Comradely Objects

Comradely Objects Design and Material Culture in Soviet Russia, 1960S-80S - Studies in Design and Material Culture

Hardback (26 Feb 2020) | English

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Synopsis

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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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526139870
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 745.4094709046
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 560g
Height: 246mm
Width: 177mm
Spine width: 17mm