A Rare FUTURO Flying Saucer House Seeks an Earthling Buyer
Fewer than 100 of the prefabricated, plastic homes were reportedly manufactured—and this one remains in stellar condition.
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.