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Histories: the Futuro house

作者:童瘴    发布时间:2019-03-01 07:03:09    

By Stephanie Pain It’s not hard to put a date on the Futuro house. It looks like a flying saucer and it’s made of plastic: it could only come from the 1960s. When the Futuro was launched in 1968, plastics had been around for 60 years: Leo Baekeland invented the first all-synthetic plastic – Bakelite – in 1907, kicking off an industry that transformed 20th-century living. By the 1950s, plastics were popping up all over the home. People wore polyester suits and crimplene frocks, ate from melamine crocks on Formicatopped tables, then stored their leftovers in Tupperware containers. Buckets and bowls were polythene, records were vinyl and the lounge suite was covered in Dralon. It couldn’t be long before someone went all the way and made a house entirely from plastic. MEN loved its wacky space-age lines. Women wanted more cupboards. Failure was inevitable. For a while, though, the Futuro seemed to herald a new way of living in a new type of house. Forget bricks, mortar and wood – this was the age of plastic. No longer something used to fake more expensive woods and marbles, plastic was fantastic just as it was. Designers loved the feel, the colours and the chance to shape things exactly as they liked. Plastic furniture was no longer cheap and tacky, it was chic and pricey. The age of plastic was about to take off, and plastic houses were part of a brighter,

 

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