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The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.

                   

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Marché Dauphine, Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France | 48°54'8.13"N 2°20'31.45"E
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Update 051017

Yves Buysse sent me a link to this video recently. The Futuro appears at 1:02. This footage, dated 101678, is very interesting in that the Futuro is not seen in its normal location immediately in front of the CNIT.



Yves also sent me a link to this photo; in the photo the Futuro is visible center right and is in the more usual location in front of the CNIT. The photo is by co1nco1n and the original can be found on Flickr here.

Futuro, CNIT - Flickr - Co1nCo1n



Update 042217

I came a cross a couple of items relating to this Futuro over the last couple of weeks.

The first, the video below, which includes a short clip of this Futuro, was posted to Instagram 040817 by maxwellmodern.

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I rather like the photo below, which was recently posted to Instagram by retroamerican_store, at a first glance it has a kind of "creature" look to it.

Marche Dauphin - Futuro Creature - Retro American Store



Update 102916

This vintage photo was posted to Instagram 101916 by materielsupply. I had not seen this particular photo before but is very similar to this photo. Based on the state of the construction of the tower in the background the two photos were clearly taken around the same time in 1972.

Futuro, CNIT - Instagram - materielsupply



Update 100516

The photos below accompany a "for sale" listing for this Futuro on the website Architecture De Collection and document the units current condition.

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - A

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - B  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - C

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - D

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - E  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - F

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - G  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - H

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - I

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - J  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - K

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - L  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - M

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - N

Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - O  Marche Dauphin - For Sale - 100516 - P



Update 062516

I recently came across this photo on Instagram by retroamerican_store that features none other than the awesome Yoda.

Interestingly this photo also highlighted an interesting feature I had not noticed before [though looking back at other photos I should have].

In addition to the standard entrance door/steps there is also a second means of closing the entrance so the Futuro can be secured while the steps remain in the lowered position. This makes sense given the location as there are probably times where the flea-market is open for business but no one is attending to the Futuro.

Saint-Ouen Futuro - Entrance Detail & Yoda - retroamerican_store On Instagram

Around the same time I also came across a second photo related to this Futuro.

A Google search on the term "graffiti definition" returns this:

"... writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place."

so strictly speaking this should probably not be described as graffiti since it was clearly not done illicitly. That said it does "fit" how I think of graffiti and so that is how I am describing this 2013 art work by EDGE on a wall at the Marché Dauphin that includes the Saint-Ouen Futuro among super heroes and cartoons in a composition titled "In Art We Trust".

Others may feel this is more "street art" or perhaps "urban art"; in the end it really does not matter, we all have our opinions and however we choose to categorize this it is still, in my opinion, a cool piece of art featuring a Futuro.

Marche Dauphin - Graffiti By EDGE



Update 041616

This week I was able to add yet another postcard showing this Futuro back in its "CNIT days" to my collection of "Things Futuro". In this case you do need extremely good eyes or a magnifying glass to actually see the Futuro. The CNIT is left center of the postcard with the Futuro just visible to the right of the CNIT. The second image below is a closer view of this area of the postcard where the Futuro is a little clearer.

La Defense/CNIT Aerial View - Front

La Defense/CNIT Aerial View - Futuro Detail



Update 100415

This past week I added another postcard featuring this Futuro during its time located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France to my collection. Interestingly the image is the one that featured on the multi-view postcard I added back in July.

Futuro At CNIT - Undated Postcard



Update 071115

There are several postcards that show this during the time it was located outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France.

This postcard which was added to my collection this week is a multi view card featuring various views of the Hauts De Seine suburban area of Paris. Among the views is one of Puteaux which shows Futuro outside the CNIT. The postcard itself is undated but the postmark indicates it was mailed 112988.

Hauts De Seine Multi View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Front

Hauts De Seine Multi View Postcard With View Of CNIT & Futuro Postmarked 1988 Detail



Update 070415

A few weeks ago I acquired a couple of limited edition prints [from original negatives] of two Jean Ribière shots of this Futuro as it appeared outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France in 1972.

This week I was able to acquire this additional set of four photos also by Jean Ribière. As with the earlier prints these are certified and signed by the Fond Jean Ribière and the Clement Cividino Gallery.

The photos are large format prints on 19.5" by 15.5 inch heavy duty photo stock. The images themselves are 12.5" by 12.5" [with the exception of one which is 15.25" by 12.5"] which will allow for a nice mat without obscuring any part of the actual photo when I eventually get around to framing them.

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 3  Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 4

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 5  Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 6



Update 050915

Renowned French photographer Jean Ribière was national vice president of the Association Nationale des Journalistes Reporters Photographes et Cinéastes [National Association of Journalists Reporters Photographers and Filmmakers] now known as FreeLens. After his passing in 1989 an archive of 1000's of negatives, prints and other documents passed to his daughter Helen Tabes. That archive is now managed by the Fond Jean Ribière.

