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Channeling Nature by Design

April 22–July 16, 2017

Our ever-changing relationship to nature as seen through the eyes of great designers

From the botanical wallpaper of William Morris to the streamlined cutlery of Zaha Hadid, design has always found inspiration in nature. This exhibition examines how designers of handmade and industrial objects—including furniture, pottery, kitchenware, and even a 3-D printed neckpiece—have responded to the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

By bringing together nature-inspired objects from the past century and a half—and examining the forces that shaped them—this exhibition offers a fresh look at the power of design.

Main Building


Colin Fanning, Curatorial Fellow in European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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