runs an ongoing feature titled "Roadside Ohio" which is self described as "Fun Finds from Across the Buckeye State". In the August 2016 issue of the publication this feature was a short article titled (at least in the print magazine) "Alien Abode
" which featured the Carlisle Futuros
and included input from "yours truly".
We were interviewed by telephone by writer Frances Killea for this short article. The art of being interviewed is a little odd, at least to us, and clearly not something we have yet mastered as it always seems to us that what ends up in an article does not match exactly what we thought we had said. We are sure this is the result of the way we "interview" and not errors on the part of journalist's, it has happened too many times and with too many different interviewers for it not to be us, though we actually have no idea how we keep managing it.
In this case we did indicate that the design of the Futuro was mathematically based and that is reflected in the article and we also mentioned that we thought (perhaps the issue was that we did not include the "I thought" even though we intended to) pi was likely a big part of that (given the shape of the Futuro - an oblate spheroid - mathematical formulas relating to its shape will reference pi) but we certainly did not mean for that to be the point of emphasis that it is.
We also indicated that the Futuro was marketed as accommodating 8 people; that was by means of a small bedroom and then 6 bed/chair units. We clearly did not explain that well and so it ended up as being 8 bed chair units which was not the case.
No doubt the article accurately reflects what we said and not what we thought we said; unfortunately what we said appears to have included errors. Next time around we will just have to see if we can be a little more careful in what we say and we should probably ask for a look at the text prior to publishing also.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Futuro WeeGee will update "Futuro World" and run a new exhibition "Futuro World 50 Years
" from 051518 through 123118.
These photos are a selection from the "official" WeeGee Exhibition Center photos of the "Futuro World" exhibit. They are displayed here with the permission of the WeeGee Exhibition Center and the photographer Heidi-Hanna Karhu; our thanks to both.
This week we received a set of four posters for the "Futuro World" exhibit. There are two variations of the poster though both feature the same logo and details on one side. The other side features all of the photos (with credits) that are featured 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 for sending copies of the four poster set out to all those who contributed their photos to the exhibit.
The WeeGee Exhibition Center's "Futuro World" exhibit opened to the public today following an "official" opening yesterday.
The design and graphics for the installation were the work of Kaisa Kantokorpi, Anna-Riikka Nuutinen and Henna Palonen while the exhibit content design was the work of Futuro historian Marko Home. The photographs for the exhibit were contributed by photographers from around the world and collected by Marko Home and "yours truly".
The "official" opening was attended by local dignitaries along with "Futuro" dignitaries such as Matti Suuronen's widow Sirkku Suuronen and the previous owner of Futuro #001
Matti Kuusla. The restored Futuro #001 is of course installed in the WeeGee Exhibition Center's yard and open to the public during the summer each year. Marko Home gave a very well received opening address themed "Futuro the Eiffel Tower of Espoo".
The installation has been designed in a modular fashion which will allow for it to "travel" and, while Futuro #001 itself is not available for loan, the Futuro World exhibit should be available for loan to museums when it ends its run at WeeGee at the end of January 2016.
Personally we think the installation looks awesome; Marko, Kaisa, Anna-Riikka and Henna have done great work. We wish we could visit but after visiting WeeGee last year we cannot make another trip this year.
We want to thank everyone who contributed photos for the exhibit; without you the installation could not have been created. The photos below (by Marko Home) give an impression of "Futuro World"; we should be able to add additional high-res photographs a little later.
The installation features information and photos around a central "world map". The "world map" is interactive and features 1960's style switches (remember those?) which activate Futuro "locations" on the map (this can be seen in the last of the photos below).
The WeeGee Exhibition Center has kindly offered to ship a poster to each of the contributors. We have sent messages to each of you who contributed through us asking for your mailing address; many of you have already responded but if you have not done so yet please send us your mailing address if you would like to receive your copy of the poster.
The poster can be seen above left; the reverse of the poster displays a collage of all of the Futuro photographs. The poster was the work of Timo Mänttäri (Logo) and Anna-Riikka Nuutinen & Henna Palonen (Poster design).
Our thanks to Marko for the information about the opening and for the installation photos.
The WeeGee Exhibition Center website was updated recently with the addition of a page providing details of the "Futuro World" exhibition
. The dates for "Futuro World" are confirmed as being 061615 through 013116. The exhibition will be located in "Studio Suuronen" (which is the renamed old museum shop space located in the lobby of the WeeGee Exhibition Center). On the WeeGee website we are told that:
"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.
Without the help of many of you the exhibition would have been limited to far fewer than the impressive 50 Futuros that will be included so a big shout out to all of you who contributed your work. We will be reaching out to each of you shortly asking for a mailing address because in addition to sharing high resolution photos of the completed installation with you so you can see how your work was incorporated the WeeGee Exhibition Center & Marko Home have kindly offered to send each contributor a "Futuro World" Exhibition poster.
Having just visited Finland last year we will not be able to visit the "Futuro World" Exhibition but if you happen to have an interest in Futuro (which you probably do if you are reading this page) and the opportunity to visit the exhibition we recommend that you do (and if you get any photos you would like to share we would love to see them).
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Do you have Futuro photos? Have Your Work Included In A Major Exhibition!
In the summer of 2015 the WeeGee Exhibition Center
(home of the fully restored Futuro #001
) will put on an exhibition titled "Futuro World".
The exhibition will include a world map that would show the current location of known Futuros (this would be on a general city level, not a location specific "Google Earth" level ensuring the privacy of owners who prefer the location of their Futuro to be private is respected). The intention is to include, in most cases, a single exterior photograph of the Futuro though interior photographs will be included in some cases to showcase the variety of Futuro interiors. The goal is to represent with a photograph every known Futuro in the world.
This is a wonderful opportunity for every Futuro photographer out there to have their work included in a major Futuro exhibition. Photographs do not necessarily have to be "technically" perfect though they will need to be of a sufficient resolution to allow a print of reasonable size to be produced.
TheFuturoHouse.com is assisting in the collection the photographs that will be used in the exhibition. Many of the users of this site have contributed photographs to the site and we will be reaching out to those individuals over the next week or two to inquire whether they would allow their work to be included in the exhibition. In the meantime if you have photographs of any Futuro to which you own the copyright and you would like to submit them for consideration for inclusion in the exhibition "Futuro World" please do so using the form below (as of the opening of the exhibition the form has been removed from this page).
Please note: by submitting this form and associated photos for consideration for inclusion in the exhibition "Futuro World" here you are agreeing to the WeeGee Exhibition Centers (fully accredited) use of these photos in the exhibition. If you also choose to permit the use of your photo(s) on this website the submission of this form also signifies your agreement to the (fully accredited) use of your work on this website.