Modern love found @ Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Last weekend I finally returned to the scene of so many of the school field trips of my youth, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH.) And it was just as amazing as I remembered. No wonder that museum has haunted me throughout my artistic career, everywhere you turn there is an element of classic vintage modern design. Here dinosaur bones seem like 50′s boomerang mobiles, a collection of illustrated animals just like those by Charley Harper peek out of every corner, and your path to navigate the collections is lined with beautiful speckled linoleum floors. It’s all there, it’s all mod design, and I was in heaven!
Tucked far back inside the museum, right after the gemstone collections, was this most amazing collage of plant and animal specimens woven in and out of these insane looking undulating brackets that, who knows what the designer was
smoking thinking when he or she came up with them. If there’s anyone reading this who knows the story behind this display, I would love to know more about it, and the designer who created it. So inspiring!
I took as many shots of the display as quickly as I could, it was way past naptime afterall. I hope you get a chance to check out the museum if you can, if not for the throwback modern design than for the super fun exhibits we went bananas for, like the animals outside, the planetarium and totally hands-and-ears-on “Wild Music” exhibit.
And would somebody please tell me what’s with their restaurant? Best museum food we’ve had yet. I wonder if I can just go there for lunch someday? Nah, I’d never leave!
Larger images available over on my Flickr page.