Antique Pepe Heykoop Furniture
Pepe Heykoop is one of the most groundbreaking young artists and designers working today. Born in the Netherlands in 1984, Heykoop went on to study at Man and Living Design Academy in Eindhoven. The contemporary furniture that Heykoop creates breaks all the rules of traditional cabinetmaking craftsmanship. Heykoop uses alternative building materials to make thought provoking conceptual furniture; he is more than a furniture designer, he is a conceptual artist who happens to use furniture as his medium.
Heykoop’s “Skin” series is a commentary on the large amounts of waste (25-30%) produced by the furniture industry. Leather remains from the excess building materials were used by Heykoop to engulf found pieces of furniture, which transformed and altered in form by their new leather “skin.” In “Skin Bench,” pictured above, Heykoop used the leather scraps to morph two separate chairs into a conjoined bench; the chosen shape of the leather scraps and their power to evolve in form references the cell structure of skin and its ability to evolve when exposed to new elements.
The artistic value of Heykoop’s work has not gone overlooked in the art market, despite his relatively new presence in the art world. Like many Dutch furniture designers before him, Heykoop has gone on to create revolutionary furniture. Two unique antique Heykoop chairs realized €2,000 and €2,200 on 13 September 2009 at Pierre Bergé & Associés, Bruxelles, Belgium.
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