11/12 Futuro House was a tiny house before tiny houses were a thing

Futuro house in London

Futuro house in London


Interest in tiny houses has exploded in recent years, but the idea isn’t new as this tiny home from the 1960s shows. Fewer than 100 Futuro Houses were ever made, but they have become something of a design icon. Now, one is on display at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

It is thought that only around 60 Futuro Houses are still in existence, one of which was acquired by artist Craig Barnes in 2013. Barnes discovered Futuro House No. 022 in South Africa and saved it from being destroyed. He had it dismantled and transported 12,000 miles (19,312 km) to Herefordshire, UK over a period of 18 months, after which restoration work began in January 2014.

With the restoration complete, Barnes is touring his Futuro House and is keen for it to be used as a place for activities, rather than just viewed as a museum piece. It is currently in situ on the terrace of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where it is hosting a year-long series of events.

Read more and see all the photos: http://futuro-house-csm.arts.ac.uk/

Purchase tickets to see the exhibit: https://www.platform-theatre.com/

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Elaine Walker