Alison and Peter Smithson

From the House of the Future to a house of today
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April 4 - June 13, 2004

How did a brilliant pair of avant-garde architects imagine in 1956 the house of the future? When asked to design a visionary ‘model home’, Alison and Peter Smithson, leading British architects in the mid-20th century, proposed a structure of organic units with futuristic features. In this house, furniture that was not part of the project had no place. Storage racks were built into the architecture and the dining table and the bed rose up from the floor. Four types of chairs were typical mobile equipment: the pogo, the egg, the tulip, and the saddle chair. This and other projects designed by the Smithsons can be discovered in Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam.


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