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Design for a Living World in Illinois

Inspired Use of Our Planet's Resources


Opening Celebration

Celebrating a night of art and sustainability, nearly 400 guests attended the Design for a Living World Opening Celebration.

Behind-the-Scenes

View photos from designer Christien Meindertsma's trip to Nachusa Grasslands, which inspired her exhibition piece for Illinois.

Nachusa Grasslands Preserve

Can you hear clues to what Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma specially created for the exhibition in Illinois?

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Story Highlights

The Nature Conservancy's Design for a Living World exhibition 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.

For the exhibition, 10 designers created new objects from sustainable materials sourced from around the world. Wood, plants, wool and other organic materials were transformed into intriguing objects, revealing extraordinary stories about regeneration and the human connection to the earth's lands and waters.

Media interested in Design for a Living World should contact Julia Bourque at (312) 580-2103. Those interested in sponsoring the Design for a Living World exhibition should contact Rebekah Snyder at (312) 580-2358.

The Exhibition at The Field Museum

The Design for a Living World exhibition has opened at The Field Museum and runs through November 13, 2011.

In Chicago, the Conservancy added a new piece to the exhibition inspired by Illinois' prairie plants. Design for a Living World designer Christien Meindertsma explored the Conservancy's Nachusa Grasslands Preserve to create this special product.

Photo Essay at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park

Complementing the exhibition at The Field Museum, previously unpublished Ami Vitale Design for a Living World photos are on display at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park now through November 13, 2011.

The photos in Lurie Garden feature Conservancy sites in Alaska, China, Mexico and Illinois and sustainable materials from those sites used by designers Isaac Mizrahi, Ezri Tarazi, Hella Jongerius and Christien Meindertsma for their Design for a Living World exhibition pieces.


Design for a Living World was developed by The Nature Conservancy. The exhibition was made possible by Lead Sponsor, Northern Trust, and Sustainability Sponsor, Accenture. Presenting Partners include The Field Museum, Millennium Park and Lurie Garden. Media sponsors are NBC and Make It Better.

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