Friday, December 28, 2007

House of the Future, 1961

The Monsanto House of the Future was a concept that never caught on, probably for a million different reasons. Too unconventional, too "cold", and let's face it, all kinds of people want all kinds of different homes, from southwest adobes to Bauhaus glass and steel to geodesic dome houses (and so on).

But it is fun to envision whole neighborhoods (or hillsides) full of mushroom houses! Since the designers intended for them to be modular and customizable, they certainly wouldn't all be identical cookie-cutter homes. I am intrigued by the idea of a multi-story version, or "jumbo" versions, since (let's face it), the Disneyland version is not exactly huge. Imagine them painted in soft blues, sunny yellows, deep greens, or woodsy browns. How about a nice tangerine metal flake? That's for me!


Matterhorn1959 said...

Tangerine Metal Flake-nice but they really need some nice flames and pin striping! Or you could do the whole camoflauge thing and it would blend into the trees!

Unknown said...

Talk about a Stepford house!

Or a mood Monsanto House. That way the neighbors will know when you are happy, depressed, excited or raging drunk!

But the pin striping would make it look faster!