I was recently able to add a couple of great photos from the Fond Jean Ribière to my collection of "Things Futuro". The photos are limited edition [1/5] prints from the original negatives of two Jean Ribière shots of this Futuro as it appeared outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] in La Défense in Paris, France in 1972.

They are large format prints certified and signed by the Fond Jean Ribière and the Clement Cividino Gallery. The black and white photo measures 14.5" by 14.5" and the color photo measures 15.7" by 11.8".

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 1

Jean Ribière - Futuro House C.N.I.T. - Circa 1972 - Print Form Original Negative - 2



Update 030214

There have been a number of music videos that used a Futuro House in some way. The latest I have come across is the video for the track Polonia from French trio Cheveu's third album BUM which features the Saint-Ouen Futuro in several places. I particularly like the lighting effects that can be seen starting at about 2:31 and again around 5:14.





Update 110213

Today I was able to add another postcard to my collection. This one shows the Futuro outside the CNIT [Centre Des Nouvelles Industries Et Technologies] with a sea of flowers in the foreground.

Futuro Stamp -

There are two remaining postcards that I know of that show the Futuro during its time at La Défense that I would like to add to my collection. If anyone has any of these or knows of any off them being sold anywhere I would be very interested.

Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 1  Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 2



Update 101813

The move of the Futuro to the Marché Dauphine has prompted a great many articles and photos to be published on the web. Among the items posted during the last week or so are the two videos embedded below. The first is a very cool "time lapse" video showing the Futuro being re-assembled at the Marché Dauphine; the second has some cool footage with a commentary in French so I cannot say whether the commentary is informative or not.







Update 101213

I came across three great photos of the Futuro this week. The first two, one an exterior shot and one an interior shot, are displayed courtesy of Velvet Galerie. The third photo came up in a Google Image search; the url led to Scoop.it but I could never actually find the page the photo was displayed on so I am not able to credit the photographer but I love the photo. If this is your work please let me know so I can credit you for this awesome photo.

Futuro Marche Dauphin - Velvet Galerie 1

Futuro Marche Dauphin - Velvet Galerie 2

Futuro Marche Dauphin - Scoop-it



Update 082813

I was able to add this postcard to my collection today. Still looking for the other three shown below.

Futuro Stamp -



Update 081013

There are four other postcards that I know off that show the Futuro during its time at La Défense that I would like to add to my collection. If anyone has any of these or knows of any off them being sold anywhere I would be very interested.

Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 1  Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 2

Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 3  Futuro, La Defence - Wanted Postcard 4



Update 080313

The first image below show the Futuro as it looks in its new home at the Marché Dauphine; the image is courtesy of Velvet Galerie. The image below that, also courtesy of Velvet Galerie, is a very cool image of the Futuro as it was back in the 1970's at La Défense; this image is by Charles Ardaillon/RATP Photothèque.

Futuro, Marché Dauphine - 2013

Futuro, la Defence, VG - Charles Ardaillon/RATP Phototheque

This video shows the Futuro being reassembled in its new location; the Marché Dauphine.



The three photos below are of a set of three original postcards I recently added to my Futuro Collection which show the Futuro at La Défense in the 1970's.

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 1

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 2

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 3



Update 111912

The photos below show the Futuro in its current restored condition. The photos are courtesy of Patrik Barret/La Maison Futuro.

Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 1 Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 2

Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 3 Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 4

Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 5 Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 6

Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 7 Futuro - France - Patrik Barret 8

The series of photos below show the Futuro prior to restoration as well as through disassembly, restoration and subsequent reassembly; they give a good look at the construction of the Futuro. The photos are courtesy of the XXO Facebook Page.

Futuro - France - XXO 1 Futuro - France - XXO 2

Futuro - France - XXO 3 Futuro - France - XXO 4

Futuro - France - XXO 5 Futuro - France - XXO 6

Futuro - France - XXO 7 Futuro - France - XXO 8

Futuro - France - XXO 9 Futuro - France - XXO 10

Futuro - France - XXO 11 Futuro - France - XXO 12

Futuro - France - XXO 13 Futuro - France - XXO 14



Original Images & Video 092911

This video shows historical footage of the Futuro along with a visual record of the its recent renovation.



The following images are also screenshots from the video above. The first shows the Futuro as it was at La Défense, Paris in 1968, the second shows the Futuro in 2007 before restoration and the third is a tantalizing picture of a "double" Futuro; I don't know where or when that image is from but it is nothing I have seen before and it sure does look very cool.

Update 093011: I have identified the "twin" Futuros in the video as the ones in Kvistgård, Denmark. A complete coincidence but it just so happened that that Kvistgård was the next on my list for research/publication and as soon as I took a look I realized they were the ones shown in the video.

