This amazing house is a trip both backward and forward in time – a vision of what designers from the past thought the future might look like. Strangest of all: it is a vintage futurism about as far from modern-day reality as one could have guessed … or was it?
Pierre Cardin “was known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.” In short: he was on the edge – though perhaps not the cutting edge – of design for his time.
Bubble-shaped spaces and skylights define areas and light throughout the amorphous, organic and blob-like structure. Fun, fanciful and whimsical sum up the experience of the place quite well. Everything is about fluidity, curves – a kind of warp-drive vision of futuristic living that never quite came to pass, with an implicit belief that perhaps we would even grow our own abodes.
But was it so far-fetched after all? Certainly, no one could have predicted the rise of Postmodernist architects like Frank Gehry – and other who, like him, have been driven to design fantastically unpredictable forms. Without our ‘space-age’ 3D modeling capabilities and the computers up to handling their load-intensive tasks, none of their contemporary buildings would have been possible. And who knows, with the rise of nanotechnology maybe we will one down plant and grow organic houses from the ground up.