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Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

What to expect

The ‘home of the future’ has long intrigued designers and popular culture alike. Immerse yourself in a series of dreamlike passages and rooms exploring yesterday’s visions of the future, as avant-garde speculations are displayed alongside contemporary objects and new commissions.

Discover more than 200 objects and experiences to trace the key social and technological aspirations that have driven change in the home. Historical notions of the mechanised home and the compact home are displayed alongside contemporary phenomena such as connected devices and the sharing economy.

Rare works on display will include original furniture from the Smithsons’ House of the Future (1956), footage from the General Motors Kitchen of Tomorrow (1956), and an original model of Total Furnishing Unit by Joe Colombo (1972).

The exhibition has been created in partnership with IKEA Museum

Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati’s 1958 Oscar-winning ‘Mon Oncle’ is a satire of a modernist home. Equipped with latest technologies and labour-saving devices, this home seems to make its inhabitants work more, not less, ridiculing the modernist vogue for functionality and optimisation. Image credit | 1:10 Model. Photo by Benoît Fougeiro.

The Pratone is a polyurethane lounge chair resembling a plot of grass, with soft blades bending to your shape as you sink into it. Diverging drastically from what an ordinary 1970s lounge seat looked like, it re-imagined the domestic environment as a landscape in response to the conservatism of traditional furniture design in the home. Image credit | PRATONE by Ceretti, Derossi, Rosso. Photo by Gufram.

Initially a small production company responsible for the most iconic pieces of Italian radical design, Gufram became famous for merging art and design. Studio 65’s Bocca sofa, based on Salvador Dali’s design, became one of its best known pieces. Image credit | Gufram.

In 1972, Guido Drocco and Franco Mello reimagined the coat hanger in the shape of a cactus. It first became available in emerald green, but its colour has since been re-imagined many times. Bringing together decorative use and functionality, the Gufram Cactus proposed that form does not always need to follow function. Image credit | Gufram.

Inspired by the relatively new emergence of air-conditioning technologies in the domestic environment, Haus-Rucker-co imagined ways in which architecture could be reduced to bare infrastructure. Environments would no longer be defined by solid walls but light transparent enclosures. Image credit | Cover, Klima (1971), Haus-Rucker-Co, Laurids-Zamp-Pinter.

In 1969, years before laptops allowed for work on the go, Hans Hollein proposed a mobile office in the form of a transparent bubble. It forecasted the conditions of work and life in an automated, networked world. Image credit | Gino Molin-Pradl, Copyright: Private Archive Hollein.

Casa Telematica (1982), or the Televised House, imagined a home where TV screens would be integrated into every piece of domestic furniture. Suggesting ways in which media and telecommunication will change the homes of the future, this image from the early 1980s calls to mind the omnipresence of screens in our contemporary lives. Image credit | Archivio Ugo La Pietra, Milano.

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Home Futures

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Tickets £16 Concession, family and gift tickets available Free to members

Combined exhibitions ticket

Make the most of your visit and buy one ticket to experience two exhibitions at a discounted rate.

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Background image | © 2018. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence