Friday, June 29, 2012

The future is here

I think the reason I love mid-century modern as much as I do is because at its height in the late 50s and early 60s it reflected the openness and daring of going into space. Take a look:


( Don't these houses look like they could take off? Don't they make you look up?

And wouldn't this wallpaper, art, and decor make you think about space and the future as you vacuumed (in pearls) or fixed the family's station wagon?

Vintage chrome Sputnik wall clock, (

Sputnik starburst vases, (

Sputnik style lamp

1950s Sputnik chandelier

Well, guess what? We are in a new space age. Remember Space X and the private-public rocket to the International Space Station? It's just the beginning. Richard Branson already has Virgin Galactic and the Spaceport America, space terminal, in New Mexico.

Architects and interior designers are already being challenged to develop styles that will work in zero gravity. A race is on to put space hotels in orbit. As yet, the designs are uninspiring and utilitarian, and down right ugly and uncomfortable looking.

We miniaturists, however, are not constrained by the problems of zero g, or waste disposal in outer space. We recreate buildings and decor from every era, and we can create the buildings and decor of the future, whether on Earth or Mars or in orbit.

I know that I would love to build a miniature, futuristic space-hotel or space RV; I even have started to take apart a broken, tower space heater that will be perfect for the task:

This summer, the Domus Academy in Milan is hosting a conference on "Zero Gravity design, products and micro environments for space hotels." The brochure for the conference states:

"As the race to open up the space frontier to tourists revs up, so will opportunities for designers and architects. The participants of this course will design products and microenvironments for living aboard future Orbiting Hotels. The Space Tourists, will have to, after all, eat, drink, sleep, cleanse, exercise, work, play, improvise, relax, move, stay still, contemplate, congregate, seek privacy and look out of the window. These everyday tasks, and more, open up an infinite range of design possibilities."

The key faculty at the conference is Susmita Mohanty, a scientist and space expert, as well as a protege of the late, great Arthur C. Clarke. According to her:

"I wouldn't draw a line between space and Earth. Space is not removed from Earth, we are actually living on a planet! We live on a spaceship." Well, Buckminster Fuller said it first, but we ARE orbiting through space, and we ARE on a planet in our solar system. What ideas do you have for miniature buildings and/or decor in this new space age?

Wishing you only good things, Neen


  1. Extremely informative-best site I've seen in quite a long time. Should be required viewing in the classrooms.

  2. My son is obsessed with space right now, I'll have to show him this. It's amazing to think how far we've come and what is yet to come. To infinity and beyond!

  3. A lot of people think that by 2016, some space hotels will be up and running. Then, the race will probably be to send visitors to the moon (my thoughts). Imagine what the kids of today will see in their lifetime, very exciting!!

  4. Gracias por compartir esta fantastica informacion.
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    1. Thank you for following and reading my blog! Best, Neen

  5. I was just reading your blog...very informative. I can't wait to read more!

  6. I remember as a child in the 50's watching the first Russian 'Sputnik' going overhead in the night sky. We were at a drive-in and they announced it over the loudspeaker. My dad pointed it out and we ooh-ed and aah-ed at the thought of something actually going into space. It is quite astonishing to think that we now talk so casually about actually living in space stations. I will be very interested to see what you do with your tower heater shell - it is a great shape to use. Sandie

    1. Hi Sandie, I agree, it is amazing to think that by 2016, there will be space tourists visiting orbiting space hotels! When is the toy industry going to catch up and recognize this? I love the idea of cutting edge interior design based in space. Thanks for reading my blog. Best, Neen

  7. You are so right about mid-century modern design making you think of space and going up. I never thought of that before, but I do love that style of architecture too. I have a fun 1960s retro pop-up dollhouse that I really enjoy. You can see some of what I've done with it here: I need to do a new post to show some recent changes. Nice blog, BTW! I'm so glad I found it today. Now I'm your newest follower. xo Jennifer

  8. Hi Jennifer, wonderful to meet you and thanks for your lovely comments! I have visited your blog, and have seen your post on the pop-up dollhouse; indeed, I have been thinking of bidding on one of those on eBay because you make it seem so inviting! Thanks for following my blog, best, Neen