Collecting Contemporary Home Life

Mayke Groffen

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • van de Laar, Paul, Supervisor
  • Dibbits, HC (Hester), Supervisor
Award date18 Nov 2021
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Print ISBNs978-90-800329-0-3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021

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