Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow
Eszter Steierhoffer and Justin McGuirk
The twentieth century offered up countless visions of domestic life, from the aspirational to the radical. Whether it was the dream of the fully mechanised home or the notion that technology might free us from home altogether, the domestic realm was a site of endless invention and speculation. But what happened to those visions? Are the smart homes of today the future that architects and designers once predicted, or has ‘home’ proved resistant to radical change?
Home Futures: Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow –accompanying a major Design Museum exhibition of the same title–explores a number of different attitudes toward domestic life, tracing the social and technological developments that have driven change in the home. It proposes that we are already living in yesterday’s tomorrow, just not in the way anyone predicted.
This book begins with a lavishly illustrated catalogue portraying the ‘home futures’ of the twentieth century and beyond, from the work of Ettore Sottsass and Joe Colombo to Google’s recent forays into the smart home. The catalogue is followed by a reader consisting of newly commissioned essays by writers such as Dan Hill and Justin McGuirk, which explore the changes in the domestic realm in relation to space, technology, society, economy and psychology.
Eszter Steierhoffer is Senior Curator at the Design Museum and editor, among other books, of Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution (Design Museum Publishing, 2017).
Justin McGuirk is a writer and Chief Curator at the Design Museum, formerly the design columnist for the Guardian, and editor of Icon magazine.
Marcus Engman is Head of Design at IKEA.
Deyan Sudjic is a British writer, founder of Blueprint Magazine, former editor for Domus, former design and architecture critic for The Observer, an author published by imprints such as Penguin and Phaidon, and currently Director of the Design Museum in London.
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect, author and founder of DOGMA.
Jing Liu is an architect, educator and co-founder of the award-winning design firm SO- IL in New York City.
Adam Greenfield is a writer and Managing Director of Urbanscale.
Sarah Kember is a writer and Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Barry Curtis is a writer and Tutor in Critical and historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, London.
Emilio Ambasz is an architect, award-winning industrial designer, and, from 1969 to 1976, Curator of Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.