What happened to the future?

In partnership with IKEA Museum Almhult, Home Futures exhibition by the Design Museum in London explores the radical domestic visions of the 20th century and asks: what happened to the future? Have yesterday’s fantasies become today’s reality? Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers once predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

There are more than 150 objects, experiences and rare works on display including original furniture from the Smithsons’ House of the Future (1956), original footage from the General Motors Kitchen of tomorrow (1956), Home Environment by Ettore Sottsass (1972) and an original model of Total Furnishing Unit by Joe Colombo (1972), providing visitors with a thought provoking view of yesterday’s tomorrow.

The exhibition has 6 themes: Living smart, Living on the move, Living autonomously, Living with less, Living with others and Domestic Arcadia. It also features ‘One Shared House 2030’, a project launched by New York-based Anton & Irene and the IKEA-funded ‘future living lab’, SPACE10. Designed as a collaborative research project, the aim is to get a better sense of what the ideal, hypothetical co-living space of 2030 would look like, as a first step in the design journey.

Exhibition and Communications Manager, IKEA Museum, Jutta Viheria said: “By partnering with the Design Museum on this exhibition, we are continuing our mission of collaborating with organisations that view the world from a different perspective, allowing us to gain new insights into this crazy old world of ours.”

Curated by Eszter Steierhoffer with Justin McGuirk, the Home Futures exhibition gives new perspectives on the key themes that help us understand how life at home is changing. It will be on display from 7th November until 24th March 2019.

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Image: La casa telematica by Ugo la Pietra (1983), Courtesy Archivio Ugo La Pietra, Milano