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Beginning in 1953, when the interior design exhibition “Living Better, Dwelling More Beautifully” took place in East Berlin, economic planners aspired to connect the interiors and the exteriors of living spaces and to develop a consistent domestic lifestyle. The Plattenbau (prefabricated apartment building) represented the official socialist culture outwardly with its uniform geometric exterior. Yet, on the inside these prefabricated buildings defined familial intimacy. The living room became the central focus of the floor plan. Standardized, built-in furniture and storage spaces intended to respond to the needs and desires of East German families as well as the concerns of state planners to liberate East Germans from the pressures of material objects and to encourage cost efficiency. Lifestyle magazines such as Kultur im Heim (Culture at Home) communicated these new ideals to consumers.

Learn how GDR citizens re-arranged older historic apartments into comforable living spaces

Compare the older historic apartments with new prefabricated apartments

Flip through the magazine Kultur im Heim (Culture at Home)

Discover the Objects: The Beatles and In fröhlicher Runde records, Sterncombo Meissen and Die Puhdys records, the Garden Egg Chair, and the magazine Neues Leben

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