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Nº 284
Region of Design
Jul/Aug 2019

The East of Germany is not only the focus of current political debates, but also of the spotlights two anniversaries shine on the region. In 2019, Germany has been (exuberantly) celebrating the Bauhaus centenary, and in many places people rejoice over the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 30 years ago. Reason enough to give an overview of the current design scene in this region in form 284.

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Current Issue

Nº 284
Region of Design
Jul/Aug 2019

The East of Germany is not only the focus of current political debates, but also of the spotlights two anniversaries shine on the region. In 2019, Germany has been (exuberantly) celebrating the Bauhaus centenary, and in many places people rejoice over the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 30 years ago. Reason enough to give an overview of the current design scene in this region in form 284.

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Editorial:

Region of Design
Germany’s East

Text: Stephan Ott

All too often, there is still talk of “us” and “them”, although “[o]f course […] people in the East thought about flexible accommodation at the same time as people in the West or in Japan”, as photographer Wiebke Loeper states, among other things, in an interview. This is also an important statement because of the aspect of new nationalistic tendencies worldwide.

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The Glossy Look

Text: Anton Rahlwes

Glossiness stands for purity and perfection, control down to the last atom. In their eternal ambition to want to control everything, human beings smooth out as many surfaces as possible.

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Text: Ingo Müller

In discussing eastern German design, the aim is not to find a distinct identity or to apply a uniform label, but rather to consider the contemporary situation in a region that, for some 40 years, was officially known as the GDR but has now been part of the Federal Republic of Germany for almost 30 years.

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Text: Kim Kaborda

Last December, Netflix released the interactive film “Bandersnatch” within the framework of the British science fiction series “Black Mirror”. But what is the impact if I identify with a story so much that the consequences of the decision I have taken in the fictional realm actually move me?

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