The Futuro House

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About "Things Futuro" | Collection

Our interest in the Futuro House quickly became our passion for the Futuro House and eventually, perhaps some might say, our obsession with the Futuro House. We collect books, magazines, collectibles and other items that relate to the Futuro House in some way. As is the case with all collections it started off relatively small with easy to obtain pieces but over time it has become quite extensive and worthy of "Futuro Nuts".

The collection contains all manner of items from unique original pieces from the early days of Futuro through contemporary mass-produced items and everything in between. The collection currently (as of the date of the latest addition/update to this page) comprises 547 physical items plus 164 "digital" items (in particular digital copies of newspaper articles) and these pages are effectively the collection's "catalog".

Additional items can also be found in The Charles Cleworth Futuro House Archive and in several smaller collections and archives.

As is the case with most collectors we are always looking to add to this collection so if you have Futuro related items for sale or know of any Futuro items for sale please let us know.

A Few Notes Relating To This Collection
  • Out Of Date Item Descriptions: Item descriptions were accurate at the time collection items were acquired but may have become outdated since. In the event that information pertaining to an item has changed following the reference links in item descriptions will take you to pages where that updated information can be found.
  • Translation: There are a number of items in this collection in languages other than English. While Google Translate can be a valuable tool it is never as good as a true translation by a bi-lingual person. Such items will display a "Translate" icon. If you are able and would be willing to translate an item please click the "Translate" icon for that item to send an email requesting high res files for the purposes of translation. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. You would receive full attribution for the translation along with a link to your own website (or other website of your choosing) and you would also have the satisfaction of knowing your are contributing to the Futuro knowledge store here on this website.
  • Copyright: These pages contain photographs of various books, magazines and other items in this collection. Many of these items, and certainly the majority of the books and magazines are subject to copyright and the images are deliberately of a fairly low resolution and are used here simply to catalogue this collection and to provide you with a glimpse of what you would be getting if you chose to follow a similar path to us and purchase any of these items for yourself. If you wish to display any of this subject matter on your own website or otherwise use it please respect the publishers copyright and purchase your own copy.
  • Amazon Links: These pages are not aimed at advertising and we are not trying to sell you anything. However, there are expenses with keeping up a website such as this and we spend a great deal of time researching and trying to maintain this site as the most up to date and complete Futuro House resource on the web. So if, and only if, you already intend to purchase for yourself something we have in this collection please consider using the links provided here to do so if the price is right (we strongly suggest exploring other online retailers as well before making a purchase; most of the links here are to Amazon and while their prices are almost always competitive they are not always the cheapest). Doing this will not increase your cost but it will earn us a small (and it is small) commission on the sale that will be put towards our recurring web hosting costs. You know what the proverbial "they" say - every little helps!
  • Item Loans: We have in the past loaned items to institutions for various exhibitions (details here) and, on a case by case basis, are prepared to do so again in the future. If you are interested in such a loan please contact us with details of the Institution and/or Exhibition making the inquiry, the dates the items would be required and which items you are interested in displaying.
Sections Of The Collection

Klara Ostaniewicz Drawing | Purchased 051314

Klara Ostaniewicz is a polish architect and professional artist who uses pencil to celebrate architectural structures through beautifully crafted drawings.

This drawing is a representation of the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg and the Futuro (now located in Limni, Corfu) that was displayed during the Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction exhibition in 2007.

Klara Ostaniewicz MUDAM/Futuro Drawing

Other examples of Klara's work can be found on her blog.

We thought this drawing was awesome when we first saw it and added it to the "Bits & Pieces" page. Then our "collector bug" got the better of us and we contacted Klara to see if we could obtain a print from her. Klara obliged and we now have a 20" by 28" print of this fantastic drawing just waiting to be framed and hung.

Idyllwild Futuro By Danny Heller | Purchased 111516

We recently added this drawing of the Idyllwild Futuro by Danny Heller to the "Drawings" section of the "Bits & Pieces" page after we saw it on Instagram. Then we decided we needed to add it to this collection and so this past week we purchased the drawing. It will look great once it is framed and hung.

Danny Heller Drawing Of Idyllwild Futuro

Poster - Multiple Futuro Models | Purchased 012717

This poster, produced by the Museum Of Finnish Architecture, depicts a "fictional" "mock up" (using models) of a group of Futuros on a rocky mountainside. The photo has appeared in multiple books and magazines and can be found on many websites with Futuro related content. The poster is 16½" x 11½" in size.

More information about "The Sandbox", as we like to call the event, and a large gallery of awesome photos can be found here.

Poster - Mock Up Of Multiple Futuros On A Mountainside

Museum of Finnish Architecture Poster | Received 062615

Futuro House - Frisco North Carolina By RunderThis 23¼" by 16½" poster was produced for a small Futuro Exhibition that took place at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, Finland from 081998 through 091398. On one side the poster features an interior photo of a Futuro and on the other text in Finnish along with several photos.

