PREVIEW: Home Futures, Design Museum

The Design Museum’s latest exhibition will explore the radical domestic visions of the 20th century and asks: what happened to the future? 


On display from the 7th November, Home Futures will explore today’s homes through the way it was envisioned yesterday and whether we are living the way that  architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted.

Including important works by Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, Archigram, Alison and Peter Smithson, Hans Hollein, Jan Kaplicky and Dunne & Raby, the display will contain more than 150 objects and experiences to reveal the key social and technological aspirations that have driven change in the home.

Works on display will 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).

It will all be 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 has been created in partnership with IKEA Museum.

After being displayed in London, the exhibition will then travel to to Älmhult, Sweden in Spring 2019.

The exhibition will be divided into six themes including: Living smart, Living on the move, Living autonomously, Living with less, Living with others and Other dreams of home.

Home Futures will be displayed at the Design Museum from the 7th November until the 24th March 2019. For more information visit:

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