Compare 20th-century prototypes with the latest innovations to see if yesterday’s fantasies have become today’s reality.
The ‘home of the future’ has long intrigued designers and popular culture alike. Bringing together avant-garde speculations with contemporary objects and new commissions, Home Futures explores today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination.
The exhibition asks: are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers once predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?
On display are significant works by designers including Ettore Sottsass and Enzo Mari, as well as contemporary figures such as Dunne & Raby and Industrial Facility.
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.