Among the photos are two that we have not seen before. Though not identified one is almost certainly a photo of Futuro #002 early in its days on Lake Lahnajärvi; the other is too small and unclear to positively identify though it is possible it is a photo of Futuro #000 in Keitele where it served as Matti Suuronen's summer cottage from 1977 until mid-1980s (prior to that it had been in Turenki).

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 1

Museum of Finnish Architecture 1998 Futuro Exhibition Poster 2

Futuro World Exhibit Poster 2020 | Received 100820

In the summer of 2015 the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland (home of the fully restored Futuro #001) launched an exhibition titled "Futuro World"; it ran from 061615 through 013116. The exhibition was located in "Studio Suuronen" (the old museum shop space - renamed - located in the lobby of the WeeGee Exhibition Center). At the time the WeeGee Exhibition Center website described the exhibition in this way:

"Studio Suuronen will feature the Futuro World exhibition, which showcases the Futuro house, completed in 1968, and its distribution across the globe by means of photographs, captions and map graphics. The exhibition will feature photos of almost 50 Futuro houses from various corners of the world. In addition, there will be some interior photos illustrating their different decoration styles."

"Futuro World" was then relaunched in 2018, the Futuros "50th birthday" as "Futuro World 50 Years" and was scheduled to run 051518 through 123118 (it is actually still running as of the time of writing). played an active role in the collection of materials for the original "Futuro World" exhibition and the updates made in 2018; this included the collection of the photos used to create the souvenir poster which featured photos of Futuros from around the world.

In 2020 the poster was updated to reflect changes in the location of some Futuros and new discoveries since the poster was first created in 2016 (such as South Africa). We just received our copy of the updated poster which can be seen below.

WeeGee Exhibition Center

At the time of writing the WeeGee Exhibition Center has sent copies of the poster to all contributors EXCEPT those in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as there is currently no mail from Finland to these countries. As soon as mail is flowing again these will be sent.

Art Print By Charlotte Talbot | Purchased 050622

The March 2022 issue of the German architecture magazine Baumeister included an article under the title "Wie leben wir in 50 Jahren?" or "How will we live in 50 years?" which included some interesting conceptual artwork by talented artist Charlotte Talbot.

Charlotte created three cool concepts based around the Futuro House and we loved one so much we had to contact Charlotte to get our very own print! Our collection also contains a copy of the magazine and you can check out the other two concept pieces here.

Conceptual Art Print By Charlotte Talbot

Livingston Futuro Poster | Purchased 050419

This awesome 13" x 19" poster featuring the Livingston Futuro is by talented artist Rex Parker. The photo below is of our copy of the poster (which will look even better once we get it framed and hung). Following this link to Rex's online store or clicking the photo below will give you a look at the digital source image (and a truer representation of the color palette). You can get your copy of this great poster by visiting Rex's online store here.

Livingston Futuro Poster By Rex Parker

Abstract "Futuro" Painting | Purchased 122317

Though titled "Future Houses" this 16" by 20" abstract framed print on canvas (unknown artist) completely reminds us of the Futuro; hence its inclusion in this collection.

Future Houses By Unknown

Futuro World Exhibit Poster 2015 | Received 071315

Futuro WorldThe "Futuro World" exhibit opened at the WeeGee Exhibition Center in Espoo, Finland 061615 and runs through 012316. WeeGee is of course also home to the fully restored Futuro #001.

This is a set of four posters for the exhibit. There are two variations of the poster though both feature the same logo and details on one side. The other side features all the photos (with credits) that are used in the exhibition with one version setting the photos on a white background and the other setting them on a black background. Each poster comes in two sizes; A2 and A3.

Our thanks to Marko Home and the WeeGee Exhibition Center who, by way of a "thank you", sent a copy of this four poster set to all those who contributed photos to the exhibit.

More information about the "Futuro World" exhibit can be found here.

WeeGee Exhibition Cemter

WeeGee Exhibition Cemter

Mike Shisler Drawing | Purchased 122817

We recently came across this drawing of the Pensacola Beach Futuro by Mike Shisler on Etsy and were in process of adding it to the "Drawings" section of the "Bits & Pieces" page when we decided we also needed to add it to this collection. The 8" by 10" print of Mike's pen and ink drawing will look great once it is framed and hung.

ike Shisler Drawing Of Pensacola Beach Futuro

Krystle Suzanne Drawing | Gifted 061720

We recently added an awesome Futuro House drawing by artist thedietofworms (aka Krystle Suzanne) to the "Bits & Pieces" page.

Shortly after that, and completely out of the blue, Krystal offered to send us her original drawing seen below.

We cannot thank Krystal enough, the photo of her work does not truly do it justice; in particular the reflections in the windows are incredibly detailed. This piece makes it right to the top of the extensive list of art and photos in this collection that we have, at some point, got to get around to framing.

Once again thank you so much Krystal!

Krystle Suzanne Drawing Of Futuro

Lark Brewer - Home Away From Home | Purchased 040421

We recently came across this Pensacola Beach inspired work on Instagram. The work is by the talented Lark Brewer and we liked it so much we had to add a copy to our collection.

Lark Brewer Pensacola Inspired Drawing

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