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A fascinating glimpse into design behind the Iron Curtain, revealed through the products and graphics of everyday Soviet life.

This captivating survey of Soviet design from 1950 to 1989 features more than 350 items from the Moscow Design Museum's unique collection. From children's toys, homewares, and fashion to posters, electronics, and space-race ephemera, each object reveals something of life in a planned economy during a fascinating time in Russia's history. Organized into three chapters - Citizen, State, and World - the book is a micro-to-macro tour of the functional, kitsch, politicized, and often avant-garde designs from this largely undocumented period.

Overview:
  • Features hundreds of designs from the Soviet era, compiled to create a unique and compelling view of life under Communist rule
  • The first book of its kind to celebrate the largely underestimated creativity, innovation, and diversity of Soviet design
  • Includes revealing commentary captions that demonstrate the thinking behind a state controlled system of design - as well as how the industry was influenced by the West
  • A comprehensive introductory text discusses the socio-political context of design in the USSR
  • Gives exclusive insight into the visual archive of the VNIITE organization - the All-Union Scientific Research Institute for Technical Aesthetics that oversaw a state-wide system of design

Specifications:
  • Hardback
  • English
  • 27cm x 20.5cm 
  • 240pp

About the authors: 
The Moscow Design Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. Its main objective is to preserve and popularize Russian design heritage at home and abroad. In September 2016 the Museum's Russian exhibition at the first London Design Biennale was awarded the Utopia Medal for their entry, Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design.

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This captivating survey of Soviet design from 1950 to 1989 features more than 350 items from the Moscow Design Museum's unique collection. From children's toys, homewares, and fashion to posters, electronics, and space-race ephemera, each object reveals something of life in a planned economy during a fascinating time in Russia's history. Organized into three chapters - Citizen, State, and World - the book is a micro-to-macro tour of the functional, kitsch, politicized, and often avant-garde designs from this largely undocumented period.

Overview:
  • Features hundreds of designs from the Soviet era, compiled to create a unique and compelling view of life under Communist rule
  • The first book of its kind to celebrate the largely underestimated creativity, innovation, and diversity of Soviet design
  • Includes revealing commentary captions that demonstrate the thinking behind a state controlled system of design - as well as how the industry was influenced by the West
  • A comprehensive introductory text discusses the socio-political context of design in the USSR
  • Gives exclusive insight into the visual archive of the VNIITE organization - the All-Union Scientific Research Institute for Technical Aesthetics that oversaw a state-wide system of design

Specifications:
  • Hardback
  • English
  • 27cm x 20.5cm 
  • 240pp

About the authors: 
The Moscow Design Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. Its main objective is to preserve and popularize Russian design heritage at home and abroad. In September 2016 the Museum's Russian exhibition at the first London Design Biennale was awarded the Utopia Medal for their entry, Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design.
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Item Code :PHB-9780714875576
Manufacturer Code :9780714875576
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Length:27 cm
Width :20.5 cm
Height :3 cm
Weight :1.5 kg
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Length:27 cm
Width :20.5 cm
Height :3 cm
Weight :1.5 kg
Capacity : ml
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Material :Paper

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