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Dutch Design Week 2018

This exhibition brings together several designs, scenarii and interpretations of natural materials : the eternal questions of local wastes usages and upcycling, the social notion of valuable materials, and the human fascination for distinguishing the natural from the artificial .... Anthropogenic displays a rich range of artwork, from material research to architecture, and questions the human willing to imagine, design and build in a different relationship to his environement, in our context of ecological extreme crisis.

35 Pieces of Jade by Studio Double Plus

Jade as a gem features prominently as a priceless material in ancient Asian art.

There are numerous traditional ways of defining its quality, mainly by colour and form. Usually, when the colour of jade is crystal clear, it's the perfect material to use to make a fine bracelet. In this project, we selected 35 pieces of 'unwanted jade' from the jade factory in Taiwan. In the process of producing a jade bracelet, ‘the best part’ of the jade is cut off, and the rest becomes scrap. We see the potential 'value of the scrap'; therefore, we worked with the machinery and manufacturing processes used to re-think the means of production, and re-shape the relationship between nature and manufacturing waste. Based on material experimentation, this has possibilities for design within typology, functionalities, and for future solutions for raw materials. Scrap could be used to create objects including toys, home decoration, and accessories.

MARBLED SALTS by Roxane Lahidji
" In ancient times salt was rare and costly. Yet, since the industrial revolution it has become so cheap and easily available that we longer recognise its value. With ‘Marbled Salts’, Roxane Lahidji explores new possibilities, reinventing salt as a sustainable design material. She makes use of its unique physical properties as a self-binding composite to create a set of tables and stools. By mixing it with tree resin, she gives it shape and strength. Coal powder and natural colour variations in salt mimic the aesthetics of expensive natural stone such as marble. Herein she draws a contradictory parallel between the flexible versatility of salt and the material language of heavy and solid rock. The design also aims to invite a discussion on the concept of value – essentially a social construct − and the costs the finished product implies. "

Agnieszka Mazur, Chia Ling Li, HeWen Chen, Lydia Ya Chu Chang, Roxane Lahidji, YenAn Chen