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Artist gives nature a `cosmic' twist in big NY garden show

An expansive new show featuring works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for mesmerizing polka dots, speckled pumpkins and fascination with the natural world, has opened at The New York Botanical...

Gift-wrapping this season trends jazzy but sustainable

The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or understated, brown or green masking paper topped with colorful washi tape...

A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

While the holiday season is a time of giving and thoughtfulness, it can also be a time of excess and waste. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than usual between Thanksgiving...

Weaving and fiber arts get the new MoMA treatment

NEW YORK (AP) — Modestly sized but expansive in scope, the exhibit "Taking a Thread for a Walk" in the newly revamped and enlarged Museum of Modern Art explores the often overlooked art of weaving. ...

Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Ric...

MoMA reopens with more space, fresh juxtapositions

NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Modern Art's new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion offers visitors more than much-needed elbow room. It emphasizes new juxtapositions of works to encourage broad...

Botanical illustration: Putting a timely focus on nature

Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent young women of the 17th and 18th centuries making detailed drawings and ...

A new look at Frank Lloyd Wright's textiles, home goods

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a little-known facet of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's creations: his line of wallpapers, printed and woven tex...

Huge NY show honors Brazilian Modern landscape architect

NEW YORK (AP) — Through flowers, foliage and works of art, a big botanical garden show distills the genius of influential Brazilian artist and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. ...

Museums laud design inspired by, committed to nature

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, have joined forces in "Nature," a blockbuster show devoted to cutting-edge designs both ins...

Exuberant Met exhibit explores the art of rock 'n' roll

NEW YORK (AP) — Museum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In "Play It Loud," an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the hi...

'The Milkman Model': Big brand names try reusable containers

A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers...

Many couples say 'I do' to Zero-Waste weddings

To protect the environment, many couples are saying "I do" to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food. T...

Designing for dining: tablescapes from Napoleon til now

NEW YORK (AP) — From the age of Napoleon to Depression-era America and beyond, often-unsung designers have brought life to the dining-room table. "I thought all tablecloths a bore — ...

The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have bee...