration in the handmade. Recycling is at the heart of many of Heykoop’s designs, turning waste into wonder.
Multiple award winning products and nominations underline his vision. Pepe's unique works are sold to collectors in the field. Recently the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum NY acquired a piece of his Skin Collection.
Photography Marijn Bax
FROM WASTE TO WONDER
''I work with leftover material a lot, not only because I like it, but as well because i feel the urge to review the way we make use of our resources and materials given by this planet. Creative thinking can lead to new discoveries that will give shape to our future, both physically and mentally''
ICFF EDITORS AWARD 2015 'Best new designer of the year'
Salone Satelite AWARD Nomination
'Original Products Design Award' in Modern Decoration International Media Award 2013 Shenzhen
Nominated: ICON AWARDS 'Best emerging design studio of the Year 2013' London
Interior Innovation Award IMM Cologne 2013
BIO 23 Award Lubljana 2012
DMY Berlin Nomination 2011
Interior Innovation Special mention d3 Contest IMM Cologne 2010
Interior Innovation Award d3 Contest IMM Cologne 2009
Internship at Pepe Heykoop & Tiny Miracles
Both the companies are flexible and ever changing. This means that working at our studio involves all sides of both the design process and production. We work mainly from show to show, year round. We work on retail products for Tiny Miracles (Mumbai) and new collectables for the Studio Pepe Heykoop in Amsterdam.
Who we are looking for?
We offer internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students in design and in marketing. Though the most important thing is that an intern fits the team. A 'click' somehow is definitely required. The contents of the internship depend strongly upon the skills and character of the intern. The intern should be curious, eager to learn and be focused. 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, lots of handwork, model making, producing existing designs, assisting with production of the collections, building up at tradeshows, participate at shows, prepare orders for shipments, identify retail prospects for sales, approach retailers for sales and so on.
In short: all that it takes to run a design studio.
What's required from the intern?
We require highly motivated people who have affinity with our way of working and our products. Of course one should be able to speak and write English and a driver's license would be handy. The intern should have (some) experience with practical work in the workshop and be hands-on! Computer skills such as Photoshop, illustrator and InDesign are needed. We require experience in the form of 3 years of studies.
What we offer:
We pay for transport around the studio and lunch. The internship itself is unpaid. Minimum stay is 4-5 months (it is possible to extend the period in some cases, that depends on the schedule of the year). the internship is five days a week.
An internship at Pepe Heykoop & Tiny Miracles is useful and fun. There should be an atmosphere in which everybody feels comfortable. An intern at our studio is given lots of responsibility; he or she inspires and plays an active role in the design process. You learn how to turn ideas into a product or an object and discover a way in how to showcase and eventually sell a product.
How to apply?
Send an email with your CV, a motivation letter and your portfolio with works that you are proud of.