The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/24/14 3:00pm 7/24/14 3:00pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:23pm 8/29/13 4:23pm

In The Future, We Will Cook Dinner On Giant, Fiery iPads

Appliance manufacturer Electrolux recently unveiled designs for the Heart of the Home, a giant touchscreen stove that will grace the next generation's kitchens. Sadly, there's no robotic maid included. » 2/18/10 6:30am 2/18/10 6:30am

In The Future Of Eating, Could We Put Ourselves On The Menu?

Although science fiction generally does a decent job imagining the grand vistas of tomorrow, it's in more mundane areas where future design often falls down. Blogger John Powers recently tackled this question by imagining the future of kitchens. » 2/04/10 3:30pm 2/04/10 3:30pm

What to Wear to Motorama of Tomorrow?


Nine minutes of kitschy delight set at GM's Motorama, the 1956 video "Design for Dreaming" conclusively proves that the future is an all singing, all dancing extravaganza of old-fashioned girliness. Repeat after me: "Girls don't go to Motoramas/Dressed in a pair of pink pajamas." And what do they wear? A ball gown!… » 11/30/07 12:30pm 11/30/07 12:30pm