Tjep 1400x900

Lookbook: Tjep. Through the Lens

Wallcovering Upholstery

Art and Infrastructure

Aemstel Schooltuin, Air Cells, Bicycloud, Zwerm Eindhoven


Fogo Island Inn, ROC Economie, Schipol Lounge 3, House of Tulips


Bronze Age Collection, Chrysalide, Il Treno, Recession Chair


Augmented Blueware, Birdhouse, Do Break, Oranjevaas by Royal Leerdam


Clockwork Love, Heartbreak, Invaidors Ring

Tjep. Cubism

Baroque, Basis, Metamorphosis, Osmosis

About Tjep.


Frank Tjep­ke­ma (born 1970) is a Dutch design­er based in Ams­ter­dam. He works in inte­ri­or design, archi­tec­ture, prod­uct design and jew­el­ry. After grow­ing up in Gene­va, Brus­sels and New York, Tjep­ke­ma set­tled in the Nether­lands where he grad­u­at­ed cum laude from the Design Acad­e­my in Eind­hoven in 1996 and obtained a master’s degree from the San­berg Insti­tu­ut in Ams­ter­dam in 1998. Tjepkema’s grad­u­a­tion project on arti­fi­cial nature drew imme­di­ate atten­tion and was select­ed for the Droog Design collection.

In 2001, Tjep­ke­ma start­ed Tjep. The Stu­dio is aimed at work­ing with a broad range of clients to cre­ate out­stand­ing design projects infused with Tjep. Soul.” Here are his 10 Com­mand­ments”:

1. Thou shalt not mak­est bor­ing designs.

2. Thou shalt let any­thing and every­thing rel­e­vant trig­ger thy thoughts.

3. Thou shalt embrace the pos­si­bil­i­ties offered by the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. Thou shalt embrace the pos­si­bil­i­ties offered by any revolution.

4. By all means thy focus shalt remain crafts­man­ship and impec­ca­ble qual­i­ty in every project and product.

5. All the while thou shalt remem­ber not to con­form to sys­tems, dog­mas or pre­con­cep­tions, not even thy own ones.

6. Thou shalt not con­form to what won­der­ing souls call the market.

7. Thou shalt not con­form to trends, thou wilt serve thy broth­ers and sis­ters by liv­ing thy own trend.

8. Thou art not to be demo­ti­vat­ed by what is referred to as the crisis.

9. Every time, O mor­tal, thou shalt deliv­er more than is required, or thy soul shan’t be vinomadefied.

10. Reminder: thou shalt not mak­est bor­ing designs.

In par­al­lel to lead­ing the design stu­dio, Frank Tjep­ke­ma pro­vokes audi­ences world­wide through his engag­ing art and exhi­bi­tion pieces, such as the Reces­sion Chair, Bling Bling and Zwerm Eind­hoven. He explains, These pieces can have a cer­tain irony yet are cre­at­ed with love for the sub­ject.” Tjepkema’s work can be found in gal­leries and in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of muse­ums worldwide.

Join Wolf-Gor­don CCO Mary­beth Shaw for a con­ver­sa­tion with Tjep­ke­ma on IG Live, Thurs­day, Octo­ber 15th at 12 pm EST.

FRANK TJEPKEMA 2015 1166 1300x1950

Tjep. x Wolf-Gordon

In 2015, Wolf-Gordon commissioned Frank to develop a collection that spans wallcovering, upholstery and sheer drapery textiles. He created a series of striking pattern studies, realized as isometric representations, of the cube, it’s deconstruction and reconstruction. Celebrating geometry, the title of the collection, “Tjep.Cubism”, is a playful reference to the early 20th century cultural phenomenon, Czech Cubism.