Where to Find Futuristic Tiny Homes from the '60s

Marseilles' 'Utopie Plastic' exhibit showcases a colorful array of plastic bubbles.

This current tiny house craze we all can't get enough of? Turns out it was 50 years in the making.

In the '60s and '70s, modernists like Matti Suuronen, Jean-Benjamin Maneval and Georges Candilis created some of the most futuristic pod dwellings the world had ever seen and the tiny homes on display now in France at "Utopie Plastic."

The highlights of the show are Suuronen's "Futuro House" (1968), Maneval's "Bulle" (1968) and Candilis' "Hexacube" (1972). "Futuro House" was so popular that 60 copies were made. And Candilis—a protégé of Le Corbusier—saw so much success with plastics he also designed a colony of "space cells" inspired by "Hexacube."

Other curiosities at the show include "Aerospace" inflatable seats, a "Baby Molar" chair and an ergonomic "Tomato" divan. There's even a rare "Playground" sculpture designed as a prototype for a kindergarten in Zurich.

The exhibit at the Friche de l'Escalette runs through Oct. 1.

Gallery: Futuristic Plastic Pods

Images Courtesy Sparkling Presse