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2011-05-13 | 🔗

There’s something that links most of the everyday objects presented in “Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design.” But it’s hard to tell exactly what that is just by looking at this collection of wobbly dolls, drinking glasses, primitive … Continue reading →

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new book on soviet design isn't homage to the stuff of ordinary soviet life, cigarettes, drinking glasses, subway, token machines and inviting hard for donors to see what this seemingly random collection of soviet consumer goods have in common, but I'd off the leaves are something that unites them to define the systemic. You first need to realise that most of these items were Bob's of western sources of varying qualities. They are imitations like the way Lawrence. The parent is imitating the door Buzzer Lawrence, One look at the items in this book, even though they are shameless imitations. You'll see that the soviet stuff is unmistakably soviet. Take your soviet soda machine in those carbonated drinks came not bottles, but straight into a communal drinking glass, something chained to the machine and the scruciating Soviet Arcade games were designed by the committee on amusement must emerge
You haven't even seen these artifacts, but in a way you're responsible for their very good or go back to the kitchen debates. Nineteen. Fifty nine there was this lovely successful american exhibit in Moscow. Opening of the American Exposition Counterpart Amazonia played show and they are dedicated to showcasing the highest standard of life in our, Vice President Nixon showed soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev around the exhibit and they stopped in front of a model. Suburban, to address an audience before new american colored tv cameras, some instances where You may be ahead of us, for example, in the developed, Of your of the rest of your life is for the investigation of outer space. There may be some instances. For example, the collar television, where we're out of you, but in order for both
providing that you were you when you say that they give us my gone off since it this way. Khrushchev's bombast and the recent successes the Soviets were humiliated by all of America's stuff. Khrushchev decided the soviet people needed stuff too, but it was a huge struggle for the Communist Party to switch soviet factories from praising tanks and rockets. Take a set tax and hear dryers. Usually the weight worked was you know some party guy would would come back from afar Trip and and bring You know a german radio and. Give it to the engineers and say make one like it, and then
they would just reverse engineer it, and then they would look around. For you know the guy who draws well and then I got right well, can you draw again you do the logo, and that would be the logo that would last for the next forty years. The system produced a lot of strange stuff, but sometimes the Soviets did better than the original. Take the unbelievably cool magazine, Kroger's or know everybody should just down before the glory of Kroger's or it was supposedly based on something Khrushchev saw while in the United States a magazine with a record and edges of IDA. Causeth original my castle should give me actually soundly public set. It will yield a buggy everything you ask us a clear set of which anything he said that there would be an article in the magazine and then of the contents of the vital desk would somehow illustrate the article in other would be the sounds of the forest or something like that were or folks
self up some far flung tribe, or this would started happening over time. Was you know, since the people who make this magazine had access to us something? You know unbelievably awesome for the Soviet Union, which is you know, vinyl of breast, they started
slipping into little pop music and there it was the round Tara discs and groups, or that gave Russians are first not leg recordings of everyone from more restrained, anti, pink Floyd, Michael Jackson. The main thing that unites the designs and made in Russia is that their often the only designs, Michael I'd off, didn't pick from, shall floods of, say, different Cassandra quarters. Most soviets had won the vis, not the bee K. Electronic up personal computer probably made russian speaking hackers the best in the world through its sheer awfulness. Nobody had any other choice forbid for me to suggest that this is actually a good thing.
But it certainly simplifies getting to know each other, because if you grew up in the Soviet Union and you're my age or older, I already know so much about including the song. I put you to bed at night. You know a few grab in the Soviet Union. It's just seared and do your brain I can. I can sing it for you had escaped. I think it goes to stir the groove key use geese. This theme from a children's puppet show aired every night at eight fifteen on soviet television. You can't really call the crude animal puppets icons of soviet design, but I'd have put them in his book anyway.
This is because of their bright eyes and worn out for crucial the pig and to push for the bunny represent a lost universe. Eleven times closed off from the rest of the world, making their own stuff in their own way. The tired toys are sleeping that's Alison, goes goodnight, Roman, now you nine percent invisible, was produced this week by Julia Barton. One of the great radio reporters and enters he's also part of the overall and college public radio conspiracy. She added a few of my pieces when I did some suffer weakened American S where every single piece I've done since then has been better because of my contact with her no kidding.
You can find her aunt Julia Barton dot com is also produced by me, roman Mars. You can find me right here all the time. My kids, I love them. This programme has made possible support from lunar, making a difference creativity. It's a project of tee, a l w ninety one point: seven local public radio in San Francisco, the american instead of architects, San Francisco in the center for architecture and design. Define wink to Michael Eye drops made in Russia unsung icons of soviet design. A very fine book, if I do say so myself or do you want to look at some pics of cool soviet kitsch. Ninety nine percent, invisible dot, Org you
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