The House of Future

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The Futuro House

 

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Pop furniture by Verner Panton

 

Originally designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen for a friend who wanted a mobile holiday chalet. It is made of Polykerm fibreglass and is a rare example of Pop culture architecture from the heroic Space Age, encapsulating the utopian themes of the 60s and 70s, when advances in technique fired the inventiveness of uninhibited creators. With some 60 m² of living space, 8 m in diameter under a 3,35 m-high roof, its design remains revolutionary today. Stream-lined, sound-proof, sustainable, it resists temperatures ranging from pole to equator and can be put up in just 36 hours!

Only about a hundred of these sci-fi earth-designed UFO’s were constructed between end of 1960s – beginning of 1970s. As we can observe from the plan, they come fully equipped and despite their small surface they can actually sleep eight people. Combining futuristic design, practicality and mobility, this could be the house of my dreams:

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From 1968 to 1986, the Futuro house stood on the esplanade at Paris-La Défense where it felt at home sitting in front of the Centre of New Industries & Technologies (CNIT) and the futuristic highrise buildings that were springing up around it. It served as a café, the ”Resto Bulle”:

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Re-discovered by art dealer Benoît Ramognino in 2007, it was refurbished and landed anew inside the enclosed marché Dauphine at the renowned Saint-Ouen Flea Market, where it can be seen on week-ends and Mondays.  Now, instead of modern glass towers and office complexes its neighbours are second-hand bookstores, vintage clothes, antique and bric-a-brac shops where one man’s junk is another man’s treasure:

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What a pity the future those designers envisioned did not turn out to be what we know today as present! Imagine being a nomad and never have to worry about digs. Just pack up the Futuro and ship it to next destination. All you need is 36 hours, a 3m height x 8m diameter and you could call any place on planet Earth your home!

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According to French press, it will remain at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market – at least – until October 2016.

If you’d like to know more about the houses, their history and whereabouts please check The Futuro House website. Although many more articles and websites can be found on-line, this one seems to be kept constantly updated. The Futuro here is not merely an object of design – it is a passion.

Photos by Konstantinos Implikian

Paris, 17 August 2014

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11 thoughts on “The House of Future

  1. Loved this post! This house proposal was very interesting given the time being. I only got to see it from a huge distance in Berlin (there’s one there by the river) so this post with all your pictures and plans was very interesting to me! Would you like living there for some time?

    • Great concept hey? I love the idea that you can ‘just’ pack and go but you can still carry your whole house with you. And, yes, I would absolutely live in it – it has everything I need… and if we include the Panton furniture, this is a dream-come-true 🙂

  2. Love it, how nifty, like the caravans Irish people put onto the back of their cars and park on deserted windy beaches during their two week June holiday with the cousins…but much slicker! 🙂

  3. Fabulous! I want one. I always love to read and see futuristic homes. Ones that are “green” or use space fully or are located in a tree. XO
    PS. The silk American Flag dress? I am pretty sure is a Catherine Malandrino dress. Looks like a great flea market, too.

    • Oh I KNEW you’d understand! 🙂
      And the flag dress? I had no idea but I liked the fact that such a ”patriotic” garment would find its way to the iconic French Flea market! I just looked it up and, you’re right of course, it’s a Chatherine Malandrino. And a famous one too: worn by everyone who’s anyone really. It’s also sold out so, darn, I missed an opportunity! Oh well, I was dazzled by the Futuro and the bookshops with all those vintage magazines, newspapers, comic books and the like… xoxo

    • Oh, I can’t tell you how many times I imagined my room (i.e. my ”whole world”) looked like this, when I was little! And apparently there is one somewhere in Belgium and I had no idea! 🙂

  4. I had never seen one before, it was a real surprise on our day out to the flea market. Expected to be blown away by antiques and found the house of my dreams instead! All furniture on this one is by Verner Panton [http://www.vernerpanton.com/] and was placed as a retrospective exhibition. You can imagine how gutted I was that we couldn’t step in!

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