Friday, July 15, 2011

What Will Be Popular 50 Years From Now?



I discovered my other eBay ID has been "put on hold" until I can verify that one as well. Missed out on a sweet auction deal because of it, and I am not looking forward to dealing with eBay reps after my last experience with them. Sigh.



At any rate, I got to thinking: We select the things we think were iconic during the 50's, or mid century, today. Not necessarily the things that were popular back then, but things we think best represents what each of us enjoyed about the mid century era.

So what do you think will be popular and iconic about our era, the turn of the century, 50+ years from now? What will people think was cool about the times we live in now?

I thought about it, and I'm drawing a blank!

I bet you have better ideas!

Happy Friday to all my friends!
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19 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, my mind is completely empty! IS there anything? Maybe everyone will be feeling nostalgic for McMansions because they'll all be gone by then? :)

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  2. lol!!

    Now see? There's a good idea!

    I don't pay much attention to current trends. maybe IKEA will be the new HeyWake?

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  3. Wow, this is a toughie, especially considering the amount of junk being made today.

    Personally, I can see first-generation iphones, ipods and ipads being highly collectible in 20 years, especially if they are minty and still have their paperwork and boxes.

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  4. I think maybe Ipods? I expect they will be the "brownie cameras" of my era. haha it's hard to picture 50 years from now with out triling off into "flying cars" and such. its also hard to imagen that the stuff we wear right now will someday be in costume books and old magazines and we'll look back and think "OH MY GOD, I wore that?!"

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  5. That's why we love vintage design so much - the current styles are BORING! Let's see - iphones? All I can think of are toys. Maybe some things with advertising icons?

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  6. I can see the Michael Graves designs he sells at Target becoming collectors' items. For example, his teapot he designed for them.

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  7. I think it will be everything I don't like. I often wonder had I been 20 in the 40's would I have like the fashions? I bet I would have still been pining for times gone by, believing the grass was greener.

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  8. i cant imagine having to thrift rooms to go and ashley stuff...or buying pier 1 stuff..yuk

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  9. What a great thought. Living with 2 boys i can imagaine it will be Xbox's and computer games, Mp3 players etc.....wide screen TV's...I think it will be known for its technology. dee xx

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  10. I agree with some of the above that it's more likely to be the technology of the time. I can't imagine anything else, I guess design classics like Alessi for home accessories maybe. But it's hard to imagine stuff in 50 years time as I'm not paying much attention to what is being made right now, most stuff is not made to any great quality any more so I doubt it will last!

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  11. Welll it surely wouldn be our fashion items as there really isnt a fashion thats in like the vintage we all love so maybe mobile phones or China made stuff coz by then I do hope things wont be so massed produced and it wont be such a throw away society like today.

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  12. Echoing what people are saying about a lot of apple products. It's basically what Braun was doing, in a similar sense of purity of line.

    Clothes? I'm going to assume darkwash jeans and hooded sweatshirts are very 'of the time'.

    technology: Netflix envelopes. CDs. Probably the wii.

    Cars: A lot of the dodge lineup, I'm guessing. Scions and that Nissan cube.

    I can't think of many home products that are out right now that are new and interesting enough to save. Maybe that one black and white ikea rug.

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  13. It has been predicted that early IKEA furniture will indeed become collectable in the future. i can't imagine anything with a 'made in China' sticker becoming rare and desirable though...and chipboard furniture?? How scary would that be?!

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  14. Perhaps the things we think is mid-century now. That would be cool, then thoose things would be like 100 years old. Or perhaps the eighties will be "their" fifties. Hurrible thought.

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  15. Everything is collectable to someone! Therefore everything will continue to be collectable...to someone! Bravo bravo! Thank you kindly.... xxxx

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  16. the way things are manufactured today, i doubt very much there will be anything from this era still around in 50 years time.

    we live in a throw away society these days, people dont hang onto clothes or posessions like they used to, people always want the newer and better thing and discard the old thing.

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  17. I've actually done quite a bit of thinking and writing on this in my "other" career as a museum curator. To me, the answer is "throwaway" things we would not normally think about saving- advertising and packaging. Things that are well designed, but also designed to be discarded, like advertising circulars and store promotional displays. They speak to the times and trends but are not likely to be saved en masse.

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  18. I'm new to the retro bloggy world and I am loving reading all these posts. Your blog design is out of this world. I absolutely think that clock is out of this world!!

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  19. I predict that plywood paneling will be popular 50 years from now -- people will be combing through cast-off mobile homes and taking it out and putting it in their expensive homes, shaking their heads that we ever threw out such a treasure!!

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