Rare Special Editions available for ACC Art Books –  More Information

Book cover of Retrotopia, Design for Socialist Spaces, featuring a female sitting at futuristic desk, rotated left. Published by Verlag Kettler.


Design for Socialist Spaces

Edited by Claudia Banz


Log in to add this to your wishlist.
  • The latest standard work on (post-)socialist design history
  • With contributions from 25 experts from around the world
Full Description

Along with urban planning and architecture, design played a central role in shaping the socialist future. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, it was above all the issue of housing that became the yardstick of the successful implementation of visions of a better world. Beginning in Berlin with its early housing exhibitions which took place in an atmosphere that was shaped by political rivalry and the pathos of progress, this publication focuses on the (post-)Soviet satellite states. It explores the socio-political dimension of housing and the role of design between utopia, power and gender discourses.

In their texts, 25 experts from around the world present different designs and interiors. They cover a wide range of objects from kitchen utensils to space rockets. The book thus makes a significant contribution to the current discourse on (post-)socialist design, which is gaining increasing academic attention especially internationally. For the first time, authors originating from the various (post-) Soviet countries have worked together on a publication: it fills an important lacuna in the study of the history of design.

Including texts by: Polina Baitsym, Claudia Banz, Regina Bittner, Gerda Breuer, Alex Bykov, Melinda Farkasdy, Judit Horváth, Helena Huber-Doudová, Silke Ihden-Rothkirch, Živile Intaite, Karolina Jakaite, Viera Kleinová, Rita Komporday, Rostislav Korycánek, Kai Lobjakas, Anna Maga, Kaja Muszynska, Florentine Nadolni, Klára Nemecková, Nini Palavandishvili, Cvetka Požar, Klára Prešnajderová, Alexander Semenov, Alyona Sokolnikova, Koraljka Vlajo, Agata Wozniak.

Verlag Kettler
19th Sep 2023
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland
285 mm x 245 mm
144 Pages
109 color, 58 b&w
Recently Viewed

Please log-in or create an account to see your recent items.