Monday, May 2, 2022

Space hotel

[File under A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do, period.]

Looking at CNN’s glimpses of life in a space hotel, I flashed on another interior, a modern “rec” room, as seen in an advertisement for Motorola televisions, Life, July 27, 1962. Gosh — the future future looks so much like the future past.

[In the hotel. Please notice the cellist, lost in space.]

[In the hotel. No curtains? No thanks!]

[Life, July 27, 1962. Click any image for a larger view.]

Thanks, Ben, for pointing our fambly to the space hotel.

[And by the way, contra CNN, you won’t be waking up with a view of the solar system, most of which will (still) be too far away, even if you’ve left earth. But you might be able to say, with Blaise Pascal, “Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie.”]

comments: 2

Anonymous said...

What is rather ironic is that the space hotels envisioned today look the same as the space hotels envisioned in the 60's.

Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) seems to have lifted some of the design.

One would have imagined that 60 years later we would have some more interesting design not a re-hash. Or is it that some today cannot imagine concepts?


Michael Leddy said...

And yet the executive quoted in the CNN piece describes the design as a response to 2001, which he calls “almost a blueprint of what not to do.” (Huh?!)