Modern zeitgeist in spite of a failed economy
Memories of the GDR and its everyday life do not necessarily have to be viewed as nostalgic. On the contrary, the artistic and cultural heritage of the extinct German state are just as seminal and important today. Of course, the GDR was the dictatorship and the Wall, however East Germany was also many people’s home, culture and attitude to life. All of this is reflected impressively in the products, artworks and design made there.
The GDR produced a particular aesthetic that was considerably different to that of the West. Whole generations drove around in Trabbis, began the day with “bebo sher” shaving devices, “Plaste” eggcups and Nudossi spread, drank and ate from KAHLA porcelain, lived with the MuFuTi (multifunctional table) and went to bed with the (Eastern) Sandmännchen. This resulted in a multifaceted overall image that still fascinates people today. Often derided during its time, more and more people are starting to recognize the artistic and technical design value of many Eastern products.
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