There is no such thing as waste in nature. In a natural system, any output generated by one organism becomes useful to another, nothing is left to waste. Human beings, however, have disrupted this natural harmony by placing pressure on natural resources to meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population and the demands of our economies.


In the context of the current ecological crisis, Anthropogenic points to an urge to imagine, design and build adopting a different relationship to our environment, in order to orient design standards away from the mainstream circuits of industrial mass production. Four international designers present their positions thematizing the thin line between value and non-value and thus the contexts and means that determine, or alter, this line.


Anthropogenic turned Bergstraat 8 in Eindhoven into a space for reflection on materials and their value, or lack thereof. The exhibition addresses the impact of the consumption cycle, waste and recycling on our social and natural environment and invites one to reflect on their definition of waste.




Dutch Design Week 2018

Daily 11:00 – 18:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00


Curated by

Annegret Bönemann (DE)



Roxane Lahidji (FR)

Yen-An Chen (TW)

Agnieszka Mazur (PL)

Chialing Li & Hewen Chen (TW)


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photo © Studio Double Plus


photo © Yen-An Chen


35 Pieces of Jade by Studio Double Plus  

HeWen Chen and Chia Ling Li’s bracelets reflect the beauty of imperfection and nature by giving new value to 35 pieces of discarded jade, which did not comply with the high-quality standards of a Taiwanese jade factory. „We believe that innovation is not only based on the latest technology but also on our cultural heritage and nature.”





photo © Yen-An Chen


photo © Yen-An Chen


Memory of the Sea by Agnieszka Mazur   

Agnieszka Mazur aims to reveal the potential of local resources by experimenting with various natural and artificial materials, harvested in Zeeland to create objects that are holding the memory of their place of origin.  „Every landscape holds its own memory.“




photo © Yen-An Chen


photo © Yen-An Chen


Rouge Camarque by Roxane Lahidji 

Roxane Lahidji’s objects evoke the layered landscape of salt fields in France’s wild landscape of red salt lagoons, The Camargue, which marks the origin of her fascination with salt as a versatile and underestimated material.   „Those landscapes stayed engraved in my memory as a symbol of self-completion and contentment.”




photo © Yen-An Chen


photo © Yen-An Chen


The Stone Itself by Yen-An Chen  

Yen-An Chen utilises the effect of a magnifying glass to literally enlarge the value of thrown-away pieces of marble, focussing on their pure material properties rather than searching for a new function.  „I would like to direct the eye of the beholder and hence draw attention to material qualities.”




photo © Yen-An Chen