Home Futures - The Design Museum

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

In the 20th Century home, technology and social change were on peak. During the modernism movement, home was designers, architects and manufacturers test ground for imagining new and better ways of living. Many of these innovations occur in our daily homes in our era at the moment even though most seemed a bit fantastical for the community.

As technology rose, ‘smart’ devices controlled more of the domestic functions and housewife labour. The automated home draws on the historical and radical domestic visions and suggests parallels with today’s reality. The mobile life we live in (such as wi-fi, smartphones, apps) provides increasingly nomadic technology filled with the future. This exhibition questions whether technology has radically changed the way in which we live today. Internet has made it possible for systems to reach millions of people. With the environmental, more sustainable effects of consumerism, there is a renewed desire to find less wasteful ways to make, use and reuse domestic objects.

Figure 1 : The Nest 1973  Gianni Ruffi

Figure 2: Frame 03, 2017 SO-IL Stainless Steel

Figure 3: Up Chair 1969 Gaetano Pesce

The humorous piece created by Gianni, resembles the traditional sofa as a nest. The Nest completely abandons the traditional domestic forms and evokes an allegory of the home. Ruffi, was a part of the Italian Radical design movement, that resonated the global fascination with Pop Art in the early 1970’s.This piece is also another sitting ritual and domesticated furniture piece, nest resembles safe, cosy and warm environment, as the home supposed to be adding a bit absurdness to the way a sofa should look.

This red lounge chair made out of polyurethane in the late 1960’s was vacuum packed into a four-inch-thick disk, that would rise to a voluptuous circular shape. Pesce drew the form of the chair from the silhouettes of an ancient fertility goddess. Which is called ‘La Mamma’, ‘Big Mama’ and ‘Donna’. The chair is made from a religious way, but turned to be a domestic house furniture, created with absurd shapes. The application of vacuuming and inflating the furniture, is one of the practical ways of using moveable and portable furniture in the home.

The Head Piece - Ritual

This head pieces / headsets have similarities between our chair project as a design. Our chair resembled a clothing that hides the body, with a head piece covering the head; and the side pieces to cover the rest of the body. This piece by Haus Rucker – Co, gave my team some ideas on our own head piece, which we then made the piece even bigger than we were intended to do. Each headset in the museum, had interesting and different rituals that performed on top. Just like that, our ritual of our headset was to hide and cover the users head.

Environment Transformers: (Fig 1) View Atomizer

These TV helmets were designed to provide a sensory enhancement of the environment and expand the boundaries of the home, promising a visual escape beyond its walls.

Environment Transformers: 1968 (Fig 2) Fly Head Haus Rucker – Co

These headsets are proposed to alter one’s perception of the world. The Environment transformers are a new type of wearable architecture using TV screens, microphones and speakers integrated inside the headset.

Environment Transformers: (Fig 3) Drizzler

This headset is secular, radically futuristic and reminiscent of our use of mobile screens and other connected devices. The mixed media work and reproduction of photographs of people wearing the piece resembles the activity and the function of the headset.

Memo Chair - Mixed Media

Used Dyson DC2O Vacuum Cleaner 1995

The portable ‘chair’ designed by Ron Arad and Nick Crosbie (from the inflate studio), known as the Memo chair can easily transform from being a soft bean bag into a hard seating area with just inflating techniques. The hardness and the height of the chair is controlled by pumping air or letting the air out by using a household vacuum cleaner or a small pump.The mobile memo chair relates back to the old Victorian lifestyle of having portable and moveable furniture to get use of the rooms.The ritual of sitting, is affected by your idea of ‘comfort’ and how you want to sit in the chair. The ritual is secular, mostly used in daily lives, and easily operated by household objects. The chair is combined with a Dyson DC02 vacuum cleaner and the chair itself is made out of plastic.

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