Futuro, Somewhere, France - 1968

Futuro, Somewhere, France - 2007

Futuro, Mystery Double
 
Update 100516

This Futuro has been listed for sale on the website Architecture De Collection. It is listed at €130,000. The listing includes a very brief and generic history along with a series of photos [at left] which document the Futuros current condition [which is excellent].

I am not a rich man by any stretch of the imagination and I rarely feel any need for more in my life than I have, except of course when a Futuro comes to market; as always at times like these I am really hoping for a lottery win!



Update 071115

Futuro - France - XXO 1There is a saying that sums up my clearly poor observation skills; "he couldn't see the forest for the trees".

Shortly after I published the 070415 update to this page Yves Buysse contacted me and pointed out that in one of the four Jean Ribière photos of the Futuro [top right] during its time at the CNIT I added 070415 you could clearly see that the Futuro had two door sections.

Given the "modular" construction of the Futuro it seems likely that at the original time of purchase a client could have purchased 17 sections instead of 16, perhaps to have a "spare part" for replacement later on should a section become damaged beyond repair somehow. So perhaps in this case there were two sections with a doorway and at some point the unit was disassembled and then reassembled with one of the door sections being replaced with a section with no door.

Equally likely though might be that one of the two doors was blocked up at some point and, based on the photo at top left, I believe that is most likely what happened here. The photo, from the time the Futuro spent many years in the French countryside prior to being purchased, refurbished and brought back to Paris, appears to show a second doorway that has been blocked off in the section to the right of the section with the doorway.

Granted the paintwork is in poor shape and so I cannot be certain but given the shape and size of a white section of paint and its central location directly below two windows I am quite certain it represents a blocked off doorway.

To my knowledge the only other Futuro with dual doors is the Media Futuro.



Update 082314

So this is an update for those who are really into the minutia of Futuro history. My wife will tell anyone who asks that in her opinion I am extremely unobservant; it seems she may be correct. Yves Buysse emailed me about a few Futuro things this week. One of the things he told me about was that this Futuro had actually been repositioned during its time at the CNIT. This is clear from a pair of postcards; both of these postcards are in my collection but I have to confess I had never noticed this. Thanks for pointing it out Yves.

The photographs below clearly show that the orientation of the Futuro changed while it was at the CNIT. The first postcard is postmarked 1975 and the second is postmarked 1983 [though those are the postmark dates not the dates the photos were taken]. In the first postcard we can see that the entrance to the Futuro is oriented parallel to the front of the CNIT; in the second we find the steps facing directly away from the CNIT.

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 1

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 1 - Blown Up And Cropped

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 2

Futuro, La Defence - Postcard 2 - Blown Up And Cropped



Update 080413

Ben from Velvet Galerie has confirmed to me that the move to the Marché Dauphine as a permanent one so I have updated the location onfo on this page.



Update 080313

The French Futuro has been moved to a new location at the Marché Dauphine in the northern suburbs of Paris [134 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, 01 40 12 14 68]. Information about this move can be found on the Velvet Galerie website; my thanks to Ben at Velvet Galerie who dropped me an email letting me know about the move.

I am not entirely sure [as is often the case I am in the hands of Google Translate since most of the information I can find on this is in French] but while the Futuro is already moved [the photo at left showing it in its new location and the video of its reassembly confirms this] it appears it will not be openly on display until 100413 [if anyone with better French than I can confirm that or correct me please do].

Marché Dauphine, the world largest Flea Market, is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM so if you live in the area or are travelling anywhere near there after 100413 it looks like you have a great opportunity to visit a restored Futuro.

On the Velvet Galerie website you can find more information in their Press Release and there is PDF Press Release you can download from here.

Coincidences always intrigue me; until this update I had heard nothing new relating to the French Futuro in several months [since 111912] and yet within the same week as I received news of this move from Ben at Velvet Galerie I also acquired an addition to my Futuro Collection - a set of three original Postcards from the 1970's showing the Futuro at La Défense in the 1970's. There are photos of the postcards at left and there is a little more information about them here.

These postcards along with the Charles Ardaillon photo shown at left do however clarify, at least to me, a little conflicting information about how long the Futuro was located outside the CNIT Building at La Défense. In the 111912 update on this page I referenced a pdf file which indicated that the Futuro was at that location from 1968 through 1972 but also indicated it spent 10 years as a restaurant. It was unclear to me if the time as a restaurant was at another location. Of the three postcards two were actually mailed; the postmark on one is obscured but one is clearly postmarked 1975. In addition the Charles Ardaillon seems to date from 1977. Combining those two pieces of evidence suggests very strongly to me that the Futuro was at La Défense at least through 1977.

