Two Countries, One History?

Propelled by the fame of the Bauhaus movement, German design captured the world’s imagination in the early decades of the 20th century. After 1949, its development followed a unique path, as designers in the divided country continued working under contrasting political systems in East and West Germany. Shiny plastic objects in the East, minimalist functionalism in the West: Our concepts of German postwar design culture are ruled by clichés and stereotypes.

Vitra Design Museum Two Countries, One History? 2021