Disney's New 'Tomorrowland' House as Bland as Leftovers

'Furiously unimaginative' update reflects down period in our culture: O'Rourke
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2008 3:52 PM CST
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(Newser) – In the 1950s, Disneyland wowed visitors and architecture aficionados with its dynamic vision of domesticity in its House of the Future, but, as PJ O’Rourke laments in the Atlantic, Disney’s latest house is “almost furiously unimaginative.” A peek at Disney’s domestic vision finds a future that “will be tough on the stomach, relentlessly beige, and, in every sense, subprime.”

O’Rourke’s visit to the updated “Innoventions Dream Home” left him longing for the future home of his youth. “According to Disney, the shape of things to come can be found at Pottery Barn, with a quick stop in Restoration Hardware for ‘classic future’ touches.” But, writes O’Rourke, “this isn’t the fault of the ‘Disney culture’; it is the fault of our culture. We seem to have entered a deeply unimaginative era.”