This eccentric collection of goods features East German consumer products daringly acquired before the wall was broken down. From foodstuffs to household appliances, East German packaging and product design—sober yet slightly kitsch—reveals a little-known side of German popular history.

This previously published tome has been reissued in an expanded version in celebration of Taschen’s 25th anniversary. Good luck trying to find a copy. They are sold out from the publisher.

DDR Design – 1949-1989
Ulrich, Dr. Ralf / Hedler, Ernst
Flexicover, 14 x 19.5 cm (5.5 x 7.7 in.), 192 pages, $ 9.99
Cover images by Hans Martin Sewcz

ISBN: 978-3-8228-3216-5
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

About the Series:
More bang for your buck! “… a fast-food, high-energy fix on the topic at hand.” The New York Times Book Review

About the photographer:
Ernst Hedler was born in 1952 and studied photographic sciences in Cologne. He did audio-visual work and ad photography for agencies before setting up his own advertising studio in 1985 in Selb.

About the author:
Ralf E. Ulrich teaches demographic studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin and is managing director of a multimedia company. He is a highly enthusiastic hobby photographer and his photographs have been exhibited on numerous occasions.


You can carry this celebration of DDR kitschy design in a bag most fitting.

Warning: it would be helpful to understand some German when ordering this bag. Either that or use a good online website translator.

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