Design for a Living World is a new "green" exhibition at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. For the show, the museum commissioned ten leading designers to create innovative products out of sustainably grown and harvested materials. The designers, who include Maya Lin, Kate Spade, and Isaac Mizrahi, each chose a different geographic region.
The exhibition includes the designers' finished projects, drawing plans, and video interviews of the designers explaining their design and manufacturing process. Photojournalist Ami Vitale went to each chosen location to document the local people and their relationship to nature. Her stunning photographs are beautifully printed on aluminum and line the exhibition walls.
Design for a Living World is on view at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum until January 4, 2010. Learn more about the exhibition by visiting the Design for a Living World website.
Images: Ellen Lupton (top and left vertical), Rachael Grad