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Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design

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This irreverent survey celebrates the more populist and enduring work in graphic and industrial design that was a product of the Soviet era - a period that remain politically sensitive and under-explored, yet whose influence on the objects and aesthetics of Russian life and thought has been profound.

Made in Russia presents fifty such masterpieces, from pioneers of Soviet
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Rizzoli
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Jul 08, 2011 Daisy rated it really liked it
I like this book with its snarky, amusing commentary and funny, nostalgic photographs of everything from rockets to drinking glasses. I've learned about color-coded caviar tins, pyramid-shaped milk cartons, and Belomorkanal cigarettes-deadly for more than one reason. There are perceptive, short essays by Lara Vapnyar about her school uniform and by Gary Shteyngart about the tradition of cupping.
The Russian Tilting Doll on the cover is what drew me to the book at first... and suddenly I think
Katya Vinogradova
Having survived Stalin and the war, the people, it turned out, needed toys.

Moscow is now at a time when the apartment buildings are getting their water cut off for "maintenance". I put the word "maintenance" is quotes, since it's never apparent what kind of maintenance is done, why it's required every year, and why only the hot pipes are affected. An expat friend of mine asked me why this happens, and I had nothing better to say than "Who knows? It's always been this way". Which seems like a ver
Mikko Karvonen
Jan 01, 2012 Mikko Karvonen rated it really liked it
The people in Soviet Union lived in a different world, not only socially and politically, but also by the objects they used to get by in their everyday lives. The design of most items in the USSR was of very particular kind: sturdy and durable, practical over beautiful, cumbersome rather than usable, and most of the time inspired by and reverse engineered from the western technology, often adding some unusual Soviet twist. Most of the time creations were uninspired, entirely forgettable, prone t ...more
Sean Kottke
Feb 22, 2014 Sean Kottke rated it really liked it
I don't know why I find myself endlessly fascinated with the material and pop culture from the Soviet side of the Cold War, but there you go. This was a delightful complement to Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, providing visualization and context for many of the cultural touchstones referenced in that excellent memoir. Very enjoyable, but I'd like to see a coffee table sized edition with more color pictures :)
Kris McCracken
Oct 29, 2015 Kris McCracken rated it it was amazing
A lovely collection for anyone with an interest in the social history of the Soviet Union. This book catalogues a range of consumer objects popular in the U.S.S.R., accompanied by personal essays by some of Russia's foremost authors.

The general theme is the implication of how Russian designers were placed in the position of hurriedly creating visually appealing goods with the Soviet demand for utilitarian function. I enjoyed it a lot
Emma Pilgrim
Jan 03, 2015 Emma Pilgrim rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated by Russia and this book provides an authentic view into everyday life during the Soviet era.
Jan 27, 2014 julie rated it really liked it
such a charming little trip down memory lane. even tho' i didn't study in russia until after the collapse of the soviet union, i recognize many of these things...from the glasses tea was served in on the train from moscow to kazan to raketa watches to lomo cameras (why, oh why, didn't i buy a couple back in 1994?) to the little bears on the chocolate packages. i was charmed from beginning to end and left longing a little bit for the soviet union.
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Feb 20, 2014 Olive (abookolive) rated it really liked it
Very cute, quick read. Half of it is pictures, so it's really quick to get through, but it's very entertaining throughout. The essays are surprisingly witty and the whole thing was informative and fun. It's definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the most impressive (or remarkably unimpressive) creations to come out of the Soviet period.
Deborah Kaple
Jan 08, 2012 Deborah Kaple rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in design
This is a lovely book, well annotated and interesting. The "Soviet esthetic" is the topic, and while there was much in the old USSR that was utilitarian and clunky, this book portrays many of the lovely and unique items. If you ever visited or lived in the old Soviet Union, this book will make you a little nostalgic, believe it or not.
Oct 19, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nostalgic/ recovering Soviets
Recommended to Kate by: 745.20947 M
"The avoska, a simple net bag, allowed citizens to be always prepared in case they crossed paths with something extraordinary--like fresh produce. It was also remarkably Soviet in affording the shopper zero privacy: One's loot was on instant and automatic display."

Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Apr 16, 2013 Jakubukaj rated it liked it
Some fantastic photographs and some reasonable research but the text is extremely hit and miss. I feel that you are left wanting something more after poring over the pictures but wading through some pretty poor quality text.
May 30, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
This was a great book, and equally entertaining for designers or history buffs. Rather than a continuous narrative, this books is written as individual essays on various everyday items. It's a fast, fun read.
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May 31, 2014 S King rated it it was amazing
good and very cool
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Михаил Идов - журналист, публицист, писатель. Начинал печататься еще в родной Риге, в газете "Советская молодежь". Потом с родителями уехал в США, где, отучившись в Мичиганском университете на сценариста, публиковался в изданиях The Village Voice, New York Magazine, GQ и других. Стал трижды лауреатом премии National Magazine Award. В 2012 году переехал в Москву, чтобы стать главным редактором росс ...more
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