Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

What do you do if your cousin is on a mission to take a community of 700 people living on the streets in Mumbai India, and turn them from “very poor” to “middle class” in just eight years? If you’re Pepe Heykoop, you set about designing products that they can make and teaching them the skills required to make them, providing them with the income they need to escape abject poverty. It was an honor to meet him at IMM Cologne.

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

He was showcasing two products; the Leather Lampshade and the Paper Vase cover – which uses simple folding techniques to provide a decorative cover for bottles which are thrown away all over India, turning them into something useful.

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

Pepe’s cousin is Laurien Meuter, founder of The Tiny Miracles Foundation, an organization which believes they can make the world a better place, but that in order to do so, they need focus. So they have picked one street in Mumbai’s red light district, home to the Pardeshi community.

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

Their ambition is that by 2020 the community that currently lives on the sidewalks of this street will be self-supporting, have the education and healthcare equivalent to the middle classes and an income of at least $8 per person per day. But perhaps most importantly; that their children will grow up with happy memories. 

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

The community’s economy used to rely on selling cane baskets, but the market for these products has dried up. There simply aren’t other jobs in the area, so Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has set up his workshop right in the middle of the community and from there teaches people the skills they need to make the products he’s designed for them – products for which there is a market. In so doing his is providing the people in the community with work and a steady income.

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

The resulting products looked perfectly at home alongside the high end designer accessories on display at IMM Cologne. The only difference being that buying these products will change somebody’s life. What an inspiring story!

Design for Good: Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation in news events interior design home furnishings Category

With thanks to Modenus and BlogTourCGN sponsors, MieleBlancoMr SteamDu Verre HandwareAxor and NKBA


Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook.

© 2013 Design Milk | Posted by Katie in Home Furnishings, Interior Design, News + Events | Permalink | 1 comment

A Google Reader Starred Item

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentine’s Day Cards

It’s almost that time of year where slack lovers are reminded to express their feelings to any and everyone they love. I, personally, like to go less corporate with my love expressions and try to hunt down cards that evoke less syrupy messages, perhaps even those with a dash of humor. Now there are no excuses, because here are 15+ ways to tell that special someone how you feel.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

The Love Sick card from Dear Hancock could very well make you a little woozy if you stare at it for too long, but I love the vibrating black and white letters that spell out ‘Love’.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Say ‘love’ without having to actually say it – instead, let the hearts say it for you with the Dots and Dyes Card – Heart from Yellow Owl Workshop.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

For all the computer nerds, like myself, display your feelings with the HTML code that would display a heart in your browser with the HTML &hearts card from Code Cards.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Let the recipient’s mind do all the work and let them imagine how you’d fill in the blank with the Use Your Imagination card from Dude and Chick. Is your mind in the gutter?

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

For your music-lover lover (or your lover that’s a music lover), the Love Rock Ticket, a ticket stub inspired card from a. favorite design.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

You can always count on Sapling Press for their fabulous Dear Blank and their I Love You series of cards. Now, take the I Love You and add some zombies (awesome!) and you have the amazing I Love You like zombies love brains card.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Remember when it was cool to carve your initials into a tree to express to the world who you loved? Well, that takes a lot of muscle and effort so Two Trick Pony did the legwork for you with their YOU + ME card.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Here’s another blast from the past… Remember when you made mixed tapes for your boyfriend or girlfriend? Since cassette tapes barely exist anymore, give the sentiment with the Mixtape Card from Wit & Whistle. Let’s be honest, mix CDs just aren’t the same. Fill out your own special mixtape title on the blank tape.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

For that inner geek in all of us, there’s the Letterpress Printed You Turn Me On Card from Twin Ravens Press featuring the ‘on’ button that appears on your computer.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Red, white, and blue chevron pattern, letterpressed on a die-cut heart-shaped card, simply saying ‘Love To You’. Love To You Heart from Egg Press.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Show some chalkboard love in the form of a little XOXO action on this Chalkboard XOXO Card Set from Paper Cup Design.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

I happen to think music is the language of love (see Mixtape card above) and this Rock Scissor Paper retro Turntable card says it all with it’s spinning heart.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Check off whichever pet name seems appropriate in this card by Pinwheel Print Shop.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

I love everything about this Owl Love Card from sass&peril – black & white on craft paper, the design, two owls in the shape of a heart, ‘love’ spelled out in block letters, you name it.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Don’t beat around the bush or anything, say it like you mean it. Lay it all out there with the My Life Would Suck Without You card from letterhappy.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

For those in your life who squeal over all things typography (me!), the You’re Exactly My Type card from Red Letter Paper Company is for you.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

From their Blank Collection of cards, The Hungry Workshop‘s series features floral illustrations and blank spaces for you to really personalize a message, whether it be really sweet, corny, or downright sexy. So let your mind go wild with this We Go Together Like Blank card.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

We couldn’t resist sharing another card from The Hungry Workshop’s Blank Collection – this time the Like A Blank Loves Blank. How would you fill in the blanks?

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Hey now – enough said! Turn Me Up from Waterknot Design.

Love You, Mean It: 20 Awesome Valentines Day Cards in style fashion featured art Category

Just in case your special someone needs a reminder – and I can’t think of a better way than to say it in neon pink letters! You Are Amazing Neon from Richie Designs.


Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook.

© 2013 Design Milk | Posted by Caroline in Art, Style + Fashion | Permalink | 5 comments

A Google Reader Starred Item

The Mateba Unica 6. Leupold M8-2X EER by impulselabs

The Mateba Unica 6.  Leupold M8-2X EER

What mechanically inclined and avid pistoleer wouldn’t mind the fine company of a refined automatic revolver? Beware scoundrels and villians! The Mateba Unica remains the only automatic revolver in modern history with roughly 2000 pieces produced! Mechanical ingenuity with old world charm! A fine complement to a pocket watch and a nice top hat. A rare treat indeed!

Location unknown, perhaps a secret lab?

A Leupold M8-2X Extended Eye Relief handgun scope has been procured.

Photo by impulselabs
Via Flickr http://flic.kr/p/6PTuhc

A Flickr Favorite Item

Mathieu Cesar Photography

MathieuCesar00 Mathieu Cesar Photography

Mathieu Cesar – young French Photographer. Loves black and white style. Shoots portraits and advertising.

MathieuCesar04 Mathieu Cesar Photography

MathieuCesar11 Mathieu Cesar Photography

MORE PHOTOS HERE

Like us on Facebook for More Exclusive Photos!

Website: mathieucesar.com

Win a FREE 30-Day Stock Photo Subscription Pack from 123RF.com! Participate here!

Advertise on DYT!Join us on FacebookTwitterPinterestTumblr

Via Design You Trust – Design Blog and Community http://designyoutrust.com/2013/01/mathieu-cesar-photography/…

A Google Reader Starred Item