Robert L. Peters

23 September 2009

An almost brutal sort of beauty…





East Berlin, the 1950s…

Some remarkably frugal examples of industrial design from (the former) East Germany… many more here in a nice Flickr set of pics taken by Bruce Sterling at the Gogbot Festival, Eschede, Netherlands (from a show curated by critic Günter Höhne).

Not much frivolity or filigree on display here—no doubt once again there’s a case to be made for “less is more.” (These really take me back to growing up in [the capitalist West] Germany as a kid in the 1950s—primary difference being, products available to us were occasionally available in colours other than grey or khaki).

Thanks to photographer friend Ian McCausland for the link.

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