Museums laud design inspired by, committed to nature

  • This May 9, 2019 photo shows an Installation view of "Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial" at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibit which explores the ways designs drawn from nature can address today's environmental challenges, features 62 designers from around the world. The show runs through Jan. 20, 2020. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) Matt Flynn

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Published: 6/10/2019 2:19:36 PM
Museums laud designs of nature, sustainability

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and the Cube design museum in the Netherlands, have joined forces in Nature, a blockbuster show devoted to cutting-edge designs both inspired by nature and entwined in nature, with a focus on sustainability.

The show is sobering, at times humorous, sometimes heart-breaking (an extinct rhino that is made to come to life digitally, then vanish again in an instant), and decidedly uplifting when taken in as a whole.

“We searched labs and design studios around the world looking for innovative designs,” says Andrea Lipps, one of the curators at Cooper Hewitt who helped organize the show for the museum’s triennial. And they found them: “There are a lot of people, from all different disciplines, joining together and working very, very hard to find creative solutions to the enormous challenges we face.”

Nature, which explores the ways designs drawn from nature can address today’s environmental challenges, features 62 designers from around the world. The show will remain on view at both venues through Jan. 20, 2020.

“With 2018 the Earth’s fourth-warmest year on record and global carbon emissions at an all-time high, the crisis of human-caused climate change has never been more dire,” says Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt.

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