Space Age Design

Remember when we thought the future meant flying cars? I may be dating myself a bit here, but there are a lot of us who grew up watching reruns of The Jetsons after school who are very disappointed about the lack of flying cars today. The good news is, if you love modern styles the designs seen in the interiors of the Jetsons’ house are out there and available. We may not have flying cars but space-age design is alive and well!

The living room of the Jetsons, circa 1963

The living room of the Jetsons, circa 1963

The designers of the Fireorb fireplace, clearly watched The Jetsons after school, too. It doesn’t get more space age than this futuristic UFO of a fireplace!

Fireorb

Fireorb

When I think of a modern designer who still works in the space age design form, I think of Mark Newson, designer of the famous Orgone Chair, as seen below in a contemporary interior by Kelly Hoppen.

Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen

Space age design is everywhere if you look for it, like this curvaceous silver-leaf chest, offered by EcoFirstArt.

EcoFirstArt

EcoFirstArt

Let’s not forget the designers who really did conceive the first space age look, back in the ‘50s and ‘60s when we were first reaching for the stars. Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Collection for Knoll still looks as fabulously futuristic as it did when introduced in 1957!

Knoll

Knoll

And the UP armchair and ottoman designed by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia still looks like the future to me, 50 years after it debuted (as does the Arne Jacobsen designed floor lamp from 1957, standing next to it).

B&B Italia

B&B Italia

So does space age design still light your jets? Or after all these years is it a little retro for your tastes? Let me know in the comments!

Warmly,

Beth