The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

Hippie design July 30, 2009

Filed under: Places to go — Alden @ 11:39 pm
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This afternoon most of the Green Team… um, team, headed over to the National Design Museum. Apparently it’s in an old house of Andrew Carnegie’s. You can tell because of the ornate woodwork that is crawling all over the walls.

Via the Cooper-Hewitt website

Via the Cooper-Hewitt website

Anyway, the reason we went was to see the exhibit Design for Living World. From their website:

“Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.”

They have purses by Kate Spade made from rainforest wood, shoes by Isaac Misrahi made of salmon skin, beautiful jewelry, furniture, and many other pieces. It won’t take you more than an hour to carefully examine every piece and read all the explanations, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

I also recommend the felt exhibition downstairs. Yeah, I know, felt doesn’t seem that exciting. But once you walk into the sunlit space, like a little chapel, draped in intricately woven felt designs, you’ll think differently. If you are a furniture buff, it’s also a must-see.

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Design for a Living World

On view until January 4, 2010

2 East 91st St at 5th Ave

212.849.8400.

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