– Glorious future!
Want to know the future? Look at the past! That’s the basic idea behind our exhibition HOME FUTURES, made in partnership with the Design Museum in London. We’ve brought together a range of visionary, crazy and innovative projects from the last century – some of them eerily topical even today.
HOME FUTURES focuses on what our vision of the future home was like historically. Architects and designers of the 20th century saw the home as a testing ground. Some of their projects have come to fruition, but some of the crazier experiments never went any further.
In the post-war period, many people dreamed of an automated home with domestic appliances that ran by themselves. These days we have robot vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers, and speakers that can both speak and listen. But how does that affect our privacy?
In the 1960s, we began to dream about an online lifestyle. Now that we have WiFi, smartphones and apps, many of our science fiction fantasies have become a reality. How has that influenced us as human beings: for better or worse?