DDR Eastern German Design

Posted by Jakub

DDR Design – East German Design from 1949 – 1989.

Taschen most of the time never fails, I could probably close my eyes and grab a book by them at random and find something fascinating to look at. The products here are a showcase of consumer products from East Germany during this period in time. The simple shape and color schemes make today’s consumer product designs look like gimmick covered nonsense in my opinion.

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lydia says:

November 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I like the colors, too. The first pic looks like a pantone guide.
The last one made me laugh – cigarettes called “Speechless”.


Keith says:

November 25, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Simple yet so striking. I love it. If only some clients nowadays would appreciate simplicity and understand that it sells if done effectively.


Tide says:

November 26, 2008 at 6:56 am

i was born there, too. my uncle had a similar tv from “RFT” – the line transformer was so loud that you’ve got a headache by just watching about half an hour.


Florian says:

November 28, 2008 at 6:09 am

Born there, too. Didn’t believe my eyes when I just saw the book cover. My mum has this book for 10 years and I enjoyed looking at the pictures even at age 13-14 but I totally forgot about it by now. She visits me tomorrow, lets see if I can make her bringing the book by. For I am studying Design by now..

Thanks for remembrance!