The world appears to have forgotten about these treasures from socialist East Germany: an estimated 80,000 design objects and items of everyday use hidden in warehouses located in an industrial zone in Spandau, on the outskirts of Berlin, that serve as an unlikely home to this archive of unique East German designs and objects.
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GDR history has a special kind of appeal. If you enjoy retracing history, make sure to visit the sites of these nine former East German tourist attractions not far from Strausberger Platz.
One of the biggest names in the world of German design, Clauss Dietel shaped the look of a number of products that remain inextricably linked to many people’s memories of socialist East Germany. He was also one of the pioneers of sustainable design solutions explicitly opposed to the rise of the consumerist society and its “throwaway” culture.
Without a doubt the most significant building in the history of Berlin, the Wall divided not just a city, but an entire country for almost three decades between 1961 and 1989. Although residents and artists on the western side had long transformed parts of the forbidding grey structure into works of art, the 1.3km (0.8mi) section that remains today as the world’s longest open-air art gallery was created after the fall of the Wall. Read on to find out more about the story behind the East Side Gallery, its most iconic images and much more.
Berlin East Side Gallery, Source: Pixabay.com