I am not sure if the relocation of the Futuro is permanent or if the Futuro will only be on display at Marché Dauphine temporarily so I am leaving the location information on this page unchanged for now; if anyone is able to add any information and in particular confirm if this is a permanent move or not that would be great.



Update 111912

The French Futuro is now owned by a private collector. On the website maison-futuro.com [French | Google Translate to English here] we find the following statement:

"Aujourd'hui propriété d'un collectionneur passionné, ce dernier est bien décide à lui offrir une retraite méritée."

Which according to Google Translate reads something like this:

"Now owned by a passionate collector, it is decided to give him a well-deserved retirement."

We learn more about the Futuro and it's history from a pdf file that can be downloaded from maison-futuro.com.

The pdf file lists Patrik Barret at 65, rue du fauborg Saint Honnoré - 75008 Paris as the contact for information about the Futuro. The website barretimmobilier.com informs us that Patrik Barret founded a property management company in 2005 and we find information about the Futuro on the site on this page [French | Google Translate to English here].

It is not clear if Patrik Barret [at least to me anyway] is actually the owner or if the company facilitated the purchase of the Futuro by the current owner but since I have no better information [or because of inadequate transaltion] I am listing the Futuro as being currently located at 65, rue du fauborg Saint Honnoré - 75008 Paris.

The pdf document provides us with the following details about the history of the French Futuro:

  • From 1968 to 1972 the Futuro was located at La Défense in Paris. It also says that the Futuro was the home of a cafeteria called Resto'Bulle and the photo below [courtesy of La Maison Futuro Facebook Page] confirms this. The document also appears [translation issue?] to be saying that the Futuro was the home of the cafeteria for some 10 years; clearly 1968 to 1972 is not ten years. The next listed move of the Futuro was 1983, perhaps the cafeteria moved in 1972 and spent 10 years at another location in Paris serving as a cafeteria? If anyone can provide a better translation or otherwise clear this confusion I would really appreciate it.
  • In 1983 the Futuro was moved out of the city for some 20 years or so. The document does not provide the location.
  • In 2005 the Futuro was acquired by the design company XXO who moved and restored the Futuro. XXO has a Facebook page which hosts quite a number of photos of the Futuro during this time period [some of which are shown at left]; one of the photo albums indicates that photos were taken during the period July 2007 to May 2008 at Romainville, France. So far I have been unable to find any sign of it in the area using Google Earth historical satellite imagery.
  • In 2010 the Futuro was purchased by the current owner.

Futuro, Somewhere, France - 1968

Image Courtesy Of Patrik Barret/La Maison Futuro

The Facebook page La Maison Futuro is the current Facebook page of the French Futuro and this page also lists Patrik Barret and the contact information listed earlier. The site hosts a number of photos of the Futuro some of which are shown at left.

As always when I am dealing with research primarily in a language foreign to me it is quite possible [maybe even probable] that I have the facts wrong so if you have additional information or can correct anything please let me know. Thanks.



Original Information 092911

Pretty much all of the information and history I have been able to find regarding this Futuro comes from the video; there does not seem to be anything else out there except the very recent information about its featuring at an exhibition in October 2011.

The Futuro "landed" at the Center of New Industries and Technologies or CNIT in La Défense, Paris, France in 1968. Looking at an image on FuturoHouse.com it seems the Futuro functioned as some sort of tearoom or cafeteria [signs around the base of the Futuro] for at least some part of the period until 1977. The next 30 years, from 1977 to 2007, are unaccounted for though there is an image from Google Maps on FuturoHouse.com [in the slideshow at the bottom of the page] that shows the Futuro House around the time it was found. The map does not indicate precisely where in France the Futuro had been located but the commentary indicates it was somewhere around 120 KM NE of Paris. In October 2007 the Futuro was "discovered" and over the next three years it was restored.

I have not been able to find out, and the video does not indicate, where the Futuro was moved to for the restoration project or where it is right now but we do know it will be at the Design Elysées Exhibition on the Champs-Elysées in Paris October 20th - 24th 2011. The website EuroPanache describes the exhibition as:

"A selection of important galleries will gather here for this 5 day event, in order to present major design pieces from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Currently I have been unable to ascertain what the plans are for the Futuro or where it will go after that.

Latest Confirmed Date

This video by maxwellmodern dated 040817.

Sources & Reference

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Got new, updated or corrected information or an image I could use?

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As far as images go I am particularly interested in those that are either significantly better than the ones already on this page or show a different aspect or detail. If you own an image meeting one or both of those criteria I would love to be able to use it on this page but I will simply provide a link if that is your preference. Where permission is granted to use an image on the page appropriate attribution will be provided by means of a link to the original image, a link to a website of your choosing or both.
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