Domestic Futures

In the exhibition designers from all over the world speculated about the possible domestic life of the future. Examples included generating your own electricity, keeping self-grown organs in the fridge, and even owning an apartment on another planet.

Ai Hasegawa, The Extreme Environment Love Hotel, Carboniferous Room. Photo: Ai Hasegawa och Joseph Popper. 

18 September to 15 November 2015
Was shown at Nationalmuseum Design in Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Domestic Futures speculated on how design and products have the power to influence our everyday life. One example is the Smartphone that in less than a decade has become a dominant feature in our daily life. In the exhibition designers from all over the world speculated about how our living rooms may look in the next 10, 20 or 50 years, and how future products will affect our daily routines in the future households. Will we “cook” in-vitro meals and keep replacement organs at home in the fridge, do we want to generate our own electricity and collect our food in the backyard, or do we maybe even own an apartment on another planet?

The exhibition comprised three living environments with artifacts and projects that allowed visitors to explore what the future may look like. It demonstrated how biology, science and technology can be integrated in the kitchen. What we might keep in the freezer or the pantry, how we will recycle our waste or monitor our health. It could also be about reverting to a self-sufficient lifestyle, independent of grocery stores. From being able to make a fire and catch food with our bare hands to generating our own electricity. The exhibition also asked questions like what it will take to be able to leave Earth and live on another planet, how food cultivated on Mars will taste and what the latest fashion trends will be like in outer space.

The exhibition challenged the visitors to step into their possible future households and moreover to think about what kind of future we want, and what kind we don’t want.

The timeline showed a number of objects and inventions that were once revolutionary but we now take for granted. Many of them helped change our lives. Some of them are past their heyday and have more or less faded into oblivion.

Download the exhibition folders

Each scenario in the exhibition was briefly introduced in a folder with texts in both Swedish and English. The folder includes information about all the objects in each scenario, and you can download a pdf version below. 

Back to nature
Bio-tech living
Space Colonization 

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Curator: Lisanne Fransen
Exhibition Designer: Harm Rensink

Participating Designers: Martina Muzi, Jorge Penadés, Lauren Davies, Thomas Thwaites, chmara.rosinke, Francesco Faccin, Willem van Doorn, Ma'ayan Pesach, Susana Soares, Agi Haines, Marcia Nolte, Naomi Kizhner, Studio Stefan Schwabe, James King, Livin Studio, Officina Corpuscoli, Ela Celary, Thought Collider, Veronica Ranner, Johanna Schmeer, Mars One, Lucy McRae, Studio Swine, NASA/JPL, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Ai Hasegawa, Aloïs Yang, Neri Oxman & Stratasys, Grietje Schepers.


Sponsored by:

Sponsrat av BMW

In collaboration with: 

SvD   och  Grand Hôtel Stockholm

Thanks to:

FCB Fältman & Malmén


Creative Industries Fund NL


Art Library and Museum Archives,
Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

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