About Us

The collective Contemporary Wild is founded by two young designers, Asnate Bočkis and Willem van Doorn, after their graduation at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Willem grew up in a farm near to Amsterdam and works in the context of DIY culture, nature and constructions. Asnate has her roots in Riga, Latvia; she was educated as a classical artist before attending design studies. Her work concerns social and spatial interventions.

In Contemporary Wild they share their fascination for the duality between Man & Nature. With their provoking projects they challenge public rituals and rethink usage of natural elements in the urban landscape.

Contact us:
Asnate: +316 24388638
Willem: +316 33836781


Taste Museum Park/Syrup

The perception of an urban park is first and most of all visual; it is about combinations of colours, shapes and textures that please our eyes and create a pleasant atmosphere. What would be the experience of the park if we would primarily focus on other senses but sight? Workshop ‘Hoe smaakt het Museum Park?’ is offering to experience the Museum Park, by activating our sense of taste. The outcome of this workshop is a record of a specific taste of particular place and time: Rotterdam, Museum Park, 05-206-2016, 1-4pm.

Commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut


Taste Museum Park/Tea

The Museum Park is a carrier of cultural heritage. Not only the museums are representing important parts of historical and modern values, so does the park itself. The Museum Park offers to enjoy urban green, arranged in several historical garden styles. As a counterpart, The New Garden by The New Institute offers a contemporary alternative. Workshop at Uproot Rotterdam was an exploration of plants and traditions present in the Museum Park, followed up by a site-specific tea drinking experience.

Event was part of the program Uproot Rotterdam, curated by Studio Makkink&Bey, commissioned by CBK – BKOR.

Photography by Rene Castelijn.

Photography by: Rene Castelijn

Siroop Rotterdam/ Book

Siroop Rotterdam was a year long investigation into the wild natural treasures hiding behind the concrete and the bricks of the industrial city of Rotterdam — in particular its neighbourhood Delfshaven. This project was a collaboration between the design collective Contemporary Wild and the social café Stroop Rotterdam.

Each month in 2015, a socially activating workshop was organised to gather plants and create a local, seasonal syrup during one afternoon. All participants of the workshop received a bottle of self-made syrup and the rest of the bottles were sold in the store of Stroop Rotterdam. The outcome was a series of 12 syrups that captured the complete rainbow of tastes in Rotterdam— an abstract portrait of a place, expressed through flavour.

This publication is an overview of our discoveries and a catalogue of local tastes. We hope it will inspire people and serve as a guidebook to explore and continue to discover the little-known greenery of cities.

Print on paper, soft cover, 140x197mm, 72 pages
Published by Publication Studio Rotterdam
Supported by Municipality Rotterdam Delfshaven


Boerûh Melk Speelt Uit

Pitch of the Philips stadium is natural grass and several times it has been named as the best natural football field in the Netherlands. Since 70’s when artificial turf was first introduced, there has been a constant discussion pro and contra natural grass or artificial turf. They both have some outstanding qualities, but also disadvantages.

Never the less, both type of fields is football reality today, therefore as an addition to the mobile Boerûh Melk milk bar, we are introducing a mobile tribune set that takes advantages of ‘holy‘ artificial turf of training fields. In average every 10 years the artificial turf has to be replaced with the new one. The material after recycling is used to produce mobile tribune. It's design is based on a traditional milking stool found in de Kwakel. This tribune has 3 heights - farm level (low), stadium level (medium), bar level (high). In that way this tribune enables a range of activities, starting with milking the Boerûh Melk sheep, watching a game of your favourite team in the hotel or drinking milk at the Boerûh Melk bar.

Project is part of exhibition Onzijn. Curated by Jurgen Bey, commissioned by Wow Amsterdam.


Elm Collection

On the occasion of tenth anniversary of Thomas Eyck, curator Jules van den Langenberg has compiled an exhibition about Eyck's oeuvre and method of working. From the collection – usually shortened to 't.e.-collection' – ten series of objects were selected. These ten are illustrative of the various forms of co-operation that Thomas Eyck has developed with designers and artisanal firms. The curator subsequently invited ten other designers, artists and architects to study these objects and place them in a new context. The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck shows new projects and installations based on the objects from the t.e.-collection. This has resulted in a miscellaneous retrospective positioning Thomas Eyck and his collection in an experimental fashion.

Elm collection is 1/10th part of this project. More information will follow.

Photography by: Lonneke van der Palen

Nieuw Peil

As global warming brings the threat of rising tides closer, Contemporary Wild feels an urge to bring this subject into public discussion. There is a chance that in near future water gains back its importance in a global traffic network. The Amstel river in combination with great traffic infrastructure above it is very suitable context for this discussion.