Home of the Future

The future of our domestic life?

By Nota Tsekoura, on 28th May, 2013 13:15

Werner Aisslinger exhibition                                                                       product design + architecture 

What will the future be? How will we stand as citizens and will our domestic life change?

These are two of the most common and timeless questions of individuals. In the architecture and design world these questions tend to escape the sphere of speculation and become the starting point of various research topics and projects towards personal or collective utopias. But where does a research start based on the future of our domestic life? For product designer Werner Aisslinger the future doesn‘t lie in the invention of something new but rather in the reinvention of the old. 

“If you know the past, you will be able to spin threads into the future” he quotes. 



He was interested in ideas and visions of change towards a better life, like most of the descriptions of the future that where popular in the mid-1960s until the early 1970s. He communicates his ideas of the Future Home by constructing his own domestic utopia, through the current exhibition at “Haus am Waldsee” under the curation of Katja Blomberg.

One of the central aspects of the project is that it reveals properties of the future mainly based on the use of materials. 

“Modern materials and production techniques are removed from their original manufacturing purposes and used for furniture hybrids which reconcile advanced technology with the principles of nature.”



For the past few years the concept of sustainability has created a special bond with proposals that are able to imagine the future. It is also present in all futuristic projects from practices with both artistic and scientific backgrounds. It couldn't therefore be absent from the domestic approach.

“Form follows function” was transformed to “function follows material” for Aisslinger,


who is trying to create symbiotic relationships between innovative technology and nature. From using newly developed, completely biodegradable, composite materials instead of an environmentally harmful plastic, to material systems that absorb moisture and using it to hydrate the plants, inspired from the Namib Desert beetle. Taking this relationship one step further, Aisslinger foresees that plants will have the ability to form shapes of furniture due to their engineering DNA. A future house should be able to produce its own food and in this case we may be able to see a kitchen that can be transformed in a kind of shelf biotope. Food will be produced instead of processed, mushrooms will be harvested from coffee grounds and fish excrement will fertilize a vegetable garden.



The core content of the exhibition 'up-cycling the way we live' is even visible from the exterior where a huge patchwork wool is set to free the house from its historical captivity by covering its facade, while it parodies on the middle-class status mantra: “my house, my car, my dog...”. A statement that reinforces the author's idea of duality of design that has economical and cultural dimensions. On the inside, the anti-digital room detaches the visitor from the display screen, encouraging the view out of the window, thus naturally envisioning the future.

You can visit the exhibition until the 9th of June.

venue : Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

* learn more about Werner Aisslinger *