Robin Boyd designed the first of a post-war explosion of modernist display homes with his House of Tomorrow. Displayed by the Small Homes Service at the 1949 Modern Home Show at the Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, this house made a similar impact in Melbourne to that made by Seidler's Rose Seidler house in Sydney. The Argus observed that the House of Tomorrow was ?the centre of attraction ? no doubt its modernity will inflict a shock on the conservative type of home owner or builder. Perhaps the most striking feature is the all-glass entrance hall'.
The rapidly-assembled house was a display set rather than a completed house; visitors had to view the house through its unglazed windows rather than walk through the interior, which featured furniture and fittings by Grant Featherstone and other contemporary designers. The most striking feature of its design was the cantilevered bedroom space above the kitchen, although from Boyd's summary of responses in his Age column, it is clear that he received many negative reactions to features including the flat roof, open planning (?How do you eradicate cooking smells?') and the colours (purple and blue-green). The practice of highlighting a house's form via contrasting wall colours was clearly confronting for many Melbournites.
Charles Pickett, Curator Design and built environment, 1992