German Design 1949 - 1989 : Two Countries, One HistoryRegular price £69.95
A comprehensive overview of German design history of the post-war period for the first time ever
With over 380 illustrations and numerous examples from the fields of design-fashion, furniture, graphics, automobile, industrial, and interiors-the book shows how design featured in daily life on both sides of the Wall, the important part it played in the reconstruction process and how it served as a propaganda tool during the Cold War.
Key objects and protagonists-from Dieter Rams or Otl Aicher in the West to Rudolf Horn or Renate Muller in the East-are presented alongside formative factors such as the Bauhaus legacy and important institutions. The exceptional case of the division of Germany allows a unique comparative perspective on the role design played in promoting socialism and capitalism. While in the Federal Republic to the West, it became a generator of the export economy and the "Made in Germany" brand, in the East it was intended to fuel the socialist planned economy and affordability for broad sections of the population was key.
While the book highlights the different realities of East and West, the many cross references that connected design in both are also examined. It impressively illustrates the many facets of German design history in the post-war period. With contributions by Paul Betts, Greg Castillo, Petra Eisele, Siegfried Gronert, Jana Scholze, Katharina Pfutzner, Eli Rubin, Katrin Schreiter, Oliver Sukrow, Carsten Wolff, among others; interviews with Prem Krishnamurthy, Renate Muller and Dieter Rams.
- Authors: Erika Pinner and Klara Nemeckova
- Paperback: 320 pages | 380 illustrations
- Date published: April 2021
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3945852446
- Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.0 cm