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The Director's House: Cranbrook


After fifteen years of disuse, a Saarinen-designed house on the Cranbrook campus has been renovated and updated by the school's Director, Reed Kroloff, and interior designer Lynda Charfoos.

The house, the onetime residence of Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, was constructed in the early 1920s by Eliel Saarinen.
Kroloff moved into the house in January 2010, after the renovation.
Interior designer Lynda Charfoos, who is based in Bloomfield Hills and sits on the board of governors of Cranbrook,...
"The ground level renovation took months," says Kroloff.
"My favorite piece in the house is the 12-foot Saarinen table," says Kroloff.
The two-story house is public on the ground level and private on the upper floor.
"This was the first time I'd ever worked with an interior designer," says Kroloff.
In one portion of the living room, a work by Elliott Earls complements a collection of chairs by Bertoia, who...
"Cranbrook is one of the greatest movements in American design," says Kroloff.