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New London Exhibit Explores Our Idea of Home

October 24, 2018
BY Laura Rote

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This new London exhibit at the Design Museum puts the meaning of “home” under a microscope. “Home Futures” is a dream-like compilation of objects and experiences that showcase pivotal social and technological shifts that have impacted the way we think of “home,” including the “future home” imagined by 20th century designers and architects. Rare works on display 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). You’ll also find “The Pratone,” a polyurethane lounge chair that looks like a plot of grass with soft blades bending to you as you sink in. Drastically different from what an ordinary ’70s lounge seat looked like, it reimagined the domestic environment as a landscape in response to the conservatism of traditional home furniture. This exhibit is curated by Eszter Steierhoffer with Justin McGuirk. It’s organized in partnership with the IKEA Museum. 

WHEN: November 7, 2018 to March 24, 2019   WHERE: Design Museum, London

 

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