Curious Victorian Fantasies of the Year 2000

Curious Victorian Fantasies of the Year 2000

In 1986, when famed science fiction author Isaac Asimov chanced upon a delightful series of postcards dating from 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910 France, he couldn't believe his luck! The postcards depicted scenes from a barely imagined future, then a distant figment of imagination. Of the 21st Century, imagined by French artists in the midst…

Verner Panton: The Daring Spirit of 60's Design https://wp.me/p41CQf-JFr

Verner Panton: The Daring Spirit of 60’s Design

Verner Panton (1926-1998) is remembered for his bold, daring furniture design and aesthetic which embodied the fun and turbulent times of the 60's and 70's. His most famous pieces are the S chair, which became the world´s first one-piece moulded plastic chair, the cone chair and the flowerpot lamps. Born in 1926 Panton initially began his…

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper - A Picture in Motion

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper – A Picture in Motion

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.2 on the jukebox is Swedish synthwave producer Waveshaper's latest single A Picture in Motion (2017).  https://soundcloud.com/waveshaper-2/a-picture-in-motion-furi-original-soundtrack Waveshaper is a Swedish Synthwave musician who is inspired by classic synth artists like Jean Michel Jarre,…

Emerging Genius no.3: Toshiki Kadomatsu - Sea is a Lady (1987)

Emerging Genius no. 3: Toshiki Kadomatsu – Sea is a Lady (1987)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no. 3 on the Cosmic Jukebox, Japanese musician Toshiki Kadomatsu and the sun-soaked funk album from 1987, Sea is a Lady  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDFLEQq1jCw Toshiki Kadomatsu is a Japanese Funk legend who came to the…

Documentary: Australia in the year 2020 (as envisaged in 1990)

This documentary from the late 80's/early 90's Australia offers fascinating insights into what the pre-internet world thought the new century i.e. right now would be like. As a child I remember watching this TV show and pondering about what 202o would be like. It felt like a pipedream to me, as inconceivable as driving a moon rocket…

Walter Kronkite: The Promise of the 21st Century’s Bounty (1967)

Quaint, hopeful and at times creepily accurate. This story with Walter Kronkite is just fascinating, as a historical artifact, and also to see just how many of these ideas actually came to fruition and how far beyond these simple ways of living we have come. "The domestication of the computer is upon us". And what a…

Dürer, Replicants and Flying Cars: Exploring Impressive Imaginary Cities with @Oniropolis

Dürer, Replicants and Flying Cars: Exploring Impressive Imaginary Cities with @Oniropolis

If you haven't already followed Imaginary Cities on Twitter @Oniropolis then you should right away! This is a curated treasure trove of architectural meanderings and inspiring cityscapes which have never existed other than in creative people's minds. Imaginary Cities are where the imagined possibilities of tech, science fiction, futurism and 80's pop culture are smashed…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Shanghai Imagined in the year 2114

Shanghai imagined in the year 2114 by Nikolay Razuev See more imaginary cityscapes of the future on Reddit. And witness a breathtaking future retro interpretation of Auckland, done in the past but reflecting the future. Discover more future retro cityscapes.

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro is a beautiful work of art that has been depicted in many films and photographs over the years. Although many daily commuters would argue that it's a stinking cesspit instead! It looks a lot more attractive than many other subways across the world and I enjoyed travelling on it when I was…

Future Moto Retro: Imaginary Auckland

There's a strange nostalgia that happens when we view the future through a wonky, circus mirror of the past. This is where romanticism and nostalgia explode into a glitter bomb of exciting possibility. Welcome to Auckland in the year 2000, as imagined in 1956 by iconic New Zealand ad designer Bernard Roundhill. Roundhill loved the possibilities…