Designed in the USSR: 1950–1989
Publisher: Phaidon, ISBN: 9780714875576, Editor: Moscow Design Museum, Format: Hardcover, 240pp, 270 x 205mm
This captivating survey of Soviet design from 1950 to 1989 features more than 350 items from the Moscow Design Museum's unique collection. From children's toys, homewares, and fashion to posters, electronics, and space-race ephemera, each object reveals something of life in a planned economy during a fascinating time in Russia's history.
Organised into three chapters - Citizen, State, and World - the book is a micro-to-macro tour of the functional, kitsch, politicised, and often avant-garde designs from this largely undocumented period.
The Moscow Design Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. Its main objective is to preserve and popularise Russian design heritage at home and abroad. In September 2016 the Museum's Russian exhibition at the first London Design Biennale was awarded the Utopia Medal for their entry, Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design.