On a weekend trip to Phoenix while soaking up some vitamin D at the Desert Botanical Garden, I visited Design for a Living World. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, the exhibit tells the story of 10 products created by designers using sustainable materials.
• Isaac Mizrahi's dress made of salmon leather paillettes was beautiful, but I was personally drawn to the dyed swatches. Salmon leather is a sustainable option that hopefully will be making its way into more home goods.
• The mid century dream of plywood as a super material is alive. Abbott Miller's prototype uses wood from Bolivia to create 3 chairs per sheet of veneer with minimal waste.
• Checking out Ezri Tarazi's use of bamboo was like walking through a forest in China. Instead of stripping or weaving it, he utilizes the hollow core to house audio equipment, light fixtures, and rods to create totem-like structures that look striking and serve practical purposes.
• Maya Lin uses red maple from a Nature Conservancy forest in Maine to create a stunning bench that highlights the beauty of unmilled wood.
• New Super Cool Sustainable Designs
(Images: Tara Bellucci)