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'Design For A Living World' Showcases Everyday Objects Made With Unusual, Sustainable Materials (PHOTOS)

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DESIGN FOR A LIVING WORLD CORAL GABLE
Udi Dagan

In a cornucopia of colors, textures and materials, "Design for a Living World" has showcased the possibility of a balance between environmental ethics and the world of art and fashion.

Utilizing sustainable materials that won't leave a dent in a region's delicate ecosystem, 10 designers created furniture, jewelry, clothing, accessories and photographs for the Nature Conservancy's exhibit, which has been on display at the Coral Gables Museum since July 26.

Big name designers, including Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade New York, have their work displayed using materials not found at any old store. Mizrahi created an ethereal dress from salmon leather from fish caught in southwest Alaska, using tiny sequins of fish skin.

Traveling further south to Bolivia, Paulina Reyes, a designer for Kate Spade New York, learned to weave in the tradition of the locals to create handbags with wood tiles certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, adorned with hand-carved flowers etched on every piece.

Also on display are pieces of furniture from designers Maya Lin and Ezri Tarazi. Lin's work is inspired by the Upper St. John River in Maine, while Tarazi traveld to Yunan Province in China for bamboo to create a unique chaise lounge.

"Design for a Living World" opening at New York's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, then made its rounds in Phoenix and Chicago. The Coral Gables Museum exhibit closes on Oct. 25 with a celebration and auction to benefit the Nature Conservancy.

See what work is on display at the museum:

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