Full E-book Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 Review

  • 4 years ago
A fascinating glimpse into design behind the Iron Curtain, revealed through the products and graphics of everyday Soviet lifeThis 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.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."Explores a period in the history of design that has been largely overlooked."?Crafts"Following on from its recent book delving into Nicholas Bonner's personal collection of graphic ephemera from North Korea, publisher Phaidon has its sights set on the visual history of the Soviet Union with its latest release. Drawing from the collection of the Moscow Design Museum, the book features over 350 images of products and graphics that offer a glimpse into what everyday life looked like behind the Iron curtain."?DesignWeek.co.uk"The book serves as a tour through the 'landscape of everyday life in the USSR.'"?Hyperallergic"Richly illustrated... A procession of colourful pages reveals the real ingenuity in the design of chocolate wrappers, vodka labels, matchboxes, fabrics, magazines and posters... although the clich?d potted history of Soviet design goes like this - short-lived avant-garde era from 1917 to Stalin, followed by nothing much except slavish copying of Western products, followed by the collapse of the USSR and the triumph of global brands and bling - there is another story hinted at in this book: that Soviet public design could be truly Impressive."?Daily Telegraph