Odds & Sods


Thought it interesting to get a thread going of weird interesting stuff that may not be ‘circulating’. May work as a thread, may not, lets see. To start I found this 1970’s Soviet Army Officer bag. I find it funny to see the stuff produced by the USSR;

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Phil: Love it. To victory comrade!

I don’t know if you missed it, but there was a blog post this week about an online retailer from the Czech Republic that was selling vintage Eastern Bloc design. Also, I’m sure that you’ve heard of “Good-bye Lenin!”, the German film about the transition to a unified Germany.

I’m curious where this trend is coming from and how big it really is. I know I’m fascinated by it because of the optimism of early Soviet design (architecture, graphics) and the oddball novelty of the later Soviet/eastern design (product). In an increasingly global market, it’s so refreshing to find design that seems completely outside any trend.

Is this something popular in the UK? In Canada, I would tend to say outside of Che Guevara shirts, it’s a pretty small if not non-existant trend.

No we are stuck with the Che cliche as well. Yes, fasinating periods of design. I don’t know if it is going to go on tour but there is an exhibition currently on at the Royal Academy called “Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935” here is the link;


Can’t wait to visit. I will probably write a review about it so I will let you know when it is up. The soviet trend is a strange one. Goodbye Lenin is a brilliant film which sort of glorifies it. Yea, I missed that blog. Do you know where I can find a link?

also an interesting article on the subject;