The Nature Conservancy Auctions Off “Design For a Living World Exhibit” to Benefit Conservation

Art exhibit commissioned to connect people to sustainability has travelled to New York, Chicago and Phoenix before closing in Miami with an online auction followed by a live event Thursday.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL  | October 23, 2012

The Nature Conservancy will auction pieces from its "Design for a Living World" exhibition this Thursday, Oct. 25, at a museum event starting at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition, currently on display at the Coral Gables Museum, features nine highly recognized designers that created unique art pieces using only sustainable materials from all over the world. “Design for a Living World” is a way to connect people to place through innovative design, and has been seen in New York, Chicago and Phoenix.

Exhibition pieces include a salmon skin dress by Isaac Mizrahi, woven Bolivian handbags by former Kate Spade designer Paulina Reyes, Ted Muehling’s glossy geometric bracelets made from vegetable ivory in Micronesia, and even a pair of python heels made from the invasive Burmese python. Photographs on recycled aluminum by photographer Ami Vitale will also be available. The items are currently on sale through an online auction at

“The exhibit tells a unique story: If we as consumers choose sustainable materials, we support rather than deplete endangered places,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Sara Elliott.
And it is The Nature Conservancy’s story in many parts of the world, where the Conservancy forms partnerships with local people and provides training and tools to make decisions that honor nature while improving economic well-being.
“The collection really asks us to think about the products we use — where they come from, how they are made and the impacts they have on our planet,” Elliott said. Learn more about "Design for a Living World."

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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