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Different By Design Exhibit Now Open!
Posted: June 17, 2009

EDSEL FORD'S EYE FOR ENHANCING DESIGN IN EVERY DAY LIFE
TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN NEW EXHIBIT
AT EDSEL & ELEANOR FORD HOUSE
Ex
hibit reunites three automotive
examples of Edsel Ford’s artistic vision

Edsel Ford’s passion for customizing the spaces and objects around him is the subject of an exciting new multimedia exhibit at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Ford House) in Grosse Pointe Shores.

 
“This is an important exhibit for Edsel and Eleanor Ford House,” said Kathleen Mullins, president of Ford House. “It brings to life a lesser known part of the Ford legacy by highlighting Edsel Ford’s eye for style and design.”
 
“Different by Design: The Styling of Edsel Ford" has been created to capture Ford’s design influence on the objects around him. The stars of the new exhibit are three of Edsel’s personal automobiles; each one featuring his specific customization. Edsel Ford’s eye for design played a significant role in the automotive styling revolution of the 1940s and beyond.

 
Visitors to the exhibit, located in the historic garage at Ford House, will witness the homecoming of the 1934 Brewster Town Car, marking the 75th anniversary of its delivery to the Ford Family at their Gaukler Pointe estate in June of that year. The exhibit will also feature the family’s 1938 Lincoln K Brunn Brougham, which features modifications that reflect Edsel’s strong opinion about matters of style. At the centerpiece will be the 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet, a design masterpiece considered at the time to be the most beautiful car in the world.

 
Interactive displays, fascinating audio recordings, historical images, and an abundance of information will bring these remarkable icons to life for visitors of all ages.
 
“Edsel Ford’s passion for design can be seen throughout the estate in the automobiles, architecture, interior design and landscape,” added Mullins. “Today, our goal is for visitors to take away an appreciation for the elements of design and beauty in the world around them – whether in automobiles, architecture, landscapes, or the objects in their own homes.”
Click here for more information on Ford House's Summer Lecture Series – An Eye on Automotive Design, where a distinguished list of guest lecturers explore the world of automotive styling from a variety of perspectives.

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