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


Sauna Town Hall

Sauna is a sex, gender, status free zone, where everyone is equal. People get undressed and therefore loose the attributes that have been showing their status. To erase even the last trace of status, the hairdo, every person in sauna is provided with a special felted sauna hat that preserves the hair from heat. This setting makes people leave their ego behind and come up with ideas, which are beneficial for everyone. The sauna is a place that brings body and mind to a comfort, a place that can help people to come up with great ideas on future life in their own city.

For the first time Sauna Town Hall was open for 24 hours and served as a discussion place for the inhabitants of the temporary Kortrijk Conge city.


Siroop Rotterdam

Syrup 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.


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