The 50’s and 60’s were the golden era of mankind’s space exploration, and as a result, fascination with possible life forms from other planets was at its apex. Supposed sightings of the craft used by these possible life forms were classified unidentified flying objects, or UFO’s, and quickly these craft largely assumed a common form that we can see parallels with in the form the Futuro.
The Futuro was launched upon the world the same week that mankind first set foot on the moon. As the world went crazy over Neil Armstrong’s first steps, there couldn’t have been a better time to launch a house that personified the hysteria for all things space related.
The second production line Futuro was shown that very week in London as part of the FinnFocus fair, and media interest in the house skyrocketed, creating an initial frenzy that led to the manufacturing rights being licensed around the world to more than 20 countries.
Futuro being loaded on the deck of the FinnPartner ferryboat on its way to London. Photo: Lasse Nio
Of course it wasn’t just Futuro that (inadvertently) was riding on the crest of this interest in space, and what or whom might be out there. Other manufacturers released products that took the curvature of 1950’s design and channeled it into products such as the Panasonic TR005 TV.
This mania for all things future and space was furthermore distilled into popular culture, be it in product design, film, music or architecture. Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001 A Space Odyssey of 1968 demonstrating a canny coming together of many of these fields with it’s use of Olivier Mourgue designed Djinn chairs.
The fascination of this era with all things space and Futuro is perhaps what led to people creating their own one of a kind interpretations of space ship house, some of which are understandably mistaken for Futuro houses for those who aren’t so familiar with Futuro’s…
Photo kindly supplied by Marko Home
… and others that are too awful to even be considered a Futuro by anyone!
Photo: Jarmo Lintunen
In fact, the elliptical form of the Futuro has been copied uncannily on a few occasions, most notably in these living & lab stations located in Antarctica which are referred to as Googies or Smarties. Although little research has been done as to how these structures came to exist, it could be assumed that the elliptical form and simple modular structure was seen as ideal for dealing with the climatic conditions of their location.
Photo: Mika Taanila