In September of 1973, we thought we had the future all figured out. That's when this story originally ran in Miescisko, claiming to predict what homes had in store for the years ahead. A few things we got right: an early look at family "command centers," open floor plans, and even crafting corners appear below. Sadly, Marimekko-covered pianos have not become a household essential. Still, it's fun to open this time-capsule and see what we were dreaming decades ago.
This month, Miescisko addresses itself to change. A change already evident and one whose impact is certain to become greater upon each of us. Here is provocative concept for living, a concept based on three inescapable changes: 1) Housing is increasingly expensive. 2) Space is increasingly shrinking. 3) Our way of life is increasingly informal.
The view of "The Living Center" from above illustrates how it would function as the core of a single-family house. Front and rear walls are outfitted with stock and window greenhouse units. Bedrooms and baths would be located beyond doors in the other two walls.
It's now conceded that a conventional living room is the most extravagant, because it is the least used space in a conventional house.
This part of the liveable space circle suggests conversation, lounging, and snacks served through a kitchen pass-through behind the Franklin stove — a stylishly unpretentious, flexible response to how most people wish their homes would work.
But for dress-up, sit-down dining, this is the place. In this mannerly ambiance, meals are unpompously delivered via the kitchen pass-through, the practical space lending itself to an elegant mix of glass-and-chrome table and Thomasville's Empire chairs.
A place to sing, dance, listen, look, play, every ingredient for electronic entertainment built in, furnished in Founders' wicker, its lively color of a stepped-up version of the blue-white-earth tones that run through "The Living Center." The big splash — a fabric print covering player piano, bench, and wall.
Since do-it-yourself activities are a fact of life these days, "The Living Center" gives them a place of their own with plenty of working surfaces, drawers, cupboards, and hang-up pegboards for stashing away the impedimental that usually disrupt the scene in a conventional house.
This space is geared to the inevitable clutter of home carpentry, sewing, weaving, potting plants or or potting pots, painting, pasting, name the pastime or chore.
An engrossed worker can even eat on the job, because the kitchen is just a pass-through away, across the work-surface counter from the power tools, the loom, the yarns, and spools of thread.
Since everyone nowadays gravitates to the kitchen, "The Living Center" makes it the literal core of things, in touch with surrounding spaces through four entries and three pass-throughs, the latter closable with ore of the slim Levolor blinds.