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Nº 284
Region of Design
Jul/Aug 2019

Is it really already almost 30 years ago that people celebrated the opening of the inner German border?

This is both a fact and an overdue reason to focus on design in eastern Germany. After all, East German citizens account for 17 per cent of the total German population and most of them possess a tried and tested competence in transformation.


There is no doubt about the existence of a GDR-specific design orientation before reunification that was characterised by scarcity of resources and adverse and challenging production conditions – in other words a general sense of shortage. On the other hand, training in the field of design was both excellent and internationally recognised, and after a period of being politically ostracised, the legacy of the Bauhaus found its way back into architecture and design. Furthermore, in terms of sustainable design today, criteria such as timelessness, low-maintenance, reparability, adaptability and durability are once again considered desirable features. The upcoming issue of form will not however be a GDR retrospective, but will analyse the current state of design in eastern Germany and contribute to overcoming prevailing stereotypes. The next issue will also look at tubular steel and laminated wood furniture in art as well as caricature and raise questions about the significance of disposable cutlery. Further, the Discourse section will give a brief and critical overview of the state of research in design aesthetics and open up a new perspective on the subject.


Nº 284 will be out in September 2019.

116 pages, German/English, € 16.90 (DE)



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