All artists want to believe their calling makes the world a better place. But few art exhibits connect creativity and worldly preservation as directly as “Design for a Living World.” Presented by the Nature Conservancy, “Design for a Living World” offers a glimpse at how the products we throw away daily could have a life far beyond their intended use. The show features works that turn organic materials into fashion-forward yet practical items. Ten world-renowned designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Yves Béhar, and Maya Lin, will be represented in the pieces on display. Expect to see items like a salmon-hued leather dress by Mizrahi and elegant bamboo furniture by industrial designer Ezri Tarazi, all showing how designers and consumers can come together to reshape our economy and global conservation values through the use of sustainable materials that support, instead of diminish, our natural surroundings. Photos of the people and places involved in the exhibit, taken by award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale, will also be on display. Since its New York premiere at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the exhibit has traveled to Phoenix and Chicago, drawing more than 70,000 visitors. Its final stop is Miami’s Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables).
Aug. 5-Oct. 26, 2012