The exhibition Circular>Materialists. investigates how designers tackle the fundamentally contradicting topic of sustainable design. With over 40 works from both leading and promising designers, amongst whom: Sigi Ahl for Eileen Fisher (curated by Lidewij Edelkoort) Studio Dirk vander Kooij, Benjamin Motoc, Studio Drift and Baiba Soma.

AUTUMN 2019 — SPRING 2020

Art Director 

Annemoon Geurts

Design is a materialistic phenomenon. And that’s a challenge, as good design today has to be responsible. Hence designers focus more and more on different ways to produce and use assets, like re-using old- or developing new – sustainable – materials. They experiment with new (or old) production techniques, they play with scenario’s for the future, and question practices from the past.
The exposition CIRCULAR>MATERIALISTS. shows how both accomplished
labels and starting designers tackle the fundamentally contradictory theme of sustainable design.

For example, Studio Dirk vander Kooij presents his Buitenhuis Chandelier, Beer Holthuis extrusions from the worlds first Paper Pulp Printer, Baiba Soma her graduation project, Studio Drift the breathtakingly meticulous blocks of Materialism, Benjamin Motoc a delicate yet imperishable series of cast metal sculptures and the very topical installation Waste No More from Sighi Ahl, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort for Eileen Fischer is in show.


Waste No More embodies the art and design of conscious consumption. Using both traditional and custom techniques, artist Sigi Ahl and her team repurpose materials from the damaged clothes they took back to create one-of-a-kind artworks, wall hangings, acoustic panels and decorative objects.

Lidewij Edelkoort for Eileen Fisher

Sigi Ahl

In 2009, American fashion label Eileen Fisher started a take-back program—part of a circular system designed to preserve the value of our clothes at every stage, in any condition. Since then, they collected over 1.2 million garments, designating pieces that are beyond repair as raw material for Waste No More. Led by Creative Director Sigi Ahl, the Waste No More studio transforms damaged clothes into one-of-a-kind artworks, pillows, wall hangings and accessories using a custom felting technique that requires no water or dyes. It’s an ambitious experiment, rooted in a deep appreciation for the value of renewable materials—one that takes an artisanal approach to craft and technology.

A truly circular venture, Waste No More is about more than the reuse of old into new. It’s an upending to the conventional cycle of consumerism: from manufacture, to use, to disposal. It’s opening up the apparel industry into multiple industries; rethinking the traditional roles of materials; rerouting familiar supply chains into surprising new systems. Waste No More is an effort to bring together art and invention, artists and businesses towards a zero-waste, high-design future.


Design journalist and critic Jeroen Junte describes a new movement within Dutch Design in his book Do It Ourselves. A New Mentality in Dutch Design. Both the book as several works are on show as part of the exhibition.


CIRCULAR>MATERIALISTS. Theodora Alfredsdottir & Daniel Durnin for Thomas Eyck, Maarten Baas x SDK Vastgoed, Théophile Blandet, Matilde Boelhouwer, Chardé Brouwer, Daniel Costa, Les Couleurs Suisse x Rado, Studio Drift, Aleksandra Gaca, Fransje Gimbrère, Sebastian Guzman Olmos & Nils Ahrenberg, Sander Hagelaar, Beer Holthuis, Jeroen Junte, Joshh& Thomas Eurlings, Joshh& Visser & Meijwaard, Jupe by Jackie for Thomas Eyck, Billie van Katwijk, Dirk vander Kooij, Shahar Livne, Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters for Thomas Eyck, Modular, Benjamin Motoc, Studio Nando, Fabio Novembre x Lensvelt, Ontwerpduo, Simone Post, Gerrit Rietveld x Forbo, Baiba Soma, SOM Tales of Perfume, Caterina Tioli, Pauline Wiersema & Thieu Custers, Victoria Yakusha x Faina, Hozan Zangana
ART DIRECTION Annemoon Geurts

CURATED BY Lidewij Edelkoort for Eileen Fisher 


Atelier YenAn, Ruud Balk Fotografie, Brabant C, Cultuur Eindhoven, Dutch Design Foundation, Lidewij Edelkoort, Glow, Sooji Lee, Stichting Loyola, Moon/en/co, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Philip Fimmano, Sebas Reneman, Studio van der Zandt


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