German Design 1949–1989

German Design 1949–1989

Two Countries, One History
20.03.2021 – 05.09.2021


Vitra Design Museum

Driven by the Bauhaus and Werkbund movements, German Design gained wide recognition in the early twentieth century. After 1949, its development followed a unique path as designers in the divided nation continued working under opposed political systems in East and West Germany. More than thirty years after the German reunification, the exhibition »German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History« at the Vitra Design Museum is the first to explore German design on both sides of the Iron Curtain. While giving insights into the different design philosophies in the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, it also reveals the many parallels and interrelations linking design in East and West during the nation’s divide.

Image: Peter Ghyczy, Gartenei / Senftenberger Ei, 1968
© Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Jürgen HANS

German Design 1949–1989