On view at the Design Museum from November 7, 'Home Futures' exhibition will explore the radical domestic visions of the 20th century and compare them with the latest innovations in domestic living to question whether yesterday's fantasies have become today's reality. Organized in partnership with the IKEA Museum, the exhibition will feature important works by Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, Archigram, Alison and Peter Smithson, Hans Hollein, Jan Kaplicky, OMA and Dunne & Raby.
Through more than 150 objects and experiences Home Futures explores 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 include 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 is displayed within a specially commissioned immersive environment by New York-based architect SO-IL in collaboration with graphic design practice John Morgan Studio. The exhibition design features a translucent mesh which is used to create a series of dreamlike passages and rooms. The design evokes feelings of comfort and challenges the notions of privacy as the viewer explores the themes of the exhibition.