‘Home Futures’ at the Design Museum

The Design Museum, London, in partnership with IKEA Museum Almhult, presents “Home Futures,” through March 24, 2019. The exhibition explores the radical domestic visions of the 20th century and asks: what happened to the future?

The exhibition presents more than 150 objects and experiences through six themes — ‘living smart,’ ‘living on the move,’ ‘living autonomously,’ ‘living with less,’ ‘living with others,’ and ‘domestic arcadia.’

‘Living smart’ pairs the modernist ideal of the ‘home as machine’ with the contemporary vision of the ‘smart home.’ The display includes original works by the illustrator Heath Robinson, depicting comic household contraptions, and the model of Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati’s film “Mon Oncle” juxtaposed with a range of smart home devices and experiences.

‘Living on the move’ brings together the 20th century visions of a fluid, nomadic way of life with contemporary examples of the sharing economy. Featured works in this section include collages by Superstudio, illustrations by Archigram, and a life-size prototype of Home Environment by Ettore Sottsass along with a provocative film by Beka & Lemoine called “Selling Dreams,” which explores one man’s life spent in hotel rooms.

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