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Historical interiors take center stage in Cranbrook exhibit
Dec 5, 2016

Open now and running through March 19, 2017, Cranbrook Museum exhibit “Cranbrook Time Machine: Twentieth-Century Period Rooms,” pulls inspiration from 19th-century diorama and period rooms and spotlights environments designed around special objects on display. 

Inside The Naturalist's Athenaeum, which includes Tiffany glass motif-inspired wallpaper, called 'Beggars Banquet,' designed by David Nosanchuk

The four exhibit spaces include: The Naturalist’s Athenaeum, focused on the study of the natural world; The Bachelor Pad, an indoor-outdoor space with furniture by George Nelson, Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames; The Comic Cave, a 1970s-themed look the museum says is inspired by “speculative thinking of the era, including time travel, transcendental meditation, and the Afrofuturist philosophies of Sun Ra”; and A Semiotic Funhouse, a room that embraces postmodernism and different ideas of taste. 

Inside the exhibit; courtesy PD Rearick

The exhibit is the third in a series, which also includes  “The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders” and “The Cranbrook Salon.” 

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