With a renewed interest in evocative ensembles on the one hand, and a museological focus on contemporaneity on the other, it is remarkable that debates on collecting contemporary home life have overlooked the concept of a modern period room. Outside the museum context, however, furniture stores, construction firms and estate agents try to tempt potential buyers using modern period-room-like displays. This book examines three such commercial cases: IKEA’s room settings, BAM’s Homestudios and the funda House. Aiming to develop a viable strategy for how cultural-history museums collect contemporary home life, Mayke Groffen analyses these cases from a museum curator’s perspective and explores what insights can be gained from them.

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P.T. van de Laar (Paul) , H.C. Dibbits (Hester)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

Groffen, M.A.C. (2021, November 18). Collecting Contemporary Home Life. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/136993