House of the Future

House of the Future

Molly Anderson
Dec 4, 2009

"In what kind of house will the captain of a space ship live during his stopovers on earth?" ... begins this article from a 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics. Here we are offered a glimpse of a home designed by science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein. It was his vision of what future homes would be like. So, how did he do?

Many of Heinlein's ideas have merit, while others slightly missed the mark on what has become conventional in the modern home. Here are some of our favorite photographs along with their descriptions from the article A House To Make Life Easy, written by Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.

"Below 'commuting' table is set with china in kitchen, then rolled through a wall into the dining are."

"Trash goes through a hinged partition in the kitchen wall and falls into a storage bin outside the house... Music center in hall off study contains radio and record player wired to speakers in each room"

"There's everything to please the housewife in the kitchen, including an 'office' with phone and typewriter."

"Arthur Heinlein relaxes on built-in divan beside raised fireplace. Note convenient cupboard at end of divan'

"Divan in home can be converted can be converted into double beds simply by swinging top half out onto floor and covering with pads"

via: Unclutterer

(Images: Popular Mechanic)

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