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This was the Futuro

This iconic spaceship style, prefabricated fibreglass house was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the late 1960s.

The Futuro builds on the traditions of Nordic summer cabins and ski lodges, its elliptical form was chosen to withstand harsh winters of wind and snow. Coupled with its modular design, it was made to be easily transportable to beautiful and remote locations.

Futuro launched commercially in 1968 and was an instant hit; its hatch-style entrance, brightly-coloured fibreglass shell and intergalactic interior encapsulated the apex of 1960s pop-culture and global obsession with all things space-related.

However, though the world went crazy for Futuro, few actually sold. Of the hundred that were made, today only 68 remain; they’re now museum-quality pieces of design history, found in the collections of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam, Die Niue Sammlung in Munich, and WeeGee in Helsinki, as well as private collections of design and art affectionados.


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