Finnish designer Matti Suuronen's legendary FUTURO home epitomized space-age design and 60s-era optimism when it first launched in 1968. The UFO-shaped tiny home, with its colorful plastic shell and avant-garde interior, turned heads wherever it landed and it still does today—if you're lucky enough to spot one. It's estimated that just 100 units were built around the world, many of which have since been destroyed or severely neglected. In a rare offering, one of the few remaining livable units just listed for sale in New Zealand.
Suuronen's early success with the FUTURO led to global licensing deals, which is how this particular model came to appear in Christchurch, a city on the south island of New Zealand, sometime between 1972 and 1974. Just 12 units were reportedly manufactured by a local company, with only five remaining today. According to a highly informative FUTURO fan website, only a handful of other units remain across the United States, Europe, Australia, and as far away as Taiwan, South Africa, and Russia.
The success of FUTURO, along with Suuronen's other plastic-and-fiberglass home designs, was short lived as material prices skyrocketed during the 1970s oil crisis. Ultimately, whether impractical or ahead of its time, production of the FUTURO eventually stalled and the units were cemented in time as a rare collector's item. So here's your chance to own one for yourself by purchasing this well-preserved model, which is primed and ready for a complete restoration. Hurry—bids will be accepted until December 5th.
The "New Brighton" FUTURO is currently for sale to the highest bidder, with offers accepted until December 5, 2020, unless sold prior. For more information, check out the official listing or property website.
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