“According to the plan? Product design in the GDR”

“According to the plan? Product design in the GDR”


„According to plan? Product design in the GDR“ is the name of the temporary exhibition from the foundation „Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ in the museum of the “Kulturbrauerei” in Berlin and the “Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig”.

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Whether working tools, vehicles or household goods: product design was characterised in the GDR by the political framework conditions of the SED-Dictatorship. The diverse everyday and product culture was also a mirror for social, political and economical tendencies and developments. The exhibition shows, how the designer’s work was determined by influences, ideas, constraints and control.
Objects of the inventories of the foundation „Haus der Geschichte“ tell various stories about the product design back then. The products, designs, documents, photos and reports from contemporary witnesses will invite the visitor to a critical approach to the heritage of the GDR.

COORDINATION has been commissioned to develop the complete design of the exhibition. Among the concept, the planning and site supervision, we also have been responsible for the look and feel of the exhibition itself and for the whole graphic means of communication like key visuals, poster, flyers and invitation cards.

Client Foundation Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Assignment Design, planning and execution of the exhibition and the graphic design
Design Jochen Gringmuth
Project Management Carén Becker
Team Verena Müller, Katrin Weiß-Höppeler
Fit-out D4 Projekt GmbH
Site Supervision COORDINATION Berlin
Graphic Design Patricia Haas, Eike Wendland
Content Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Photos Patricia Haas
Office Coordination