DESIGNING THE DOMESTIC: HOME FUTURES AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM — REVIEW

Originally published in Blueprint issue 362 and online at designcurial.com

The Design Museum’s Home Futures show presents ideas of how the future of the home was once imagined

On its surface, Home Futures — the major exhibition currently on display at London’s Design Museum, curated by Eszter Steierhoffer with Justin McGuirk — appears to be something quite simple. Various objects — drawings, models, furniture, videos — from the 20th century fill the exhibition spaces, presenting ideas of how the future of the home was once imagined.

And yet, what could be more complex than the home? A perpetual battleground for ideas of labour, gender, privacy and family, the home is the design object par excellence to consider how we live today. And like transport or communication, changes in the shape, scale and functions of the home are shifting as rapidly as Silicon Valley – or IKEA, who partnered with the Design Museum for the exhibition – can flog their newest products and technologies…

Originally published in Blueprint issue 362 and online at designcurial.com

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