Comradely Objects : Design and Material Culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s-80s Hardback
Part of the Studies in Design and Material Culture series
The Russian avant-garde of the 1920s is broadly recognised to have been Russia's first truly original contribution to world culture.
In contrast, Soviet design of the post-war period is often dismissed as hack-work and plagiarism that resulted in a shabby world of commodities.
This book offers a new perspective on the history of Soviet design by focusing on the notion of the comradely object as an agent of progressive social relations that state-sponsored Soviet design inherited from the avant-garde.
It introduces a shared history of domestic objects, hand-made as well as machine made, mass-produced as well as unique, utilitarian as well as challenging the conventional notion of utility.
This is a study of post-avant-garde Russian productivism at the intersection of intellectual history, social history and material culture studies, an account attentive to the complexities and contradictions of Soviet design. -- .
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- Pages:232 pages, 16 colour illustrations, 20 black & white illustrations
- Publisher:Manchester University Press
- Publication Date:26/02/2020