A guide to the new east

Retromania: celebrating consumerism, Soviet-style

The recently opened Moscow Design Museum is making its mark with a revisionist exhibition of Soviet design and material culture. Interchanging iconic items with hidden gems, the curators are injecting some colour, quirk and kitsch into monochrome memories of Communist consumption and shedding light on the forgotten legacy of post-war designers

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